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Car Wash (1976)

A close-knit group of black employees at a Los Angeles car wash have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt one day,...

Melinda (1972)

A slick, smooth-talking, womanising young black DJ falls hard for an enigmatic woman he's just met. Things take a turn for the worse, though, when...

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)

When fellow narcotics agents (and brothers) Matthew (Albert Popwell) and Melvin Johnson (Caro Kenyatta) disappear during an undercover mission in Hong Kong, Cleopatra Jones...

SuperFly TNT (1973)

Harlem hustler Priest (Ron O'Neal) is back in a sequel to the hit Superfly (1972). This time, he is persuaded to leave his Rome hideout, where...

TNT Jackson (1974)

"She'll Put You in Traction," said the New World ads. Because her brother is missing, young karate expert Diana "TNT" Jackson from Harlem (beautiful Jeanne...

Black Eye (1974)

Shep Stone (Fred Williamson) is a cheap, affable, and forever in debt Los Angeles-area private eye and former Los Angeles cop. After the funeral of a silent...

Black Gestapo, The (1975)

This absurd, nasty movie has almost the same plot as Bucktown (from the same year): "The Black People's Party of Watts" is organised to...

Shaft’s Big Score (1972)

Richard Roundtree and Moses Gunn returned in the sequel to the huge blockbuster Shaft (1971), which kicked off the early 1970s blaxploitation craze and inspired...

Black Belt Jones (1974)

Having pulled off a major box-office coup with Enter the Dragon (1973), producers Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller were denied the services of their recently...

Shaft In Africa (1973)

Richard Roundtree returned once more as the super-cool black private eye in this second sequel to the Blaxploitation classic Shaft (1971). With a screenplay by Stirling Silliphant - who...

Friday Foster (1975)

A photographer discovers a plot to assassinate one of her subjects, the wealthiest black man in America, and faces a nerve-wracking race against time...

Hammer (1972)

Tough guy Fred Williamson's breakthrough movie was this below average blaxploitation crime thriller produced by drive-in movie king, Al Adamson. Williamson plays BJ Hammer, dock...

Black Samson (1974)

Nightclub owner Samson (Rockne Tarkington) does his best to keep his neighbourhood clean of crime and drugs. He is assisted in this endeavour by...

Bucktown (1975)

Duke Johnson (Fred Williamson) returns to the small southern town of Buchanan ("Bucktown") - a sleazy town that attracts low rent tourists because of...

Together Brothers (1974)

Five-year-old Tommy (Anthony Wilson) witnesses the murder of kindly policeman 'Mr Kool' (Ed Bernard) - a well respected and admired figure in the community...

Truck Turner (1974)

Truck Turner (Isaac Hayes) is a violent bounty hunter who goes after a criminal and in the ensuing pursuit, the fugitive is killed. The...

Trouble Man (1972)

Twentieth Century-Fox's answer to the black action cycle initiated by MGM's Shaft (1971) was this crude and violent underworld melodrama. In the hope of reproducing the...

Sweet Sweetback’s BaadAssss Song (1971)

Almost certainly the most important feature in the history of black filmmaking in the US, this is an angry riposte to the stereotypical characters...

Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (1973)

Black Vietnam vet/urban warrior Slaughter (Jim Brown) returns to avenge the murder of his mother and father by gangsters, led this time around by...

Slaughter (1972)

Vietnam veteran Slaughter seeks revenge for his parents' murder and is arrested for killing the gangster he thinks is responsible. However, the cops tell him...

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Shivers (1975)

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