film characters The Best African-American Characters in Film

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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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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

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John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Shaft Shaft

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

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Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

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Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

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Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Morpheus The Matrix

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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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Mammy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mammy Gone with the Wind

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

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Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mouse Alexander Devil in a Blue Dress

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

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

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Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

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Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

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Ezekiel
Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

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Django is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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Benjamin Buford

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Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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

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

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

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Sam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sam Casablanca

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Agent J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Agent J Men in Black, Men in Black II

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Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

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Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

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Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Principal Joe Clark Lean on Me

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Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

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

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Celie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Celie The Color Purple

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Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tre Styles Boyz N the Hood

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Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

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Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

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Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Solomon Northup 12 Years a Slave

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Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sergeant Emil Foley

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Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Minny Jackson The Help

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Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Aibileen Clark The Help

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Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Lucius Fox Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

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John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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Marsellus Wallace is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Marsellus Wallace Pulp Fiction

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Tiana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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Sam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sam Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

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Precious is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Precious Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

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Colonel James Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Colonel James Rhodes Iron Man

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

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Storm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

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Uhura is listed (or ranked) 50 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