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The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked 

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Updated July 10, 2020 3.1k votes 507 voters 51.6k views 57 items

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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 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.

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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

Released: 1995

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington

Released: 2001

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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) 3 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Megan Fox, Will Smith, Dan Marino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Bay

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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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 1996

Directed by: F. Gary Gray

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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Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Regina Hall, Cam'ron, Angie Martinez

Released: 2002

Directed by: Charles Stone III

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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Juice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

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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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mario Van Peebles

New Jack City is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Mario Van Peebles. In his rise to power, crime lord Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) stops at nothing to profit off the New York City ...more

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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Paul Reiser

Released: 1984

Directed by: Martin Brest

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) 9 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Singleton

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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Blade is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Idris Elba

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ridley Scott

American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas. An outcast New York City cop (Russell Crowe) is charged with ...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

Released: 2007

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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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All About the Benjamins ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Ice Cube, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin Bray

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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

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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A Low Down Dirty Shame ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson, Charles S. Dutton

Released: 1994

Directed by: Keenen Ivory Wayans

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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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman

Released: 1971

Directed by: Gordon Parks

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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Shottas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Shottas Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, Ky-Mani Marley

Released: 2002

Directed by: Cess Silvera

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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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Jack Black, Gene Hackman

Released: 1998

Directed by: Tony Scott

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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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker

Released: 1995

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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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Belly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Nas, DMX, Method Man

Released: 1998

Directed by: Hype Williams

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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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Octavia Spencer

Released: 1999

Directed by: Les Mayfield

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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Get Rich or Die Tryin' ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alex Proyas

I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman, and is inspired by Isaac Asimov's ...more

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Waist Deep is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Vondie Curtis-Hall

Waist Deep is a 2006 drama-action film directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall, starring Tyrese Gibson and Meagan Good. It is loosely based on the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, including some similar ...more

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