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 culture and/or mostly above the line black casts.

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 2039
    Down 354

    most listed
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2018
    Down 215

    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 2112
    Down 216
    1995 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 2237
    Down 293
    2000 More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1176
    Down 230
    2001 More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 1439
    Down 210
    1985 More
    87
  7. 7
    Up 1405
    Down 204
    1996 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 1115
    Down 165
    1992 More
    86
  9. 9
    Up 858
    Down 100
    2004 More
    86
  10. 10
    Up 1019
    Down 133
    1989 More
    85
  11. 11
    Up 967
    Down 165
    2000 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 1042
    Down 218
    2002 More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 1112
    Down 174
    1995 More
    84
  14. 14
    Up 905
    Down 144
    1991 More
    83
  15. 15
    Up 1163
    Down 179
    1999 More
    83
  16. 16
    Up 1025
    Down 252
    2012 More
    83
  17. 17
    Up 660
    Down 117
    1991 More
    82
  18. 18
    Up 516
    Down 114
    1989 More
    81
  19. 19
    Up 801
    Down 189
    1992 More
    81
  20. 20
    Up 829
    Down 131
    2006 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 639
    Down 152

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    80
  22. 22
    Up 1040
    Down 158

    ranked low on reranks
    Menace II Society

    1993 More
    80
  23. 23
    Up 544
    Down 126

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory

    1989 More
    80
  24. 24
    Up 885
    Down 151
    1990 More
    79
  25. 25
    Up 1085
    Down 172
    1997 More
    79
  26. 26
    Up 529
    Down 102

    often listed
    Hotel Rwanda

    2004 More
    79
  27. 27
    Up 950
    Down 141
    1992 More
    79
  28. 28
    Up 896
    Down 155
    1995 More
    79
  29. 29
    Up 949
    Down 162
    1999 More
    78
  30. 30
    Up 907
    Down 166
    2003 More
    78
  31. 31
    Up 798
    Down 183
    1996 More
    78
  32. 32
    Up 1076
    Down 207
    2002 More
    78
  33. 33
    Up 776
    Down 125
    1999 More
    78
  34. 34
    Up 651
    Down 81
    1977 More
    77
  35. 35
    Up 674
    Down 185

    often listed
    Big Momma's House

    2000 More
    77
  36. 36
    Up 733
    Down 139
    2002 More
    77
  37. 37
    Up 523
    Down 117
    1996 More
    77
  38. 38
    Up 825
    Down 206
    2002 More
    77
  39. 39
    Up 896
    Down 114

    ranked low on reranks
    What's Love Got to Do with It

    1993 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 791
    Down 163
    1998 More
    76
  41. 41
    Up 1155
    Down 168

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    75
  42. 42
    Up 793
    Down 165
    1997 More
    75
  43. 43
    Up 806
    Down 135
    1996 More
    75
  44. 44
    Up 721
    Down 176
    1998 More
    75
  45. 45
    Up 527
    Down 148
    1988 More
    74
  46. 46
    Up 1203
    Down 206
    2012 More
    74
  47. 47
    Up 400
    Down 71
    2000 More
    73
  48. 48
    Up 657
    Down 134
    1995 More
    72
  49. 49
    Up 297
    Down 62
    1988 More
    72
  50. 50
    Up 587
    Down 109
    1995 More
    72
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