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The Best Black Action Movies

Updated May 7, 2021 4.0k votes 609 voters 60.8k views134 items

List RulesVote up your favorite action movies that star Black actors and characters.

The best Black action movies on this list are some of theb est action movies ever made. The best Black action films can be both action-packed aswell as dramatic. Some Black action films revolve around supernatural threats while other good Black action movies feature hero cops. Many of the best Black action films star Will Smith.

 

What films will you find on this top Black action movies list? Men in Black has to be at the top. This 1997 film finds Will Smith teaming up with Tommy Lee Jones to “protect the earth from the scum of the universe.” Smith also protected the world from an impending alien invasion the previous year in Independence Day. New Jack City is another great action movie with an incredible cast of talented Black actors.

Blankman combines action and comedy as Damon Wayans stars as an inventor turned superhero. Other good
Black action films featured on this list include Bad Boys, Set It Off, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. You'll also find great Black women action films. But which one should be at the top? You get to help decide with your votes.

Do you have a favorite
Black action movie? Take a look at this list and give the best films a vote up to make sure they end up at the top of the list.

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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

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    #13 of 102 The Best 1990s Action Movies#8 of 11 11 Actors That Totally Stole Movies From Their Co-Stars

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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

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    #400 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#685 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

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    #188 of 225 The Worst Sequels Of All Time#7 of 12 12 Comedy Sequels That Might Actually Be Better Than The Originals

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    Set It Off

    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

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    #15 of 17 The Strongest Heist Movie Crews Who Could Pull Off Any Job#227 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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    Paid in Full

    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

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    #167 of 235 The Best R-Rated Crime Thriller Movies#106 of 207 The Best R-Rated Period Piece Movies

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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

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    #9 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#6 of 305 The Funniest '80s Movies

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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

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    #9 of 85 The Greatest African American Biopics#11 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time

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    Four Brothers

    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg

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    #326 of 666 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#16 of 32 The Best Movies About Thanksgiving, Ranked

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    New Jack City

    Chris Rock, Ice-T

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    #351 of 440 Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s#285 of 451 The Best Movies For Guys

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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

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    #18 of 49 The Very Best Movies About Hackers#6 of 90 The Greatest Movies About CIA Agents & Operatives

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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Shaft

    Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn

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    #96 of 306 The Greatest Movie Themes#251 of 552 The Best '70s Movies

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    A Low Down Dirty Shame

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson

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    #173 of 206 The Best R-Rated Action Movies Of All Time, Ranked#58 of 65 The Best Black Comedy Movies Of The '90s

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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

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    #22 of 180 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies#4 of 14 Movies That Threw Book Endings Out The Window Completely

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    Shottas

    Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled
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    All About the Benjamins

    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube

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    #43 of 72 The Best '00s Cop Movies#104 of 198 The Best Heist Movies

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    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

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    #17 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#61 of 122 Great Movies That Place In The '60s

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    Blue Streak

    Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle

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    #109 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#630 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

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    #26 of 95 80+ Great Movies About Black Teens#19 of 159 The Best Hood Movies

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    Belly

    Nas, DMX

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    #82 of 175 Movies That Should Be Made Into Broadway Musicals#14 of 20 20 Action Movies That Are Way Better Than The Oscar Winners That Beat Them

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    Beverly Hills Cop II

    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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    #18 of 68 The Best Comedy Movie Sequels#41 of 175 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

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    Big Momma's House

    Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence

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    #895 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#23 of 145 The Funniest Black Movies Ever Made