From any era and genre, these are the greatest Black actors in film history, ranked by the community to determine who is the best of all time. These Black actors are the top in the business, and many are also among the best living actors today. From those who have portrayed classic Black characters in film, to award-winning actors, only the most deserving actors are on this list.
Who are the greatest Black actors in film? How about the most famous Black actors? From Oscar winners like Denzel Washington, classic African American actors like Sidney Poitier, and newer names such as English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, each of the Black actors on this list has earned his place with an excellent body of work and memorable performances. Some Black comedians and rappers are also on this list, having found success in the world of film as well.
The actors that are featured on this list include some of the best actors of all time, including Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Ossie Davis, Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, and Eddie Murphy.
Scroll the list below, and vote up the Black actors that you think are best!
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for In America (2004) and Blood Diamond (2007)
Nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe for Amistad (1998)
Won for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for An Officer and a Gentleman (1983)
Won for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for An Officer and a Gentleman (1983)
Delroy LindoEltham, London
James AverySuffolk, Virginia
Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Sounder (1973)
Ossie DavisCogdell, Georgia
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for The Scalphunters (1969)