List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst Films
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List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

List Criteria: Movies must feature African-American and African culture and/or mostly above the line black casts.

List of the best black movies and black films with African American themes, ranked by movie fans. The top African American movies often dominate the box office when released and this is a list of the best black films. What are the best black people movies of all time? You can sort by actor and director, or press "rerank" below to make your own list of the greatest African American themed movies.

This list of top black films features African American comedies like "Friday" and "Coming to America," sports films like "Love & Basketball," and biographical movies about black celebrities and leaders, from "Ray" and "Ali" to "Malcolm X." This list also includes great movies about slavery (both "Roots" and "Django Unchained," for example) and films about black life in the American South throughout history, from "Glory" and "A Time to Kill" to "The Help." These and other highly acclaimed black movies focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.

This includes everything from black comedy movies - comedies with a mostly black cast and perspective - to black crime movies, gang films, and action flicks. For other interesting movie lists check out Ranker's lists of well-made movies about slavery and films about racism. Also check out these lists of the best black sitcoms and the best cities for African Americans.
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  1. 51
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    often listed Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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  2. 52
    Up 493
    Down 85

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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  3. 53
    Up 379
    Down 87

    Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes

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  4. 54
    Up 371
    Down 54

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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  5. 55
    Up 338
    Down 52

    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  6. 56
    Up 627
    Down 120

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Michael Rapaport

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  7. 57
    Up 627
    Down 160

    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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  8. 58
    Up 443
    Down 60

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Ashanti

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  9. 59
    Up 424
    Down 80

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  10. 60
    Up 293
    Down 62

    Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames

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  11. 61
    Up 358
    Down 130

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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  12. 62
    Up 336
    Down 59

    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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  13. 63
    Up 499
    Down 118

    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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  14. 64
    Up 394
    Down 77

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Lee Thompson Young

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  15. 65
    Up 459
    Down 96

    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  16. 66
    Up 269
    Down 75

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  17. 67
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    Down 123

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  18. 68
    Up 355
    Down 68

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  19. 69
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    Down 125

    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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  20. 70
    Up 428
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    ranked low on reranks Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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  21. 71
    Up 293
    Down 80

    often listed & ranked high on reranks LL Cool J, Nas, Pam Grier

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  22. 72
    Up 348
    Down 56

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Carla Gugino

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  23. 73
    Up 327
    Down 112

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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  24. 74
    Up 384
    Down 69

    ranked low on reranks Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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  25. 75
    Up 361
    Down 122

    Vanessa L. Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham

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  26. 76
    Up 318
    Down 115

    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  27. 77
    Up 420
    Down 102

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, K. D. Aubert

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  28. 78
    Up 306
    Down 127

    often listed Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  29. 79
    Up 327
    Down 93

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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  30. 80
    Up 240
    Down 79

    often listed Queen Latifah, Vanessa L. Williams, Laurence Fishburne

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  31. 81
    Up 388
    Down 133

    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  32. 82
    Up 340
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    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  33. 83
    Up 427
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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  34. 84
    Up 391
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    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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  35. 85
    Up 258
    Down 63

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  36. 86
    Up 566
    Down 188

    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  37. 87
    Up 347
    Down 123

    Beyoncé Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mickey Rooney

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  38. 88
    Up 223
    Down 79

    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Poppy Montgomery

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  39. 89
    Up 367
    Down 60

    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  40. 90
    Up 320
    Down 62

    ranked low on reranks Cam'ron, Regina Hall, Angie Martinez

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  41. 91
    Up 232
    Down 68

    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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  42. 92
    Up 183
    Down 75

    Elizabeth Hurley, Wesley Snipes, Tom Sizemore

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  43. 93
    Up 363
    Down 152

    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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  44. 94
    Up 204
    Down 74

    Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes

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  45. 95
    Up 257
    Down 95

    Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Tracy Morgan

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  46. 96
    Up 195
    Down 42

    James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Adam Wade

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  47. 97
    Up 168
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    Pam Grier, Peter Brown, Robert Lee Minor

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  48. 98
    Up 337
    Down 69

    ranked low on reranks Damon Wayans, Bam Bam Bigelow, Michael Ironside

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  49. 99
    Up 251
    Down 73

    Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee

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  50. 100
    Up 261
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    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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