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The Very Best Black Movies Of The 2000s

Updated October 8, 2020 8.2k votes 1.3k voters 97.3k 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 & Basketball1
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

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    #1 of 101 The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked#120 of 150 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

  • ATL2
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    ATL

    T.I., Lauren London

    Released2006

    Directed byChris Robinson

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    #50 of 147 The Very Best Movies About Life in the Ghetto#530 of 530 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made

  • Baby Boy3
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    Baby Boy

    Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    #32 of 63 The Best Movies About Gangs#66 of 202 The Best R-Rated Coming Of Age Movies

  • Next Friday4
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    Next Friday

    Ice Cube, Chris Tucker

    Released2000

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    #21 of 106 The Best Stoner Movies#14 of 27 The Funniest Movies About Weed

  • Barbershop5
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    Barbershop

    Ice Cube, Eve

    Released2002

    Directed byTim Story

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    #12 of 34 The Best Comedies About the Workplace#7 of 34 The Best Hood Comedy Movies

  • Bad Boys II6
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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    #30 of 68 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels#46 of 101 The Best Bromance Movies

  • Paid in Full7
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    Paid in Full

    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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    #147 of 216 The Best R-Rated Crime Thriller Movies#106 of 207 The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies

  • The Pursuit of Happyness8
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    #340 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#24 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

  • Stomp the Yard9
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    Stomp the Yard

    Chris Brown, Meagan Good

    Released2007

    Directed bySylvain White

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    #25 of 108 The Best Dance Movies Ever Made#19 of 33 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing

  • Drumline10
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    Drumline

    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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    #61 of 192 The Best Movies About Music#368 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • Dreamgirls11
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    Dreamgirls

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy

    Released2006

    Directed byBill Condon

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    Every Song in Dreamgirls, Ranked by Singability#187 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

  • Big Momma's House12
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    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence

    Released2000

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    #18 of 57 The Funniest Movies About Cops#127 of 165 The Funniest Slapstick Movies Ever Made

  • Ray13
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    #304 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#493 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

  • Get Rich or Die Tryin'14
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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    #9 of 36 30+ Great Movies About Urban Teens#19 of 159 The Best Hood Movies

  • John Q15
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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

    Released2002

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    #6 of 29 Powerful Movies About Sick & Dying Children#10 of 101 The Best Kidnapping & Hostage Movies Of All Time, Ranked

  • Friday After Next16
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    Friday After Next

    Ice Cube, Terry Crews

    Released2002

    Directed byMarcus Raboy

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    #60 of 136 The Best Third Films In A Movie Series#73 of 224 The Worst Sequels Of All Time

  • The Princess and the Frog17
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    The Princess and the Frog

    Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    #28 of 542 The Best Animated Films Ever#95 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • Antwone Fisher18
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    Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

    Released2002

    Directed byDenzel Washington

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    #17 of 40 The Most Inspirational Black Movies#23 of 134 The Best Directorial Debuts of Famous Actors

  • Why Did I Get Married?19
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    Why Did I Get Married?

    Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry

    Released2007

    Directed byTyler Perry

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    #95 of 133 The Best Movies Based on Plays#23 of 57 The Funniest Movies About Marriage

  • Akeelah and the Bee20
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    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byDoug Atchison

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    #637 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#9 of 27 Great Movies About Very Smart Young Girls

  • Notorious21
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    Notorious

    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie

    Released2009

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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    #40 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#60 of 91 Great Historical Black Movies Based On True Stories

  • How High22
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    How High

    Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan

    Released2001

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    #1532 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#711 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself23
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    I Can Do Bad All by Myself

    Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige

    Released2009

    Directed byTyler Perry

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    #69 of 130 The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women#2 of 12 All of Tyler Perry's Madea Movies

  • Norbit24
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    Norbit

    Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton

    Released2007

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    #152 of 264 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals#42 of 52 The Best Cuba Gooding, Jr. Movies

  • Are We There Yet25
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    Are We There Yet

    Ice Cube, Nia Long

    Released2005

    Directed byBrian Levant

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    #191 of 661 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#130 of 144 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made