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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  1. 51
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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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  2. 52
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    Amistad is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

  3. 53
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    Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Harlem Nights Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

  4. 54
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    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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  5. 55
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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

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  7. 57
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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

  8. 58
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    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  9. 59
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    Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

  10. 60
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    Higher Learning is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Higher Learning Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

  11. 61
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    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans

  12. 62
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    American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

  13. 63
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    Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Akeelah and the Bee Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

  14. 64
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    The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

  15. 65
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    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Why Did I Get Married? is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Why Did I Get Married? Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott

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

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    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  19. 69
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    Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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    The Brothers is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Brothers Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

  22. 72
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    Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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    Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  24. 74
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    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

  25. 75
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    All About the Benjamins is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    All About the Benjamins Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

  26. 76
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    Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams

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    Diary of a Mad Black Woman is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Diary of a Mad Black Woman Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

  28. 78
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    The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    The Wiz

  29. 79
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    In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

  30. 80
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    Major Payne is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Major Payne Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow

  31. 81
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    Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

  32. 82
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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  33. 83
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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham, Vanessa L. Williams

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    Barbershop 2: Back in Business is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Barbershop 2: Back in Business Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

  37. 87
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    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

  41. 91
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    Lady Sings the Blues is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

  42. 92
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    White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    White Chicks Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

  43. 93
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    Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

  44. 94
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    Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

  45. 95
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    The Help is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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    The Help Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

  46. 96
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    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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    House Party 2 is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    House Party 2 Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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    Beyoncé Knowles, Mickey Rooney, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    A Raisin in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    A Raisin in the Sun Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Jungle Fever is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst


    Jungle Fever Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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