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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 Claudine is a 1974 American film, produced by Third World Films and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Starring James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, it is noted for being ...more

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

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Across 110th Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Across 110th Street Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Burt Young Across 110th Street is a 1972 American crime drama film starring Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, and Anthony Franciosa, and directed by Barry Shear. Commonly associated with the blaxploitation ...more

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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Shaft Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Lawrence Pressman Shaft is a 1971 American blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. An action film with elements of film noir, Shaft tells the story of a private detective, ...more

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Uptown Saturday Night is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Uptown Saturday Night Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Sidney Poitier Uptown Saturday Night is a 1974 comedy film written by Richard Wesley, and directed by Sidney Poitier, who also stars in this film, along with Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte. Cosby and Poitier ...more

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The Mack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Mack Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore, Roger E. Mosley The Mack is a 1973 blaxploitation film starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. Although the movie was produced during the era of such blaxploitation movies as Dolemite, its producers do not label ...more

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Foxy Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Foxy Brown Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Peter Brown Foxy Brown is a 1974 American blaxploitation film written and directed by Jack Hill. It stars Pam Grier as the title character, described by one character as "a whole lot of woman" who ...more

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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 Let's Do It Again is a 1975 film starring Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby and Jimmie Walker plus an all star black cast. The film, directed by Poitier, is about blue-collar workers who decide to rig ...more

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The Bingo Long Traveling All-S... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a comedic sports film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. Loosely based upon ...more

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Cleopatra Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Cleopatra Jones Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle, Don Cornelius Cleopatra Jones is a 1973 blaxploitation action film starring Tamara Dobson.

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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Coffy Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Gail Davis Coffy is a 1973 blaxploitation film written and directed by American filmmaker Jack Hill. The story is about a black female vigilante played by Pam Grier. The film's tagline in advertising was ...more

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They call me MISTER Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
They Call Me Mister Tibbs Sidney Poitier, Ed Asner, Martin Landau They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, stylized with emphasis on "Mister", is a 1970 film, a sequel to 1967's In the Heat of the Night. The title was taken from a line in the first film. Sidney ...more

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Zulu Dawn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Zulu Dawn Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins, Burt Lancaster Zulu Dawn is a 1979 war film about the historical Battle of Isandlwana between British and Zulu forces in 1879 in South Africa. The screenplay was by Cy Endfield, from his book, and Anthony ...more

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Scream Blacula Scream is listed (or ranked) 14 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 Scream Blacula Scream is a 1973 blaxploitation horror film, made under the working titles Blacula Is Beautiful and Blacula Lives Again!. This is the only sequel to the 1972 film Blacula. The ...more

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A Piece of the Action is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
A Piece of the Action Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier A Piece of the Action is a 1977 comedy crime film starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Poitier also directed the film. This was the third film pairing of Poitier and Cosby following Uptown ...more

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Blacula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Blacula Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook, Jr. Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Blacula is a 1972 American blaxploitation horror film produced for American International Pictures. It was directed by William Crain and stars William Marshall in the title role about an ...more

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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. Black Caesar, released theatrically in the UK as Godfather of Harlem, is a 1973 American blaxploitation, crime drama film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. The film was written and ...more

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Three the Hard Way is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Three the Hard Way Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly Three the Hard Way is a 1974 action blaxploitation film starring Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, and Jim Kelly, written by Eric Bercovici and Jerrold L. Ludwig and directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. ...more

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Take a Hard Ride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Take a Hard Ride Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Fred Williamson Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 Italian-American Western film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly. Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up ...more

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Shaft's Big Score is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Shaft's Big Score Richard Roundtree, Gordon Parks, Moses Gunn Shaft's Big Score! is a 1972 action film directed by Gordon Parks. It is the second film in the trilogy starring Richard Roundtree as the private detective John Shaft. Ernest Tidyman once more ...more

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Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Sugar Hill Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson, Ed Geldart Sugar Hill is a 1974 horror blaxploitation zombie film released by AIP. It starred Marki Bey as the title character who uses voodoo to get revenge on the people responsible for her boyfriend's ...more

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Melinda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Melinda Vonetta McGee, Rosalind Cash, Calvin Lockhart Melinda is a 1972 film directed by Hugh A. Robertson.

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Truck Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Truck Turner Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Nichelle Nichols Truck Turner is a 1974 blaxploitation film, starring Isaac Hayes and Yaphet Kotto, and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. The screenplay was written by Michael Allin, Jerry Wilkes and Oscar Williams. ...more

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Together Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Together Brothers Glynn Turman, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Ed Bernard Together Brothers is a 1974 film directed by William A. Graham. It stars Ahmad Nurradin and Anthony Wilson.

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Boss Nigger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Boss Nigger Fred Williamson, William Smith, R. G. Armstrong Boss Nigger is a 1975 cult classic Western film directed by Jack Arnold. It stars former football player Fred Williamson, who both wrote and co-produced the film. Boss Nigger is the first film ...more

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Super Fly T.N.T. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Super Fly T.N.T. Robert Guillaume, Roscoe Lee Browne, Ron O'Neal Super Fly T.N.T. is a 1973 film directed, starring, and co-written by Ron O'Neal. O'Neal reprises his role of Youngblood Priest from the smash hit blaxploitation film Super Fly. The film was ...more

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The Education of Sonny Carson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Education of Sonny Carson Mary Alice, Paul Benjamin, Don Gordon The Education of Sonny Carson is a 1974 film based on the best-selling autobiography of Sonny Carson.

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Velvet Smooth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Velvet Smooth Emerson Boozer, Owen Watson, Wilfredo Roldan Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Velvet Smooth is a 1976 American blaxploitation film about a crime lord who hires a female private detective to find out who's stealing his business.

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Gordon's War is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Gordon's War Paul Winfield, Hansford Rowe Gordon's War is a 1973 action film written by Howard Friedlander and Ed Spielman, and directed by Ossie Davis. It stars Paul Winfield as Gordon Hudson.

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Aaron Loves Angela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Aaron Loves Angela Walt Frazier, Irene Cara, José Feliciano Aaron Loves Angela is a 1975 American Soul Cinema Classic film written by Gerald Sanford and directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. This film stars Moses Gunn, Kevin Hooks and Irene Cara. Both Cara and ...more

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Leadbelly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Leadbelly Art Evans, Roger E. Mosley, Madge Sinclair Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Leadbelly is a 1976 film chronicling the life of folk singer Huddie William Ledbetter. The film was directed by Gordon Parks, and starred Roger E. Mosley in the title role. The film focuses on ...more

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Norman...Is That You is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies

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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off Jim Brown, Ed McMahon, Gloria Hendry Slaughter's Big Rip-Off is a 1973 Blaxploitation film which was released during the 1970s Blaxploitation film era. It is directed by Gordon Douglas. From its famous tagline “The mob put the ...more

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Top of the Heap is listed (or ranked) 34 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 Top of the Heap is a 1972 American drama film directed by and starring Christopher St. John. It was entered into the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival.

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Black Fist is listed (or ranked) 35 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 Black Fist is an obscure 1974 blaxploitation film about a streetfighter who goes to work for a white gangster and a corrupt cop. The film is in public domain. The film stars Richard Lawson, ...more

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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 The Human Tornado is a 1976 Ameican cult blaxploitation film, was the sequel to Dolemite. It starred Rudy Ray Moore as Dolemite and Ernie Hudson as Boe.

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Jive Turkey is listed (or ranked) 37 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 Italian mobsters go to war with black hoodlums, turning the streets of Harlem into a war zone. Notorious crime boss Big Tony isn’t about to give up his turf, and calls upon a psychotic ...more

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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 Shaft in Africa, is a 1973 film directed by John Guillermin and is the third film in the blaxploitation trilogy of films starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft. John Guillermin directed and ...more

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The Black Godfather is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
The Black Godfather Don Chastain, Tony Burton, John Alderman The Black Godfather is a blaxploitation film released in 1974. It was written and directed by John Evans, and stars Rod Perry, Don Chastain, Diane Sommerfield and Jimmy Witherspoon.