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The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies  

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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.  

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords
Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more
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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more
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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg
Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more
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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H
Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more
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Captain EO is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston, Tony Cox
Captain EO is a 1986 American 3D science fiction film starring Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Coppola that was shown at Disney theme parks from 1986 through 1996. The attraction ...more
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Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill
Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more
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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay. After learning that her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet, Meg Murry ...more
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Sorry to Bother You is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more
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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman
Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more
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Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David
Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous man Richard B. ...more
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The Adventures of Pluto Nash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson
The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Eddie Murphy.
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Babylon A.D. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Vin Diesel, Mark Strong, Michelle Yeoh
Babylon A.D. is a 2008 French science fiction action film based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Georges Dantec. The film was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and stars Vin Diesel. It was ...more
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The Chronicles of Riddick: Dar... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Vin Diesel, Keith David, Dwight Schultz
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a 2004 made-for-DVD animated science fiction film. It was directed by the Korean-American animator Peter Chung, and features Vin Diesel reprising his role ...more
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Born in Flames is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Bogosian, Ron Vawter
Born in Flames is a 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist
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The Brother from Another Plane... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
David Strathairn, Joe Morton, John Sayles
The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed and edited by John Sayles. It stars Joe Morton as "The Brother", an alien and escaped slave who, while ...more
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Son of Ingagi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Son of Ingagi Spencer Williams, Daisy Bufford, Jesse Graves
Son of Ingagi is a 1940 American film directed by Richard C. Kahn. Son of Ingagi is the first science fiction-horror film to feature an all-black cast. The film is about Elanor and Bob Lindsay ...more
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An Oversimplification of Her B... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Terence Nance, Talibah Lateefah Newman, Chanelle Pearson
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a 2012 animation, comedy, drama film written and directed by Terence Nance.
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Afronauts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Afronauts Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna, Diandra Forrest
Afronauts is a 2014 short film written and directed by Frances Bodomo.
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Space Is the Place is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Sun Ra, John Bailey, Raymond Johnson
Space Is the Place is an 85-minute blaxploitation science fiction film made in 1972 and released in 1974. It was directed by John Coney, written by Sun Ra and Joshua Smith, and features Sun Ra ...more
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The Chronicles of Riddick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton
The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction film which follows the adventures of Richard B. Riddick as he attempts to elude capture after the events depicted in the 2000 film ...more
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The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle
The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Robert Townsend with supporting roles done by Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James ...more
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Riddick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban
Riddick is a 2013 British-American science fiction thriller film, the third installment in the The Chronicles of Riddick film series. Produced by and starring Vin Diesel as the title character, ...more
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Brown Girl Begins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Brown Girl Begins Mouna Traoré, Nigel Shawn Williams, Shakura S'Aida
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The Last Angel of History is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
The Last Angel of History
The Last Angel of History, directed in 1996 by John Akomfrah and written and researched by Edward George of Black Audio Film Collective, is a 45-minute documentary that deals with concepts of ...more
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Sleight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies
Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Sasheer Zamata
Sleight is a 2016 American drama film directed by J.D. Dillard. A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents' death and turns to illegal ...more