Did you know that Francis Ford Coppola directed a movie that George Lucas produced and starred Michael Jackson called Captain EO? That is just one of the best Black sci-fi films on this list that should be watched immediately. What are the greatest Black sci-fi films of all time? That’s up to you to decide.
In his essay, “Black to the Future,” author Mark Dery coined the term “Afrofuturism.” According to HuffPost, Afrofuturism is the “re-imagining of a future filled with arts, science, and technology seen through a Black lens.” Many of the new Black sci-fi films on this list reflect Afrofuturism, which differs from traditional science fiction, because of how immersed the movie is in ancient African culture combined with technology.
Certainly some of these films are just straight up science fiction movies. However, a film like Black Panther for example, is thematically filled with the ideals of Afrofuturism. Social commentary and even political satire seem to find a nice home within the science fiction genre.
Which do you think are the top Black sci-fi films? Vote up all your favorites.
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Directed by: Boots Riley
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson
Directed by: John Sayles
Directed by: Frances Bodomo
Directed by: Lizzie Borden
Directed by: Terence Nance
Directed by: Ron Underwood
Directed by: Robert Townsend
Directed by: Peter Chung
Directed by: David Twohy
Directed by: Richard C. Kahn