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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    Down 134

    often listed Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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  2. 52
    Up 421
    Down 102

    often listed Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes

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  3. 53
    Up 565
    Down 104

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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  4. 54
    Up 433
    Down 66

    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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  5. 55
    Up 700
    Down 140

    ranked low on reranks Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Michael Rapaport

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  6. 56
    Up 397
    Down 141

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

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  7. 57
    Up 403
    Down 69

    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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  8. 58
    Up 386
    Down 67

    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  9. 59
    Up 696
    Down 179

    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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  10. 60
    Up 518
    Down 72

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

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  11. 61
    Up 481
    Down 95

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  12. 62
    Up 450
    Down 89

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Lee Thompson Young

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  13. 63
    Up 333
    Down 76

    Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames

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  14. 64
    Up 549
    Down 132

    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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  15. 65
    Up 307
    Down 88

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

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  16. 66
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    Down 112

    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  17. 67
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    Down 138

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  18. 68
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    Down 138

    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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  19. 69
    Up 418
    Down 84

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  20. 70
    Up 491
    Down 75

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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  21. 71
    Up 409
    Down 66

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Carla Gugino

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  22. 72
    Up 380
    Down 127

    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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  23. 73
    Up 336
    Down 95

    LL Cool J, Nas, Pam Grier

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  24. 74
    Up 395
    Down 103

    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  25. 75
    Up 442
    Down 81

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

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  26. 76
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham

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  27. 77
    Up 367
    Down 132

    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  28. 78
    Up 480
    Down 119

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, K. D. Aubert

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  29. 79
    Up 349
    Down 146

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

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  30. 80
    Up 375
    Down 111

    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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  31. 81
    Up 485
    Down 138

    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  32. 82
    Up 309
    Down 75

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  33. 83
    Up 456
    Down 126

    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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  34. 84
    Up 421
    Down 152

    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  35. 85
    Up 268
    Down 98

    Queen Latifah, Vanessa L. Williams, Laurence Fishburne

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  36. 86
    Up 635
    Down 211

    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  37. 87
    Up 387
    Down 139

    Beyoncé Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mickey Rooney

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  38. 88
    Up 269
    Down 78

    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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  39. 89
    Up 247
    Down 93

    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Poppy Montgomery

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  40. 90
    Up 372
    Down 74

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

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  41. 91
    Up 414
    Down 169

    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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  42. 92
    Up 419
    Down 74

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

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  43. 93
    Up 209
    Down 87

    Elizabeth Hurley, Wesley Snipes, Tom Sizemore

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  44. 94
    Up 225
    Down 88

    Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes

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  45. 95
    Up 285
    Down 112

    Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Tracy Morgan

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  46. 96
    Up 275
    Down 97

    Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Dave Chappelle

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  47. 97
    Up 282
    Down 86

    Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee

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  48. 98
    Up 393
    Down 88

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

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  49. 99
    Up 222
    Down 56

    James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Adam Wade

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  50. 100
    Up 198
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    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Forest Whitaker

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