film The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women  

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Whether they are fictional or based on real people, some of the most engaging film characters are strong black women. The top movies for black women feature stories about love, careers, and survival. This is a list of black women movies featuring everything from Waiting to Exhale to Beasts of the Southern Wild to What's Love Got to Do with It.

What movies will you find on this list of the best black woman films? Literature fans might vote The Color Purple to the top. Based on Alice Walker's book of the same name, this Steven Spielberg film tells the tale of Celie Harris and the horrifying oppression black women faced in the early 20th century. The movie was nominated for an incredible 10 Academy Awards. Beloved is another great movie for black women. How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a great movie about female empowerment and embracing life. Other good films featured on this black woman movies list include The Wiz, Coming to America, and Lady Sings the Blues.

Which of these movies for black women is the best of the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
DrewMason added Hidden Figures Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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The Help is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added The Help Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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Set It Off is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Set It Off Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Love & Basketball Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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Waiting to Exhale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Waiting to Exhale Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Kelly Preston

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Coming to America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Coming to America Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

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What's Love Got to Do with It is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
What's Love Got to Do with It Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Dreamgirls Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

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Girls Trip Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish

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Poetic Justice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Poetic Justice Janet Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Tupac Shakur

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How Stella Got Her Groove Back is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover

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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

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Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Brown Sugar Queen Latifah, Mos Def, Method Man

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The Secret Life of Bees is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
The Secret Life of Bees Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah

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Crooklyn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Crooklyn RuPaul, Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard

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The Preacher's Wife is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
The Preacher's Wife Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Lionel Richie

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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Boomerang Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock

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Love Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Love Jones Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Nicole Carson

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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
The Wiz Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Richard Pryor

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Imitation of Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Imitation of Life John Wayne, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee

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Their Eyes Were Watching God is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Their Eyes Were Watching God Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Michael Ealy

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Lady Sings the Blues is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Ghost Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Crash Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

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Beloved is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Beloved Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover

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Hustle & Flow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Hustle & Flow Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris, Terrence Howard

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A Raisin in the Sun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
A Raisin in the Sun Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Jackie Brown Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino

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Monster's Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Monster's Ball Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger

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Jungle Fever is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Jungle Fever Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Beasts of the Southern Wild Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver, Henry D. Coleman

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Mahogany is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Mahogany Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins, Billy Dee Williams

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Cleopatra Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Cleopatra Jones Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle, Don Cornelius

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Carmen Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Carmen Jones Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll, Harry Belafonte

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Sounder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
NickKing added Sounder

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Middle of Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Middle of Nowhere David Oyelowo, Sharon Lawrence, Omari Hardwick

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Daughters of the Dust is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best Movies for Black Women
Daughters of the Dust Bahni Turpin, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, Cora Lee Day