70s The Best '70s Exploitation Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the most interesting exploitation films that were released in the 1970s.

The best ‘70s exploitation movies are a dizzying blend of graphic sex, sensational violence, and a dash of kitsch. Nazis, fast cars, zombies, bikers - you name it, they are all featured prominently in this 1970s exploitation film list. These films were made with a lower budget, and aimed to produce pure, high-octane entertainment.   


What are the top ‘70s exploitation movies? This list runs the gamut from grindhouse classics, like Death Race 2000, to genre-defining horror flicks like The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, directed by a young Tobe Hooper. Gory slasher movies constitute a number of the top ‘70s exploitation movies. Some films on this list transcended their B-movie status and became cultural touchstones. For example, the movie Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, is actually banned in several countries due to its highly controversial subject matter, and is regarded as one of the most shocking films ever made. 
 

Here, you’ll also find Assault on Precinct 13, originally released in 1976, and remade in 2005 starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. You won’t find any arthouse flicks here, but you will find some salacious cult classics.Vote up the best '70s exploitation films, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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Death Race 2000 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Death Race 2000 Sylvester Stallone, David Carradine, Mary Woronov

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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Assault on Precinct 13 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Assault on Precinct 13 Austin Stoker, Charles Cyphers, Tony Burton

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I Spit on Your Grave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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The Last House on the Left is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
The Last House on the Left Martin Kove, Steve Miner, Fred J. Lincoln

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The Hills Have Eyes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Pam Grier, Charles Napier, Cynthia Myers

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Pink Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Pink Flamingos John Waters, Divine, Mink Stole

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Piranha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Coffy Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis

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Vampyros Lesbos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Vampyros Lesbos Dennis Price, Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller

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Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS George Buck Flower, Richard Kennedy, Dyanne Thorne

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I Drink Your Blood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
I Drink Your Blood Bhaskar, Jadine Wong, Lynn Lowry

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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown

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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Shaft Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman

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Thriller: A Cruel Picture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Thriller: A Cruel Picture Christina Lindberg, Per-Axel Arosenius, Bo Arne Vibenius

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The Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
The Street Fighter Sonny Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima, Tony Cetera

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Car Wash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Car Wash Danny DeVito, Richard Pryor, George Carlin

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Scream Blacula Scream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Scream Blacula Scream Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson, Michael Conrad - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Female Trouble is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Female Trouble Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey

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Master of the Flying Guillotin... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Master of the Flying Guillotine Philip Kwok, Lau Kar-wing, Kang Chin

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Super Fly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Super Fly Curtis Mayfield, Julius Harris, Ron O'Neal

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Vanishing Point is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Vanishing Point Charlotte Rampling, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger

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Blacula is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Blacula Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook, Jr. - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Sinful Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
The Sinful Dwarf Gerda Madsen, Torben Bille, Lisbeth Olsen

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Blood for Dracula is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Blood for Dracula Roman Polanski, Vittorio De Sica, Udo Kier

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Truck Turner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Truck Turner Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols

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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

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Switchblade Sisters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Switchblade Sisters Robert Lee Minor, Don Stark, Janice Karman

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Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Sugar Hill Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson, Ed Geldart

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Black Caesar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Black Caesar Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, William Wellman Jr.

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Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Wake in Fright Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson, John Meillon

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Eaten Alive is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Eaten Alive Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Carolyn Jones

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Across 110th Street is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Across 110th Street Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Burt Young

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Return of the Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Return of the Street Fighter Sonny Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro, Masafumi Suzuki - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Long Weekend is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Long Weekend Briony Behets, John Hargreaves, Michael Aitkens

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Desperate Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s Exploitation Movies
Desperate Living Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Mary Vivian Pearce