Top 10 Angela Bassett Movies of All Time Some of the most iconic black women were played by one iconic black woman

Angela Bassett has been acting for over 30 years in Hollywood now. She’s one of the hottest TV stars (American Horror Story) and played historical women from Tina Turner to Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, and Volleta Wallace.

Not only is she a brilliant actress, but she’s also involved in politics, often campaigning and donating to democratic campaigns for the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Check out one of her ten best movies below.

10.  Boyz n the Hood (1991) 96% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube

Crenshaw is a ghetto of L.A. that’s put on full display for the world in one of the most legendary movies from the era. This is early 90s west coast rap at its finest.

9. Strange Days (1995) 61% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Angela Bassett, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis

This sci-fi thriller sees a street hustler chasing a conspiracy in a tech- and drug-laced world. Piracy, hackers, and murder run amock.

8. Notorious (2009) 51% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Starring: Angela Bassett, Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke

Christopher Wallace is one of rap’s greatest icons and legends. His mom played a large role in his career, and Bassett brings her to life on screen.

7. Akeelah and the Bee (2006) 85% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: PG
Director: Doug Atchison
Starring: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

Spelling bees aren’t very interesting unless you’re watching a girl from the hood of South Los Angeles struggling to make her name in one.

6. Chi-Raq (2015) 81% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Angela Bassett, Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris

Spike Lee makes great joints, and he loves putting Bassett in them.

5. Black Panther (2018) 97% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: PG-13
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Angela Basset, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o

Black Panther is widely regarded as one of the best superhero movies of all time. Bassett is just one small piece of a talented ensemble cast.

4. Malcolm X (1992) 88% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: PG-13
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington, Delroy Lindo

This true story is based on the life of one of the most pragmatic leaders of the Muslim brotherhood in America. Bassett plays Shabazz’s wife.

3. Waiting to Exhale (1995) 56% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Forest Whitaker
Starring: Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine

One of the all-time greatest chick flicks for the African American community. Whitney will be missed.

2. Olympus Has Fallen (2013) 48% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Angela Bassett, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart

She’s not the main star in this political thriller, but she’s great in it.

1. What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993) 96% on Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating: R
Director: Brian Gibson
Starring: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaeVen Kelly

The epic love tale of Tina and Ike Turner is on full display for all to see. It’s Bassett’s breakout role for critics.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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