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

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  2. 52
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    Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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  3. 53
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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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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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    often listed Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames

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  6. 56
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    Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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  7. 57
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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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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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Lee Thompson Young

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  10. 60
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    Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes

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  11. 61
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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  12. 62
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    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Michael Rapaport

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  13. 63
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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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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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    Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown

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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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    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Carla Gugino

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  18. 68
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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  19. 69
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  20. 70
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    Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard

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  21. 71
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    Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore

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  22. 72
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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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  23. 73
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    Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes

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

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  25. 75
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    LL Cool J, Nas, Pam Grier

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  26. 76
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    often listed Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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  27. 77
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    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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  28. 78
    + 531
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    Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Eve

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  29. 79
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Queen Latifah, Vanessa L. Williams, Laurence Fishburne

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  30. 80
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    ranked low on reranks Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor

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  31. 81
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    ranked low on reranks Ice Cube, Terry Crews, K. D. Aubert

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  32. 82
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham

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  33. 83
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    Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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  34. 84
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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  35. 85
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    Gilbert Gottfried, Bernie Mac, Lark Voorhies

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  36. 86
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Iman Abdulmajid

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

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  38. 88
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    Nas, DMX, Method Man

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  39. 89
    + 298
    - 49

    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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  40. 90
    + 475
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    ranked low on reranks Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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  41. 91
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  42. 92
    + 522
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    Beyoncé Knowles, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mickey Rooney

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  43. 93
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    Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter

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  44. 94
    + 385
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    Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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  45. 95
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    ranked low on reranks Damon Wayans, Bam Bam Bigelow, Michael Ironside

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  46. 96
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    Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Poppy Montgomery

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  47. 97
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    Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams

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  48. 98
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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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  49. 99
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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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  50. 100
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    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Forest Whitaker

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