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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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7,804 1,173
Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Boyz n the Hood Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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2
6,969 1,480
Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

3
7,961 836
Friday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Friday Ice Cube, Meagan Good, Nia Long

4
4,287 804
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

5
4,478 988
Training Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

6
5,317 790
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
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7
3,871 647
Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Ray Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

8
5,313 755
Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

9
3,706 1,262
Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

10
3,366 683
Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

11
2,555 720
Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

12
3,567 711
The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

13
4,089 621
Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Bad Boys Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence

14
6,744 833
Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

15
3,761 493
Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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3,744 497
Menace II Society is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Menace II Society Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton

17
3,163 516
New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

18
2,040 565
Glory is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

19
3,711 754
Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Barbershop Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

20
3,988 552
The Best Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Best Man Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan

21
2,229 586
Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

22
2,983 528
Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Bad Boys II Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

23
2,600 743
The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle

24
3,426 462
Juice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

25
2,555 464
The Five Heartbeats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Five Heartbeats Diahann Carroll, Harry Lennix, Robert Townsend

26
3,873 457
Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

27
2,532 652
Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Boomerang Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

28
2,309 456
Antwone Fisher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Antwone Fisher Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson

29
2,543 432
Roots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Roots Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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30
2,065 553
Ali is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

31
3,007 475
House Party is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
House Party Martin Lawrence, George Clinton, Paul O'Grady

32
3,343 480
Soul Food is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Soul Food Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Vanessa L. Williams

33
1,800 453
A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Time to Kill Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey

34
2,756 432
Life is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Life Eddie Murphy, Poppy Montgomery, Martin Lawrence

35
2,955 457
Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Waiting to Exhale Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

36
3,013 324
What's Love Got to Do with It is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
What's Love Got to Do with It Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

37
3,240 464
The Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Wood Christina Milian, Sanaa Lathan, Taye Diggs

38
2,922 585
Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Brown Sugar Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

39
2,331 707
Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Big Momma's House Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long

40
2,628 538
The Players Club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Players Club Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, Terrence Howard

41
2,183 517
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

42
1,874 254
Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

43
1,970 436
Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

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1,654 521
School Daze is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
School Daze Samuel L. Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Spike Lee

45
1,152 336
Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Enemy of the State Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

46
2,576 372
Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Baby Boy Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

47
1,620 352
The Original Kings of Comedy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
The Original Kings of Comedy Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, D. L. Hughley

48
2,023 429
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Dreamgirls Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

49
2,438 449
A Thin Line Between Love and H... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Brown

50
2,526 513
Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Love Jones Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson