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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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192 71
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

3
145 56
Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Alonzo Harris Training Day

4
163 57
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Morpheus The Matrix

5
123 49
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Shaft Shaft

6
93 39
Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Dismalhead added Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

7
166 67
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Coffey The Green Mile

8
52 7
Django is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

9
170 76
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X Malcolm X

10
89 29
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

11
94 49
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Mammy Gone with the Wind

12
124 73
Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

13
105 62
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

14
72 24
Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mouse Alexander Devil in a Blue Dress

15
72 24
Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

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140 70
Benjamin Buford

17
138 71
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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120 48
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

19
112 64
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

20
127 68
Blade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

21
60 21
Ezekiel
Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress

22
109 50
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Hancock Hancock

23
80 31
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coffy Coffy

24
91 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
98 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
44 19
Sam is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Sam Casablanca

27
51 26
Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tre Styles Boyz N the Hood

28
67 47
Celie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Celie The Color Purple

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47 24
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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56 32
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

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70 60
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

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70 52
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Principal Joe Clark Lean on Me

33
57 42
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

34
49 28
Doughboy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Doughboy Boyz N the Hood

35
64 50
Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Aibileen Clark The Help

36
20 4
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

37
80 58
Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Lucius Fox Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

38
75 62
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Minny Jackson The Help

39
77 65
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

40
18 3
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

41
65 53
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Solomon Northup 12 Years a Slave

42
59 41
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

43
19 5
Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

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18 4
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Sofia Gimme the Loot, The Color Purple, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle

45
53 43
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

46
86 55
Storm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

47
17 4
Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Oda Mae Brown Ghost

48
17 4
Deloris Van Cartier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Deloris Van Cartier Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Sister Act

49
48 41
Colonel James Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Colonel James Rhodes Iron Man

50
34 21
Ricky Baker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Ricky Baker Boyz N the Hood