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

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  2. 52
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    often listed Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes

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  3. 53
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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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    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  6. 56
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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Michael Rapaport

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  7. 57
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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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  8. 58
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum, Ashanti

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  9. 59
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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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  10. 60
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    Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames

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  11. 61
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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  12. 62
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    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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  13. 63
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Lee Thompson Young

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  14. 64
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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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  15. 65
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    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  16. 66
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  17. 67
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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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

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  20. 70
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    ranked low on reranks Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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  21. 71
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks LL Cool J, Nas, Pam Grier

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  22. 72
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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Carla Gugino

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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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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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  25. 75
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham

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  26. 76
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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  27. 77
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    ranked low on reranks Ice Cube, Terry Crews, K. D. Aubert

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  28. 78
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    often listed Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  29. 79
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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  30. 80
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    often listed Queen Latifah, Vanessa L. Williams, Laurence Fishburne

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  31. 81
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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  32. 82
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    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  35. 85
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  36. 86
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    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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    Beyoncé Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mickey Rooney

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  38. 88
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    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Poppy Montgomery

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  39. 89
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    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  40. 90
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    ranked low on reranks Cam'ron, Regina Hall, Angie Martinez

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  41. 91
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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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  42. 92
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    Elizabeth Hurley, Wesley Snipes, Tom Sizemore

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  43. 93
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    Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes

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  44. 94
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    Halle Berry, Bernie Mac, Martin Landau

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  45. 95
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    James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Adam Wade

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    Chris Rock, Bernie Mac, Tracy Morgan

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  47. 97
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    Pam Grier, Peter Brown, Robert Lee Minor

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  48. 98
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    Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee

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  49. 99
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    ranked low on reranks Damon Wayans, Bam Bam Bigelow, Michael Ironside

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

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