Blaxploitation Films

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1. 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: 2,851

2. 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: 9,191

3. 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: 6,118

4. 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: 2,524

5. 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: 15,678 | Gross: $16.69M

6. 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: 8,375

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: 4,600

8. The Education of Sonny Carson (1974)

R | 104 min | Drama

A gifted young man is caught up in gang life.

Director: Michael Campus | Stars: Rony Clanton, Don Gordon, Joyce Walker, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 450

9. Trick Baby (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two Phildelphia con men try to evade gangsters they have conned and cops who are trying to put them in jail.

Director: Larry Yust | Stars: Kiel Martin, Mel Stewart, Dallas Edward Hayes, Beverly Ballard

Votes: 416

10. Willie Dynamite (1974)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways.

Director: Gilbert Moses | Stars: Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker

Votes: 884

11. The Harder They Come (1972)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director: Perry Henzell | Stars: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman

Votes: 5,184

12. 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: 5,455 | Gross: $2.18M

13. 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: 1,193

14. 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: 841

15. The Monkey Hu$tle (1976)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

A new highway threatens a Chicago neighborhood, so to protest the residents throw a block party.

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Yaphet Kotto, Kirk Calloway, Thomas Carter, Donn Carl Harper

Votes: 350

16. Dolemite (1975)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

67 Metascore

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: 4,788

17. 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: 1,020

18. Sugar Hill (1974)

PG | 91 min | Action, Crime, Horror

When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats voodoo queen Mama Maitresse to call on Baron Samedi, Lord of the Dead, for help with a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Maslansky | Stars: Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Betty Anne Rees

Votes: 1,550

19. Blue Collar (1978)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

When three workers try to steal from the local union, they discover the corruption of the union instead and decide to blackmail them.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 6,569

20. 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: 2,351

21. Together Brothers (1974)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A group of ghetto kids try to find out who killed a popular police officer.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Ahmad Nurradin, Anthony Wilson, Nelson Sims, Kenneth Bell

Votes: 161

22. 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: 1,616 | Gross: $4.39M

23. 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: 1,052 | Gross: $1.28M

24. 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: 1,943

25. Petey Wheatstraw (1977)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

After being murdered by his rivals, Petey Wheatstraw is resurrected, in exchange for marrying the devil's daughter, the world's ugliest woman.

Director: Cliff Roquemore | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Jimmy Lynch, Leroy Daniels, Ernest Mayhand

Votes: 780

26. 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: 2,486 | Gross: $10.00M

27. 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: 1,483

28. J.D.'s Revenge (1976)

R | 96 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A docile black law student is possessed by a 1940's mobster in mid 1970s New Orleans, Louisiana. The mobster seeks revenge upon the people who killed him and his sister.

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Glynn Turman, Louis Gossett Jr., Joan Pringle, Carl W. Crudup

Votes: 902

29. 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: 2,495

30. 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: 461

31. '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: 1,125

32. Hit Man (1972)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A lawyer whose brother was murdered winds up getting involved with gangsters and the world of porno movies.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: Bernie Casey, Pam Grier, Lisa Moore, Bhetty Waldron

Votes: 749

33. The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973)

R | 109 min | Western

After the end of the Civil War, Charley fights against a group of Southern soldiers seeking to reignite the Confederacy.

Director: Larry G. Spangler | Stars: Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin, Denise Nicholas, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

Votes: 159

34. 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: 2,093 | Gross: $2.18M

35. That Man Bolt (1973)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

To take a briefcase from Hong Kong to Mexico City, via Los Angeles, is it necessary to call on that man - Bolt? With the number of dangerous spies and gangsters who are after that briefcase, maybe Jefferson Bolt is not enough.

Directors: Henry Levin, David Lowell Rich | Stars: Fred Williamson, Byron Webster, Miko Mayama, Teresa Graves

Votes: 268

36. 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: 494

37. 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: 4,314 | Gross: $15.18M

38. 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: 276

39. 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: 274

40. 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 find a new bank.

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

Votes: 285

41. 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: 717

42. Mean Johnny Barrows (1975)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Johnny Barrows, a G.I, is dishonorably discharged from the army after striking his commanding officer. When he returns home, he is mugged and thrown in jail. Down on his luck and with no ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Williamson | Stars: Fred Williamson, Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Caruso

Votes: 352

43. TNT Jackson (1974)

R | 72 min | Action

A young karate expert searches for her brother's killer in Hong Kong.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jeannie Bell, Stan Shaw, Pat Anderson, Ken Metcalfe

Votes: 913

44. 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: 482

45. 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: 454

46. The Slams (1973)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Everybody is after the money stolen by Hook (Jim Brown) before he ended up in prison including the villainous head guard Capt. Stambell.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Jim Brown, Judy Pace, Roland Bob Harris, Paul Harris

Votes: 205

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