film characters The Greatest Black Characters in Film History  

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Virgil Tibbs, "Red" Redding, Jules Winnfield... This is a list of the all time greatest black characters in film, ranked as the best in film history by movie lovers everywhere. This list has the best black characters in film, portrayed by award-winning actors and featured in some of the greatest films ever made. Who are the all time best black characters in film?

From classic films like Hotel Rwanda, The Color Purple, and Jerry Maguire, the characters on this list are also some of the best characters in film history. Many of the actors who portrayed these classic black film characters received numerous awards for their notable performances. This includes some of the best black actors of all time, such as Denzel Washington and Sidney Poitier.

Cast your votes for the black characters listed here that you believe are the best of all time. And, if the black characters you think are the greatest are missing, add them below to complete the list.

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Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding The Shawshank Redemption

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Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

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John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Coffey The Green Mile

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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Malcolm X Malcolm X

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Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Lando Calrissian Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

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Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Morpheus Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions

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Django is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
tc11 added Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

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Uhura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
RobLein added Axel Foley Beverly Hills Cop III, Beverly Hills Cop

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Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Alonzo Harris Training Day

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Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley An Officer and a Gentleman

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

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Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

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Storm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

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Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Minny Jackson The Help

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Benjamin Buford
RobLein added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

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Frozone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Frozone The Incredibles

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Paul Rusesabagina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Paul Rusesabagina Hotel Rwanda

The Top Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Employees

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

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Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

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John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Shaft Shaft

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Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2

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Idi Amin Dada is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Idi Amin Dada The Last King of Scotland

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Captain Steven
Captain Steven Independence Day

Famous People Who Died in 2001

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Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave

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Tiana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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Winston Zeddemore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Marina Figueroa added Winston Zeddemore Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II

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Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Nick Fury Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers

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Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Oda Mae Brown Ghost

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Prince Akeem is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Prince Akeem Coming to America

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Sofia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Sofia Gimme the Loot, The Color Purple, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle

19 Celebrities with Rhode Island Ties

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Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

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Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

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Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Coffy Coffy

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Eli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Eli The Book of Eli

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Detective Del Spooner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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Marsellus Wallace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Marsellus Wallace Pulp Fiction

List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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Celie Harris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Celie Harris Johnson The Color Purple

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Mammy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Mammy Gone with the Wind

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Mr. Mertle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mr. Mertle The Sandlot

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

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Patsey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Patsey 12 Years a Slave

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Precious is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Precious Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

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Broomhilda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Broomhilda von Schaft Django Unchained

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Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Pvt. Trip Glory