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? 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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  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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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Angela Bassett

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  7. 7
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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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  8. 8
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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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  9. 9
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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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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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    Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume, Michael Imperioli

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  12. 12
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    often listed 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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    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Téa Leoni

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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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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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  18. 18
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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  19. 19
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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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  20. 20
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    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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  21. 21
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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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  22. 22
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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  23. 23
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    Diahann Carroll, Robert Townsend, Harry Lennix

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  24. 24
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    Vanessa L. Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long

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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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    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Clifton Powell

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  28. 28
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    often listed Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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  29. 29
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    Christina Milian, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan

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  30. 30
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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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  31. 31
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    Whitney Houston, Kelly Preston, Angela Bassett

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  32. 32
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifah

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  33. 33
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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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  34. 34
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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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  35. 35
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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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  36. 36
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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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  37. 37
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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson

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  38. 38
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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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  39. 39
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    ranked low on reranks Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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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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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Terrence Howard

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  42. 42
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    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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  43. 43
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    Steve Harvey, D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer

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  44. 44
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    Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Larenz Tate

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  45. 45
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

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  46. 46
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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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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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    often listed Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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  50. 50
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    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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