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The Best Black Superhero Movies  

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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
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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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Superhero 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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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Superhero 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 TÂ’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more
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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman
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 Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
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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The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Superhero 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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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke
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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Steel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Shaquille O'Neal, Judd Nelson, Ray J
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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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Superhero 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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X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
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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Blankman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans, Arsenio Hall
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
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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
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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Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson
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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Abar: Black Superman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Tobar Mayo, Tony Rumford, Rupert Williams
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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
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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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
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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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym
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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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Justice League Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
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) 19 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie
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) 20 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan
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