The Greatest Black Actresses Of All Time
This list ranks the very best African American actresses of all time. These great Black actresses have starred in every genre of film from musicals and dramas to comedies. Some of these actresses, like Viola Davis, have rightfully won Academy Awards for their work.
Who are some of the greatest African American actresses? Halle Berry made our list. She has starred in memorable movies like Jungle Fever and Monster's Ball. Kerry Washington also appears on this list of the top Black actresses. Though she is best known for her work on TV's Scandal, Washington has starred in such movies as Django Unchained and Lakeview Terrace.
Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her performance in Ghost. She was also nominated for her role in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. Jackie Brown actress Pam Grier also made this list, as did the striking Think Like a Man beauty, Meagan Good. Angela Bassett is another famous actress who most recently won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nom for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The list of Black excellence goes on and on.
Who do you think is the best African American actress in the history of film? Vote up your favorite Black female actors below. Then check back to see if your favorite popular Black actresses topped the list!
- Credits: The Help, How to Get Away with Murder, Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Won for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Fences (2016)
- Credits: What's Love Got to Do with It, Malcom X, Black Panther
Won for Best Actress Golden Globe for What's Love Got To Do With It (1994)
- Credits: The Help, Hidden Figures, The Shape of Water
Won for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Help (2012)
- Credits: Empire, Hidden Figures, The Karate Kid, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2009)
- Credits: If Beale Street Could Talk, Watchmen, One Night in Miami...
Won for Best Supporting Actress Oscar forIf Beale Street Could Talk (1994)
- Credits: The Help, How to Get Away with Murder, Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittmanan
Won for Best Actress Emmy for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1982)