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The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked

Updated December 2, 2020 3.9k votes 553 voters 56.6k views68 items

List RulesVote 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 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.

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 Boys1
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    Bad Boys

    Will Smith, Téa Leoni

    Released1995

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Bad Boys is a 1995 American action comedy film produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Training Day2
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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  • Bad Boys II3
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    Bad Boys II

    Megan Fox, Will Smith

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • Set It Off4
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    Set It Off

    Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre

    Released1996

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    Set It Off is a 1996 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier... more on Wikipedia

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  • Juice5
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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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  • Paid in Full6
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    Paid in Full

    Regina Hall, Cam'ron

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

    Paid in Full is a 2002 American crime drama film that was produced by Roc-A-Fella Films and... more on Wikipedia
  • Four Brothers7
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    Four Brothers

    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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  • Beverly Hills Cop8
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    Beverly Hills Cop

    Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans

    Released1984

    Directed byMartin Brest

    Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • New Jack City9
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    New Jack City

    Chris Rock, Ice-T

    Released1991

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

    New Jack City is a 1991 American action crime film directed by Mario Van Peebles. In his rise... more on Wikipedia

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  • American Gangster10
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    American Gangster

    Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe

    Released2007

    Directed byRidley Scott

    American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed by Ridley Scott, based... more on Wikipedia
  • Blade11
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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

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  • Men in Black12
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry... more on Wikipedia

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  • I Am Legend13
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Shaft14
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    Shaft

    Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn

    Released1971

    Directed byGordon Parks

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  • Enemy of the State15
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

    Enemy of the State is a 1998 American spy-thriller about a group of rogue U.S. National... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Low Down Dirty Shame16
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    A Low Down Dirty Shame

    Jada Pinkett Smith, Salli Richardson

    Released1994

    Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans

    A Low Down Dirty Shame is a 1994 action-comedy film, written, directed by, and starring Keenen... more on Wikipedia
  • Dead Presidents17
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    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and... more on Wikipedia

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  • All About the Benjamins18
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    All About the Benjamins

    Eva Mendes, Ice Cube

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Bray

    All About the Benjamins is a 2002 American action comedy film directed by Kevin Bray, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Shottas19
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    Shottas

    Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled

    Released2002

    Directed byCess Silvera

    Shottas is a 2002 Jamaican crime film about two young men who participate in organized crime... more on Wikipedia
  • Blue Streak20
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    Blue Streak

    Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle

    Released1999

    Directed byLes Mayfield

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  • Independence Day21
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Belly22
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    Belly

    Nas, DMX

    Released1998

    Directed byHype Williams

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  • Get Rich or Die Tryin'23
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    Get Rich or Die Tryin'

    50 Cent, Viola Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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  • Hoodlum24
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    Hoodlum

    Queen Latifah, Tim Roth

    Released1997

    Directed byBill Duke

    This film is a 1997 drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke.

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  • Beverly Hills Cop II25
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    Beverly Hills Cop II

    Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

    Released1987

    Directed byTony Scott

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