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The Best Black Superhero Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 752 votes 98 voters 4.7k views21 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blade II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Spawn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Spawn

    Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo

    Released1997

    Directed byMark A.Z. Dippé

    Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Hancock

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    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 on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Blade: Trinity

    Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2004

    Directed byDavid S. Goyer

    Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Blankman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Blankman

    Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Binder

    Blankman is a 1994 American superhero comedy-parody film directed by Mike Binder and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

    X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Steel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Steel

    Shaquille O'Neal, Judd Nelson

    Released1997

    Directed byKenneth Johnson

    Steel is a 1997 American superhero action film based on the DC Comics character John Henry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Abar: Black Superman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Abar: Black Superman

    Tobar Mayo, Tony Rumford

    Released1977

    Directed byFrank Packard

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    X-Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2000

    Directed byBryan Singer

    X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Catwoman

    Halle Berry, Sharon Stone

    Released2004

    Directed byPitof

    Catwoman is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof Comar and stars Halle Berry,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Justice League is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Justice League

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2017

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Suicide Squad

    Will Smith, Jared Leto

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Ayer

    Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film directed by David Ayer, based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Superhero Movies
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    Fantastic Four

    Kate Mara, Jamie Bell

    Released2015

    Directed byJosh Trank

    Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Josh... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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