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The Greatest Black Characters In Film History

Updated September 30, 2021 14.5k votes 1.4k voters 53.4k views112 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. From famous male protagonist characters to memorable villains, 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 most famous Black characters in film?

From classic films like Hotel Rwanda, The Color Purple, and Jerry Maguire, the fictional 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 iconic Black movie characters listed here that you believe are the best of all time.

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