Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • Ruby Dee
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Halle Berry
  • Viola Davis
  • Lonette McKee
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Kerry Washington
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Pam Grier
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Thandie Newton
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Lena Horne
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Queen Latifah
  • Monique
  • Regina King
  • Nia Long
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Nicole Berharie
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Hattie McDanie
  • Diana Ross
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Angela Bassett

Halle Berry

Halle Berry has won an Oscar for her role as a death row inmate's wife in Monster's Ball. Though known for her beauty, it was her role as a crackhead in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever that started her career. Other memorable films of Halle's include Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and the adoption drama, Losing Isaiah. (Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for BET)