Blaxploitation Movies
1970s Black Movies


The 1970s was one of the most prolific times for Black movies. There was an enormous number
of African-American films made during this time period. Many of the Black movies made during
the 1970s have become known as Blaxploitation films, even though all of the Black movies made
during this time don't necessarily fit the strict definition of a Blaxploitation movie.

What is a blaxploitation film and where did the term come from?

By definition, the word "blaxploitation" is a combination of the words "black" and "exploitation." It was coined during the 1970s to describe films that were targeted to African-Americans that had funky, soul soundtracks and usually featured drug dealers, pimps and hit men.

The phrase "blaxploitation" came into being because many people thought that these films stereotyped black people in films and thus exploited them. Also, most of the blaxploitation movies were produced by white studios even though they had predominantly black casts.

The movie most credited with starting the blaxploitation movie movement is Melvin Van Peeble's "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," because it proved that there was a large Black American audience for all
Black cast films. However, technically, the first blaxploitation movie was Shaft.

If you want to learn more about blaxploitation films, there is a DVD called Baadasssss Cinema - A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films that focuses specifically on this genre of African-American movies. This DVD also contains interviews with Blaxploitation movie stars.

This Blaxploitation film database contains Black movies made during the 1970s that are currently
available on DVD or VHS. These movies don't all strictly fit the blaxploitation definition, but they all star Black actors and actresses and were made during the 1970s.

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Movie Title
Aaron Loves Angela      
The Black Six      
Book of Numbers      
Buck and the Preacher      
Cleopatra Jones      
Cotton Comes to Harlem      
Halls of Anger      
JD's Revenge      
The Liberation of L.B. Jones      
Spook Who Sat By the Door, The      
Sugar Hill       
Take a Hard Ride      
Three the Hard Way (aka Three the Hardway)      
Trick Baby      
Trouble Man      
Truck Turner      
blaxploitation movie listings
Movie Title      
Abar: Black Superman        
Across 110th Street       
Adios Amigos        
A.K.A. Cassius Clay        
Amazing Grace       
The Arena (aka Naked Warriors)      
Baadasssss Cinema - A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films       
Bad Bunch (VHS only)      
Bamboo Gods & Iron Men        
Bare Knuckles (VHS only)      
The Beast Must Die        
The Big Bird Cage       
Big Doll House       
Big Score, The      
Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, The      
Black Belt Jones       
Black Brigade       
Black Caesar       
Black Cobra        
The Candy Tangerine Man        
Complete Black Cobra Series ( Black Cobra / Black Cobra 2 / Black Cobra 3: The Manila Connection)        
Black Eye (VHS only)      
Black Fist       
Black Godfather, The       
The Black Gestapo / The Black Six        
Black Gunn        
Black Heat       
Black Klansman, The       
Black Mama, White Mama       
Black Samson       
Black Samurai: Agent For Dragon        
Black Shampoo       
Black Sisters Revenge       
The Black Six and The Black Gestapo (Double Feature)        
Black Starlet        
Come Back Charleston Blue (VHS only)      
Cool Breeze       
Death Journey (VHS only)      
Detroit 9000       
Disco Godfather       
Dolemite Collection: Bigger & Badder       
Education of Sonny Carson, The       
Final Comedown, The       
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh        
Five On The Black Hand Side       
Foxy Brown       
Friday Foster       
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