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This list of the best '90s black movies contains many of the best films about the African American experience of any decade. Thanks to filmmakers like Spike Lee and John Singleton, 1990s black movies tackled serious issues without sacrificing entertainment value. Not all '90s African American movies were hard-hitting dramas like Malcolm X, however; plenty of '90s black movies are comedies like Friday or straight-up actioners like Bad Boys.

What are some of the top '90s black films? Boyz n the Hood is an obvious example of an African American film from the decade. Starring such talented actors as Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, and Morris Chestnut, the film tells the story of young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles and it marked a major cultural moment for black cinema.

Denzel Washington appears on this '90s black movie list several times, more than once for playing real life figures in films like The Hurricane and, of course, Spike Lee's epic film biography of Malcolm X. Speaking of Spike Lee movies, Washington also starred in the director's He Got Game.

The order of this list of the best '90s black films is set by your votes, so vote up your favorites to change the rankings from best to worst. If any great 1990s black films are missing, don't hesitate to add them, and if you've seen enough of these black movies from the '90s, rerank the entire list to create your own version!
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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Friday is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

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Juice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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The Wood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Nas Fong added The Wood Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

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109 13
Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Soul Food Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Vanessa L. Williams

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101 12
Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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The Best Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
The Best Man Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

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House Party is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
House Party Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

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Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

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What's Love Got to Do with It is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
What's Love Got to Do with It Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Boomerang Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Waiting to Exhale Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

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Higher Learning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Higher Learning Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks

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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Crooklyn RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard

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79 13
Jason's Lyric is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Jason's Lyric Jada Pinkett Smith, Forest Whitaker, Eddie Griffin

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77 13
Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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Don't Be a Menace to South Cen... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s

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Belly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Belly Nas, DMX, Method Man

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A Low Down Dirty Shame is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
A Low Down Dirty Shame Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

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White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
White Men Can't Jump Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez

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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
He Got Game Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habi... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith

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Eve's Bayou is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Eve's Bayou Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll

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50 10
Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Blue Streak Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer

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Booty Call is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Booty Call Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac

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In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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Mo' Money is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Mo' Money Stacey Dash, Bernie Mac, Damon Wayans

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Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Rosewood Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock

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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
The Preacher's Wife Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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Mo' Better Blues is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Mo' Better Blues Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes

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I Got the Hook Up is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
I Got the Hook Up Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Master P

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Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Tales from the Hood David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

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Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
jclass62 added Love Jones Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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Jungle Fever is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Jungle Fever Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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Amistad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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Blankman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
Blankman Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans, Arsenio Hall

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One Eight Seven is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
One Eight Seven Samuel L. Jackson, Method Man, Clifton Collins

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Get on the Bus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
teddybear1029 added Get on the Bus Bernie Mac, Randy Quaid, Andre Braugher

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A Thin Line Between Love and H... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
jclass62 added A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

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Sprung is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Movies of the 1990s
jclass62 added Sprung Tisha Campbell-Martin, John Witherspoon, Joe Torry