Culture The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best black kids movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best black kids films come in many forms. Some black family films are about kind princesses while other good black kids movies feature non-stop action. A few of the best black kids films are even 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
KwameObiri-Addai added Black Panther Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more

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Akeelah and the Bee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Akeelah and the Bee Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National ...more

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Karate Kid Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Jaden Smith The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and it was produced by Jaden's parents Will and Jada. It is a ...more

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Dr. Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Dr. Dolittle Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to animals. The film was inspired by the series of children's ...more

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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
KwameObiri-Addai added Hidden Figures Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more

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The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Princess and the Frog Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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The Proud Family Movie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Proud Family Movie Maria Canals Barrera, Arsenio Hall, Carlos Mencia The Proud Family Movie is a Disney Channel Original Movie which premiered on August 19, 2005. The film served as the series finale for the Disney Channel animated series, The Proud Family.

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Johnson Family Vacation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Johnson Family Vacation Shannon Elizabeth, Kat Graham, Vanessa L. Williams Johnson Family Vacation is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Christopher Erskin. It stars Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Gabby Soleil, Shannon Elizabeth, Solange ...more

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Daddy Day Care is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Daddy Day Care Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert, Elle Fanning Daddy Day Care is a 2003 American comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and co-starring Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, Anjelica Huston and Lacey Chabert. Written by Geoff Rodkey and directed ...more

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Roll Bounce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Roll Bounce Meagan Good, Nick Cannon, Paul Wesley Roll Bounce is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written by Norman Vance Jr. and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film stars hip hop artist Bow Wow as the leader of a roller skating crew in 1970s ...more

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Good Burger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Good Burger Shaquille O'Neal, Carmen Electra, Linda Cardellini Good Burger is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The film evolved from the comedy sketch "Good Burger" featured on the ...more

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The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Great Debaters Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biopic period drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Productions. It is based ...more

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Like Mike is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Like Mike Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Lipnicki Like Mike is a 2002 film directed by John Schultz and starring Lil' Bow Wow. The film was produced by NBA Productions and features many cameo appearances by NBA stars.

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Fat Albert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Fat Albert Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Dania Ramirez Fat Albert is a 2004 live-action/animated comedy film based on the Filmation animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The film was produced by Davis Entertainment for 20th Century Fox, and ...more

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You Got Served is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
You Got Served Lil' Kim, Meagan Good, Steve Harvey You Got Served is a film written and directed by Chris Stokes, manager of its stars, recording artist Marques Houston and the members of boy band B2K. The plot concerns a group of dancers, who ...more

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The Secret Life of Bees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Secret Life of Bees Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. The film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith, with ...more

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Drumline is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Drumline Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a fictional story about a historically black college and university marching band, was written by Tina ...more

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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Wiz Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown Productions and Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on October 24, 1978. A reimagining of L. ...more

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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American science fiction comedy film starring Eddie Murphy. It is a remake of the 1963 film of the same name, which starred Jerry Lewis, and was itself based on ...more

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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Are We There Yet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Are We There Yet Ice Cube, Nia Long, Tracy Morgan Are We There Yet? is a 2005 American/Canadian road family comedy film directed by Brian Levant and starring Ice Cube. It was produced by Revolution Studios and distributed by Columbia Pictures. ...more

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Pride is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Pride Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold Pride is a 2007 biopic drama feature film released by Lionsgate Entertainment on March 23, 2007. Loosely based upon the true story of Philadelphia swim coach James "Jim" Ellis, Pride ...more

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Rebound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Rebound Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Tom Arnold Rebound is a 2005 comedy film directed by Steve Carr and starring Martin Lawrence as a disgraced college basketball coach who returns to his old middle school to coach the boys' basketball team. ...more

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Are We Done Yet? is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Are We Done Yet? Magic Johnson, Ice Cube, Nia Long Are We Done Yet? is a follow-up to Revolution Studios’ hilarious 2005 family comedy Are We There Yet? and picks up where the last story left off. Now married to Suzanne (Nia Long), Nick Persons ...more

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Queen of Katwe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Queen of Katwe Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine Queen of Katwe is a 2016 American biographical sports drama film directed by Mira Nair. A Ugandan girl (Madina Nalwanga) sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of

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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Cinderella Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters Cinderella is a 1997 American romantic musical fantasy telefilm produced by Walt Disney Television. The film stars Brandy, Whitney Houston, Paolo Montalban, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, ...more

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Dr. Dolittle 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Dr. Dolittle 2 Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Murphy, Mandy Moore Dr. Dolittle 2 is a 2001 American comedy film, and the sequel to the 1998 film Dr. Dolittle. The film again stars Eddie Murphy in the title role of a doctor who can talk to animals, as well as ...more

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Let It Shine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
KwameObiri-Addai added Let It Shine Indiana Evans, Tyler James Williams, Courtney B. Vance Let It Shine is a 2012 musical television film that premiered on Disney Channel. It features an ensemble cast of Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones, Trevor Jackson and Brandon Mychal Smith. The ...more

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Love Don't Cost a Thing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Love Don't Cost a Thing Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Milian, Nick Cannon Love Don't Cost a Thing, stylized as Love Don't Co$t a Thing, is a 2003 teen comedy film written and directed by Troy Beyer and starring Nick Cannon and Christina Milian It also stars Steve ...more

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Dr. Dolittle 3 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Dr. Dolittle 3 Raven-Symoné, Gary Busey, Norm Macdonald Dr. Dolittle 3 is a 2006 American family comedy film. It is the third film in the series. This is the first film in the series not to feature Eddie Murphy as Doctor Dolittle or ...more

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Gridiron Gang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Gridiron Gang Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett Gridiron Gang is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Phil Joanou, and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell and Kevin Dunn. It is loosely based on the ...more

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The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Meteor Man Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Robert Townsend with supporting roles done by Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James ...more

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Daddy Day Camp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Daddy Day Camp Cuba Gooding Jr., Tamala Jones, Brian Doyle-Murray Charlie Hinton (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Phil Ryerson (Paul Rae) are in over their heads. Summer is coming and after running the very successful Daddy Day Care, they are losing half the group to ...more

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Two Heads Are Better Than None is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Kenan & Kel: Two Heads Are Better Than None Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Ken Foree

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Underclassman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Underclassman Kelly Hu, Roselyn Sánchez, Nick Cannon Underclassman is a 2005 action comedy film directed by Marcos Siega, and stars Nick Cannon, Shawn Ashmore, Roselyn Sánchez, Kelly Hu, Hugh Bonneville, and Cheech Marin. It was released on ...more

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Kirikou and the Sorceress is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Kirikou and the Sorceress Ryunosuke Kamiki, Isseu Niang, Robert Liensol Kirikou and the Sorceress is a 1998 traditional animation feature film written and directed by Michel Ocelot. Drawn from elements of West African folk tales, it depicts how a newborn boy, ...more

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The Longshots is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Pete Denim Spot added The Longshots Ice Cube, Debby Ryan, Chloe Bridges The Longshots is a 2008 biopic family comedy-drama film sports movie based on the real life events of Jasmine Plummer, the first female to participate in the Pop Warner football tournament. The ...more

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Like Mike 2: Streetball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Like Mike 2: Streetball Kel Mitchell, Michael Beach, Moneca Delain Like Mike 2: Streetball is an American direct-to-video film, and stand-alone sequel to Like Mike. It was directed by David Nelson and released on June 6, 2006. This film does not feature any of ...more

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Hoop Dreams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Hoop Dreams Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James and Frederick Marx, with Kartemquin Films. It follows the story of two African-American high school ...more

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Sounder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Sounder Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Peter MacNeill

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A Diva's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
A Diva's Christmas Carol Kathy Griffin, Vanessa L. Williams, Rozonda Thomas A Diva's Christmas Carol is a 2000 VH1-original Christmas television film starring Vanessa L. Williams, Rozonda Thomas, Brian McNamara and Kathy Griffin. The film is a remake of the Charles ...more

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Johnson Family Dinner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Johnson Family Dinner Sid Burston, Ashely Shyne, Dylan Mooney

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The Golden Blaze is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
The Golden Blaze Neil Patrick Harris, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Clarke Duncan The Golden Blaze is an animated film released in 2005 written by Archie Gips and directed by Bryon E. Carson. The feature, starring the voices of Blair Underwood and Michael Clarke Duncan, had a ...more

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Polly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Black Children, Ranked
Polly Phylicia Rashād, Keshia Knight Pulliam Polly is a musical television movie that originally aired in November 1989 on NBC. Adapted from the book Pollyanna, Polly was directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen and stars Keshia Knight ...more