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List Rules 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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7,708 1,146
Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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2
6,877 1,454
Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

3
7,846 820
Friday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

4
4,232 787
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

5
4,425 971
Training Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

6
5,248 777
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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7
3,819 625
Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Ray Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

8
5,225 738
Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

9
3,662 1,243
Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

10
3,334 670
Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

11
2,518 711
Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

12
3,518 698
The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

13
4,036 614
Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

14
6,648 822
Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

15
3,717 491
Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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3,688 494
Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

17
3,129 514
New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

18
2,020 559
Glory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

19
3,665 745
Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Barbershop Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

20
3,942 550
The Best Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Best Man Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

21
2,201 581
Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

22
2,941 524
Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

23
2,568 734
The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

24
3,371 460
Juice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

25
2,524 462
The Five Heartbeats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Five Heartbeats Diahann Carroll, Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend

26
3,814 456
Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

27
2,502 649
Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Boomerang Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

28
2,285 452
Antwone Fisher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Antwone Fisher Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

29
2,519 426
Roots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Roots Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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2,048 546
Ali is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

31
2,961 474
House Party is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
House Party Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

32
3,304 477
Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Soul Food Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Vanessa L. Williams

33
1,785 445
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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2,916 453
Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Waiting to Exhale Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

35
2,719 430
Life is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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2,971 323
What's Love Got to Do with It is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
What's Love Got to Do with It Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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3,196 461
The Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Wood Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

38
2,886 578
Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Brown Sugar Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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2,303 703
Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Big Momma's House Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

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2,591 534
The Players Club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Players Club Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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2,151 514
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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1,837 248
Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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1,630 517
School Daze is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
School Daze Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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1,942 434
Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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1,134 331
Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Enemy of the State Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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1,600 347
The Original Kings of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Original Kings of Comedy Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D. L. Hughley

47
2,523 366
Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Baby Boy Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

48
1,991 422
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Dreamgirls Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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2,399 444
A Thin Line Between Love and H... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

50
2,574 613
Drumline is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones