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.
- 309Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,... more
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- 65Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The... more
- 66Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was... more
- 55An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a 2012 animation, comedy, drama film written and... more
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- 46Captain EO is a 1986 American 3D science fiction film starring Michael Jackson and directed by... more
Brown Girl BeginsMouna Traoré, Nigel Shawn Williams
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- 05Babylon A.D. is a 2008 French science fiction action film based on the novel Babylon Babies by... more
- 57A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay.... more
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- 46The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction film which follows the adventures... more
AfronautsYolonda Ross, Hoji FortunaAfronauts is a 2014 short film written and directed by Frances Bodomo....
- 59The Adventures of Pluto Nash is a 2002 Australian-American science fiction comedy film... more
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- 26Riddick is a 2013 British-American science fiction thriller film, the third installment in the... more