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The Very Best Black Movies Of The 2000s

Updated October 8, 2020 8.2k votes 1.4k voters 100.0k views87 items

List RulesVote up your favorite African American films that were released in the 2000s.

The best 2000s Black movies boast powerhouse performances from some of the finest African American actors ever to grace the screen. This list of 2000s Black films feature acclaimed turns from Will Smith, Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, and Denzel Washington. Unsurprisingly, several of these Black movies released in the 2000s won Oscars, but with this 2000s Black movie list, you can decide which films were really the best.

What are some of the top Black films of the 2000s? There are many contenders, including Hotel Rwanda, for example, follows the struggle of Tutsi refugees during the conflict with the Hutu militia. Jamie Foxx earned a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray, while Mo'Nique won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her memorable role in 2009's Precious.

Many of the best African American movies of the 2000s are comedies. Barbershop, Down to Earth, and How High all appear on this list of '00s African American movies. In 2009, Disney even introduced its first African American princess in the film The Princess and the Frog.

Vote up your favorites and downvote the ones that won't withstand the test of time. The votes change the list order, so it's up to you to help decide the the greatest back movie of the 2000s. Add any movie we may have missed and rerank the whole list to share your own version!

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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

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    #2 of 102 The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked#274 of 291 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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    ATL

    T.I., Lauren London

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    #544 of 544 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made#20 of 31 The Best Movies About Ivy League Schools

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    Next Friday

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker

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    #14 of 27 The Funniest Movies About Weed#48 of 92 The Worst Part II Movie Sequels

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    Baby Boy

    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson

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    #61 of 133 The Best Black Action Movies#41 of 63 The Best Movies About Gangs

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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

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    #31 of 68 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels#7 of 12 12 Comedy Sequels That Might Actually Be Better Than The Originals

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    Barbershop

    Ice Cube, Eve

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    #12 of 34 The Best Comedies About the Workplace#6 of 34 The Best Hood Comedy Movies

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    Paid in Full

    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

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    #166 of 234 The Best R-Rated Crime Thriller Movies#106 of 207 The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies

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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

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    #362 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#56 of 85 The Greatest African American Biopics

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    Stomp the Yard

    Chris Brown, Meagan Good

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    #21 of 109 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made#35 of 52 The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made

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    Drumline

    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon

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    #68 of 195 The Best Movies About Music#346 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Dreamgirls

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy

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    Every Song in Dreamgirls, Ranked by Singability#211 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence

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    #23 of 145 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made#18 of 57 The Funniest Movies About Cops

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

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    #26 of 95 80+ Great Movies About Black Teens#19 of 159 The Best Hood Movies

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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

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    #305 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#21 of 665 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked

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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

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    #6 of 29 Powerful Movies About Sick & Dying Children#9 of 103 The Best Kidnapping & Hostage Movies Of All Time, Ranked

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    Friday After Next

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews

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    #71 of 225 The Worst Sequels Of All Time#61 of 135 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series

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    The Princess and the Frog

    Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman

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    #47 of 534 The Best Animated Films Ever#98 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

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    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

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    #463 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#18 of 27 Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls

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    Why Did I Get Married?

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry

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    #118 of 135 The Best Movies Based On Plays#24 of 59 The Funniest Movies About Marriage

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    Notorious

    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie

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    #40 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#50 of 92 Great Historical Black Movies Based On True Stories

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    Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

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    #17 of 40 The Most Inspirational Black Movies#30 of 134 The Best Directorial Debuts Of Famous Actors

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    How High

    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

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    #1503 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#751 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    Norbit

    Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton

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    #137 of 175 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals#1 of 44 The Worst Movies Released on Valentine's Day

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    I Can Do Bad All by Myself

    Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige

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    #70 of 133 The 100+ Best Movies for Black Women#2 of 12 All of Tyler Perry's Madea Movies

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    More Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire 

    #19 of 173 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#72 of 96 The Best Film Adaptations Of Young Adult Novels