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The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s  

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The best '00s 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 '00s black movie list, you can decide which films were really the best.

What are some of the top '00s black films? 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 playing an abusive mother 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan
Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more
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ATL is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
T.I., Lauren London, Big Boi
ATL is a 2006 American drama film, and the feature film directorial debut of music video director Chris Robinson. The screenplay was written by Tina Gordon Chism from an original story by ...more
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Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar
Barbershop is a 2002 American comedy film directed by Tim Story, produced by State Street Pictures and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on September 13, 2002. Starring Ice Cube, Cedric the ...more
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Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson
Baby Boy Production NotesIn 1991, 23-year-old director John Singleton guided viewers through South Central Los Angeles, taking for the first time an unflinching look at the devastating impact on ...more
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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino
Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1995 film Bad ...more
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Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more
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Drumline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith
Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division on January 12, 2007. Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard ...more
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John Q is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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Ray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard
Ray is a biographical film focusing on 30 years in the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was written, produced and directed by Taylor Hackford, and ...more
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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx
Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road ...more
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Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long
Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer, and starring Martin Lawrence as FBI agent Malcolm Turner. The majority of the ...more
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard
This film​ is a 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50 Cent's first film as an actor. It was released on November 9, 2005, and was known as Locked and Loaded during ...more
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Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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Why Did I Get Married? is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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Antwone Fisher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson
Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by Denzel Washington, marking his directorial debut. He also stars in the film as the psychiatrist Jerome Davenport, alongside ...more
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Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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 Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard
The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more
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All About the Benjamins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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Notorious is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke
Notorious is a 2009 American biographical film about the life of Christopher Wallace, an American rapper better known by the stage name The Notorious B.I.G. The film stars Jamal Woolard as ...more
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Precious: Based on the Novel P... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton
Precious is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey ...more
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Are We There Yet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Ice Cube, Nia Long, Tracy Morgan
Are We There Yet? is a 2005 American/Canadian road family comedy film directed by Brian Levant and starring Ice Cube. It was produced by Revolution Studios and distributed by Columbia Pictures. ...more
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I Can Do Bad All by Myself is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself is a 2009 romantic musical comedy-drama film which was released on September 11, 2009. The film was directed, produced, and written by Tyler Perry, who ...more