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

List of the Best Black Movies The Greatest Fictional Rappers

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Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Alonzo Training Day

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Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

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John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Shaft Shaft

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Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Morpheus The Matrix

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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

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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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Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

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Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mouse Alexander Devil in a Blue Dress

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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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Ezekiel
Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress

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Django is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

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

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Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

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Benjamin Buford

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Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

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Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

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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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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

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Sam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sam Casablanca

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Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

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Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

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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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Celie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Celie The Color Purple

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

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Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

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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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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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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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John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

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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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Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Minny Jackson The Help

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

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Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sergeant Emil Foley

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Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

The Clumsiest People in Film The Best Jelly Belly Flavors

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Marsellus Wallace is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Marsellus Wallace Pulp Fiction

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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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Colonel James Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Colonel James Rhodes Iron Man

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Sam is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sam Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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