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The Ultimate blaxploitation Film list

by Wynn
The Ultimate blaxploitation Film list by Wynn
Titles not feature on Mubi as of 5/11/15 African Deal, The (1973) Albino (1976) Bad, Black, and Beautiful (1975) Bad Bunch, The (1976) Ballbuster (1989) Bare Knuckles (1977) Big Time (1977) Black Alleys Cats (1973) Black Angels (1970) Black Bunch, The (1973) Black Chariot (1971) Black Connection, The … Run, Nigger, Run (1974) Black Cream (1972) Black Dragon, The (1974) Black Eye (1974) Black Fist (1975) Black Force [a.k.a. Force Four] (1975) Black Heat (1976) Black Hooker (1974) Black Rodeo (1972) Black Six, The (1974) Black Starlet (1974) Black Terrorist (1976) Blackjack (1978) Blind Rage (1978) Body & Soul (1981) Brother On The Run… Read more

Titles not feature on Mubi as of 5/11/15

African Deal, The (1973)
Albino (1976)
Bad, Black, and Beautiful (1975)
Bad Bunch, The (1976)
Ballbuster (1989)
Bare Knuckles (1977)
Big Time (1977)
Black Alleys Cats (1973)
Black Angels (1970)
Black Bunch, The (1973)
Black Chariot (1971)
Black Connection, The … Run, Nigger, Run (1974)
Black Cream (1972)
Black Dragon, The (1974)
Black Eye (1974)
Black Fist (1975)
Black Force [a.k.a. Force Four] (1975)
Black Heat (1976)
Black Hooker (1974)
Black Rodeo (1972)
Black Six, The (1974)
Black Starlet (1974)
Black Terrorist (1976)
Blackjack (1978)
Blind Rage (1978)
Body & Soul (1981)
Brother On The Run (1973)
Brotherhood of Death (1976)
Brothers (1977)
Bus Is Coming , The (1971)
Candy Tangerine Man (1975)
Change Of Mind (1969)
Charcoal Black [a.k.a. Black Rage] (1972)
Charley One Eye (1973)
Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972)
Cool Breeze (1972)
Countdown To Kusini (1976)
Deadly Vengeance (1981)
Death Dimension aka Black Eliminator (1978)
Death of a Snowman [a.k.a. Soul Patrol] (1978)
Deliver Us From Evil (1975)
El Poder Negro [Black Power] (1975)
Embassy (1972)
Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, The (1979)
Foxtrap (1986)
Freedom Road (1979)
Getting Over (1981)
Ghetto Freaks (1970)
Gordon’s War (1973)
Guy From Harlem, The (1977)
Halls of Anger (1970)
Hit Man (1972)
Hit! (1973)
Hitter, The (1979)
Honeybaby, Honeybaby (1974)
Honky (1971)
Hot Summer in the City (1976)
If He Hollers Let Him Go (1968)
J.T. (1969)
Kid Vengeance (1977)
Kill Squad (1982)
Lady Cocoa (1975)
Last Fight (1983)
Lawman Without A Gun (1979)
Lialeh (1974)
Limit, The (1972)
Lola Colt (1967)
Lord Shango (1975)
Lost Man, The (1969)
Love Is Not Enough (1978)
Mad Mex: The Blackfighter [a.k.a. Big Game] (1980)
Man & Boy (1971)
Man, The (1972)
Maurie (1973)
McMasters, The (1970)
Melinda (1972)
Messenger, The (1986)
Miss Melody Jones (1973)
Mister Deathman (1977)
Mr. Mean (1977)
Muthers, The (1976)
Night of the Animals (1971)
Night of the Strangler (1972)
Norman…Is That You? (1976)
No Way Back (1976)
One Down, Two to Go (1982)
Othello, the Black Commando (1982)
Provoked (1989)
Quadroon (1972)
Return of Superfly, The (1990)
Riot (1969)
Rive Niger, The (1976)
Savage! (1973)
Scott Joplin (1977)
Sheriff, The (1971)
Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue (1974)
Slams, The (1973)
Solomon King (1974)
Soul Soldier (1970)
Super Dude (1974)
Take, The (1974)
Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)
Tongue (1976)
Velvet Smooth (1976)
Voodoo Black Exorcist (1974)
Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975)
Wildcat Women a.k.a. Black Lolita (Anaglyph 3D) (1975)
White Justice (1972)
White Mama (1980)
Youngblood (1978)
Zebra Force, The (1976)
Zebra Killer, The (1974)

Blaxploitation or blacksploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the 1970s. It is considered an ethnic subgenre of the general category of exploitation films. Blaxploitation films were originally made specifically for an urban black audience, although the genre’s audience appeal soon broadened across racial and ethnic lines. The term itself is a combination of the words “black” and “exploitation,” following upon the briefly-common use “sexploitation” for porn-inflected films, and was coined in the early 1970s by the Los Angeles National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) head, and ex-film publicist Junius Griffin. Blaxploitation films were the first to regularly feature soundtracks of funk and soul music as well as primarily black casts. Variety credited Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, released in 1971, with the invention of the blaxploitation as well as the less radical Hollywood-financed film Shaft, also released in 1971

When set in the Northeast or West Coast, blaxploitation films are mainly set in poor neighborhoods. Ethnic slurs against white characters, such as “crackers” and “honky”, and other derogatory names are common plot and or character elements. Blaxploitation films set in the South often deal with slavery and miscegenation.

Blaxploitation includes several subtypes of films including crime (Foxy Brown), action/martial arts (Three the Hard Way), westerns (Boss Nigger), horror (Abby, Blacula), comedy (Uptown Saturday Night), nostalgia (Five on the Black Hand Side), coming-of-Age/courtroom drama (Cooley High/Cornbread, Earl and Me), and musical (Sparkle).

Following the example set by Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, many blaxploitation films feature funk and soul jazz soundtracks with heavy bass, funky beats, and wah-wah guitars. These soundtracks are notable for a degree of complexity that was not common to the radio-friendly funk tracks of the 1970s, and a rich orchestration which included instruments rarely used in funk or soul such as the flute and the violin.

Following the popularity of blaxploitation films in the 1970s, films within other genres began to feature black characters with stereotypical blaxploitation characteristics, such as the Harlem underworld characters in Live and Let Die (1973), Jim Kelly’s character in Enter the Dragon (1973), and Fred Williamson’s character in The Inglorious Bastards (1978).

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