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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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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  4. 54
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    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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  5. 55
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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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  6. 56
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    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

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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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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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  10. 60
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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    Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

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  12. 62
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

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  13. 63
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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  15. 65
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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  16. 66
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    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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  17. 67
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  18. 68
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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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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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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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  21. 71
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    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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  23. 73
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  24. 74
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    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

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    Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow

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    LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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  30. 80
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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  31. 81
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    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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    Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham, Vanessa L. Williams

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    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  38. 88
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    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  40. 90
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    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  41. 91
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    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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  42. 92
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    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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  43. 93
    + 917
    - 264


    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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  44. 94
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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  45. 95
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    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  46. 96
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    Beyoncé Knowles, Mickey Rooney, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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  47. 97
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Denzel Washington, Poppy Montgomery, Don Cheadle

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