List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst Films
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List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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List of the best black movies and black films with African American themes, ranked by movie fans. 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? 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 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 focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.

This includes everything from black comedy movies - comedies with a mostly black cast and perspective - to black crime movies, 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.

List Criteria: Movies must feature African-American culture and/or mostly black casts

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1558
    Down 276

    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 1650
    Down 175

    ranked low on reranks
    Friday

    1995 More
    96
  4. 4
    Up 901
    Down 164

    often listed
    Training Day

    2001 More
    90
  5. 5
    Up 1812
    Down 251
    2000 More
    89
  6. 6
    Up 1077
    Down 166
    1996 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 1093
    Down 155
    1985 More
    87
  8. 8
    Up 872
    Down 125
    1992 More
    87
  9. 9
    Up 689
    Down 111

    often listed
    New Jack City

    1991 More
    86
  10. 10
    Up 836
    Down 127
    1995 More
    86
  11. 11
    Up 594
    Down 68
    2004 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 782
    Down 98
    1989 More
    85
  13. 13
    Up 740
    Down 134
    2000 More
    85
  14. 14
    Up 794
    Down 168

    often listed
    Barbershop

    2002 More
    84
  15. 15
    Up 790
    Down 120
    1993 More
    84
  16. 16
    Up 464
    Down 86

    often listed
    The Five Heartbeats

    1991 More
    84
  17. 17
    Up 789
    Down 177
    2012 More
    84
  18. 18
    Up 868
    Down 153
    1999 More
    83
  19. 19
    Up 609
    Down 147

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boomerang

    1992 More
    83
  20. 20
    Up 422
    Down 94

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory

    1989 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 861
    Down 144
    1997 More
    81
  22. 22
    Up 715
    Down 112

    ranked low on reranks
    Juice

    1992 More
    81
  23. 23
    Up 614
    Down 86

    ranked low on reranks
    The Pursuit of Happyness

    2006 More
    81
  24. 24
    Up 347
    Down 74

    often listed
    Do the Right Thing

    1989 More
    80
  25. 25
    Up 570
    Down 113

    ranked high on reranks
    Antwone Fisher

    2002 More
    80
  26. 26
    Up 668
    Down 130
    1995 More
    80
  27. 27
    Up 679
    Down 118
    1990 More
    80
  28. 28
    Up 490
    Down 118

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    80
  29. 29
    Up 690
    Down 133

    ranked low on reranks
    Bad Boys II

    2003 More
    80
  30. 30
    Up 866
    Down 175
    2002 More
    80
  31. 31
    Up 651
    Down 162

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Drumline

    2002 More
    79
  32. 32
    Up 373
    Down 67
    2004 More
    79
  33. 33
    Up 740
    Down 131
    1999 More
    79
  34. 34
    Up 387
    Down 95

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    A Time to Kill

    1996 More
    79
  35. 35
    Up 609
    Down 134

    ranked low on reranks
    The Players Club

    1998 More
    78
  36. 36
    Up 486
    Down 139

    often listed
    Big Momma's House

    2000 More
    78
  37. 37
    Up 342
    Down 90

    often listed
    Enemy of the State

    1998 More
    78
  38. 38
    Up 607
    Down 139

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    The Nutty Professor

    1996 More
    78
  39. 39
    Up 622
    Down 129

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Love Jones

    1997 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 635
    Down 106
    1996 More
    77
  41. 41
    Up 695
    Down 96
    1993 More
    77
  42. 42
    Up 915
    Down 145

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    77
  43. 43
    Up 942
    Down 164
    2012 More
    77
  44. 44
    Up 565
    Down 142
    1998 More
    77
  45. 45
    Up 482
    Down 58
    1977 More
    76
  46. 46
    Up 584
    Down 105
    1999 More
    76
  47. 47
    Up 397
    Down 116

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    76
  48. 48
    Up 515
    Down 106
    1995 More
    76
  49. 49
    Up 276
    Down 43
    2000 More
    75
  50. 50
    Up 433
    Down 89
    1995 More
    73
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