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The Best Black Sci-Fi Movies

Updated June 30, 2020 363 votes 68 voters 5.3k 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.  

  • 1
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    9

    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan
    Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,...  more
  • 2
    23
    6

    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes
    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen...  more
  • 3
    24
    10

    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry...  more
  • 4
    13
    5

    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes
    Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics...  more
  • 5
    15
    8

    Sorry to Bother You

    Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson
    Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In...  more
  • 6
    7
    5

    Space Is the Place

    Sun Ra, John Bailey
    Space Is the Place is an 85-minute blaxploitation science fiction film made in 1972 and...  more
  • 7
    6
    5

    Pitch Black

    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell
    Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The...  more
  • 8
    6
    6

    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs
    Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was...  more
  • 9
    5
    5

    An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

    Terence Nance, Talibah Lateefah Newman
    An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a 2012 animation, comedy, drama film written and...  more
  • 10
    4
    5

    The Meteor Man

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones
    The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring...  more
  • 11
    6
    8

    Blade: Trinity

    Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel
    Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed...  more
  • 12
    5
    7

    The Last Angel of History

    The Last Angel of History, directed in 1996 by John Akomfrah and written and researched by...  more
  • 13
    4
    6

    Captain EO

    Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston
    Captain EO is a 1986 American 3D science fiction film starring Michael Jackson and directed by...  more
  • 14
    1
    4

    Brown Girl Begins

    Mouna Traoré, Nigel Shawn Williams
  • 15
    5
    7

    The Brother from Another Planet

    David Strathairn, Joe Morton
    The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed and edited by...  more
  • 16
    1
    4
    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a 2004 made-for-DVD animated science fiction film. It...  more
  • 17
    1
    5

    Black Orpheus

    Marpessa Dawn, Marcel Camus
    Black Orpheus is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus and starring...  more
  • 18
    0
    5

    Babylon A.D.

    Vin Diesel, Mark Strong
    Babylon A.D. is a 2008 French science fiction action film based on the novel Babylon Babies by...  more
  • 19
    5
    7

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon
    A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay....  more
  • 20
    7
    10

    Sleight

    Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel
    Sleight is a 2016 American drama film directed by J.D. Dillard. A young street magician (Jacob...  more
  • 21
    4
    6

    The Chronicles of Riddick

    Vin Diesel, Judi Dench
    The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction film which follows the adventures...  more
  • 22
    6
    10

    Afronauts

    Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna
    Afronauts is a 2014 short film written and directed by Frances Bodomo....
  • 23
    5
    9

    The Adventures of Pluto Nash

    Eddie Murphy, Alec Baldwin
    The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film...  more
  • 24
    3
    7

    Son of Ingagi

    Spencer Williams, Daisy Bufford
    Son of Ingagi is a 1940 American film directed by Richard C. Kahn. Son of Ingagi is the first...  more
  • 25
    2
    6

    Riddick

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