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The Best Black Movies Of The 1970s

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. 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
    1
    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Sidney Poitier
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Sidney Poitier
  • Claudine
    2
    Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: John Berry
  • Let's Do It Again
    3
    Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Jimmie Walker
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Sidney Poitier
  • Shaft
    4
    Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Christopher St. John
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Gordon Parks
  • Cleopatra Jones
    5
    Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle, Don Cornelius
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Jack Starrett
  • Coffy
    6
    Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert Do 'Qui
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Jack Hill
  • Foxy Brown
    7
    Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Jack Hill
  • Super Fly
    8
    Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Julius W. Harris
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Gordon Parks Jr.
  • Three the Hard Way
    9
    Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, Jim Kelly
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Gordon Parks, Jr.
  • The Mack
    10
    Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Michael Campus
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs
    11
    Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbara McNair
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Gordon Douglas
  • Which Way Is Up?
    12
    Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Michael Schultz
  • Black Caesar
    13
    Fred Williamson, Art Lund, Gloria Hendry
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Larry Cohen
  • A Piece of the Action
    14
    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Sidney Poitier
  • Across 110th Street
    15
    Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Barry Shear
  • Buck and the Preacher
    16
    Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Sidney Poitier
  • Ganja & Hess
    17
    Duane Jones, Leonard Jackson, Mabel King
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Bill Gunn
  • The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
    18
    Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: John Badham
  • Friday Foster
    19
    Pam Grier, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Arthur Marks
  • Hammer
    20
    Fred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Bruce D. Clark
  • Blacula
    21
    William Marshall, Denise Nicholas, Vonetta McGee
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: William Crain
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  • Sparkle
    22
    Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Sam O'Steen
  • Cooley High
    23
    Glynn Turman, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Garrett Morris
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Michael Schultz
  • Cornbread, Earl and Me
    24
    Moses Gunn, Bernie Casey, Rosalind Cash
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Joseph Manduke
  • Shaft's Big Score
    25
    Richard Roundtree, Gordon Parks, Moses Gunn
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Gordon Parks