The 50 Best Blaxploitation Movies of All Time (Complex Magazine)

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1.
Trouble Man (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. Chalky and Pete hire the cool... (99 mins.)
Director: Ivan Dixon
 
2.
Dolemite (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs... (90 mins.)
 
3.
Ganja & Hess (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood. (110 mins.)
Director: Bill Gunn
 
4.
Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head... (97 mins.)
Director: Ossie Davis
 
5.
The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution. (102 mins.)
Director: Ivan Dixon
 
6.
Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it. (104 mins.)
Director: Sidney Poitier
 
7.
Cooley High (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1964, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest... (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Schultz
 
8.
Three the Hard Way (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The story involves a white supremist plot to taint the United States water supply with a toxin that is harmless to whites but lethal to blacks... (89 mins.)
 
9.
Black Caesar (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy... (87 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
10.
The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A slave kills a white man in self-defense and heads West towards freedom, pursued by a professional slave hunter. (98 mins.)
Director: Martin Goldman
 
11.
Penitentiary (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A hitchhiker named Martel Gordone gets in a fight with two bikers over a prostitute, and one of the bikers is killed... (99 mins.)
Director: Jamaa Fanaka
 
12.
Friday Foster (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, goes to Los Angeles International airport to photograph the arrival of Blake Tarr... (90 mins.)
Director: Arthur Marks
 
13.
That Man Bolt (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
To take a briefcase from Hong Kong to Mexico City, via Los Angeles, is it necessary to call on that man - Bolt? With the number of dangerous spies and gangsters who are after that briefcase, maybe Jefferson Bolt is not enough. (104 mins.)
 
14.
Bucktown (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days... (94 mins.)
Director: Arthur Marks
 
15.
Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Petey Wheatstraw (Rudy Ray Moore) is a candidate to become the devil's son-in-law. The storyline is... (94 mins.)
Director: Cliff Roquemore
 
16.
Cleopatra Jones (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs. (89 mins.)
Director: Jack Starrett
 
17.
Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In contrast to most of the violence-laden "blaxploitation" films of the period, this low-budget effort... (96 mins.)
Director: Oscar Williams
 
18.
Black Heat (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Kicks Carter, a streetwise Las Vegs cop, is out to shut down an upscale hotel that is actually a front for a host of illegal activities... (94 mins.)
Director: Al Adamson
 
19.
Sweet Jesus, Preacherman (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A Black hit man poses as a Baptist preacher in a ghetto church. He decides to take over the local rackets. (99 mins.)
 
20.
Black Gunn (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A successful and popular nightclub owner who believes financial independence is the path to equality and success... (96 mins.)
 
21.
Hammer (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A dock worker becomes a prizefighter, but gets mixed up with a crooked manager. A sympathetic L.A. detective tries to set him straight... (92 mins.)
Director: Bruce Clark
 
22.
Slaughter (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Slaughter, a former Green Beret, avenges the killing of loved ones by the Mob, and in so doing is coerced by the Feds into traveling to Mexico to finish off surviving mobsters. (92 mins.)
Director: Jack Starrett
 
23.
Cool Breeze (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Thalmus is the leader for a group of criminals who gather in L.A. to rob a bank. Their goal is to found a new bank. (101 mins.)
Director: Barry Pollack
 
24.
Coonskin (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police. (100 mins.)
Director: Ralph Bakshi
 
25.
Black Samson (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies. (88 mins.)
Director: Charles Bail
 
26.
The Black Gestapo (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
General Ahmed has started an inner-city People's Army to try and relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts... (88 mins.)
Director: Lee Frost
 
27.
Black Shampoo (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A black hairstylist has sex with his female customers, and tries to keep the Mafia from taking over his business. (85 mins.)
Director: Greydon Clark
 
28.
Hell Up in Harlem (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia. (94 mins.)
Director: Larry Cohen
 
29.
Black Mama White Mama (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along... (87 mins.)
Director: Eddie Romero
 
30.
Shaft in Africa (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
P.I. John Shaft is recruited to go undercover to break up a modern slavery ring where young Africans are lured to Paris to do chain-gang work. (112 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin