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The Best Fred Williamson Movies

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List of the best Fred Williamson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Fred Williamson's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Fred Williamson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Fred Williamson movies will be at the top of the list. Fred Williamson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Fred Williamson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Fred Williamson films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Fred Williamson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Fred Williamson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include Warrior of the Lost World and BaadAsssss Cinema.

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  • 1

    Hammer

    Fred Williamson, William Smith
    33
    7

    Released1972

    Directed byBruce D. Clark, Bruce Clark

    Hammer is a 1972 blaxploitation film directed by Bruce Clark. The film was released following the successes of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and Shaft, notable 1971 films that popularized black...  more
  • 2

    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney
    33
    8

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

    From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis....  more

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  • 3

    Original Gangstas

    Jim Brown, Pam Grier
    30
    7

    Released1996

    Directed byLarry Cohen

    Original Gangstas is a 1996 action movie filmed and set in urban Gary, Indiana starring Blaxploitation film stars such as Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, and Richard Roundtree. The film...  more
  • 4

    Vigilante

    Carol Lynley, Fred Williamson
    22
    5

    Released1983

    Directed byWilliam Lustig

    Vigilante is a 1983 American vigilante film directed by William Lustig. It stars Robert Forster and Fred Williamson....  more
  • 5

    Bucktown

    Pam Grier, Carl Weathers
    22
    6

    Released1975

    Directed byArthur Marks, Bernie Hamilton

    Bucktown, USA is a 1975 crime action blaxploitation film released by American International Pictures starring Fred Williamson....  more
  • 6

    Black Caesar

    Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry
    17
    6

    Released1973

    Directed byLarry Cohen

    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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  • 7

    Starsky & Hutch

    Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra
    19
    8

    Released2004

    Directed byTodd Phillips

    Starsky & Hutch is a 2004 American action comedy film directed by Todd Phillips. The film stars Ben Stiller as David Starsky and Owen Wilson as Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson and is a film adaptation of the...  more
  • 8

    Adiós Amigo

    Richard Pryor, Fred Williamson
    16
    6

    Released1976

    Directed byFred Williamson

    Adiós Amigo is an American comedy-Western starring Fred Williamson and Richard Pryor. The film was also written, produced and directed by Williamson....  more
  • 9

    The Legend of Nigger Charley

    Fred Williamson, Don Pedro Colley
    16
    6

    Released1972

    Directed byMartin Goldman

    The Legend of Nigger Charley is a 1972 blaxploitation western film directed by Martin Goldman. The story of a trio of escaped slaves, it was released during the heyday of blaxploitation films. The...  more
  • 10

    Take a Hard Ride

    Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef
    14
    4

    Released1975

    Directed byAntonio Margheriti

    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 with...  more

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  • 11

    The Inglorious Bastards

    Fred Williamson, Bo Svenson
    15
    6

    Released1978

    Directed byEnzo G. Castellari

    The Inglorious Bastards is a 1978 Italian Action/war film directed by Enzo G. Castellari, written by Sandro Continenza, Sergio Grieco, Franco Marotta, Romano Migliorini, and Laura Toscano, and...  more

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  • 12

    1990: The Bronx Warriors

    Vic Morrow, Fred Williamson
    12
    4

    Released1982

    Directed byEnzo G. Castellari

    1990: The Bronx Warriors is a 1982 Italian action-science fiction film directed by action director Enzo G. Castellari. It was the second to last film for American actor Vic Morrow....  more
  • 13

    BaadAsssss Cinema

    Samuel L. Jackson, Isaac Hayes
    12
    6

    Released2002

    Directed byIsaac Julien

    BaadAsssss Cinema is a 2002 documentary film, directed by Isaac Julien. Julien looks at the Blaxploitation era of the 1970s in this hour-long documentary....  more
  • 14

    MASH

    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland
    14
    9

    Released1970

    Directed byRobert Altman

    MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The picture is...  more

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  • 15

    Carmen: A Hip Hopera

    Beyoncé Knowles, Mos Def
    14
    8

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    Carmen: A Hip Hopera is a 2001 musical film produced for television by MTV and directed by Robert Townsend. The film stars Beyoncé Knowles in her debut acting role, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Wyclef Jean,...  more
  • 16

    Boss Nigger

    Fred Williamson, William Smith
    10
    4

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Arnold

    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 for...  more
  • 17

    The Soul of Nigger Charley

    Fred Williamson, Pedro Armendáriz
    12
    7

    Released1973

    Directed byLarry G. Spangler

    The Soul of Nigger Charley is a 1973 blaxploitation western film directed by Larry Spangler and starring Fred Williamson. It is the sequel to 1972's The Legend of Nigger Charley. It is followed by...  more
  • 18

    Warriors of the Year 2072

    Fred Williamson, Jared Martin
    12
    6

    Released1984

    Directed byLucio Fulci

    Warriors of the Year 2072, is an Italian 1984 film directed by Lucio Fulci based on a story by Elisa Briganti. The film is currently distributed on DVD under the title The New Gladiators. Running...  more
  • 19

    China 9 Liberty 37

    Jenny Agutter, Warren Oates
    12
    6

    Released1978

    Directed byMonte Hellman, Tony Brandt

    China 9, Liberty 37 is an Italian-Spanish 1978 western film directed by Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates, Jenny Agutter, and Fabio Testi. The film was shot in locations in Spain and Italy by...  more
  • 20

    Mean Johnny Barrows

    Elliott Gould, Roddy McDowall
    12
    6

    Released1976

    Directed byFred Williamson

    Mean Johnny Barrows is a 1976 film. It stars Fred Williamson, who also directed the film; Elliott Gould; Stuart Whitman; James Brown; and Roddy McDowall also star....  more
  • 21

    Three the Hard Way

    Jim Brown, Fred Williamson
    11
    6

    Released1974

    Directed byGordon Parks, Jr.

    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. Featuring...  more

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  • 22

    Night Caller

    Gary Busey, Stella Stevens
    12
    8

    Released1992

    Directed byFred Williamson

    South Beach is a 1992 film....
  • 23

    Hell Up in Harlem

    Fred Williamson, Margaret Avery
    18
    18

    Released1973

    Directed byLarry Cohen

    Hell Up in Harlem is a 1973 blaxploitation film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry. Written and directed by Larry Cohen, it's a sequel to the film Black Caesar....  more
  • 24

    Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror

    Eva Mendes, David Carradine
    10
    6

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Wiley

    Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror is a 1998 motion picture and the fifth installment of the Children of the Corn series. It is a direct-to-video movie. It is also the third Children of the...  more
  • 25

    That Man Bolt

    Fred Williamson, Teresa Graves
    12
    11

    Released1973

    Directed byDavid Lowell Rich, Henry Levin

    That Man Bolt is a 1973 action film directed by David Lowell Rich and Henry Levin. It stars Fred Williamson in the title role of a courier and Byron Webster. The film combined several genres:...  more