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The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies

Updated June 30, 2020 342 votes 61 voters 4.5k views26 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Black sci-fi movies.

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.  

  • Black Panther1
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    9

    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,...  more
  • Blade2
    21
    6

    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen...  more
  • Men in Black3
    24
    10

    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry...  more
  • Blade II4
    11
    4

    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics...  more
  • Sorry to Bother You5
    12
    6

    Sorry to Bother You

    Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson

    Released2018

    Directed byBoots Riley

    Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In...  more
  • Space Is the Place6
    7
    5

    Space Is the Place

    Sun Ra, John Bailey

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Coney

    Space Is the Place is an 85-minute blaxploitation science fiction film made in 1972 and...  more
  • Event Horizon7
    6
    6

    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

    Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was...  more
  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty8
    5
    5

    An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

    Terence Nance, Talibah Lateefah Newman

    Released2012

    Directed byTerence Nance

    An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a 2012 animation, comedy, drama film written and...  more
  • Pitch Black9
    5
    5

    Pitch Black

    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell

    Released2000

    Directed byDavid Twohy

    Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The...  more
  • Afronauts10
    5
    5

    Afronauts

    Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna

    Released2014

    Directed byFrances Bodomo

    Afronauts is a 2014 short film written and directed by Frances Bodomo....
  • The Meteor Man11
    4
    5

    The Meteor Man

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring...  more
  • The Last Angel of History12
    5
    8

    The Last Angel of History

    The Last Angel of History, directed in 1996 by John Akomfrah and written and researched by...  more
  • Black Orpheus13
    1
    5

    Black Orpheus

    Marpessa Dawn, Marcel Camus

    Released1959

    Directed byMarcel Camus

    Black Orpheus is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus and starring...  more
  • The Brother from Another Planet14
    5
    8

    The Brother from Another Planet

    David Strathairn, Joe Morton

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed and edited by...  more
  • A Wrinkle in Time15
    5
    8

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon

    Released2018

    Directed byAva DuVernay

    A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay....  more
  • Babylon A.D.16
    0
    2

    Babylon A.D.

    Vin Diesel, Mark Strong

    Released2008

    Directed byMathieu Kassovitz

    Babylon A.D. is a 2008 French science fiction action film based on the novel Babylon Babies by...  more
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury17
    0
    4

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Chung

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a 2004 made-for-DVD animated science fiction film. It...  more
  • The Chronicles of Riddick18
    4
    6

    The Chronicles of Riddick

    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid Twohy

    The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction film which follows the adventures...  more
  • Brown Girl Begins19
    0
    5

    Brown Girl Begins

    Mouna Traoré, Nigel Shawn Williams
  • Captain EO20
    4
    6

    Captain EO

    Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Captain EO is a 1986 American 3D science fiction film starring Michael Jackson and directed by...  more
  • Blade: Trinity21
    5
    9

    Blade: Trinity

    Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

    Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed...  more
  • The Adventures of Pluto Nash22
    5
    9

    The Adventures of Pluto Nash

    Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Underwood

    The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film...  more
  • Son of Ingagi23
    4
    8

    Son of Ingagi

    Spencer Williams, Daisy Bufford

    Released1940

    Directed byRichard C. Kahn

    Son of Ingagi is a 1940 American film directed by Richard C. Kahn. Son of Ingagi is the first...  more
  • Sleight24
    5
    10

    Sleight

    Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel

    Released2016

    Directed byJ.D. Dillard

    Sleight is a 2016 American drama film directed by J.D. Dillard. A young street magician (Jacob...  more
  • Riddick25
    2
    6

    Riddick

    Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid Twohy

    Riddick is a 2013 British-American science fiction thriller film, the third installment in the...  more