films 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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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Men in Black 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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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Shaft 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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Bad Boys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Bad Boys 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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Independence Day 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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Beverly Hills Cop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Beverly Hills Cop 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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Blade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Blade 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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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Blade II Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Training Day Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington Training Day is a 2001 American crime thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics ...more

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Waist Deep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Waist Deep Meagan Good, Jayceon Terrell Taylor, Tyrese Gibson 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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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
I Am Legend 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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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan 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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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Four Brothers 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

The Longest Hollywood Marriages

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American Gangster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
American Gangster 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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Bad Boys II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Bad Boys II 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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Paid in Full is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Paid in Full 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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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
New Jack City Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American crime 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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Juice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Juice Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Juice is a 1992 American crime 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 ...more

The Best Female Action Movies, Ranked

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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 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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Money Train is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Money Train Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes Money Train is a 1995 American action film starring Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Lopez as New York City transit cops and Robert Blake as their iron-fisted boss. After losing his ...more

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Passenger 57 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Passenger 57 Elizabeth Hurley, Wesley Snipes, Tom Sizemore Passenger 57 is a 1992 American action film directed by Kevin Hooks. The film stars Wesley Snipes and Bruce Payne. The film's success made Snipes a popular action hero icon. It also introduced ...more

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Blankman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Blankman Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans, Arsenio Hall Blankman is a 1994 American superhero comedy-parody film directed by Mike Binder and starring Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. It was written by Wayans and J. F. Lawton, whose biggest success ...more

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Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Black Dynamite Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall, Salli Richardson Black Dynamite is a 2009 American action comedy film starring Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Chapman, and Tommy Davidson. The film was directed by Scott Sanders and ...more

The Best R-Rated Musical Drama Movies

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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith Set It Off is a 1996 American crime 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 ...more

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Cleopatra Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Cleopatra Jones Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle, Don Cornelius Cleopatra Jones is a 1973 blaxploitation action film starring Tamara Dobson.

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Belly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Belly 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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A Low Down Dirty Shame is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
A Low Down Dirty Shame 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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All About the Benjamins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
All About the Benjamins 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

The Finest Breasts In Entertainment

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Ride Along is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Ride Along Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Laurence Fishburne Ride Along is a 2014 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story and starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bryan Callen, Tika Sumpter and Laurence Fishburne. Greg Coolidge, Jason ...more

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Dead Presidents Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker Dead Presidents is a 1995 American crime film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy ...more

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Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Men in Black II Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action spy comedy film starring both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, ...more

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State Property is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
State Property Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Damon Dash State Property is a 2002 American crime film starring Beanie Sigel, Omillio Sparks, Memphis Bleek and Damon Dash. Rapper Jay-Z appears in a cameo role. It was produced by Roc-A-Fella Films and ...more

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Beverly Hills Cop II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Beverly Hills Cop II 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

The Greatest And Completely True Keanu Reeves Stories Ever Told

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In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
In Too Deep LL Cool J, Nas, Nia Long In Too Deep is a 1999 American crime-thriller-drama film written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer and starring Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Stanley Tucci with Pam ...more

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Hoodlum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Hoodlum Queen Latifah, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne Hoodlum is a 1997 crime drama film written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke.

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Get Rich or Die Tryin' is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard Get Rich or Die Tryin '​ 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 ...more

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Enemy of the State 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 kill a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up the murder. It was ...more

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Deep Cover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Deep Cover Jeff Goldblum, Laurence Fishburne, Clarence Williams III Deep Cover is a 1992 American neo-noir crime thriller film starring Laurence Fishburne and Jeff Goldblum and directed by veteran actor Bill Duke. It is also notable for its theme song of the ...more

The Most Beautiful Full-Figured Women on Earth

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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Men in Black 3 Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more

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Blue Streak is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Blue Streak 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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The Last Dragon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
The Last Dragon William H. Macy, Vanity, Keshia Knight Pulliam The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts musical film produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy and directed by Michael Schultz. The film was a critical disappointment but a financial success, and ...more

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Light It Up is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Light It Up Rosario Dawson, Usher, Judd Nelson Light It Up is a 1999 American hostage crime drama film starring an ensemble cast that consists of R&B singer/actor Usher Raymond, Rosario Dawson, Forest Whitaker, and Vanessa L. Williams. ...more

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Undercover Brother is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Undercover Brother Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Dave Chappelle Undercover Brother is a 2002 American action comedy film starring Eddie Griffin and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The screenplay is by Michael McCullers and co-executive producer John Ridley, who ...more

The Best War Movies Ever

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Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Unstoppable Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine Unstoppable is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark Bomback, and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. The film, loosely based on the real-life CSX ...more

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Brooklyn's Finest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Brooklyn's Finest Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle Brooklyn's Finest is a 2009 American crime film directed by Antoine Fuqua, and written by Michael C. Martin. The film stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes. The film was ...more

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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Shaft Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson Shaft is a 2000 American action-thriller film directed by John Singleton, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Pat Hingle, Toni Collette, Busta Rhymes, Vanessa L. ...more

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Superfly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Superfly Superfly is a 2011 documentary film directed by Anthony Blasko.

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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Blade: Trinity Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more

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Ride Along 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Ride Along 2 Olivia Munn, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong Ride Along 2 is an upcoming 2016 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story and written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, a sequel to the 2014 film Ride Along. The film stars Ice Cube, Kevin ...more

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Beverly Hills Cop III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Beverly Hills Cop III Eddie Murphy, George Lucas, Al Green Beverly Hills Cop III is a 1994 action-comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by John Landis, who had previously worked with Murphy on Trading Places and Coming to America. It is the ...more

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Big Momma's House is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Black Action Movies, Ranked
Big Momma's House Paul Giamatti, Martin Lawrence, Nia Long Big Momma's House is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer, and starring Martin Lawrence as FBI agent Malcolm Turner. The majority of the ...more