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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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239 80
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

2
182 64
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Alonzo Training Day

3
92 12
Django is listed (or ranked) 3 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!

4
224 89
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding The Shawshank Redemption

5
183 62
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Morpheus The Matrix

6
186 70
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Coffey The Green Mile

7
135 52
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Shaft Shaft

8
104 46
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

9
201 79
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X Malcolm X

10
102 30
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

11
141 73
Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

12
124 63
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

13
82 26
Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mouse Alexander Devil in a Blue Dress

14
103 57
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Mammy Gone with the Wind

List of the Best Black Movies

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147 69
Blade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

16
125 65
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

17
151 73
Benjamin Buford

18
153 74
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

19
34 4
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

20
69 21
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Ezekial "Easy" Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress

21
78 27
Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

The Greatest Fictional Rappers

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28 3
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
124 48
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

24
99 58
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

25
117 63
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

26
87 32
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coffy Coffy

27
87 60
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

28
120 54
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Hancock Hancock

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film

29
87 52
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Principal Joe Clark Lean on Me

30
61 26
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

31
70 33
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

32
80 48
Celie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Celie The Color Purple

33
63 28
Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tre Styles Boyz N the Hood

34
30 5
Deloris Van Cartier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Deloris Van Cartier Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Sister Act

35
62 30
Doughboy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Doughboy Boyz N the Hood

The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

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48 20
Sam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Sam Casablanca

37
76 51
Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Aibileen Clark The Help

38
88 62
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Minny Jackson The Help

39
29 7
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
71 42
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

41
61 42
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

42
88 58
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

The Clumsiest People in Film

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72 53
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Solomon Northup 12 Years a Slave

44
84 66
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

45
23 5
Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Oda Mae Brown Ghost

46
59 43
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

47
99 57
Storm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

48
24 7
Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

49
20 4
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

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