Thrillers The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite thrillers that feature black actors and characters.

This list contains information on the best black thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best black thriller films come in many forms. Some black suspense films revolve around a deadly love triangle while other good black thriller movies feature crooked cops. A few of the best black thriller films are even award winners.

What films will you find on this top black thrillers movies list? Training Day has to be at the top. This 2001 film featured Denzel Washington as Detective Alonzo Harris, a ranking member of the LAPD who blurs the line between cop and criminal. Washington took home the Oscar for Best Actor for the role. Lakeview Terrace is another fantastic black thriller.

Idris Elba and Beyonce Knowles joined forces to defeat a relentless stalker in the 2009 film, Obsessed. Other great black thriller films featured on this list include Jackie Brown, When the Bough Breaks, and Enemy of the State.

Which black thriller is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good movies we may have missed.

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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
iknowwhatawesternis added Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr. Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more

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Training Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg, Denzel Washington Training Day is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer, and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The story follows two LAPD narcotics officers over ...more

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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams Get Out is a 2017 satirical horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, ...more

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New Jack City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Chris Rock, Ice-T, Judd Nelson New Jack City is a 1991 American 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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Out of Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington, Sanaa Lathan Out of Time is a 2003 American thriller film, directed by Carl Franklin featuring Denzel Washington.

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Juice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah Juice is a 1992 American 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 members ...more

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John Q is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Bill Maher John Q is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film follows John Quincy Archibald, a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out ...more

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Fruitvale Station is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film directed by Ryan Coogler, based on true events. The story of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, ...more

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Four Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
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

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The Perfect Guy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

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Enemy of the State is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
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 take out a U.S. Congressman and try to cover up. It was written by ...more

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No Good Deed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb No Good Deed is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by Sam Miller and written by Aimée Lagos. The film stars Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Kate del Castillo, Mark Smith, ...more

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino Jackie Brown is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch, the first adaptation from Tarantino, and stars Pam ...more

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Lakeview Terrace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva LaRue Lakeview Terrace is a 2008 American thriller film directed by Neil LaBute, written by David Loughery and Howard Korder, and co-produced by Will Smith, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick ...more

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Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning Déjà Vu is a 2006 American action thriller film with elements of science fiction, directed by Tony Scott, written by Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry ...more

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo The Equalizer is a 2014 American neo-noir vigilante action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua, based on the TV series. Believing he has put his mysterious past behind him, a man (Denzel ...more

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In Too Deep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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The Negotiator is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti The Negotiator is a 1998 action thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. It takes place in Chicago and was released on July 29, 1998. The original ...more

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Collateral is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham Collateral is a 2004 American neo-noir film directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay written by Stuart Beattie, and starring Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a taxi driver who ...more

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Obsessed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Idris Elba Obsessed is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Steve Shill. The Rainforest Films production stars Idris Elba, Beyoncé, and Ali Larter. Obsessed tells the story of Lisa, a ...more

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Dead Presidents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
iknowwhatawesternis added Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard, Chris Tucker This film is a 1995 American film written by Michael Henry Brown, also written, produced and directed by the Hughes brothers, starring Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, Freddy Rodriguez, ...more

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When the Bough Breaks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi When the Bough Breaks is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Jon Cassar and written by Jack Olsen. A young married couple, John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina ...more

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The Call is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut The Hive is a 2013 thriller film written by Richard D'Ovidio and directed by Brad Anderson.

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Kidnap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Lew Temple Kidnap is a 2017 American abduction thriller film directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate Gwaltney. It follows a mother who tries to rescue her abducted son from dangerous kidnappers.

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Brooklyn's Finest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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N-Secure is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tempestt Bledsoe, Essence Atkins, Denise Boutte N-Secure is a 2010 American crime thriller film, directed by David M. Matthews. The film stars Essence Atkins, Denise Boutte and Lamman Rucker.

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Safe House is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal ...more

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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
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, Toni Collette, Busta Rhymes, Vanessa L. Williams, and ...more

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Deep Cover is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
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

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Motives is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Vivica A. Fox, Shemar Moore, Keshia Knight Pulliam Motives is a 2004 thriller starring Vivica A. Fox, Shemar Moore, Golden Brooks, Sean Blakemore and Keshia Knight Pulliam. The sequel, Motives 2, was released in 2007.

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Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
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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Cover is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Vivica A. Fox, Patti LaBelle, Louis Gossett Cover is a drama thriller film starring Aunjanue Ellis, Razaaq Adoti, Vivica A. Fox, and Leon. The film was produced and directed by Bill Duke and open at selective theaters on February 22,

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Gang Related is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Tupac Shakur, James Earl Jones, Dennis Quaid Gang Related is a 1997 American crime thriller film written and directed by Jim Kouf starring James Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Dennis Quaid, Lela Rochon, David Paymer and James Earl Jones. The film ...more

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Ricochet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Ice-T, John Lithgow Ricochet is a 1991 crime-thriller film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak, and Lindsay Wagner. The film details a struggle between a ...more

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The Suspect is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
William Sadler, Mekhi Phifer, Rebecca Creskoff The Suspect is a 2013 thriller film written and directed by Stuart Connelly.

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Dangerous Ground is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Hurley, Ice Cube, Ving Rhames Dangerous Ground is a 1997 Action thriller film starring Ice Cube and Elizabeth Hurley. It was directed by Darrell Roodt and written by Greg Latter and Darrell Roodt.

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The Mighty Quinn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Denzel Washington, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh The Mighty Quinn is a 1989 thriller film starring Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The screenplay by Hampton Fancher is based on ...more

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Standoff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Robert Sean Leonard

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Motives 2: Retribution is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Black Thriller Movies, Ranked
Vivica A. Fox, Shemar Moore, Brian J. White Motives 2 is a 2007 direct-to-video sequel to the 2004 thriller Motives starring Brian J. White, Vivica A. Fox and Sean Blakemore.