List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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

The best black movies are favorites that explore African-American culture and themes. This list is ranked by film fans, many of whom grew up waiting for and watching goods, realistic representations of what life was like for black people in America. 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? Some of these films appear on other lists that you may find interesting, such as: best comedies of all time, best drama movies and best actions movies on Netflix. 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 classic 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 in cinema focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.

This includes everything to watch from '90s black comedy movies - comedies with a mostly black cast and perspective - to black crime movies, famous 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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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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  2. 52
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    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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  3. 53
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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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  4. 54
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    - 164


    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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  5. 55
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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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  6. 56
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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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  7. 57
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    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

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  8. 58
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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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  9. 59
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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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  10. 60
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    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  11. 61
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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  12. 62
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    Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

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  13. 63
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    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  14. 64
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

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  15. 65
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  16. 66
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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  17. 67
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    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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  18. 68
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    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  19. 69
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    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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  20. 70
    + 1,067
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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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  21. 71
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    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  22. 72
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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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  23. 73
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    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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  24. 74
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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  25. 75
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    LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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  26. 76
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  27. 77
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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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  28. 78
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    Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

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  30. 80
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    Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow

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  31. 81
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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  32. 82
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    - 266


    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  33. 83
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    - 141


    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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  34. 84
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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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  35. 85
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    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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  36. 86
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    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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  37. 87
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    Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham, Vanessa L. Williams

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  38. 88
    + 974
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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  39. 89
    + 896
    - 241


    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  40. 90
    + 521
    - 136


    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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  41. 91
    + 456
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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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  42. 92
    + 561
    - 116


    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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  43. 93
    + 1,282
    - 438


    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  44. 94
    + 997
    - 289


    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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  45. 95
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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  46. 96
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    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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  47. 97
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    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  48. 98
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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  49. 99
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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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

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