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.

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? 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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  1. 51
    Up 512
    Down 76

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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  2. 52
    Up 446
    Down 157

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

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  3. 53
    Up 835
    Down 164

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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  4. 54
    Up 506
    Down 151

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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  5. 55
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    Down 82

    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  6. 56
    Up 836
    Down 136

    ranked low on reranks Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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  7. 57
    Up 399
    Down 89

    Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames

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  8. 58
    Up 612
    Down 83

    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Ashanti

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  9. 59
    Up 470
    Down 126

    often listed Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes

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  10. 60
    Up 540
    Down 99

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Lee Thompson Young

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  11. 61
    Up 543
    Down 114

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  12. 62
    Up 781
    Down 162

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Michael Rapaport

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  13. 63
    Up 362
    Down 102

    often listed Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  14. 64
    Up 617
    Down 151

    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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  15. 65
    Up 762
    Down 204

    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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  16. 66
    Up 582
    Down 91

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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  17. 67
    Up 481
    Down 105

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  18. 68
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    Down 129

    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  19. 69
    Up 482
    Down 86

    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  20. 70
    Up 473
    Down 82

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Carla Gugino

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  21. 71
    Up 500
    Down 94

    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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  22. 72
    Up 559
    Down 158

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  23. 73
    Up 439
    Down 153

    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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  24. 74
    Up 595
    Down 158

    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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  25. 75
    Up 397
    Down 173

    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  26. 76
    Up 383
    Down 116

    LL Cool J, Nas, Pam Grier

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  27. 77
    Up 476
    Down 165

    Vanessa L. Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham

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  28. 78
    Up 444
    Down 130

    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  29. 79
    Up 424
    Down 155

    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  30. 80
    Up 301
    Down 111

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

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  31. 81
    Up 542
    Down 139

    ranked low on reranks Ice Cube, Terry Crews, K. D. Aubert

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  32. 82
    Up 458
    Down 174

    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  33. 83
    Up 363
    Down 65

    ranked low on reranks Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

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  34. 84
    Up 428
    Down 130

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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  35. 85
    Up 371
    Down 98

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  36. 86
    Up 528
    Down 159

    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  37. 87
    Up 711
    Down 237

    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  38. 88
    Up 509
    Down 153

    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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  39. 89
    Up 332
    Down 109

    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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  40. 90
    Up 203
    Down 52

    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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  41. 91
    Up 221
    Down 58

    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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  42. 92
    Up 439
    Down 159

    Beyoncé Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mickey Rooney

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  43. 93
    Up 440
    Down 105

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

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  44. 94
    Up 358
    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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  45. 95
    Up 281
    Down 108

    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Poppy Montgomery

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  46. 96
    Up 233
    Down 41

    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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  47. 97
    Up 211
    Down 65

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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  48. 98
    Up 329
    Down 96

    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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  49. 99
    Up 233
    Down 48

    Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams

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  50. 100
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    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Forest Whitaker

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