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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1
204 69
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Training Day

2
263 87
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Pulp Fiction

3
240 93
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Shawshank Redemption

4
206 71
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Green Mile

5
111 19
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
193 69
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Matrix

7
140 59
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Shaft

8
220 83
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X

9
113 55
Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Dismalhead added Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

10
117 33
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

11
142 66
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
147 78
Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

13
89 27
Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Devil in a Blue Dress

14
37 3
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
KwameObiri-Addai added Black Panther

15
156 71
Blade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

16
161 75
Benjamin Buford

17
129 66
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Lethal Weapon

18
164 77
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

19
43 6
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown

20
73 22
Ezekial
Devil in a Blue Dress

21
105 65
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Gone with the Wind

22
37 5
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
81 30
Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

24
128 63
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

25
92 48
Celie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added The Color Purple

26
96 61
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Roots: The Gift

27
127 50
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blazing Saddles

28
97 52
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Lean on Me

29
108 61
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Men in Black, Men in Black II

30
81 34
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Remember the Titans

31
35 5
Deloris Van Cartier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Sister Act

32
68 27
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

33
69 28
Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Boyz N the Hood

34
92 34
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coffy

35
38 8
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Gimme the Loot, The Color Purple, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle

36
86 43
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Princess and the Frog

37
125 59
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Hancock Hancock

38
85 53
Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Help

39
97 64
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Help

40
67 31
Doughboy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Boyz N the Hood

41
10 0
Chris Washington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
KwameObiri-Addai added Chris Washington Get Out

42
49 23
Sam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Sam Casablanca

43
47 21
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Jackie Robinson 42

44
77 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
94 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
48 22
Carl Lee Hailey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
A Time to Kill

47
65 44
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 5
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
108 58
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
90 69
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
In the Heat of the Night