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? 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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  1. 51
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    Chris Tucker, Tony Sirico, Larenz Tate

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  2. 52
    + 610
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    Jeremy Northam, Stellan Skarsgård, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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  3. 53
    + 1265
    - 178

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    Tyrese Gibson, Ving Rhames, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson

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  4. 54
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    Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Lithgow

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  5. 55
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    Michael Rooker, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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  6. 56
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    Redd Foxx, Della Reese, Jasmine Guy

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  7. 57
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    Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Christine Jones, Steven Williams

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  8. 58
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    - 204

    Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes

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  9. 59
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    Bob Costas, Ashanti, Debbi Morgan

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  10. 60
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    Laurence Fishburne, Todd Wagner, Keke Palmer

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  11. 61
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    Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Ja'net Du Bois

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  12. 62
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    Chris Tucker, Ice Cube, Michael Rapaport

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  13. 63
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    Chuck Cooper, Debbi Morgan, Vincent Pastore

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  14. 64
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    Marlon Wayans, Bernie Mac, Tonya Pinkins

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  15. 65
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    Gregory Hines, Cissy Houston, Courtney B. Vance

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

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  17. 67
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    Jill Scott, Malik Yoba, Tyler Perry

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  18. 68
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    Cuba Gooding Jr., RZA, Roger Bart

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  19. 69
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    Kathy Najimy, Joseph Maher, Whoopi Goldberg

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  20. 70
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  21. 71
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    Gabrielle Union, Shemar Moore, Marla Gibbs

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  22. 72
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    Diahann Carroll, Allen Toussaint, Lisa Nicole Carson

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  23. 73
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    Ben Vereen, Little Richard, Paul Mazursky

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  24. 74
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    Albert Brooks, Kyla Pratt, Ellen DeGeneres

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  25. 75
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    Anthony Michael Hall, Ice Cube, Bow Wow

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  26. 76
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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans

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  27. 77
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    Wanda Sykes, Renee Tenison, Julia Schultz

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  28. 78
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    Nas, Mýa, LL Cool J

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  29. 79
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    Bernie Mac, Amanda Tapping, Vivica A. Fox

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  30. 80
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    Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Cedric the Entertainer

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  31. 81
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    Tamela Mann, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore

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  32. 82
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    often listed
    Laurence Fishburne, The Tony Rich Project, Queen Latifah

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  33. 83
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Dash Mihok

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  34. 84
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    Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Anna Maria Horsford

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  35. 85
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    Bow Wow, Cedric the Entertainer, Kat Graham

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  36. 86
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    Katherine Helmond, Cicely Tyson, Eric Brown

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  37. 87
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    Marlon Wayans, Jaime King, Evangeline Lilly

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  38. 88
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Georg Stanford Brown

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  39. 89
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    Howard Rollins, Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington

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  40. 90
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    Nas, DMX, Sean Paul

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  41. 91
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    Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside, Al Cerullo

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  42. 92
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Bernie Mac, Anthony Johnson, Lark Voorhies

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  43. 93
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    Scatman Crothers, Billy Dee Williams, Virginia Capers

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  44. 94
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  45. 95
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    John Turturro, Queen Latifah, Brad Dourif

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  46. 96
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    Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyoncé Knowles, Rue McClanahan

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  47. 97
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    Lisa Nicole Carson, Jennifer Beals, Tom Sizemore

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  48. 98
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    Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Billy Dee Williams

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  49. 99
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    Lee Grant, Beah Richards, Peter Masterson

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  50. 100
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    Malik Yoba, Al Trautwig, Peter Outerbridge

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