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The Very Best Black Movies Of The 2000s

Updated October 8, 2020 8.0k votes 1.3k voters 93.0k 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
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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    ATL
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    ATL

    T.I., Lauren London

    Released2006

    Directed byChris Robinson

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    Baby Boy
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    Baby Boy

    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Next Friday
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    Next Friday

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker

    Released2000

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    Barbershop
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    Barbershop

    Ice Cube, Eve

    Released2002

    Directed byTim Story

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    Bad Boys II
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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Paid in Full
    172
    20

    Paid in Full

    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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    Drumline
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    Drumline

    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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    The Pursuit of Happyness
    193
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    Stomp the Yard
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    Stomp the Yard

    Chris Brown, Meagan Good

    Released2007

    Directed bySylvain White

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    #23 of 94 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made#14 of 33 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing

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    Dreamgirls
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    Dreamgirls

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy

    Released2006

    Directed byBill Condon

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    Big Momma's House
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    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence

    Released2000

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'
    140
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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    Ray
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    Friday After Next
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    Friday After Next

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews

    Released2002

    Directed byMarcus Raboy

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    John Q
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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

    Released2002

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Akeelah and the Bee
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    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byDoug Atchison

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    Notorious
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    Notorious

    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie

    Released2009

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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    The Princess and the Frog
    132
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    The Princess and the Frog

    Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    Why Did I Get Married?
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    Why Did I Get Married?

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry

    Released2007

    Directed byTyler Perry

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    #21 of 57 The Funniest Movies About Marriage#126 of 132 The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors

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    How High
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    How High

    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    #1598 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies#715 of 926 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    Are We There Yet
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    Are We There Yet

    Ice Cube, Nia Long

    Released2005

    Directed byBrian Levant

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    I Can Do Bad All by Myself
    107
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    I Can Do Bad All by Myself

    Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige

    Released2009

    Directed byTyler Perry

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    Hustle & Flow
    117
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    Hustle & Flow

    Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris

    Released2005

    Directed byCraig Brewer

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    Norbit
    140
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    Norbit

    Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton

    Released2007

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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