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The 50 Best Blaxploitation Movies

5. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Stars: Simon Chuckster,Melvin Van Peebles, Hubert Scales

A gigolo with a magical penis runs from the police after being set up for a murder he didn't commit. Sweetback was the Big Bang of blaxploitation—a revolutionary independent movie that showed Hollywood that bad-ass, political black cinema could make bank. It also made the Van Peebles family forever unfuckwittable, so don't even think about bringing up Sonny Spoon.

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