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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    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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    Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

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  6. 56
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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

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  7. 57
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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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  10. 60
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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

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    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  12. 62
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    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

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    Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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  20. 70
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    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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    LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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    Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow

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    Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  38. 88
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    Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham, Vanessa L. Williams

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  39. 89
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    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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  40. 90
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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  43. 93
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    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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    Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

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    Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy

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