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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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115 30
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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97 27
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Coffey The Green Mile

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66 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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95 35
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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80 30
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

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65 17
Nyota Uhura is listed (or ranked) 7 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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79 28
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

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83 29
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

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89 29
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Alonzo Training Day

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57 16
Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 11 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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70 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

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60 18
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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73 29
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Shaft Shaft

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65 22
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2

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23 2
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

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66 21
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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56 19
Idi Amin Dada is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Idi Amin Dada The Last King of Scotland

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33 5
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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78 31
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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55 22
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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63 24
Blade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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35 9
Storm is listed (or ranked) 23 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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61 29
Captain Steven
Captain Steven Independence Day

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44 13
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Coffy Coffy

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39 17
Benjamin Buford
RobLein added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

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31 11
Winston Zeddemore is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Marina Figueroa added Winston Zeddemore Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II

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54 28
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Minny Jackson The Help

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32 13
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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24 5
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

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43 17
Eli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Eli The Book of Eli

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25 8
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

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31 13
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 33 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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30 11
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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49 23
Detective Del Spooner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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42 22
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Frozone The Incredibles

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22 6
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave

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34 16
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

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33 16
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Mammy Gone with the Wind

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21 6
Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Oda Mae Brown Ghost

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47 24
The Oracle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
The Oracle The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded

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20 6
Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

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16 3
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

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17 4
Leticia Musgrove is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Leticia Musgrove Monster's Ball

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36 17
Mac is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mac Predator

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15 3
Patsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Patsey 12 Years a Slave

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47 27
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

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43 24
Celie Harris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Celie Harris Johnson The Color Purple

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26 15
Parker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Parker Alien

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18 6
Broomhilda is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Broomhilda von Schaft Django Unchained