Year Released: 1971
Directed By: Gordon Parks
Starring: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John
Even though Saturday Night Fever and the Bee Gees helped galvanize the 70's style formula, the works of an ambitious artist, Gordon Parks, paved a way for a distinct cultural niche that still continues to grow to this day: blaxploitation. Shaft [also named by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"] displayed a true mastery in outerwear, drawing inspiration from Black Panthers garb in an array of leather jackets that helped transcend the empty spaces between stereotypes, influencing facets of pop culture from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Taratino's work on Django Unchained. And who doesn't love a dude who could pull off a turtleneck and still look like a boss?