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1. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan

Votes: 4,227 | Gross: $15.18M

2. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 15,328

3. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Shaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 2,413 | Gross: $10.00M

4. Shaft in Africa (1973)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Private investigator John Shaft is recruited to go undercover to break up a modern slavery ring where young Africans are lured to Paris to do chain-gang work.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Frank Finlay, Vonetta McGee, Neda Arneric

Votes: 2,357

5. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Harlem cops investigate a robbery, believing that a reverend has staged it in order to steal the money he's collected for a local fundraiser.

Director: Ossie Davis | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace

Votes: 1,570

6. Come Back Charleston Blue (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Sequel to Cotton comes to Harlem. Another bad influence is hitting Harlem and Gravedigger and Coffin Ed are the two cops who will stop it. Charleston Blue was a prohibition era black ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Warren | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Peter De Anda, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 220

7. Across 110th Street (1972)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Robinson Frank Adu

Votes: 4,417

8. Super Fly (1972)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris

Votes: 5,865

9. Super Fly T.N.T. (1973)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Harlem drug dealer and his girlfriend retire to Rome, where he joins an African revolution.

Director: Ron O'Neal | Stars: Ron O'Neal, Roscoe Lee Browne, Sheila Frazier, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 265

10. If He Hollers, Let Him Go! (1968)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

An escaped convict goes to a small town to clear his name. He becomes part of a murder plot in order to pull his plan off.

Director: Charles Martin | Stars: Dana Wynter, Raymond St. Jacques, Kevin McCarthy, Barbara McNair

Votes: 77

11. The Lost Man (1969)

M | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A gang of black militants plots to rob a factory to finance their "revolutionary struggle".

Director: Robert Alan Aurthur | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Joanna Shimkus, Al Freeman Jr., Michael Tolan

Votes: 134

12. Uptight (1968)

M | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. Based on the 1935 classic, "The Informer."

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 490

13. Black Caesar (1973)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Raised in Harlem, Tommy Gibbs becomes a successful mob boss but he clashes with the rival Mafia and his old enemy, dirty cop McKinney.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 2,784

14. Hell Up in Harlem (1973)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Fred Williamson, Julius Harris, Gloria Hendry, Margaret Avery

Votes: 1,167

15. Slaughter (1972)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Slaughter, a former Green Beret, avenges the killing of loved ones by the Mob, and in so doing is coerced by the Feds into traveling to Mexico to finish off surviving mobsters.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Jim Brown, Stella Stevens, Rip Torn, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 810

16. Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Vigilante Slaughter comes under attack from Duncan, a local money launderer whose hit-man traps Slaughter in a car at a cliff, but Slaughter escapes, arms himself, and goes after Duncan's hideout.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Jim Brown, Ed McMahon, Don Stroud, Brock Peters

Votes: 454

17. Truck Turner (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase

Votes: 2,282

18. Tough Guys (1974)

PG | 92 min | Action, Crime

An ex-convict priest and a framed former policeman hunt a machine-gun killer behind a bank robbery.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Lino Ventura, Isaac Hayes, Fred Williamson, Paula Kelly

Votes: 266

19. Trouble Man (1972)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Things begin to unravel when a supercool black fixer is hired to straighten out some crooks.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, William Smithers

Votes: 861

20. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

A voluptuous black vigilante takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter

Votes: 8,170

21. Coffy (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A sexy black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 8,886

22. Friday Foster (1975)

R | 90 min | Action

At Los Angeles airport, magazine photographer Friday Foster witnesses an assassination attempt against billionaire Blake Tarr and is drawn into a murky political conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Pam Grier, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 1,428

23. Cleopatra Jones (1973)

PG | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes, Antonio Fargas

Votes: 2,401

24. Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)

R | 94 min | Action

When fellow operatives (and childhood friends) Matthew Johnson and Melvin Johnson disappear during an undercover mission in Hong Kong, Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) travels there to find ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Tamara Dobson, Stella Stevens, Ni Tien, Norman Fell

Votes: 737

25. Drum (1976)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.

Directors: Steve Carver, Burt Kennedy | Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Ken Norton, Pam Grier

Votes: 695

26. Mandingo (1975)

R | 127 min | Drama, History, Romance

A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: James Mason, Susan George, Perry King, Richard Ward

Votes: 3,117

27. The Klansman (1974)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A local Sheriff tries to keep the peace as racial strife hits his small Alabama town as tensions boil over when a black man is accused of raping a white woman.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Cameron Mitchell, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 1,190

28. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 5,326 | Gross: $2.18M

29. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

The vampire Mamuwalde (Blacula) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam Grier, Michael Conrad

Votes: 2,033 | Gross: $2.18M

30. Blackenstein (1973)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Eddie is a Vietnam veteran who loses his arms and legs when he steps on a land mine, but a brilliant surgeon is able to attach new limbs. Unfortunately an insanely jealous assistant (who ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Levey | Stars: John Hart, Ivory Stone, Joe De Sue, Roosevelt Jackson

Votes: 789

31. The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Roger Perry

Votes: 2,143

32. Abby (1974)

R | 89 min | Horror

A possession film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by the demon of sexuality, when her father in law, an exorcist, freed it while in Africa. He returns home, along with his ... See full summary »

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Carol Speed, William Marshall, Terry Carter, Austin Stoker

Votes: 722

33. The Black Gestapo (1975)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

General Ahmed has started an inner-city People's Army to try and relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts. When the locals are put under increasing pressure by Mafia thugs, Ahmed's ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Rod Perry, Charles Robinson, Phil Hoover, Edward Cross

Votes: 925

34. The Get-Man (1974)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

A police officer becomes obsessed with a satistic killer called "The Zebra Killer" who has kidnapped his girlfriend and discoveries many murders along the way while tracking him down.

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Juanita Moore, Austin Stoker, Hugh Smith, James Carroll Pickett

Votes: 89

35. 'Sheba, Baby' (1975)

PG | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin, Rudy Challenger

Votes: 1,081

36. Cool Breeze (1972)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

Thalmus is the leader for a group of criminals who gather in L.A. to rob a bank. Their goal is to found a new bank.

Director: Barry Pollack | Stars: Thalmus Rasulala, Judy Pace, Julian Christopher, Lincoln Kilpatrick

Votes: 277

37. Hammer (1972)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Action

A Los Angeles dock worker becomes a boxer but his crooked manager is involved in various rackets and he's working for the mob.

Director: Bruce D. Clark | Stars: Fred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee, William Smith

Votes: 478

38. Bucktown (1975)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Thalmus Rasulala, Tony King

Votes: 982

39. Dolemite (1975)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

After he is released from jail, a pimp takes on the criminals and corrupt police officers who framed him in the first place.

Director: D'Urville Martin | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, D'Urville Martin, Jerry Jones, Lady Reed

Votes: 3,797

40. The Mack (1973)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up King of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus | Stars: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor, Carol Speed

Votes: 2,477

41. Black Gunn (1972)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A black militant group robs a Mafia bookie joint and also steals the incriminating ledgers which, in turn, prompts retaliation from the mob.

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis | Stars: Jim Brown, Martin Landau, Brenda Sykes, Luciana Paluzzi

Votes: 440

42. Three the Hard Way (1974)

R | 89 min | Action, Thriller

Blaxploitation film about three martial-arts specialists who prevent white supremacists from tainting the U.S. water supply with a toxin that's only harmful to black people.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly, Sheila Frazier

Votes: 1,020 | Gross: $1.28M

43. One Down, Two to go (1982)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

A pair of tough cops go after the mob who jinxed the martial arts tournament and injured their buddy.

Director: Fred Williamson | Stars: Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 444

44. Black Belt Jones (1974)

R | 85 min | Action, Comedy

A Mafia buy out of Papa Byrd's karate school downtown ends in his death. Byrd's daughter, Sydney, refuses to sell, and wants revenge. Byrd's students call the Black Belt Jones for help. Jones reluctantly teams with Sydney in many battles.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jim Kelly, Gloria Hendry, Scatman Crothers, Eric Laneuville

Votes: 1,908

45. E yu tou hei sha xing (1978)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An American insurance investigator goes to Hong Kong to retrieve a famous diamond stolen by a local criminal organization.

Director: Tso Nam Lee | Stars: Jim Kelly, Sing Chen, Tao-Liang Tan, Nami Misaki

Votes: 328

46. The Black 6 (1973)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama

A black high school student is caught dating a white girl by the girl's brother. He and his biker gang beat the boy to death. The boy's brother, who is a member of a black biker gang, hears... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: Robert Howard, Cindy Daly, Mikel Angel, John Isenbarger

Votes: 444

47. The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Action

Sunset Boulevard is a lucrative place to work for the Black Baron, a pimp with a distinctive red and yellow Rolls Royce and plenty of girls on his books. He don't take no mess from his ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber | Stars: John Daniels, Eli Haines, Tom Hankason, Marva Farmer

Votes: 199

48. Adiós Amigo (1975)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Western

A conman's crimes are blamed on a good-natured fast-drawing cowboy he meets and decides to use as decoy.

Director: Fred Williamson | Stars: Fred Williamson, Richard Pryor, James Brown, Robert Phillips

Votes: 214

49. Take a Hard Ride (1975)

PG | 103 min | Western