25 Best Modern Exploitation Movies

From sex-and-violence revenge flicks to blaxploitation spaghetti Westerns, meet the new grindhouse classics

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6. 'Drive' (2011)

Subgenres: Carsploitation, Lonersploitation, Eightiesploitation
The hero with no name, the innocent damsel in distress, the can't-fail crime that goes wrong: On paper, Drive might seem like nothing more than a collection of hoary genre stereotypes. On screen, however, it's a modern-exploitation knockout, with director Nicolas Winding Refn's neon-noir giving Ryan Gosling's stoic, soulful getaway driver plenty of chances to power through concrete jungles and dish out pain in large doses. A brutal film replete with exhilarating car chases and gruesome violence (who likes forceful tooth extractions and shotgun blasts to the head?), Refn's ode to Eighties' synth-scored thrillers skirts past car-porn into some sort of long, sick night of the soul. TG

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