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
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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Uptown Saturday Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Let's Do It Again is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Shaft is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Super Fly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies

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The Mack is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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
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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107 16
Cleopatra Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Shelley Winters, Esther Rolle, Don Cornelius
Cleopatra Jones is a 1973 blaxploitation action film starring Tamara Dobson.

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Black Caesar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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67 8
Three the Hard Way is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Across 110th Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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A Piece of the Action is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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The Bingo Long Traveling All-S... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Coffy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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) 15 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Blacula is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Take a Hard Ride is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Melinda is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Shaft's Big Score is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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) 20 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Scream Blacula Scream is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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45 13
Super Fly T.N.T. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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Truck Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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38 10
Velvet Smooth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
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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The Education of Sonny Carson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s Black Movies
Mary Alice, Paul Benjamin, Don Gordon
The Education of Sonny Carson is a 1974 film based on the best-selling autobiography of Sonny Carson.