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The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked

Updated June 24, 2020 4.8k votes 640 voters 58.2k views47 items

This list contains information on the best Black kids' movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best Black kidss films come in many forms. Some Black family films are about kind princesses while other good Black kids' movies feature nonstop action. A few of the best Black kids' films are  documentaries.

What films will you find on this top Black kids' movies list? The Princess and the Frog has to be in the running. This 2009 Disney film featured an all-star cast including Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, and more. The lead character in the film, Tiana, was introduced as Disney's first-ever African American princess. The Karate Kid - starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan - is another great inspiring movie for African American children.

Eddie Murphy provided laughs for the whole family as the title character in the 1998 movie Dr. Dolittle. Other good films featured on this best Black family films list include The Wiz, Good Burger, and Remember the Titans.

Which Black kids' film do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best movies a thumbs up and please add any good family features we may have missed.

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    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • 3
    Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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    Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Akeelah and the Bee

    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne

    Released2006

    Directed byDoug Atchison

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    The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Princess and the Frog

    Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Karate Kid

    Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2010

    Directed byHarald Zwart

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    Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Dr. Dolittle

    Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres

    Released1998

    Directed byBetty Thomas

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  • 8
    Are We There Yet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Are We There Yet

    Ice Cube, Nia Long

    Released2005

    Directed byBrian Levant

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  • 9
    The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Wiz

    Michael Jackson, Diana Ross

    Released1978

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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    Daddy Day Care is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Daddy Day Care

    Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert

    Released2003

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    The Proud Family Movie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Proud Family Movie

    Maria Canals Barrera, Arsenio Hall

    Released2005

    Directed byBruce W. Smith

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

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    Are We Done Yet? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Are We Done Yet?

    Magic Johnson, Ice Cube

    Released2007

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Great Debaters

    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker

    Released2007

    Directed byDenzel Washington

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  • 15
    Johnson Family Vacation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Johnson Family Vacation

    Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham

    Released2004

    Directed byChristopher Erskin

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  • 16
    The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Nutty Professor

    Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Shadyac

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  • 17
    Drumline is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Drumline

    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

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  • 18
    Like Mike is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Like Mike

    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Schultz

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Cinderella

    Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Iscove

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  • 20
    Fat Albert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Fat Albert

    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné

    Released2004

    Directed byJoel Zwick

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    Good Burger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Good Burger

    Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra

    Released1997

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Roll Bounce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Roll Bounce

    Meagan Good, Nick Cannon

    Released2005

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noma Dumezweni

    Released2019

    Directed byChiwetel Ejiofor

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    Pride is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
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    Pride

    Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac

    Released2007

    Directed bySunu Gonera

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