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The Best Black Movies Of The 1970s

Updated April 1, 2021 6.4k votes 1.5k voters 75.4k views84 items

List RulesVote 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. The top movies on this list star 70's Black actors and actresses including Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor. 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 1970s Black cinema.

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    Uptown Saturday Night

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor

    Released1974

    Directed bySidney Poitier

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    Claudine

    James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Berry

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    Let's Do It Again

    Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier

    Released1975

    Directed bySidney Poitier

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    Super Fly

    Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee

    Released1972

    Directed byGordon Parks Jr.

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    The Mack

    Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Campus

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    Foxy Brown

    Pam Grier, Sid Haig

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Hill

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    Cleopatra Jones

    Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle

    Released1973

    Directed byJack Starrett

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    19

    Coffy

    Pam Grier, Sid Haig

    Released1973

    Directed byJack Hill

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    Shaft

    Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn

    Released1971

    Directed byGordon Parks

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    Across 110th Street

    Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto

    Released1972

    Directed byBarry Shear

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    18

    Three the Hard Way

    Jim Brown, Fred Williamson

    Released1974

    Directed byGordon Parks, Jr.

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    20

    They Call Me Mister Tibbs

    Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner

    Released1970

    Directed byGordon Douglas

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    27

    Black Caesar

    Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry

    Released1973

    Directed byLarry Cohen

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    27

    A Piece of the Action

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones

    Released1977

    Directed bySidney Poitier

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    22

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Which Way Is Up?

    Richard Pryor, Margaret Avery

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Schultz

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    21

    Truck Turner

    Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto

    Released1974

    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

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    27

    Blacula

    Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook

    Released1972

    Directed byWilliam Crain

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    24

    Sugar Hill

    Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson

    Released1974

    Directed byPaul Maslansky

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    24

    Super Fly T.N.T.

    Robert Guillaume, Roscoe Lee Browne

    Released1973

    Directed byRon O'Neal

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    18

    Velvet Smooth

    Emerson Boozer, Owen Watson

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Fink

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    43

    Shaft's Big Score

    Richard Roundtree, Gordon Parks

    Released1972

    Directed byGordon Parks

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    34

    Melinda

    Vonetta McGee, Rosalind Cash

    Released1972

    Directed byHugh A. Robertson

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    15

    Come Back, Charleston Blue

    Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques

    Released1972

    Directed byMark Warren

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    Scream Blacula Scream

    Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1973

    Directed byBob Kelljan

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