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, . 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 Coming to America0. These and other highly acclaimed black movies focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.Coming to America1 and Coming to America2. Also check out these lists of the Coming to America3 and the Coming to America4.
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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  2. 2
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    most listed Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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  3. 3
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    Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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  4. 4
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    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  5. 5
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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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  6. 6
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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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  7. 7
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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  8. 8
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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Angela Bassett

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  9. 9
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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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  10. 10
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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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  11. 11
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    often listed Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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  12. 12
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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Michael Imperioli

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  13. 13
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    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Téa Leoni

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  14. 14
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    Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Taye Diggs

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  15. 15
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    Chris Rock, Judd Nelson, Ice-T

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  16. 16
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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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  17. 17
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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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  18. 18
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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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  19. 19
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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  20. 20
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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  21. 21
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    Diahann Carroll, Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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  23. 23
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    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Clifton Powell

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    ranked low on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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  25. 25
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  26. 26
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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton, Vic Morrow

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  27. 27
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long

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  28. 28
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    Whitney Houston, Kelly Preston, Angela Bassett

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  29. 29
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah

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  30. 30
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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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  31. 31
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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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  32. 32
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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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    Christina Milian, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan

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  34. 34
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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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  37. 37
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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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  38. 38
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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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  39. 39
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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Terrence Howard

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  40. 40
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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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  41. 41
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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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  42. 42
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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Larenz Tate

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  43. 43
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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  44. 44
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    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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  45. 45
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    Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer

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  46. 46
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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  47. 47
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    Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union

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  48. 48
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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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  49. 49
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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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