film characters 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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145 36
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

2
137 39
Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Jules Winnfield Pulp Fiction

3
116 33
John Coffey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Coffey The Green Mile

4
85 21
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

5
112 39
Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Malcolm X Malcolm X

6
99 37
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

7
77 22
Django is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
tc11 added Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

8
72 20
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

9
75 22
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Uhura Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

10
93 33
Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Apollo Creed Rocky IV, Rocky, Rocky II

11
68 20
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

12
86 33
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Virgil Tibbs In the Heat of the Night

13
101 34
Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Alonzo Harris Training Day

14
45 8
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

The Longest Hollywood Marriages

15
74 30
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley An Officer and a Gentleman

16
79 27
Blade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

17
78 36
John Shaft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
John Shaft Shaft

18
70 28
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon 4, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2

19
51 15
Storm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Storm X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

20
54 19
Benjamin Buford
RobLein added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

21
69 28
Minny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Minny Jackson The Help

The Top Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Employees

22
71 24
Sheriff Bart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sheriff Bart Blazing Saddles

23
84 34
Paul Rusesabagina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Paul Rusesabagina Hotel Rwanda

24
39 8
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Tina Turner What's Love Got to Do with It

25
60 23
Idi Amin Dada is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Idi Amin Dada The Last King of Scotland

26
35 5
Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Agent Jay Men in Black, Men in Black II

27
61 24
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Frozone The Incredibles

28
74 34
Captain Steven
Captain Steven Independence Day

Famous People Who Died in 2001

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40 14
Winston Zeddemore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Marina Figueroa added Winston Zeddemore Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II

30
45 16
Tiana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Tiana The Princess and the Frog

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44 18
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 31 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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31 7
Solomon Northup is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave

33
29 8
Oda Mae Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Oda Mae Brown Ghost

34
46 18
Coffy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Coffy Coffy

35
49 21
Eli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Eli The Book of Eli

19 Celebrities with Rhode Island Ties

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58 28
Detective Del Spooner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History

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58 28
Sister Mary Clarence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Sister Mary Clarence Sister Act

38
41 20
Kunta Kinte is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
slaft added Kunta Kinte Roots: The Gift

39
22 5
Sofia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Sofia Gimme the Loot, The Color Purple, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle

40
35 18
Marsellus Wallace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Marsellus Wallace Pulp Fiction

41
30 14
Jackie Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Jackie Brown Jackie Brown

42
23 7
Precious is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Precious Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

List of Black Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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49 25
Celie Harris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Celie Harris Johnson The Color Purple

44
40 18
Mr. Mertle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Mr. Mertle The Sandlot

45
17 2
Prince Akeem is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Prince Akeem Coming to America

46
20 6
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

47
36 20
Mammy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Mammy Gone with the Wind

48
24 11
Vernita Green is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
FranciscodeSouza added Vernita Green Kill Bill Volume 1

49
21 8
Broomhilda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Tom Islava added Broomhilda von Schaft Django Unchained

50
39 20
Pvt. Trip is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Black Characters in Film History
Pvt. Trip Glory