films The Best Movies About Black History  

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List Rules Movies about black history.

Black history is extremely important in the United States. There are a number of award winning movies about black history that will remind us of where we came from, the dangers of prejudice, and how our nation was once divided over racial issues.. If you’ve ever asked the question, “What are the best movies about black history?” before then you’ve absolutely come to the right page!

The movies featured on this list are very historically important. They take an honest approach to a lot of issues that went on behind the scenes in history and shed light on the role racism played in America. Many also feature the true events of heroes who forever impacted the world and took a stand to fight against slavery, no matter the cost.

This list has the best movies about black history, including: Roots, Glory, Twelve Years a Slave, The Butler, A Raisin in the Sun, The Rosa Parks Story, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Color Purple.

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Black History
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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The Butler Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey

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The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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Do the Right Thing Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee

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In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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Roots Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton

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Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela

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A Raisin in the Sun Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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The Great White Hope James Earl Jones, Hal Holbrook, Jane Alexander

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OCD Man added Selma Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Straight Outta Compton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Black History
Tom Islava added Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Alexandra Shipp

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy

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Men of Honor Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Akeelah and the Bee Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Cicely Tyson, Katherine Helmond, Odetta

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Cooley High Garrett Morris, Glynn Turman, Steven Williams

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A Soldier's Story Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle, David Alan Grier

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Conrack Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Hume Cronyn

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Black History
Tom Islava added Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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A Great Day in Harlem Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones

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Red Tails Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Michael Ealy

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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Halle Berry, Tamara Taylor, Loretta Devine

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With All Deliberate Speed Jeffrey Wright, Julian Bond

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Heat Wave James Earl Jones, Charlie Korsmo, David Strathairn

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The Rosa Parks Story Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, Afemo Omilami

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Bamboozled Jada Pinkett Smith, Mos Def, Damon Wayans

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Something the Lord Made Gabrielle Union, Alan Rickman, Mos Def