Film Characters The Best African-American Characters in Film  

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List Rules Only film characters who are African American (so, Lando Calrissian doesn't count). Upvote the greatest characters in any movies.

A list of the all time greatest African American characters in film, ranked as the best in film history by movie lovers everywhere. This list has the best African American characters in film and includes photos and the film in which they appeared. Who are the all time best black characters in film?

From classic films like The Green Mile, Shaft, and The Help, the characters on this list are also some of the best characters in film history. Many of the actors who portrayed these classic African American male and female film characters received numerous awards for their notable performances.

Characters on this list include Alonzo Harris, Morpheus, Blade, Sherriff Bart, Jules Winnfield, John Shaft, and Captain Rhodes. Cast your votes for the African American characters listed here that you believe are the best of all time. If the African American characters you think are the greatest are missing from the list, add them below to complete the list.

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Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

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196 68
Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Alonzo Harris Training Day

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Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding The Shawshank Redemption

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Django is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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200 70
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Coffey The Green Mile

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191 67
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Morpheus The Matrix

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140 57
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Shaft Shaft

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Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Dismalhead added Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

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217 83
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X Malcolm X

10
113 32
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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137 64
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

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Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
KwameObiri-Addai added Black Panther Black Panther

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Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mouse Alexander Devil in a Blue Dress

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42 5
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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156 70
Blade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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36 4
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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128 65
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

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161 76
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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Ezekial "Easy" Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress

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157 75
Benjamin Buford

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105 63
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Mammy Gone with the Wind

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Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

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127 49
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

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126 63
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

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90 48
Celie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Celie The Color Purple

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93 61
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

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94 52
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Principal Joe Clark Lean on Me

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104 60
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

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77 33
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

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67 26
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coffy Coffy

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33 5
Deloris Van Cartier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Deloris Van Cartier Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Sister Act

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66 28
Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tre Styles Boyz N the Hood

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124 58
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Hancock Hancock

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36 8
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Sofia Gimme the Loot, The Color Purple, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle

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83 43
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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66 31
Doughboy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Doughboy Boyz N the Hood

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82 53
Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Aibileen Clark The Help

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95 64
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Minny Jackson The Help

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49 22
Sam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Sam Casablanca

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93 59
Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Lucius Fox Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

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89 69
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

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46 22
Carl Lee Hailey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Carl Lee Hailey A Time to Kill

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63 44
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

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106 58
Storm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

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74 55
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Solomon Northup 12 Years a Slave

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44 21
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Jackie Robinson 42

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24 5
Mama Odie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Mama Odie The Princess and the Frog

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61 44
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film