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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? 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.

List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst Films
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    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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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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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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  4. 54
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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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  5. 55
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    Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland

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  6. 56
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    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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  7. 57
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    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  8. 58
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    Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

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  9. 59
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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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  10. 60
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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  11. 61
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

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  12. 62
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    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  13. 63
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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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  14. 64
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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  15. 65
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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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  16. 66
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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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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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    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  19. 69
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    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  20. 70
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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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  21. 71
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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  22. 72
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    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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  23. 73
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    LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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  24. 74
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  25. 75
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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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  27. 77
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    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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  28. 78
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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  29. 79
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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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    Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

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    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  32. 82
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    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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    Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow

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    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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  39. 89
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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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  40. 90
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    Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham, Vanessa L. Williams

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  41. 91
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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  42. 92
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    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  43. 93
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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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  44. 94
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    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  45. 95
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    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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  46. 96
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    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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  47. 97
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    Beyoncé Knowles, Mickey Rooney, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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  48. 98
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    Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle

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  49. 99
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    Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams

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  50. 100
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    Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton

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