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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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127 33
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

2
130 35
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding The Shawshank Redemption

3
104 31
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Coffey The Green Mile

4
103 37
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Malcolm X Malcolm X

5
70 17
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

6
88 34
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

7
39 5
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

8
87 31
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

9
66 18
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
80 30
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

11
93 31
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Alonzo Training Day

12
73 26
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley An Officer and a Gentleman

13
65 19
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

14
59 18
Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
RobLein added Axel Foley Beverly Hills Cop III, Beverly Hills Cop

African American Heroes Who Replaced White Ones

15
64 22
Django is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
tc11 added Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

16
75 31
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Shaft Shaft

17
69 21
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

18
66 24
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2

19
57 19
Idi Amin Dada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Idi Amin Dada The Last King of Scotland

20
81 31
Paul Rusesabagina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Paul Rusesabagina Hotel Rwanda

21
68 25
Blade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

The Funniest Black TV Characters of All Time, Ranked

22
65 31
Captain Steven
Captain Steven Independence Day

23
45 18
Benjamin Buford
RobLein added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

24
60 28
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Minny Jackson The Help

25
35 12
Winston Zeddemore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Marina Figueroa added Winston Zeddemore Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II

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46 15
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Coffy Coffy

27
38 13
Storm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

28
36 14
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Nick Fury Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers

Ashton Kutcher's Loves & Hookups

29
36 12
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Tiana The Princess and the Frog

30
28 7
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

31
48 23
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Frozone The Incredibles

32
26 6
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave

33
28 10
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

34
34 15
Marsellus Wallace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Marsellus Wallace Pulp Fiction

35
45 19
Eli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Eli The Book of Eli

12 Signs Your Boyfriend Is Actually The Devil In Disguise

36
38 17
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

37
25 4
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

38
52 25
Detective Del Spooner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

39
24 7
Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Oda Mae Brown Ghost

40
18 3
Patsey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Patsey 12 Years a Slave

41
52 28
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

42
18 4
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

The Best Songs With Milk in the Title

43
50 27
The Oracle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
The Oracle The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded

44
34 18
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Mammy Gone with the Wind

45
38 18
Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Pvt. Trip Glory

46
45 25
Celie Harris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Celie Harris Johnson The Color Purple

47
35 17
Mr. Mertle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mr. Mertle The Sandlot

48
17 5
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
27 16
Parker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Parker Alien

50
17 6
Leticia Musgrove is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Leticia Musgrove Monster's Ball