Top Ten Best Black Actors and Actresses


The Top Ten

1 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. more.

Can do it all leading and supporting best at making good actors better ex robert redford in an unfinished life eastwood in million dollar baby

This guy is such an amazing actor. He has a velvet voice and depth of soul. He has the great taste to work with the likes of Tim Robbins and Robert Redford. So grateful for him in each and every film, especially Shawshank Redemption.

His Voice Is Reason Enough To Win An Oscar - 12cc

I am so in love with this vital actor. I feel so blessed every time he is on the screen. He is perfect.

2 Denzel Washington Denzel Washington Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day.

Denzel Washington is one of the best actors I have seen and I think he should be #1 instead of Morgan freeman

What is there to say Hollywood has said it all!

Denzel should be #1 FOR SURE

Denzel can do anything for example Politically or criminal athlete, I have respect for him

3 Will Smith Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is more.

Best actor in general! Men In Black, I Am Legend, I Robot, and many more hit movies! Jesus, he should be #1!

Even though he is rarely in anything that worthwhile, he is almost always the best part of his films.

His name brings audiences

He is funny and awesome

4 Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie more.

Sidney Poitier is undoubtedly the best black actor that ever lived..

Prostitutes himself on screen. Snakes on a P. Ha

Acting prosto. By chell

He should be #3 - tonebodytony

5 Halle Berry Halle Berry Halle Maria Berry is an American actress. Berry won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama Monster's Ball. As of 2018, she is the only black woman to have won the award.

She is always beautiful and adventurous.

Halle berry is a good actress, but to be ranked #4 is crazy!

Absolutely stunning. I love to watching her movies. She is in the upper crust!

I love love her, shes professional

6 Gabourey Sidibe Gabourey Sidibe Gabourey Sidibe is an American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious, a role that brought her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Hell nah

Halle Berry is just legendary, her Beauty is just indescribable, she's simply the best.. After Liz taylor of course

Who is Gabourey sidibe?

7 Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally by her stage name Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, and television host.

Whoopi is one of the best of our time. Excellent movies never a boring moment, top ten comedians also. Whoopi can sing to, an authentic triple threat. Most underrated of our generation, come on you movie creators cast whooping we need to see her more Please.

She is the best in the world! Ever

8 Eddie Murphy Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.

Get real, people! He's funny! Daddy Day Care is one of his best films, along with Mulan!

Eddie should not be on the list. He's fun to watch but he's not great actor.

Legend. Full stop. Number 1. By chell

Legend. Full stop. Number 1.

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9 Octavia Spencer Octavia Spencer Octavia Lenora Spencer is an American actress and author. She is best known for her role as Minny Jackson in the 2011 film The Help, for which she won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' Choice, and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
10 Viola Davis Viola Davis Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, Davis began her career on stage and won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby.

She can make u cryshrsamazing

She broke my heart in "The Help" Boy did I love her.

Olivia is a no bull actor. I just love watching her especially in Law Abiding Citizen. She was great and so was my Denzel

I my opinion the best current black actress, she's so talented steals the show in everything she is in.

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The Contenders

11 Tyler Perry Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an American actor, playwright, and filmmaker. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between May 2010 and 2011.

I love tyler perry I mean madea is just so funny and he's a perfect black role model for us black people

12 Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally by his stage name Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter and comedian.

Can play anybody from Ray Charles to Django!

I love this guy!

Wayy better than the very overrated Will Smith. Should be either #1 or #2 behind Denzel. Always puts forth effort in his films.

13 Queen Latifah Queen Latifah Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedian, and talk show host.

She is so awesome!

One of the best

She is so overrated! Seriously!

14 Zoe Saldana Zoe Saldana Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario (born June 19, 1978) is an American actress and dancer. Following her performances with the theater group Faces, Saldana made her screen debut in a 1999 episode of Law & Order.

She's beautiful and underrated! Queen of dvi-fi!

Beautiful girl, oh my. I hope she is as nice a person as beautiful as she looks... r.butch f.

15 Chris Tucker Chris Tucker Christopher "Chris" Tucker is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for playing the role of Smokey in Friday and as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series.

Cris tucker should be top ten! I mean come on Friday and the rush hour movies very funny

Friday, rush hour, and fifth element

He should at least be in the top ten!

He's An awesome Goofball - 12cc

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16 Forest Whitaker Forest Whitaker Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, producer and director who has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler and Arrival.He has also appeared in blockbusters such more.

Underrated actor, he was breathtaking in "The Last King of Scotland". He deservedly won the Oscars even with Leo DiCaprio competing with him which shows just how good he is. - lionelmessi10

17 Terrence Howard

I will always vote for king Terrence Howard! He's one of the best, and I definitely overlook the problems he has. He's my brotha and will always be! Go King Terrence!

Terrence Howard is a King, I love him. Despite what people say, I know I'll always find him an excuse for anything he does. And I'm not one of those girls that only like him for his looks, no, I actually care about the PERSON. He's a King, and he's my brotha. Love you Terry! *raises fist in air* (yes I'm African American)


18 Gabrielle Union Gabrielle Union Gabrielle Monique Union-Wade is an American actress. She began her career in 1990s, appearing on television sitcoms, before landing supporting roles in teen comedy films She's All That and 10 Things I Hate About You.
19 Zendaya Zendaya

Zendaya is an amazing woman who is very real and down to earth. She is almost always smiling. Very charismatic person.

Some of the more famous movies she has been in is:
The Greatest Showman (Anne Wheeler [trapeze artist])
Spider-Man Homecoming & Spider-Man Far From Home (MJ)

Zendaya is da best!

Zendaya is da best

She's white, you idiots.

20 Thandie Newton Thandie Newton

She's a rising star. I like her supporting role in Crash.

21 Chris Rock Chris Rock Christopher Julius Rock III is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.

Why is he at the bottom?
He is so awesome!

Him at the 88th Oscars, bruh he was hilarious (but he offended my super Christian bio teacher) - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

22 Laurence Fishburne Laurence Fishburne
23 Anthony Mackie Anthony Mackie Anthony Dwane Mackie is an American actor who has been featured in films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Drowning Crow, McReele, A Soldier's Play and Carl Hancock Rux's Talk, for which he won an Obie Award in 2002.
24 Angela Bassett Angela Bassett Angela Evelyn Bassett is an American actress and activist. She is best known for her biographical film roles, most notably her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to Do with It, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a corresponding Golden Globe more.
25 Martin Lawrence Martin Lawrence Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, writer, and voice actor.

He is the best in the world! Have you watched Martin or Bad boys?
Come on!

26 John Boyega John Boyega
27 Lupita Nyong'o Lupita Nyong'o

Greatest black actress of her generation.

28 Kevin Hart Kevin Hart Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for more.
29 Paula Patton Paula Patton Paula Maxine Patton is an American actress. Patton made her feature film debut in the 2005 comedy Hitch. She also had starring roles in the films Déjà Vu, Precious, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, 2 Guns, and Warcraft.

Best black female actor now

30 Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier

One of my favorite actors and I love the way he conveys his emotions through his eyes.

31 Yaphet Kotto
32 Djimon Hounsou Djimon Hounsou

His acting is great in blood diamond

33 Tyler James Williams

He is a great actor especially in everybody hates chris

34 Alfre Woodard
35 Bill Duke
36 Michael Duncan
37 Kerry Washington Kerry Washington
38 Pam Grier Pam Grier Pamela Suzette Grier is an American actress. Grier became known in the early 1970s for starring in a string of 1970s women in prison and blaxploitation films such as The Big Bird Cage, Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Sheba, Baby.
39 Vanessa Williams Vanessa Williams Vanessa Lynn Williams is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. Williams initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title when she was crowned Miss America 1984 in September 1983. However, a few weeks prior to the end of her reign, she learned more.
40 Clive Owen
41 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.


42 Letitia Wright Letitia Wright
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