film actors The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

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This list ranks the very best black and African Americans actresses of all time. Throughout the history of Hollywood, movies have featured talented African American actresses and black actresses from all over the world. These great black actresses have starred in every genre of film from musicals, to dramas to comedies. Some of these black actresses have even won Academy Awards for their work.

Who are some of the greatest African American actresses? Halle Berry made our list. She has starred in memorable movies like Jungle Fever and Monster's Ball. Kerry Washington also appears on this list of the top black actresses. Though she is best known for her work on TV's Scandal, Washington has starred in such movies as Django Unchained and Lakeview Terrace.

Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Ghost. She was also nominated for her role in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. Jackie Brown actress Pam Grier also made this list, as did the striking Think Like a Man beauty, Meagan Good.

Who do you think is the best African American actress in the history of film? Did we include all of your favorite black actresses on this list? Vote on this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Angela Bassett Jumping the Broom, Boyz n the Hood, How Stella Got Her Groove Back

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Halle Berry Jungle Fever, X2, Monster's Ball

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Kerry Washington A Thousand Words, Django Unchained, Lakeview Terrace

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Taraji P. Henson Something New, Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow

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Pam Grier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Pam Grier Bucktown, Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Viola Davis Antwone Fisher, Doubt, The Help

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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Cicely Tyson Because of Winn-Dixie, The Help, Alex Cross

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Whoopi Goldberg Girl, Interrupted, Ghost

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Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Nia Long Good Hair, Friday, Boyz n the Hood

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Regina King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Regina King Jerry Maguire, Poetic Justice, Ray

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Queen Latifah Jungle Fever, Bringing Down the House, Chicago

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Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Rosario Dawson Grindhouse, Rent, Clerks II

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Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Ruby Dee A Thousand Words, Jungle Fever, A Raisin in the Sun

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Gabrielle Union is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Gabrielle Union The Honeymooners, Bring It On, Bad Boys II

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Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Octavia Spencer The Help, Beauty Shop, Black or White

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Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Alfre Woodard How to Make an American Quilt, Scrooged, Grand Canyon

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Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Dorothy Dandridge Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun, Porgy and Bess

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Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Vivica A. Fox Born on the Fourth of July, Independence Day, Kill Bill

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Meagan Good is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Meagan Good One Missed Call, Jumping the Broom, Friday

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Loretta Devine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Loretta Devine Kingdom Come, Jumping the Broom, Dreamgirls

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Regina Hall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Regina Hall Last Holiday, The Honeymooners, Think Like A Man

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Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave, Non-Stop, Star Wars: Episode VII

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Sanaa Lathan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Sanaa Lathan Something New, Blade, A Raisin in the Sun

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Vanessa L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Vanessa L. Williams Under the Gun, Eraser, Johnson Family Vacation

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Diahann Carroll Carmen Jones, Paris Blues, Starfest

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Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Hattie McDaniel Nothing Sacred, Gone with the Wind, Show Boat

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Jennifer Hudson The Three Stooges, The Secret Life of Bees, Dreamgirls

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Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Soul Plane, Welcome Home

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Jada Pinkett Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Jada Pinkett Smith The Women, The Matrix Revolutions, Menace II Society

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Oprah Winfrey Beloved, The Color Purple, The Butler

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Whitney Houston The Bodyguard, Sparkle, Waiting to Exhale

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Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Thandie Newton Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Pursuit of Happyness

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Gabourey Sidibe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Gabourey Sidibe Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Tower Heist, Seven Psychopaths

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Keke Palmer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Keke Palmer Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Joyful Noise, Akeelah and the Bee

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Gina Torres is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Gina Torres The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Serenity

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Tina Turner Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Last Action Hero, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Phylicia Rashād Just Wright, For Colored Girls, A Raisin in the Sun

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Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Zoe Saldana Avatar, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Maya Rudolph Bridesmaids, The Way, Way Back

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Nichelle Nichols is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Nichelle Nichols Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Diana Ross Lady Sings the Blues, The Wiz, Mahogany

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Della Reese is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Della Reese Harlem Nights, Dinosaur, Beauty Shop

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Kimberly Elise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Kimberly Elise John Q, Set It Off, The Great Debaters

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Tatyana Ali is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Tatyana Ali Glory Road, Jawbreaker, Kiss the Girls

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Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Lisa Bonet Enemy of the State, High Fidelity, Bank Robber

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Stacey Dash is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Stacey Dash Illegal in Blue, Mo' Money, Clueless

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Joy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Joy Bryant Antwone Fisher, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins

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Margaret Avery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Margaret Avery Heat Wave, The Color Purple, Welcome Home

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Isabel Sanford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Isabel Sanford Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Love at First Bite, Original Gangstas

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Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time
Zoë Kravitz X-Men: First Class, After Earth, Divergent