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List Rules Movies must feature African-American and African culture and/or mostly above the line black casts.

The best black movies are favorites that explore African-American culture and themes. This list is ranked by film fans, many of whom grew up waiting for and watching goods, realistic representations of what life was like for black people in America. The top African American movies often dominate the box office when released and this is a list of the best black films. What are the best black people movies of all time? Some of these films appear on other lists that you may find interesting, such as: best comedies of all time, best drama movies and best actions movies on Netflix. You can sort by actor and director, or press "rerank" below to make your own list of the greatest African American themed movies.

This list of top black films features classic African American comedies like Friday and Coming to America, sports films like Love & Basketball, and biographical movies about black celebrities and leaders, from Ray and Ali to Malcolm X. This list also includes great movies about slavery (both Roots and Django Unchained, for example) and films about black life in the American South throughout history, from Glory and A Time to Kill to The Help. These and other highly acclaimed black movies in cinema focus on African-Americans, and most have surpassed the test of time among black audiences.

This includes everything to watch from '90s black comedy movies - comedies with a mostly black cast and perspective - to black crime movies, famous gang films, and action flicks. For other interesting movie lists check out Ranker's lists of well-made movies about slavery and films about racism. Also check out these lists of the best black sitcoms and the best cities for African Americans.

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Drumline is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a fictional story about a historically black college and university marching band, was written by Tina ...more

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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
American Gangster Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more

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Think Like A Man is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Think Like A Man Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland Think Like A Man is a 2012 comedy film written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman and directed by Tim Story.

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Rosewood is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Rosewood Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames Rosewood is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, when a white mob killed blacks and destroyed their town, the film ...more

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The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Great Debaters Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biopic period drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Productions. It is based ...more

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Amistad is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the ...more

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Harlem Nights is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Harlem Nights Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall Harlem Nights is a 1989 crime comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor and directed by Murphy. The film featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx, Della Reese and Murphy's ...more

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Cooley High is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Cooley High Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams Cooley High is a 1975 American film based upon the real high school located on the near north side of Chicago, produced and released by American International Pictures and written by Eric Monte. ...more

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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more

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The Tuskegee Airmen is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Tuskegee Airmen John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that ...more

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Higher Learning is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Higher Learning Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks Higher Learning is a 1995 American romantic drama film, directed by John Singleton, and starring an ensemble cast. The film follows the changing lives of three incoming freshmen at the fictional ...more

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Eve's Bayou is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Eve's Bayou Samuel L. Jackson, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll Eve's Bayou is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, who made her directorial debut with this feature. Samuel L. Jackson served as a producer and starred in the film ...more

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the ...more

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Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow is a 2005 American independent drama film written and directed by Craig Brewer and produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain. It was released on July 22, 2005. Terrence ...more

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Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Next Friday Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps Next Friday is a 2000 American stoner comedy film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Friday. This is the first film to be produced by producer Ice Cube's film production company Cubevision. The ...more

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Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Above the Rim Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina. Starring ...more

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Purple Rain Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Wendy Melvoin Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase ...more

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Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Akeelah and the Bee Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National ...more

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The Brothers is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Brothers Gabrielle Union, Julie Benz, Shemar Moore The Brothers is a 2001 romantic comedy starring Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, and Shemar Moore. The film was written and directed by Gary Hardwick, who has directed other films ...more

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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Wiz The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's The ...more

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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Preacher's Wife Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie The Preacher's Wife is a 1996 Christmas romantic comedy-drama family film directed by Penny Marshall, and starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Courtney B. Vance. It is a remake of ...more

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more

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I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Chris Rock, Jim Brown, Damon Wayans I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a 1988 parody film of blaxploitation movies written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans. Featured in the film are several noteworthy African American actors ...more

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Booty Call is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Booty Call Jamie Foxx, Vivica A. Fox, Bernie Mac Booty Call is a 1997 comedy film, written by J. Stanford Parker and Takashi Bufford, and directed by Jeff Pollack. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Tommy Davidson, Vivica A. Fox and Tamala Jones.

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Why Did I Get Married? is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Why Did I Get Married? Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott Why Did I Get Married? is a 2007 comedy-drama film adaptation written, produced, directed, and starring Tyler Perry, which was inspired by his play of the same name. The film stars Janet ...more

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A Soldier's Story is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Soldier's Story Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production A Soldier's Play. A black officer is sent ...more

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All About the Benjamins is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
All About the Benjamins Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall All About the Benjamins is a 2002 American action comedy film directed by Kevin Bray, and starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps as a bounty hunter and repeat offender who join forces to find a group ...more

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Why Do Fools Fall in Love is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Why Do Fools Fall in Love Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Little Richard Why Do Fools Fall in Love is a 1998 American romantic drama, directed by Gregory Nava and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is a biographical film of the brief but intense life of ...more

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The Help is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Help Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more

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Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Paid in Full Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez Paid in Full is a 2002 American crime drama film that was produced by Roc-A-Fella Films and directed by Charles Stone III. It takes place in Harlem just before the Crack Epidemic that hit during ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long In Too Deep is a 1999 American crime-thriller-drama film written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer and starring Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Stanley Tucci with Pam ...more

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Two Can Play That Game is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Two Can Play That Game Gabrielle Union, Vivica A. Fox, Bobby Brown Two Can Play That Game is a 2001 romantic comedy film written and directed by Mark Brown. The film stars Vivica A. Fox and Morris Chestnut.

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane... is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a TV program.

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1,499 356
Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Friday After Next Ice Cube, Terry Crews, Katt Williams Friday After Next is a 2002 comedy film directed by Marcus Raboy, starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. It is the third film in the Friday series, and the sequel to the 2000 film Next Friday. As of ...more

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Belly is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Belly Nas, DMX, Method Man Belly is a 1998 American film, directed by music video director Hype Williams, in his film directing debut. Filmed in New York City as an urban drama, the film stars rappers DMX and Nas, ...more

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Major Payne is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Major Payne Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bam Bam Bigelow Major Payne is a 1995 comedy film, starring Damon Wayans. The film is a loose remake of the 1955 film The Private War of Major Benson, starring Charlton Heston.

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Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to animals. The film was inspired by the series of children's ...more

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Diary of a Mad Black Woman is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor Diary of a Mad Black Woman is a 2005 romantic comedy-drama film written by and starring Tyler Perry, which was inspired by the play of the same name. It is Perry's debut feature film, and the ...more

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Lady Sings the Blues is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams Lady Sings the Blues is a 1972 American biographical drama film directed by Sidney J. Furie about jazz singer Billie Holiday loosely based on her 1956 autobiography which, in turn, took its ...more

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A Low Down Dirty Shame is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Low Down Dirty Shame Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton A Low Down Dirty Shame is a 1994 action-comedy film, written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans. The film also stars Charles S. Dutton, Jada Pinkett, and Salli Richardson.

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John Q is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
John Q Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out ...more

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A Raisin in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Raisin in the Sun Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Jr. A Raisin in the Sun is a 1961 drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Roy Glenn, and Louis Gossett, and adapted from the play of the same name by Lorraine ...more

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Jungle Fever is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Jungle Fever Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Jungle Fever is a 1991 American romance drama film written, produced, and directed by Spike Lee, starring Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. It was Lee's fifth feature-length film. The film ...more

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White Chicks is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
White Chicks Evangeline Lilly, Jaime King, Jennifer Carpenter White Chicks is a 2004 American buddy cop comedy film written, produced and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written and produced by Wayans brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who also ...more

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Johnson Family Vacation is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Johnson Family Vacation Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham, Vanessa L. Williams Johnson Family Vacation is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Christopher Erskin. It stars Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Gabby Soleil, Shannon Elizabeth, Solange ...more

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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Wanda Sykes The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is a 2000 American romantic comic science fiction film directed by Peter Segal. It is a sequel to the 1996 film The Nutty Professor and stars Eddie Murphy. As ...more

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine ...more

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He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
He Got Game Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Denzel Washington as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prison inmate convicted for killing his wife. He is also ...more