film The Greatest Black Characters in Film History  

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Virgil Tibbs, "Red" Redding, Jules Winnfield... This is a list of the all time greatest black characters in film, ranked as the best in film history by movie lovers everywhere. This list has the best black characters in film, portrayed by award-winning actors and featured in some of the greatest films ever made. Who are the all time best black characters in film?

From classic films like Hotel Rwanda, The Color Purple, and Jerry Maguire, the characters on this list are also some of the best characters in film history. Many of the actors who portrayed these classic black film characters received numerous awards for their notable performances. This includes some of the best black actors of all time, such as Denzel Washington and Sidney Poitier.

Cast your votes for the black characters listed here that you believe are the best of all time. And, if the black characters you think are the greatest are missing, add them below to complete the list.

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Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

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Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding The Shawshank Redemption

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Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley An Officer and a Gentleman

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Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Alonzo Training Day

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John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Shaft Shaft

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John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Coffey The Green Mile

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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Malcolm X Malcolm X

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Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Morpheus Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions

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Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

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Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Lando Calrissian Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

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Uhura is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Idi Amin Dada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Idi Amin Dada The Last King of Scotland

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Coffy Coffy

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Paul Rusesabagina is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Paul Rusesabagina Hotel Rwanda

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Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Axel Foley Beverly Hills Cop III, Beverly Hills Cop

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Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2

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Eli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Eli The Book of Eli

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Django is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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Captain Steven
Captain Steven Independence Day

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Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mac Predator

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The Oracle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
The Oracle The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded

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Detective Del Spooner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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Winston Zeddemore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Winston Zeddemore Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson Die Another Day

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Gale Sayers Brian's Song

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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Celie Harris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Celie Harris Johnson The Color Purple

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Marsellus Wallace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Marsellus Wallace Pulp Fiction

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Benjamin Buford

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

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Storm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

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Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Minny Jackson The Help

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Parker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Parker Alien

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Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Pvt. Trip Glory

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Mammy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mammy Gone with the Wind

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Carmen Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Carmen Jones Carmen Jones

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Mr. Mertle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mr. Mertle The Sandlot

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

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Leticia Musgrove is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Leticia Musgrove Monster's Ball

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Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave

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Alex Cross is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Alex Cross Alex Cross, Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider

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Childs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Childs The Thing

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Patsey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Patsey 12 Years a Slave

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Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

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Baron Samedi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Baron Samedi Live and Let Die