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The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s 

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Updated July 13, 2020 6.7k votes 1.1k voters 88.5k views 51 items

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

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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood

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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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Chris Robinson

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Baby Boy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Snoop Dogg, Taraji P. Henson, Tyrese Gibson

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Singleton

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Next Friday is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Mike Epps

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steve Carr

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Barbershop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Ice Cube, Eve, Janina Gavankar

Released: 2002

Directed by: Tim Story

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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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Drumline is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

Released: 2002

Directed by: Charles Stone III

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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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

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Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sylvain White

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Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

Released: 2002

Directed by: Charles Stone III

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Ray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

Released: 2004

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bill Condon

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Friday After Next is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
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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

Released: 2000

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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John Q is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher

Released: 2002

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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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

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tyler Perry

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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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Denzel Washington

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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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Norbit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brian Robbins

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Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

Released: 2006

Directed by: Doug Atchison

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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

Released: 2009

Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

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All About the Benjamins ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin Bray

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Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

Released: 2005

Directed by: Craig Brewer

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How High is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Black Movies of the 2000s
Jeffrey Jones, Tracy Morgan, Lark Voorhies

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jesse Dylan

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