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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
The Shawshank Redemption
2
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Pulp Fiction
3
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II
4
Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
5
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
The Green Mile
6
Django is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
tc11 added Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!
7
Morpheus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions
8
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Malcolm X
9
Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
RobLein added Beverly Hills Cop III, Beverly Hills Cop
10
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
The Incredibles
11
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
In the Heat of the Night
12
Storm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2
13
Agent J is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Men in Black, Men in Black II
14
Benjamin Buford
RobLein added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump
15
Blade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade
16
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
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Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Training Day
18
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
The Help
19
Prince Akeem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Coming to America
20
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
21
Captain Steven
Independence Day
22
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2
23
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers
24
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Ultimate Avengers 2
25
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added What's Love Got to Do with It