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List Rules Only film characters who are African American (so, Lando Calrissian doesn't count). Upvote the greatest characters in any movies.

A list of the all time greatest African American characters in film, ranked as the best in film history by movie lovers everywhere. This list has the best African American characters in film and includes photos and the film in which they appeared. Who are the all time best black characters in film?

From classic films like The Green Mile, Shaft, and The Help, the characters on this list are also some of the best characters in film history. Many of the actors who portrayed these classic African American male and female film characters received numerous awards for their notable performances.

Characters on this list include Alonzo Harris, Morpheus, Blade, Sherriff Bart, Jules Winnfield, John Shaft, and Captain Rhodes. Cast your votes for the African American characters listed here that you believe are the best of all time. If the African American characters you think are the greatest are missing from the list, add them below to complete the list.

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+ - 192 78
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding The Shawshank Redemption

List of the Best Black Movies The Greatest Fictional Rappers

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+ - 187 70
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

3
+ - 142 55
Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Alonzo Harris Training Day

4
+ - 159 57
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Morpheus The Matrix

5
+ - 123 47
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Shaft Shaft

6
+ - 93 38
Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

7
+ - 162 66
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Coffey The Green Mile

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+ - 50 6
Django is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

9
+ - 168 75
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X Malcolm X

10
+ - 86 29
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

11
+ - 123 71
Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

12
+ - 91 49
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mammy Gone with the Wind

13
+ - 72 23
Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mouse Alexander Devil in a Blue Dress

14
+ - 72 23
Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

15
+ - 104 62
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

The Greatest Female Characters in Film History The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

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+ - 137 70
Benjamin Buford

17
+ - 111 63
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

18
+ - 135 71
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

19
+ - 118 48
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

20
+ - 60 20
Ezekiel
Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress

21
+ - 125 68
Blade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

22
+ - 107 48
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Hancock Hancock

23
+ - 79 30
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coffy Coffy

24
+ - 87 58
Agent J is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Agent J Men in Black, Men in Black II

25
+ - 96 61
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

26
+ - 50 24
Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tre Styles Boyz N the Hood

27
+ - 43 19
Sam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sam Casablanca

28
+ - 67 46
Celie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Celie The Color Purple

29
+ - 70 59
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

The Greatest Black Characters in Film History The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever

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+ - 70 51
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Principal Joe Clark Lean on Me

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+ - 54 31
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

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+ - 46 24
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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+ - 17 2
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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+ - 57 41
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

35
+ - 48 27
Doughboy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Doughboy Boyz N the Hood

36
+ - 19 3
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

37
+ - 63 50
Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Aibileen Clark The Help

38
+ - 65 52
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Solomon Northup 12 Years a Slave

39
+ - 18 3
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sofia Gimme the Loot, The Color Purple, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle

40
+ - 74 62
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Minny Jackson The Help

41
+ - 59 40
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

42
+ - 76 65
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

43
+ - 78 58
Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Lucius Fox Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

The Clumsiest People in Film The Best Foreign Films of 2014

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+ - 18 4
Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

45
+ - 84 54
Storm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

46
+ - 52 43
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

47
+ - 34 20
Ricky Baker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Ricky Baker Boyz N the Hood

48
+ - 48 34
Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sergeant Emil Foley

49
+ - 14 2
Mama Odie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mama Odie The Princess and the Frog

50
+ - 31 18
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jackie Robinson 42