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The Best Black Thriller Movies

Updated November 25, 2020 5.0k votes 737 voters 112.0k views60 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Boyz n the Hood

    Ice Cube, Angela Bassett

    Released1991

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    New Jack City
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    New Jack City

    Chris Rock, Ice-T

    Released1991

    Directed byMario Van Peebles

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    Training Day
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    Training Day

    Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg

    Released2001

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Get Out
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    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Peele

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    Juice
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    Juice

    Tupac Shakur, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byErnest R. Dickerson

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    Four Brothers
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    Four Brothers

    Sofía Vergara, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    John Q
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    John Q

    Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

    Released2002

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

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    Dead Presidents
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    Dead Presidents

    Martin Sheen, Terrence Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Enemy of the State
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    Enemy of the State

    Will Smith, Jack Black

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Scott

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    Fruitvale Station
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    Fruitvale Station

    Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz

    Released2013

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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    The Perfect Guy
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    The Perfect Guy

    Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy

    Released2015

    Directed byDavid M. Rosenthal

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    No Good Deed
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    No Good Deed

    Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2014

    Directed bySam Miller

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    The Equalizer
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    The Equalizer

    Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2014

    Directed byAntoine Fuqua

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    Out of Time
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    Out of Time

    Eva Mendes, Denzel Washington

    Released2003

    Directed byCarl Franklin

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    Us
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    Us

    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

    Released2019

    Directed byJordan Peele

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    In Too Deep
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    In Too Deep

    LL Cool J, Nas

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Rymer

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    Lakeview Terrace
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    Lakeview Terrace

    Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2008

    Directed byNeil LaBute

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    When the Bough Breaks
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    When the Bough Breaks

    Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall

    Directed byJon Cassar

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    Shaft
    81
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    Shaft

    Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    Collateral
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    Collateral

    Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

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    Obsessed
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    Obsessed

    Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter

    Released2009

    Directed bySteve Shill

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    Jackie Brown
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    Jackie Brown

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1997

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    The Negotiator
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    The Negotiator

    Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1998

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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    Safe House
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    Safe House

    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2012

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    Déjà Vu
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    Déjà Vu

    Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Scott

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