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 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 1949
    Down 336

    most listed
    Coming to America

    1988 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1931
    Down 208

    the people's #1
    Boyz n the Hood

    1991 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 2033
    Down 208
    1995 More
    96
  4. 4
    Up 1384
    Down 201
    1985 More
    89
  5. 5
    Up 1130
    Down 216
    2001 More
    89
  6. 6
    Up 2155
    Down 283
    2000 More
    89
  7. 7
    Up 1346
    Down 194
    1996 More
    87
  8. 8
    Up 1060
    Down 160
    1992 More
    87
  9. 9
    Up 973
    Down 127
    1989 More
    85
  10. 10
    Up 921
    Down 158
    2000 More
    85
  11. 11
    Up 863
    Down 138
    1991 More
    85
  12. 12
    Up 1065
    Down 158
    1995 More
    85
  13. 13
    Up 808
    Down 96
    2004 More
    85
  14. 14
    Up 983
    Down 234
    2012 More
    83
  15. 15
    Up 994
    Down 208
    2002 More
    83
  16. 16
    Up 1111
    Down 170
    1999 More
    83
  17. 17
    Up 624
    Down 111
    1991 More
    83
  18. 18
    Up 758
    Down 181

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boomerang

    1992 More
    82
  19. 19
    Up 993
    Down 151
    1993 More
    82
  20. 20
    Up 847
    Down 145
    1990 More
    81
  21. 21
    Up 790
    Down 124
    2006 More
    81
  22. 22
    Up 609
    Down 145

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ali

    2001 More
    81
  23. 23
    Up 468
    Down 109

    often listed
    Do the Right Thing

    1989 More
    81
  24. 24
    Up 1044
    Down 167
    1997 More
    81
  25. 25
    Up 910
    Down 132
    1992 More
    81
  26. 26
    Up 855
    Down 150
    1995 More
    80
  27. 27
    Up 870
    Down 159
    2003 More
    79
  28. 28
    Up 915
    Down 158
    1999 More
    79
  29. 29
    Up 495
    Down 93
    2004 More
    79
  30. 30
    Up 1040
    Down 203
    2002 More
    79
  31. 31
    Up 511
    Down 121

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory

    1989 More
    79
  32. 32
    Up 620
    Down 76
    1977 More
    79
  33. 33
    Up 708
    Down 136
    2002 More
    78
  34. 34
    Up 796
    Down 200
    2002 More
    78
  35. 35
    Up 742
    Down 121
    1999 More
    78
  36. 36
    Up 763
    Down 156
    1998 More
    77
  37. 37
    Up 638
    Down 176
    2000 More
    77
  38. 38
    Up 444
    Down 110
    1998 More
    77
  39. 39
    Up 497
    Down 114
    1996 More
    77
  40. 40
    Up 757
    Down 173
    1996 More
    77
  41. 41
    Up 763
    Down 160
    1997 More
    77
  42. 42
    Up 1111
    Down 164

    ranked low on reranks
    Poetic Justice

    1993 More
    76
  43. 43
    Up 852
    Down 112

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

    1993 More
    76
  44. 44
    Up 691
    Down 170

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    How Stella Got Her Groove Back

    1998 More
    76
  45. 45
    Up 772
    Down 130
    1996 More
    76
  46. 46
    Up 494
    Down 143

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    School Daze

    1988 More
    76
  47. 47
    Up 1158
    Down 197
    2012 More
    75
  48. 48
    Up 373
    Down 66
    2000 More
    75
  49. 49
    Up 624
    Down 127
    1995 More
    74
  50. 50
    Up 555
    Down 105
    1995 More
    73
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