Superheroes

The Best Black Superhero Movies 

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Updated July 11, 2020 542 votes 87 voters 4k views 21 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite movies featuring Black superheroes.

In 2018, the superhero movie Black Panther defied all odds by bringing in over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and nabbing an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. However, there is a long history of excellent Black superhero movies that paved the way for the new Marvel franchise. Some are funny, some are plain silly, and some are totally epic. Here are the greatest black superhero movies. 

This list of Black superhero movies also includes films that feature African American superheroes along with superheroes of other races. That is why films like Iron Man and X-Men also make the cut.

Following the enormous success of Black Panther, we should expect to see many more films with Black superheroes that hopefully have that perfect blend of popcorn entertainment and artistic merit. Make your voice heard. Vote up your favorite Black superhero films to make sure that make it to the top of the list.

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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 Superhero Movies
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

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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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé

Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the same name, by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. ...more
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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peter Berg

Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. Will Smith portrays an old ...more
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The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert Townsend

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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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more
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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

Released: 2004

Directed by: David S. Goyer

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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Blankman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans, Arsenio Hall

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Binder

Blankman is a 1994 American superhero comedy-parody film directed by Mike Binder and starring Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. It was written by Wayans and J. F. Lawton, whose biggest success ...more
10
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more
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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
kingd21122 added Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more
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Captain America: The Win... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more
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X-Men: Days of Future Pa... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bryan Singer

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.
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Steel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Shaquille O'Neal, Judd Nelson, Ray J

Released: 1997

Directed by: Kenneth Johnson

Steel is a 1997 American superhero action film based on the DC Comics character John Henry Irons, who first appeared in 1993 during the Reign of the Supermen! storyline in the Superman comic ...more
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Abar: Black Superman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Tobar Mayo, Tony Rumford, Rupert Williams

Released: 1977

Directed by: Frank Packard

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

Released: 2000

Directed by: Bryan Singer

X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more
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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym

Released: 2004

Directed by: Pitof

Catwoman is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof Comar and stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy and Alex Borstein. The film is loosely ...more
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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more
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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Justice League Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Released: 2017

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fifth installment in the DC Extended ...more
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Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie

Released: 2016

Directed by: David Ayer

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film directed by David Ayer, based on the DC Comics supervillain team. A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruits ...more
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Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Josh Trank

Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Josh Trank, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. After teleporting to an alternate universe which ...more