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List Rules Vote up the best biographical movies about social activists and whistleblowers

Martin Luther King. Malcolm X. Gandhi. These are just a few of the famous activists and civil rights crusaders featured on this list of the best activist biopics. David Oyelowo portrays MLK in Selma, a look at the 1965 voting march from Selma to Montgomery. Denzel Washington plays Malcolm X in Spike Lee’s epic biographical film. The movie takes a broad look at the Civil Rights movement as well as a closer study of the life and death of Malcolm X.


On this list of the greatest activist biopics, you will also find two films portraying South African activist and political leader Nelson Mandela, played by Idris Elba and Danny Glover, respectively. Other political leaders featured in biopics include Che Guevara in
Che, Cesar Chavez in the film of the same name, and Gandhi, played by Sir Ben Kingsley.


We also included
Goodnight, and Good Luck. This George Clooney-directed biopic deals with newsman Edward R. Murrow standing up to Joseph McCarthy during the HUAC days. Although not an activist in the traditional sense, Murrow stood up for freedom of thought and expression, and remains a hero to this day. Vote up the best activist biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Selma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Milk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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North Country is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Born on the Fourth of July is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Michael Collins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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In the Name of the Father is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Battle in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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Snowden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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Hunger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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The Lady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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Joe Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Cesar Chavez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Activist Biopics
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The People vs. Larry Flynt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Mandela is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Che! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Viva Zapata! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Activist Biopics

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Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck S... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Activist Biopics