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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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111 29
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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95 25
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Coffey The Green Mile

4
61 14
Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 4 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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89 34
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Malcolm X Malcolm X

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77 27
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

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77 29
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Morpheus Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions

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19 1
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

9
81 28
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

10
88 28
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Alonzo Training Day

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63 17
Nyota Uhura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Nyota Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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55 15
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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69 25
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley An Officer and a Gentleman

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59 17
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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72 28
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Shaft Shaft

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62 21
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2

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65 20
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

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30 4
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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55 18
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

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77 29
Paul Rusesabagina is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Paul Rusesabagina Hotel Rwanda

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52 21
Django is listed (or ranked) 21 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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43 12
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Coffy Coffy

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59 28
Captain Steven
Captain Steven Independence Day

24
59 24
Blade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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54 26
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Minny Jackson The Help

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38 16
Benjamin Buford
RobLein added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

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31 9
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

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29 10
Winston Zeddemore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Marina Figueroa added Winston Zeddemore Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II

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31 12
Marsellus Wallace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Marsellus Wallace Pulp Fiction

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42 16
Eli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Eli The Book of Eli

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24 7
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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22 4
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

33
48 22
Detective Del Spooner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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28 12
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 34 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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21 5
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave

36
33 15
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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45 23
The Oracle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
The Oracle The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded

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39 22
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Frozone The Incredibles

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19 5
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
26 11
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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15 2
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

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31 16
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Mammy Gone with the Wind

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35 16
Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Pvt. Trip Glory

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42 22
Celie Harris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Celie Harris Johnson The Color Purple

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18 5
Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

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35 16
Mac is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mac Predator

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33 15
Mr. Mertle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mr. Mertle The Sandlot

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30 16
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
RobLein added Gale Sayers Brian's Song

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14 2
Patsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Patsey 12 Years a Slave

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15 3
Leticia Musgrove is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Leticia Musgrove Monster's Ball