The Best Black Thriller Movies

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

This list is all about the best Black thriller movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best Black thriller films come in many forms and star the best African American actors working in Hollywood. 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 vote up and please add any good movies we may have missed.


If you like chills along with your thrills be sure to check out this list of the best Black horror films and best Black romance movies.

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  • Boyz n the Hood
    Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: John Singleton
  • Training Day
    Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Get Out
    Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Jordan Peele
  • New Jack City
    Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Judd Nelson
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Mario Van Peebles
  • John Q
    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
  • Juice
    Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson
  • Four Brothers
    Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: John Singleton
  • Enemy of the State
    Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Tony Scott
  • Fruitvale Station
    Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Ryan Coogler
  • The Perfect Guy
    Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: David M. Rosenthal
  • No Good Deed
    Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Sam Miller
  • Dead Presidents
    Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
  • Out of Time
    Denzel Washington, Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Carl Franklin
  • Breaking In
    Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: James McTeigue
  • The Equalizer
    Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Lakeview Terrace
    Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Neil LaBute
  • Shaft
    Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: John Singleton
  • Us
    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Jordan Peele
  • When the Bough Breaks
    Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Jon Cassar
  • Safe House
    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
  • In Too Deep
    Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Nia Long
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Michael Rymer
  • Without Remorse
    Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Stefano Sollima
  • The Art of War
    Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer, Maury Chaykin
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Christian Duguay
  • The Negotiator
    Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: F. Gary Gray
  • Collateral
    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Michael Mann