70s movies The Best '70s Black Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite African American films that were released in the 1970s

When you think about the best '70s black movies, you think about the man who would risk his neck for his brother man. The one and only Shaft is just one of the films on this list of 1970s black movies. The '70s saw the birth of blaxploitation, so this list is chock full of classics of the genre, including Foxy Brown and The Mack. These 1970s African American movies are wildly different, though, covering comedy, drama, action, and even horror.

What are some of the top 70s black movies? Let's Do It Again has to appear on any list of the best 1970s African American films. This 1975 release starred the duo of Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Uptown Saturday Night is acomedy you can dig, while They Call Me Mr. Tibbs, Blacula, and Super Fly are also good examples on this list of '70s black movies.

The order of this '70s black movies list depends on your votes, so vote up the best, vote down the worst, and add any movies we may have missed. If you're a blaxploitation expert, rerank the entire list as your comprehensive guide to 1070s black cinema.

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Claudine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Claudine James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Adam Wade

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Super Fly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies

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Uptown Saturday Night is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Uptown Saturday Night Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Sidney Poitier

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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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Boss Nigger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Boss Nigger Fred Williamson, William Smith, R. G. Armstrong

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Across 110th Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Across 110th Street Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Burt Young

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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Shaft Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman

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Let's Do It Again is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Let's Do It Again Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, Ossie Davis

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The Mack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Mack Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore, Roger E. Mosley

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Coffy Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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Zulu Dawn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Zulu Dawn Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins, Burt Lancaster

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Three the Hard Way is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Three the Hard Way Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly

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Shaft's Big Score is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Shaft's Big Score Richard Roundtree, Gordon Parks, Moses Gunn

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The Bingo Long Traveling All-S... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams

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They call me MISTER Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
They Call Me Mister Tibbs Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner, Martin Landau

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Cleopatra Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Cleopatra Jones Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle, Don Cornelius

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Black Caesar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Black Caesar Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, William Wellman Jr.

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Melinda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Melinda Vonetta McGee, Rosalind Cash, Calvin Lockhart

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Scream Blacula Scream is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Scream Blacula Scream Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson, Michael Conrad - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Blacula is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Blacula Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook, Jr. - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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A Piece of the Action is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
A Piece of the Action Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier

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The Education of Sonny Carson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Education of Sonny Carson Mary Alice, Paul Benjamin, Don Gordon

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Together Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Together Brothers Glynn Turman, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Ed Bernard

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Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Sugar Hill Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson, Ed Geldart

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Velvet Smooth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Velvet Smooth Emerson Boozer, Owen Watson, Wilfredo Roldan - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Norman...Is That You is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies

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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off Jim Brown, Ed McMahon, Gloria Hendry

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Super Fly T.N.T. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Super Fly T.N.T. Robert Guillaume, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ron O'Neal

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Take a Hard Ride is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Take a Hard Ride Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson

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Leadbelly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Leadbelly Art Evans, Roger E. Mosley, Madge Sinclair - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Truck Turner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Truck Turner Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols

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Aaron Loves Angela is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Aaron Loves Angela Walt Frazier, Irene Cara, José Feliciano

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Gordon's War is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Gordon's War Paul Winfield, Hansford Rowe

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Black Fist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Black Fist Edward James Olmos, Dabney Coleman, Philip Michael Thomas - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Top of the Heap is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Top of the Heap Paula Kelly, Allen Garfield, Patrick McVey - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Human Tornado is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Human Tornado Ernie Hudson, Rudy Ray Moore, Howard Jackson

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The Black Godfather is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Black Godfather Don Chastain, Tony Burton, John Alderman

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Shaft in Africa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Shaft in Africa Richard Roundtree, Vonetta McGee, Frank Finlay

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Jive Turkey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Jive Turkey Frank de Kova, Henry G. Sanders, Frances E. Williams - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial