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, 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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    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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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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  5. 5
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    often listed Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

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  6. 6
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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Angela Bassett

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  10. 10
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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Michael Imperioli

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  11. 11
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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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  12. 12
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    Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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  13. 13
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    Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Taye Diggs

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  14. 14
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    often listed Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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  15. 15
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    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Téa Leoni

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  16. 16
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    Chris Rock, Judd Nelson, Ice-T

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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

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

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    Diahann Carroll, Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix

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

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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton, Vic Morrow

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

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    often listed Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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

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    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Clifton Powell

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    ranked low on reranks Whitney Houston, Kelly Preston, Angela Bassett

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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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    Christina Milian, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan

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    often listed Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Terrence Howard

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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Larenz Tate

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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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

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    ranked low on reranks Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union

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    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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