Fictional 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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1
208 72
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Training Day

2
269 90
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Pulp Fiction

3
244 94
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Shawshank Redemption

4
210 73
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Green Mile

5
114 21
Django is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

6
194 70
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Matrix

7
141 60
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Shaft

8
52 4
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
KwameObiri-Addai added Black Panther

9
222 84
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X

10
114 55
Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Dismalhead added Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

11
143 67
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added What's Love Got to Do with It

12
117 34
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

13
150 78
Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

14
89 28
Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Devil in a Blue Dress

15
169 77
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

16
164 75
Benjamin Buford

17
157 72
Blade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

18
130 66
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Lethal Weapon

19
39 5
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

20
73 23
Ezekial
Devil in a Blue Dress

21
106 65
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Gone with the Wind

22
82 30
Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

23
44 7
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown

24
93 48
Celie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added The Color Purple

25
97 61
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Roots: The Gift

26
128 50
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blazing Saddles

27
98 52
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Lean on Me

28
110 61
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Men in Black, Men in Black II

29
129 64
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

30
82 34
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Remember the Titans

31
71 28
Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Boyz N the Hood

32
69 27
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

33
36 6
Deloris Van Cartier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Sister Act

34
39 8
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Gimme the Loot, The Color Purple, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle

35
92 35
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coffy

36
70 31
Doughboy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Boyz N the Hood

37
86 53
Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Help

38
99 64
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Help

39
126 60
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Hancock Hancock

40
86 45
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Princess and the Frog

41
50 22
Carl Lee Hailey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
A Time to Kill

42
50 23
Sam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Sam Casablanca

43
48 21
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Jackie Robinson 42

44
79 55
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added 12 Years a Slave

45
95 60
Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

46
92 69
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
In the Heat of the Night

47
65 45
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Lady Sings the Blues

48
26 6
Mama Odie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added The Princess and the Frog

49
109 60
Storm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

50
27 8
Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Ghost