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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    Michael Rooker, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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    Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Lithgow

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    Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Christine Jones, Steven Williams

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  8. 58
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    Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes

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    Chris Tucker, Ice Cube, Michael Rapaport

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    Ben Vereen, Little Richard, Paul Mazursky

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Ice Cube, Bow Wow

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    Jada Pinkett Smith, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans

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    Albert Brooks, Kyla Pratt, Ellen DeGeneres

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    Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Cedric the Entertainer

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Dash Mihok

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    Howard Rollins, Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington

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  39. 89
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    Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence, Georg Stanford Brown

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    Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside, Al Cerullo

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    John Turturro, Queen Latifah, Brad Dourif

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    Martin Landau, Bernie Mac, Halle Berry

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