35 Blaxploitation Films, for Beginners

After Dolemite Is My Name premiered on Netflix, many folks who were unfamiliar with the genre of blaxploitation were seeking out films and wanted to know what I recommended -- well, here are 35 films I highly recommend to get you started and immersed within the subgenre. Some of these films are personal favorites while others are considered the essential films in the canon. Enjoy! (also seek out the soundtracks, you will not be disappointed!) Sorted by YEAR

  • Cotton Comes to Harlem
  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
  • Shaft
  • Super Fly
  • Melinda
  • Blacula
  • Trouble Man
  • Across 110th Street
  • Black Caesar
  • The Mack
  • Ganja & Hess
  • Coffy
  • Scream Blacula Scream
  • Cleopatra Jones
  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  • That Man Bolt
  • Willie Dynamite
  • Black Belt Jones
  • Sugar Hill
  • Claudine
  • Foxy Brown
  • Truck Turner
  • Three the Hard Way
  • Uptown Saturday Night
  • Sheba, Baby
  • Dolemite
  • Cooley High
  • Bucktown
  • Let's Do It Again
  • Friday Foster
  • Sparkle
  • A Piece of the Action
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Baadasssss!
  • Black Dynamite