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1. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Votes: 597

2. The Bill Cosby Show (1969–1971)

30 min | Comedy

Chet Kincaid, gym teacher at an inner-city Los Angeles high school, deals with students, principal Mr. Langford, and counselor Marsha Peterson. He lives with his mother Rose, brother Brian,... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Cosby, Joyce Bulifant, Olga James, Lee Weaver

Votes: 752

3. The Electric Company (1971–1977)

TV-G | 28 min | Family, Comedy

A comedy variety show that teaches basic phonetic and grammar concepts using live-action sketches, cartoons, songs, and Spider-Man episodes.

Stars: Jim Boyd, Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant

Votes: 1,642

4. Man and Boy (1971)

G | 98 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

After the Civil War, a black ex-union soldier, his wife, and his son settle in Arizona Territory to homestead and build their lives. At first, Caleb Revers race doesn't seem to matter, but then things change.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Leif Erickson, George Spell

Votes: 134

5. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 15,275

6. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The educational adventures of a group of Afro-American inner city kids.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Gerald Edwards, Erika Scheimer, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 1,843

7. Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley

Votes: 6,991

8. To All My Friends on Shore (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

An airport redcap works hard to get his family out of the ghetto, only to discover that his son has sickle-cell anemia.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Dennis Hines, Bo Enivel

Votes: 128

9. Cool Breeze (1972)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

Thalmus is the leader for a group of criminals who gather in L.A. to rob a bank. Their goal is to found a new bank.

Director: Barry Pollack | Stars: Thalmus Rasulala, Judy Pace, Julian Christopher, Lincoln Kilpatrick

Votes: 277

10. Hammer (1972)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Action

A Los Angeles dock worker becomes a boxer but his crooked manager is involved in various rackets and he's working for the mob.

Director: Bruce D. Clark | Stars: Fred Williamson, Bernie Hamilton, Vonetta McGee, William Smith

Votes: 477

11. Hit Man (1972)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A lawyer whose brother was murdered winds up getting involved with gangsters and the world of porno movies.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: Bernie Casey, Pam Grier, Lisa Moore, Bhetty Waldron

Votes: 726

12. Malcolm X (1972)

PG | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

James Earl Jones narrates this fascinating and moving documentary about the life of the assassinated black leader through various sources.

Director: Arnold Perl | Stars: James Earl Jones, Ossie Davis, John Ali, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 387

13. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Shaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo

Votes: 2,404 | Gross: $10.00M

14. Slaughter (1972)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Slaughter, a former Green Beret, 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.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Jim Brown, Stella Stevens, Rip Torn, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 808

15. Super Fly (1972)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris

Votes: 5,817

16. Black Caesar (1973)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Raised in Harlem, Tommy Gibbs becomes a successful mob boss but he clashes with the rival Mafia and his old enemy, dirty cop McKinney.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 2,770

17. Black Mama White Mama (1973)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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, ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden

Votes: 2,450

18. Cleopatra Jones (1973)

PG | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Brenda Sykes, Antonio Fargas

Votes: 2,382

19. Shaft in Africa (1973)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Private investigator John Shaft is recruited to go undercover to break up a modern slavery ring where young Africans are lured to Paris to do chain-gang work.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Frank Finlay, Vonetta McGee, Neda Arneric

Votes: 2,344

20. Coffy (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 8,850

21. Hell Up in Harlem (1973)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A gangster in Harlem must rescue his ex-wife, who has been kidnapped by the Mafia.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Fred Williamson, Julius Harris, Gloria Hendry, Margaret Avery

Votes: 1,163

22. The Mack (1973)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up King of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus | Stars: Max Julien, Don Gordon, Richard Pryor, Carol Speed

Votes: 2,470

23. Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

PG | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

The vampire Mamuwalde (Blacula) is stirred by African voodoo, and is forced to kill again.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam Grier, Michael Conrad

Votes: 2,011 | Gross: $2.18M

24. Black Eye (1974)

PG | 98 min | Action, Crime

Private detective investigated a series of murders connected with a drug ring in Venice, California.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Fred Williamson, Rosemary Forsyth, Teresa Graves, Floy Dean

Votes: 222

25. The Black Godfather (1974)

R | 90 min | Crime

J.J., a rising star in the black crime scene, is in the process of consolidating his power over the neighborhood. One of the only remaining obstacles is the white heroin cartel that is ... See full summary »

Director: John Evans | Stars: Rod Perry, Damu King, Don Chastain, Diane Sommerfield

Votes: 387

26. Black Samson (1974)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama

Noble nightclub owner Samson does his best to keep his neighborhood clean of crime and drugs. When vicious mobster Johnny Nappa tries to muscle in on Samson's territory, Samson takes a brave stand against Nappa and his flunkies.

Director: Charles Bail | Stars: Rockne Tarkington, William Smith, Connie Strickland, Carol Speed

Votes: 312

27. The Chocolate Princess (1974)

3 min | Animation, Short

Sweet little chocolate-bar shaped Chocolate Princess lives a lonely life in Sugarland. Then one day she meets Sour Ball, a happy, round little boy from Sourland. Narrated by Bill Cosby, the... See full summary »

Director: John Wilson | Star: Bill Cosby

28. Foxy Brown (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

46 Metascore

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter

Votes: 8,140

29. Good Times (1974–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A poor family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

Stars: Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker

Votes: 5,251

30. Savage Sisters (1974)

R | 86 min | Action, Drama

A corrupt General plans on smuggling one million US dollars out of the Banana Republic he dominates. Local revolutionaries plan on stealing the cash but are thwarted when a bandit leader ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Gloria Hendry, Cheri Caffaro, Rosanna Ortiz, John Ashley

Votes: 246

31. That's My Mama (1974–1975)

30 min | Comedy

Clifton likes being a barber in Washington, D.C., where he works in the business started by his father. He also enjoys being single, but his widowed mama Eloise has other ideas, and wants ... See full summary »

Stars: Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Ted Lange, Teddy Wilson

Votes: 337

32. Truck Turner (1974)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Blaxploitation film about a former professional football player who becomes a bounty hunter in Los Angeles.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto, Alan Weeks, Annazette Chase

Votes: 2,271

33. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

PG | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson

Votes: 1,814

34. Willie Dynamite (1974)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A social worker tries to get a pimp to change his ways.

Director: Gilbert Moses | Stars: Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands, Thalmus Rasulala, Joyce Walker

Votes: 854

35. Bucktown (1975)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Thalmus Rasulala, Tony King

Votes: 979

36. Friday Foster (1975)

R | 90 min | Action

At Los Angeles airport, magazine photographer Friday Foster witnesses an assassination attempt against billionaire Blake Tarr and is drawn into a murky political conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Pam Grier, Yaphet Kotto, Godfrey Cambridge, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 1,421

37. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

Votes: 6,879

38. Let's Do It Again (1975)

PG | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Atlanta men raise funds for their charity by rigging boxing matches in New Orleans, but their tricks attract the mob's attention.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Calvin Lockhart, John Amos

Votes: 2,627

39. 'Sheba, Baby' (1975)

PG | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin, Rudy Challenger

Votes: 1,075

40. Sparkle (1976)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Music

Three sisters form a singing group in 1950s Harlem, but success threatens to ruin their relationship forever.

Director: Sam O'Steen | Stars: Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith

Votes: 1,282 | Gross: $4.00M

41. What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

Not Rated | 24 min | Comedy

A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry

Votes: 2,697

42. A Piece of the Action (1977)

PG | 135 min | Crime, Comedy

Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Denise Nicholas

Votes: 963

43. Wilma (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.

Director: Bud Greenspan | Stars: Shirley Jo Finney, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard, Joe Seneca

Votes: 185

44. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato

Votes: 8,607

45. A Different World (1987–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A group of students at a historically Black university struggle to make it through college.

Stars: Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy, Darryl M. Bell

Votes: 5,156