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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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Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding The Shawshank Redemption

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2
165 60
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Alonzo Training Day

3
215 76
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

4
169 59
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Morpheus The Matrix

5
127 50
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Shaft Shaft

6
171 68
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Coffey The Green Mile

7
97 41
Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Dismalhead added Sergeant Emil Foley Louis Gosseti Jr. in An Officer and a Gentleman

8
66 10
Django is listed (or ranked) 8 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!

9
184 78
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Malcolm X Malcolm X

10
94 29
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

11
132 73
Axl Foley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Axl Foley Beverly Hills Cop

12
113 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
96 53
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Mammy Gone with the Wind

14
74 25
Chicken George is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Chicken George Roots

15
75 26
Mouse Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Mouse Alexander Devil in a Blue Dress

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143 72
Benjamin Buford

17
116 65
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

18
65 21
Ezekiel
Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins Devil in a Blue Dress

19
143 74
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

20
135 69
Blade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

21
122 48
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

22
83 31
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coffy Coffy

23
92 58
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

24
112 53
John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
John Hancock Hancock

25
107 62
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

26
23 3
Nyota Uhura is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Nyota Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

27
74 48
Celie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Celie The Color Purple

28
77 60
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

29
46 20
Sam is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Sam Casablanca

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76 52
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Principal Joe Clark Lean on Me

31
53 26
John Quincy Archibald is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

32
55 28
Tre Styles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tre Styles Boyz N the Hood

33
25 4
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

34
59 32
Coach Herman Boone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Coach Herman Boone Remember the Titans

35
55 29
Doughboy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Doughboy Boyz N the Hood

36
60 42
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film

37
69 51
Aibileen Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Aibileen Clark The Help

38
25 6
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
80 62
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Minny Jackson The Help

40
67 42
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Tiana The Princess and the Frog

41
23 5
Deloris Van Cartier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Deloris Van Cartier Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Sister Act

42
68 53
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
LanaYoshii added Solomon Northup 12 Years a Slave

43
81 66
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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22 5
Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Oda Mae Brown Ghost

45
58 43
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

46
81 58
Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
22 7
Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

48
17 3
Mama Odie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
FranciscodeSouza added Mama Odie The Princess and the Frog

49
90 57
Storm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

50
34 20
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best African-American Characters in Film
RobLein added Jackie Robinson 42