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A list of all the best exploitation movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This exploitation movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of exploitation films also contains exploitation movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This exploitation films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best exploitation movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This exploitation movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Upvoting your favorites gets them to rise to the top of the list.

List of exploitation films includes exploitation movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Impact the order of the movies on this list by sharing this on your socia networking sites.

These are the top films in the exploitation genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the exploitation genre in it. Be it the motifs of the exploitation genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Make sure you always vote for stuff like Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler or Caged Fury if you like it. If we missed any exploitation movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous exploitation movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about exploitation movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the exploitation movies. List includes photos and exploitation movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List is made up of movies like The Cocaine Fiends and Human Experiments.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these exploitation movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good exploitation movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest exploitation movies, here is the full exploitation movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Exploitation movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Erle C. Kenton and Joe D\'Amato.

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Glenn Compitello 2 added Ruggero Deodato, Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian cannibal film directed by Ruggero Deodato from a screenplay by Gianfranco Clerici, starring Carl Gabriel Yorke, Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Luca ...more

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eleanor-evans added Christina Lindberg, Per-Axel Arosenius, Bo Arne Vibenius Thriller – A Cruel Picture is a 1973 Swedish exploitation film in the "rape and revenge" genre written and directed by Bo Arne Vibenius under the name Alex Fridolinski. It tells the ...more

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Mel Ferrer, Robert Kerman, Franco Fantasia Eaten Alive! is an 1980 Italian horror film directed by Umberto Lenzi. The film is about a young woman who is searching for her sister after her abduction by a cult in the jungles of Sri Lanka.

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Janine Lindemulder, Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada Caged Fury is a 1989 women in prison film about a group of prisoners who decide to escape from an all-female prison. The film was directed by Bill Milling, and stars Erik Estrada and James

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Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Anitra Ford The Big Bird Cage is a 1972 exploitation film of the "women in prison" subgenre. It serves as a non-sequel follow-up to the 1971 film The Big Doll House. The film was written and ...more

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Glenn Compitello 2 added Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and the sequel to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. The film is centered on the run of three members of ...more

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Glenn Compitello 2 added Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film written, co-scored and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon ...more

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Fred Williamson, Bo Svenson, Ian Bannen 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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Geoffrey Lewis, Lurene Tuttle, Aldo Ray A women in prison film starring Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis and Ellen Travolta. Director/writer/producer Gregory Goodell's only feature film to be released in cinemas, this film earned its ...more

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Glenn Compitello 2 added Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, commonly referred to as simply Salò, is a 1975 Italian-French art film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, with uncredited writing ...more

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Phyllis Diller, Horace B. Carpenter, William Woods Maniac, also known as Sex Maniac, is a 1934 black-and-white exploitation/horror film, directed by Dwain Esper and written by Hildegarde Stadie, Esper's wife, as a loose adaptation of the Edgar ...more

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Glenn Compitello 2 added Jelena Gavrilovic, Srđan Todorović, Sergej Trifunović A Serbian Film is a 2010 Serbian erotic thriller and exploitation film, Srđan Spasojević's first feature film. Spasojević directed, co-wrote, and produced the film. It tells the story of a ...more

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Betty Connell She-Devils On Wheels is a 1968 American exploitation film about an all-female motorcycle gang called The Man-Eaters, directed and produced by Herschell Gordon Lewis.

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Dave O'Brien, Carleton Young, Harry Harvey Jr. Reefer Madness is a 1936–1939 American propaganda exploitation drama film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try marijuana—from ...more

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I Escaped from Devil's Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Exploitation Movies
I Escaped from Devil's Island Jim Brown, Christopher George, James Luisi I Escaped from Devil's Island is a 1973 exploitation film about an escape attempt from Devil's Island. Roger Corman and Gene Corman produced this grim adventure saga which bears more than a ...more

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StarlandSeay added Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Jeffrey Allen Two Thousand Maniacs! is a 1964 splatter film written and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. It is the second part of what the director's fans have dubbed "The Blood Trilogy", a trio ...more

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Crucified Girls of San Ramon Vonetta McGee, Gordon Mitchell, William Berger The Big Bust Out is the US title of an Italian women in prison film, The Crucified Girls of San Ramon. The US rights were bought by Roger Corman for New World Pictures, who cut out 20 minutes ...more

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Andrew Lauer, Fred Vogel August Underground is a 2001 art film written and directed by Fred Vogel, and co-written by Allen Peters. The first release of Toetag Pictures, the film follows the exploits of a serial killer ...more

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Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler John Giancaspro Schizophreniac: The Whore Mangler is 1997 exploitation film written, directed and produced by Ron Atkins. The film was followed by two sequels, Necromaniac: Schizophreniac 2 in 2003 and The ...more

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StarlandSeay added Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Franco Fantasia The Mountain of the Cannibal God is an Italian cult movie starring Ursula Andress and Stacy Keach with English dialogue that was filmed in Sri Lanka. The film was also widely released in the US ...more

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Guinea Pig: Slaughter Special is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Exploitation Movies
Guinea Pig: Slaughter Special Naoto Takenaka, Peter, 久本雅美 Guinea Pig: Slaughter Special is a 1988 Horror film.

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Stacey Anne Randall, Anitra Ford Stacey is a 1973 exploitation film directed by Andy Sidaris. Half the budget was provided by Roger Corman for his New World Pictures the rest was raised by Sidaris. It was re-released in 1975 as ...more

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The Pace That Kills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Exploitation Movies
The Pace That Kills Fay Holden, Charles Delaney, Sheila Bromley The Pace That Kills is a 1935 American exploitation film directed by William O'Connor. The film, starring Lois January, told the story of a woman called Jane Bradford, who gets involved with a ...more

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"Cult film buffs may be familiar with the cycle of "nudie cutie" exploitation films released in the wake of Russ Meyer's hugely successful The Immoral Mr. Teas, at the very end of ...more

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Lawrence Eugene Williams, Ray Sager, John Shackleford Just for the Hell of It is a 1968 drama thriller film written by Allison Louise Downe and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis.