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.

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 2075
    Down 224

    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 2088
    Down 363

    most listed
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  3. 3
    Up 2171
    Down 220
    1995 More
    95
  4. 4
    Up 1470
    Down 217
    1985 More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 2290
    Down 299
    2000 More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 1212
    Down 238
    2001 More
    88
  7. 7
    Up 1436
    Down 214
    1996 More
    88
  8. 8
    Up 1145
    Down 170
    1992 More
    88
  9. 9
    Up 884
    Down 108
    2004 More
    86
  10. 10
    Up 1051
    Down 138
    1989 More
    85
  11. 11
    Up 995
    Down 173
    2000 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 1067
    Down 223
    2002 More
    84
  13. 13
    Up 1144
    Down 177
    1995 More
    84
  14. 14
    Up 934
    Down 146
    1991 More
    83
  15. 15
    Up 1188
    Down 180
    1999 More
    83
  16. 16
    Up 1057
    Down 264
    2012 More
    83
  17. 17
    Up 531
    Down 119
    1989 More
    82
  18. 18
    Up 677
    Down 121
    1991 More
    82
  19. 19
    Up 559
    Down 130
    1989 More
    82
  20. 20
    Up 857
    Down 137
    2006 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 820
    Down 196

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boomerang

    1992 More
    81
  22. 22
    Up 655
    Down 158

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    81
  23. 23
    Up 1070
    Down 161

    ranked low on reranks
    Menace II Society

    1993 More
    81
  24. 24
    Up 546
    Down 108

    often listed
    Hotel Rwanda

    2004 More
    81
  25. 25
    Up 913
    Down 153
    1990 More
    80
  26. 26
    Up 1109
    Down 176
    1997 More
    80
  27. 27
    Up 983
    Down 146
    1992 More
    79
  28. 28
    Up 918
    Down 160
    1995 More
    79
  29. 29
    Up 669
    Down 85
    1977 More
    79
  30. 30
    Up 933
    Down 168
    2003 More
    78
  31. 31
    Up 971
    Down 167
    1999 More
    78
  32. 32
    Up 1099
    Down 212
    2002 More
    78
  33. 33
    Up 820
    Down 189
    1996 More
    78
  34. 34
    Up 794
    Down 131
    1999 More
    78
  35. 35
    Up 752
    Down 143
    2002 More
    77
  36. 36
    Up 697
    Down 192

    often listed
    Big Momma's House

    2000 More
    77
  37. 37
    Up 536
    Down 122
    1996 More
    77
  38. 38
    Up 1191
    Down 169

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    77
  39. 39
    Up 848
    Down 210

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Drumline

    2002 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 915
    Down 117
    1993 More
    77
  41. 41
    Up 813
    Down 168
    1998 More
    76
  42. 42
    Up 818
    Down 169
    1997 More
    76
  43. 43
    Up 826
    Down 139
    1996 More
    75
  44. 44
    Up 736
    Down 182
    1998 More
    75
  45. 45
    Up 540
    Down 151

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    75
  46. 46
    Up 1224
    Down 215
    2012 More
    74
  47. 47
    Up 415
    Down 75
    2000 More
    74
  48. 48
    Up 678
    Down 137
    1995 More
    73
  49. 49
    Up 606
    Down 111
    1995 More
    73
  50. 50
    Up 308
    Down 66
    1988 More
    73
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