As you already know, February is Black History Month, so we’ve compiled this epic list of 28 Blaxploitation film trailers from the 1970s (one for each day of the month) as a salute to African-American cinema. After all, what better way to celebrate the accomplishments of our blac brothers and sisters than by watching a bunch of movie trailers? Well, OK, there are better ways, but this is much more entertaining. Enjoy!
Cotton Comes to Harlem – 1970
Two Harlem detectives search for a bag of cotten which contains thousands of dollars in stolen cash. If that’s not enough for you, Redd Foxx is also in the film (a.k.a Fred Sanford). No Lamont, though.
They Call Me Mr. Tibbs – 1970
Sidney Poitier reprises his classic roll as Virgil Tibbs in the sequel to In the Heat of the Night. The film depicts a hard-nosed detective working for the San Francisco police. This makes it tempting to call Virgil Tibbs the black Dirty Harry, but since this film came out first, I guess we should call Dirty Harry the white Virgil Tibbs.
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song – 1971
Many consider this to be the first true Blaxploitation film. Melvin Van Peebles wrote, directed, and starred in the film. He also scored the soundtrack. I’d be surprised if he didn’t paint the posters and handle craft services, as well.
Shaft – 1971
He’s one bad mother. Can you dig it?
Hit Man – 1972
It’s just like the 2007 movie, Hitman, except it’s about a black dude, and no-one is genetically modified. Actually, it’s almost nothing like the 2007 movie, Hitman.