List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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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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    most listed
    Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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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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    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

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  6. 6
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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne See The Best The Color Purple Movie Quotes

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  7. 7
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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    + 3,704
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    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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

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    often listed
    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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    Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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

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    Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

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    Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

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    Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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    Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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

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    Diahann Carroll, Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend

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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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

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    often listed
    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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    Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

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

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    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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    Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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    Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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    Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

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    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

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    Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

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    Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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    Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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    Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

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    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

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    + 1,134
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    Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D. L. Hughley

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    Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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    + 986
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    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett

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    + 1,907
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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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    + 2,444
    - 419


    Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland

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    often listed
    Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

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    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

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    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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