Blaxploitation Filmography

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Movie Name Year Notes Brief run down of story line IMDB Link
The Black Angels 1970 it became part of the Biker culture as well as Blaxploitation the story concerns a black motorcycle gang [1]
Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 comedian "Redd Foxx" made an appearance in a role which led to his TV series "Sanford & Son". Features two black NYPD detectives, on the hunt for a money-filled cotton bale stolen by a corrupt reverend named Deke O’Malley [2]
Passion Plantation 1970 ..................... Double-crossing, murder, sex and intrigue plague a plantation-owning family in the South during the Civil War. [3]
The Call Me MISTER Tibbs 1970 A sequel to the movie "In the Heat of the Night" a pre-Shaft Blaxploitation film. It is stylistically very different from the original film. [4]
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song 1971 Written, produced, scored, directed by, and stars Melvin Van Peebles Theme tune HERE The hero is raised among prostitutes and is arrested for a crime he did not commit. During his arrest, he saves a young black male from a police beating by attacking the (white) police officers. He becomes a fugitive from police authority and heads for Mexico [5]
Shaft 1971 Famous for it's title track, written by Isaac Hayes, this song won several award including an Academy Award We at Altopedia are convinced this story line needs no explanation, but check out the sequels, "Shaft's Big Score" ('72) & "Shaft in Africa" ('73) [6]
Hit Man 1972 The story of an Oakland hit man, played by former NFL player Bernie Casey, He comes to Los Angeles after his brother is murdered. He later finds out that his niece has been forced into pornography and is later murdered. Then, he sets out to murder everyone directly involved; from a porn star, to a theater owner, to a man he looked up to as a child, and a mobster. [7]
Super Fly 1972 Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., and film features a soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield, it is considered to be one of the most controversial, profitable, and popular 'classics' of the genre. Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet, converting the coke to cash and running off to start a new life. The problem is that the Mob does not have a retirement plan and will give him a choice of staying and selling for them or dying if they find out his intentions. [8]
The Legend of Nigger Charley 1972 Written, co-produced, and stars Fred Williamson. It was followed by the 1973 sequel, "The Soul of Nigger Charley" Two black bounty hunters ride into a small town out West in pursuit of an outlaw. They discover that the town has no sheriff, and soon take over that position, much against the will of the mostly white townsfolk. They raise hell, chase women, and milk the locals for cash, while waiting for the opportunity to get their man. [9]
Hammer 1972 Stars Fred Williamson as B.J. Hammer, a boxer who gets mixed up with a crooked manager who wants him to throw a fight for the Mafia. A dock worker becomes a prizefighter, but gets mixed up with a crooked manager. A sympathetic L.A. detective tries to set him straight, but he won't listen. His manager, who is also a drug dealer, tells him that he has to take a dive during an important fight, and to ensure his cooperation, his girlfriend is kidnapped. [10]
Across 110th Street 1972 The "Across_110th_Street" Soundtrack was by Bobby Womack and reached #19 on the 'Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, Billboard Black Singles Chart" A crime thriller about two detectives (played by Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto) who try to catch a group of robbers who stole $300,000 from the Mob before the Mob catches up with them. [11]
Blacula 1972 A take on "Dracula featuring an African prince (played by William H. Marshall) Once bitten he is imprisoned by Count Dracula and once freed from his coffin, spreads terror in modern day Los Angeles. [12]
Slaughter 1972 Stars Jim Brown as an ex-Green Beret who seeks revenge against a crime syndicate for the murder of his parents. It spawned the sequel, Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) Slaughter is a former Green Beret, who 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 [13]
Trouble Man 1972 Trouble Man stars Robert Hooks as "Mr. T.": A hard-edged private detective who tends to take justice into his own hands. Although the film itself was unsuccessful, it did enjoy a successful soundtrack which were written, produced, and performed by the Motown legend artist Marvin Gaye. It seems that masked men are knocking over the floating crap games of Chalky and Pete. Chalky and Pete hire the cool, loose, elegant Mr. T to fix things. Then, the masked manipulators set up the death of a collector for a rival gang lord. It looks like it's up to T to keep a gang war from breaking out, keep the police off his back, and earn his fee from Chalky and Pete. Then things get complicated. A pool hall, a boxing gym, women's well-furnished apartments, and the mean streets of L.A. give T room to sort out what seems from what is. [14]
Black Mama, White Mama 1973 A women in prison exploitation movie partly inspired by "The Defiant Ones (1958) starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov in the roles originally played by Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the wilderness, igniting a bloody shootout between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries. [15]
Black Caesar 1973 Starring Fred Williamson The lead character is Tommy Gibbs, a street smart hoodlum who has worked his way up to being the crime boss of Harlem. [16]
Blackenstein 1973 A parody of Frankenstein Eddie is a Vietnam veteran who loses his arms and legs when he steps on a land mine, but a brilliant surgeon is able to attach new limbs. Unfortunately an insanely jealous assistant (who has fallen in love with Eddie's fiance) switches Eddie's DNA injections, transforming him into a gigantic killer. [17]
Cleopatra Jones 1973 there's also a sequel, "Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold" (1975) Cleopatra Jones is a United States Special Agent assigned to crack down on drug-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. After she burns a Turkish poppy field, the notorious drug-lord Mommy is furious at the loss of her supply and vows to destroy Cleopatra Jones. Mommy uses her connections with bad cops on the force to cause trouble for Cleopatra's friends and set her up for an attack. Meanwhile, Mommy is having trouble with some of her pushers, like the renegade Doodlebug. [18]
Coffy 1973 "Coffy" starred Pam Grier and marked her biggest hit. an African American nurse, takes vigilante justice against inner city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. [19]
Friday Foster Year Also starring Pam Grier Friday Foster, an ex-model magazine photographer, goes to Los Angeles International airport to photograph the arrival of Blake Tarr, the richest black man in America. Three men attempt to assassinate Tarr. Foster photographs the melee and is plunged into a web of conspiracy involving the murder of her childhood friend, a US senator, and a shadowy plan called "Black Widow". [20]
Sheba Baby 1973 another starring Pam Grier A Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters. [21]
Detroit 9000 1973 Titled Detroit Heat for the video release, two Motor City detectives (Hari Rhodes, Alex Rocco) are on the trail of a gang of thieves who attacked a political rally. Noted blaxploitation fan Quentin Tarantino sponsored a theatrical re-release in 1998, with a video reissue following. Set in Detroit and features street-smart white detective Danny Bassett (Alex Rocco) who teams with educated black detective Sgt. Jesse Williams (Hari Rhodes) to investigate the theft of $400,000 at a fund-raiser for Representative Aubrey Hale Clayton (Rudy Challenger). [22]
Gordon's War 1973 Stars Paul Winfield Four Vietnam Vets go to war against the drug dealers and pimps of Harlem. [23]
The Mack 1973 A film starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor The movie was produced during the era of such Blaxploitation movies as Dolemite. However it is not considered by its makers a true blaxploitation picture. It is more a social commentary according to Mackin' Ain't Easy, a documentary about the making of The Mack, which can be found on the DVD edition of the film. The movie tells the story of the life of John Mickens (AKA Goldie), a former drug dealer recently released from prison who becomes a big-time pimp. Standing in his way is another pimp: Pretty Tony. Two corrupt white cops, a local crime lord, and his own brother (a black nationalist), who all try to force him out of the business. [24]
Scream Blacula Scream 1973 Sequel to Blacula; William H. Marshall resumes his role as Blacula/Mamuwalde. The vampire Mamuwalde (Blacula) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again. [25]
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off 1973 Jim Brown continues to battle against the Mob in this sequel to the 1972 movie '"Slaughter" Vigilante Slaughter comes under attack from Duncan, a local money launderer whose hit-man traps Slaughter in a car at a cliff, but Slaughter escapes, arms himself, and goes after Duncan's hideout. [26]
The Spook Who Sat by the Door 1973 adapted from Sam Greenlee's novel and directed by Ivan Dixon with music by Herbie Hancock A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution. [27]
That Man Bolt 1973 the first spy film in this genre, combining elements of James Bond with martial arts action in an international setting. 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. [28]
Trick Baby 1973 Based on the book of the same name by ex-pimp Iceberg Slim Two Phildelphia con men try to evade gangsters they have conned and cops who are trying to put them in jail. [29]
Black Fist 1974 The film is in the public domain. Cast members include Richard Lawson and Dabney Coleman A film featuring a streetfighter who goes to work for a white gangster and a corrupt cop. [30]
The Black Six 1974 a combination of blaxploitation and outlaw biker film About a black motorcycle gang on a path for revenge [31]
Abby 1974 A blaxploitation version of The Exorcist a young woman possessed, Ms. Speed also sings the title song. William H. Marshall (of Blacula fame) conducts the exorcism of Abby on the floor of a discotheque. A hit in its time, it was later pulled from the theaters after Warner Bros. successfully sued AIP over copyright issues. [32]
Black Belt Jones 1974 Better known for his role as "Mister Williams" in the Bruce Lee film "Enter the Dragon", "Jim Kelly" was given a leading role in this martial arts film. Black Belt Jones, a federal agent/martial arts expert, who takes on the mob as he avenges the murder of a karate school owner. [33]
Black Eye 1974 An action-mystery starring Fred Williamson Telling the story of a private detective investigating murders connected with a drug ring. [34]
The Black Godfather 1974 starring Rod Perry a man rising to underworld power based on "The Godfather" [35]
Foxy Brown 1974 Starring Pam Grier, this is largely a remake of her hit film Coffy. Originally written as a sequel to Coffy, the film's working title was "Burn, Coffy, Burn" once again Pam Grier plays a nurse on a vendetta against a drug ring. [36]
Johnny Tough 1974 starring Dion Gossett and Renny Roker. Brief run down of story line [37]
Space Is the Place 1974 Psychedelically-themed blaxploitation film featuring "Sun Ra" & His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra. Sun Ra--space-age prophet, Pharaonic jester, shaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist/bandleader--land his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. With Black Power on the rise, Ra disembarks and proclaims himself "the alter-destiny." He holds a myth-vs reality rap session with vblack inner-city youth at a rec center, threatening "to chain you up and take you with me, like they did you in Africa" if they resist his mplea to go to outer space. He duels at cards with The Overseer, a satanic overlord, with the fate of the black race at stake. Ra wins the right to a world concert, which features great performance footage of the Arkestra. Agents sent by the Overseer attempt to assassinate Ra, but he vanishes, rescues his people, and departs in his spaceship from the exploding planet Earth [38]
Three the Hard Way 1974 Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. 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. The only obstacles that stand in the way of this dastardly plan are Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly, who shoot, kick and karate chop their way to final victory. [39]
T.N.T. Jackson 1974 Starring "Jean Bell" (one of the first black Playboy playmates), this film is partly set in Hong Kong, and notable for blending blaxploitation with the then-popular "chop-socky" martial arts genre. This film tells the story of a young karate expert searching for her brother's killer in Hong Kong. [40]
Truck Turner 1974 Starring the legend that is "Isaac Hayes", plus "Yaphet Kotto" and "Nichelle Nichols", and directed by Johnathan Kaplan. Former football player turned bounty hunter is pitted against a powerful prostitution crime syndicate in Los Angeles. [41]
Sugar Hill 1974 Set in Houston this film features a female fashion photographer (played by Marki Bey) who wreaks revenge on the local Mafia, that murdered her fiance with the use of Haitian Vodou. [42]
Together Brothers 1974 Set in Galveston, Texas. This was the first Blaxploitation film to feature a transgender character as the film's villain. Galveston, "Barry White" composed the film's score and the soundtrack features music by the "Love Unlimited Orchestra" a street gang solves the murder of a Galveston, TX police officer, (played by "Ed Bernard"), who has been a mentor to the gang leader. [43]
Willie Dynamite 1974 Roscoe Orman (Gordon from "Sesame Street" fame) plays a pimp. As in many Blaxploitation films, the lead character drives a customized Cadillac Eldorado Coupe (the same car was used in "Magnum Force" A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways. [44]
Get Christie Love 1974-75 A TV movie later released to some theaters, later made into a short-lived TV series. A police drama, this time with an attractive young black woman (Teresa Graves) as an undercover cop. [45]
Sheba, Baby 1975 another movie to feature Pam Grier this time she plays a female private eye who tries to help her father save his loan business from a gang of thugs. [46]
The Black Gestapo 1975 Written and Directed by Lee Frost Rod Perry plays General Ahmed who has started an inner-city People's Army to try to relieve the misery of the citizens of Watts, Los Angeles. When the Mafia moves in, they establish a military style squad. [47]
Boss Nigger 1975 Because of its controversial title, it was released in some markets as The Boss, The Black Bounty Killer or The Black Bounty Hunter. D’Urville Martin), Boss Nigger (Fred Williamson) takes over the position of Sheriff in a small western town. [48]
Coonskin 1975 A combination of animation and live-action by "Ralph Bakshi" It's a film about Br'er Fox, Br'er Rabbit, and Br'er Bear in a blaxploitation parody of Disney's "Song of the South", featuring the voice of "Barry White" as Br'er Bear. [49]
Darktown Strutters 1975 A farce produced by Roger Corman's brother, Gene, and directed by William Witney. A Colonel Sanders type figure with a chain of urban fried chicken restaurants is attempting to wipe out the black race by making them impotent through his drugged fried chicken. [50]
Dolemite 1975 Also the name of its principal character, played by Rudy Ray Moore, who also co-wrote the film. Moore had developed an alter-ego as a stand-up comedian and released several comedy albums using this persona. The film was directed by D'Urville Martin, who appears as the villain Willie Green. The film has attained something of a cult status, earning it a following and making it more well-known than many of its counterparts. A sequel, "The Human Tornado", was released in 1976. Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him. However, Dolemite is no stupid man and has a lot of warriors backing him, such as his call girls, who are Karate Experts--and lots more... [51]
Mandingo 1975 Based on a series of lurid Civil War novels, this focuses on the abuses of slavery and the sexual relations between slaves and slave owners. It was followed by a sequel, "Drum" (1976) starring "Pam Grier". A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter. [52]
The Candy Tangerine Man 1975 ...................... The film opens with pimp Baron (John Daniels) driving his customised two-tone red and yellow Rolls Royce around downtown L.A at night. His ladies have been coming up short lately and he wants to know why. It turns out that two L.A.P.D. cops - Dempsey and Gordon, who have been after Baron for some time now, have resorted to rousting his girls every chance they get. Indeed in the next scene they have set Baron up with a cop in drag to entrap him with procurement of prostitutes. [53]
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde 1976 The retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde tale, starring Bernie Casey Brief run down of story line [54]
Black Shampoo 1976 A Blaxploitation take off of the Warren Beatty classic Shampoo John Daniels stars as Jonathan Knight, the owner of "Mr. Jonathans", the most successful hair salon for women on the Sunset Strip. His reputation as a lover has become so awesome that he is sought after almost as much in that capacity as in his expertise as a hair stylist. Everything goes wrong when Jonathan messes with the mob in an effort to protect his young, attractive receptionist from her former boss. Action explodes when the "lovin' machine" becomes the "killing machine". Jonathan, equipped with chain saw in hand, gets down on the vicious mob gang. [55]
The Muthers 1976 Another Cirio Santiago combination of Filipino martial arts action and women-in-prison elements. Jeanne Bell and Jayne Kennedy rescue prisoners held at an evil coffee plantation. [56]
Velvet Smooth 1976 Johnnie Hill is the titular Velvet Smooth. The female head of a detective agency is hired by a crime lord to figure out who's taking his action. [57]
Human Tornado 1976 Rudy Ray Moore plays in the sequel to the 1975 film "Dolemite" part of the on-going adventures of Dolemite: a signifying' super-hero. Dolemite comes to the rescue of Queen Bee, whose primarily black Nightclub is threatened by White Mafia types [58]
Black Samurai 1977 Based on a novel of the same name by Marc Olden, is directed by Al Adamson and stars Jim Kelly. The script is credited to B. Readick, with additional story ideas from Marco Joachim. Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), is playing tennis on his vacation with a beautiful black girl, when his commanding officers ask him to save a Chinese girl who happens to be Sand's girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. [59]
Bare Knuckles 1977 Stars Robert Viharo, Sherry Jackson and Gloria Hendry. The film is written and directed by Don Edmonds Follows L.A. bounty hunter Zachary Kane (Viharo) on the hunt for a masked serial killer on the loose. [60]
Petey Wheatstraw 1977 A blaxploitation film written by Cliff Roquemore and stars popular blaxploitation genre comedian Rudy Ray Moore along with Jimmy Lynch, Leroy Daniels, Ernest Mayhand, and Ebony Wright. It is typical of Moore's other films of the era, "Dolemite" and "The Human Tornado", in that it features Rudy Ray Moore's rhyming dialogue. ...................... [61]
Death Dimension 1978 An action and martial arts film by Al Adamson starring Jim Kelly, Harold Sakata, George Lazenby, Terry Moore, and Aldo Ray. The movie also goes by the names "Death Dimensions", "Freeze Bomb", "Icy Death", "The Kill Factor", and "Black Eliminator". The plot revolves about a scientist, Professor Mason, who has invented a powerful freezing bomb for a gangster leader nicknamed "The Pig" (Sakata). [62]
Ebony, Ivory & Jade 1979 By Cirio Santiago Three female athletes are kidnapped during an international track meet in Hong Kong and fight their way to freedom. Another cross-genre blend of blaxploitation and martial arts action films. [63]
Disco Godfather 1979 also known as The Avenging Disco Godfather An action film starring "Rudy Ray Moore" and "Carol Speed". The plot centers on Moore's character, a retired cop, who owns and operates a "disco" and who tries to shut down the local angel dust dealer after his nephew becomes hooked on the drug. [64]
The Last Dragon 1985 The film was produced by Motown record executive Berry Gordy. A blaxploitation Martial arts movie, in which the lead character is sometimes referred to as Bruce LeRoy. [65]
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 this is a comedic spoof of the classic 1970's Blaxploitation movies and features many of its stars, including - Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, and Isaac Hayes Jack Spade returns from the Army to his old neighborhood following the death of his brother, Junebug. [66]
Original Gangstas 1996 An action movie which brings back together 1970s blaxploitation legends Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Fred Williamson, and Jim Brown Marvin Bookman is a small shop owner in Gary, Indiana, USA. After he sees a drive-by shooting by a local gang, he gives up the license number of the car to the police. The gang doesn't like this so they go to the store and rough him up. Soon, John Bookman comes to town to set the wrong things right. With the help of Laurie and his old friend Jake, they attempt to take back the streets and show the new breed of gang members what the true originals can do. [67]
Jackie Brown 1997 Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, and an all-star supporting cast that included Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, and Bridget Fonda. Director Quentin Tarantino pays homage to the blaxploitation genre. Based on the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch", Tarantino's title change, casting of Grier, and 1970s-style poster art, are all references to Grier's 1974 film Foxy Brown. A female flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer. [68]
Pootie Tang 2001 A comedy film incorporating many blaxploitation elements. Pootie Tang, the musician/actor/folk hero of the ghetto, is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against the evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make him sell out by endorsing addictive products to his people. Pootie must learn to find himself and defeat the evil corporation for all the young black children of America. [69]
Undercover Brother 2002 Comedy film centered around a blaxploitation-style secret agent. When "The Man" tries to derail a black candidate's presidential campaign, Undercover Brother and his fellow secret agents come to the rescue. [70]
Full Clip 2006 Parts of the movie were made in the style of a graphic novel, Full Clip also features Rap superstars Xzibit and Busta Rhymes Joshua Pope (Busta Rhymes) returns to his childhood home to claim the inheritance his late father has left him only to find that the local police have turned the town upside down and are ruling with an iron fist. So, with the help of an old friend (Xzibit) and his cohorts,Pope sets out to reclaim the town he once loved...by any means necessary. Tounge and cheek 70's style action picture set in a comic book style universe [71]
Hookers In Revolt 2006 Starring and directed by Sean Weathers, with its prevalence of pimps and prostitutes it is an inventive throwback to early 1970s Blaxploitation. A group of hookers revolt against their greedy pimps. [72]
Black Dynamite 2009 Starring Michael Jai White, is a spoof of blaxploitation films. Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice. [73]

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