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
290 93
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Pulp Fiction

2
227 79
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Training Day

3
262 98
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Shawshank Redemption

4
137 24
Django is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

5
224 78
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Green Mile

6
206 74
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
The Matrix

7
78 7
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
KwameObiri-Addai added Black Panther

8
236 85
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X

9
161 69
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added What's Love Got to Do with It

10
148 62
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Shaft

11
121 56
Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Dismalhead added Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

12
132 36
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

13
162 79
Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

14
182 78
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

15
47 6
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
141 68
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Lethal Weapon

17
170 74
Blade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

18
174 78
Benjamin Buford

19
53 8
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown

20
96 33
Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Devil in a Blue Dress

21
105 49
Celie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added The Color Purple

22
81 26
Ezekial
Devil in a Blue Dress

23
106 62
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Roots: The Gift

24
143 65
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

25
122 63
Agent J is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Men in Black, Men in Black II