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The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

Updated September 9, 2020 13.3k votes 1.3k voters 46.6k views119 items


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.