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The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite action movies that star black actors and characters.

This list contains information on the best black action movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best black action films come in many forms. Some black action films revolve around supernatural threats while other good black action movies feature hero cops. Many of the best black action films are starring 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.

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

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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Téa Leoni, Martin Lawrence
Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, and directed by Michael Bay in his directorial debut. It ...more
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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith
Set It Off is a 1996 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly ...more
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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington
Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more
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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino
Bad Boys II is a 2003 American action-comedy film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. The film is a sequel to the 1995 film Bad ...more
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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba
American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a ...more
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Juice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah
Juice is a 1992 American drama thriller directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, written by Ernest R. Dickerson and Gerard Brown. It stars rapper Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. Additional cast members ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser
Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who heads to Beverly Hills, California to ...more
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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson
Four Brothers is a 2005 American action film directed by John Singleton. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, and Garrett Hedlund. The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan ...more
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Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez
Paid in Full is a 2002 American crime drama film that was produced by Roc-A-Fella Films and directed by Charles Stone III. It takes place in Harlem just before the Crack Epidemic that hit during ...more
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Blade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords
Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more
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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson
New Jack City is a 1991 American thriller action film film directed by Mario Van Peebles in his directorial debut, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Allen ...more
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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg
Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman
Shaft is a 1971 American blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. An action film with elements of film noir, Shaft tells the story of a private detective, ...more
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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox
Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more
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All About the Benjamins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall
All About the Benjamins is a 2002 American action comedy film directed by Kevin Bray, and starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps as a bounty hunter and repeat offender who join forces to find a group ...more
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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker
This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, ...more
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Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard
This film​ is a 2005 American hip-hop biopic crime film starring 50 Cent. It is 50 Cent's first film as an actor. It was released on November 9, 2005, and was known as Locked and Loaded during ...more
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Belly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Nas, DMX, Method Man
Belly is a 1998 American film, directed by music video director Hype Williams, in his film directing debut. Filmed in New York City as an urban drama, the film stars rappers DMX and Nas, ...more
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Hoodlum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne
This film is a 1997 drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke.
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A Low Down Dirty Shame is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton
A Low Down Dirty Shame is a 1994 action-comedy film, written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans. The film also stars Charles S. Dutton, Jada Pinkett, and Salli Richardson.
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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman
Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National Security Agency agents conspiring to take out a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up. It was written by ...more
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Shottas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley
Shottas is a 2002 Jamaican crime film about two young men who participate in organized crime in Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida. It stars Kymani Marley, Spragga Benz, Paul Campbell and ...more
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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer
Blue Streak is a 1999 film, directed by Les Mayfield with Martin Lawrence. The director has also directed other famous films, including the remake of Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street in 1994. In ...more
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Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Gilbert Gottfried
Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 action comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Tony Scott. It is the first sequel in the Beverly Hills Cop series. Murphy returns as Detroit police ...more