From documentaries to biopics, we're ranking the best movies about Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights activist has been depicted numerous times in film and TV, but this list only looks at movies where Martin Luther King, Jr. is the central character. What is the best MLK movie?
In one of his greatest roles, David Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Oscar nominated movie Selma. Some good MLK documentaries include In the Hour of Chaos, King in the Wilderness, and Bringing King to China.
Vote up the best movies about MLK, and feel free to add your favorites if they're missing from the list.
- 1Oprah Winfrey, Common
Directed by: Ava DuVernaySelma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is... more
- 2Jurnee Smollett, Clifton Powell
Directed by: Charles BurnettSelma, Lord, Selma is a 1999 American film based on true events that happened in March 1965,... more
- 3Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK is a television documentary film that reveals the story of... more
Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK
- 4Martin Luther King Jr
Directed by: Peter W. KunhardtKing in the Wilderness is a 2018 American documentary film directed by Peter W. Kunhardt. A... more
Directed by: Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. MankiewiczKing: A Filmed Record... Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography... more
- 6Terrence Howard, Jeffrey Wright
Directed by: Clark JohnsonBoycott is a 2001 drama film about Black Americans who boycotted the public buses during the... more
- 7Bringing King to China is a 2011 documentary film by Kevin McKiernan. The cinematographers... more
Bringing King to China
- 8John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey
Directed by: Robert Brousseau, Vincenzo TrippettiOur Friend, Martin is a 1999 animated children's educational film about Martin Luther King,... more
- 9The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 is a 2008 documentary short film created to honor... more
The Witness - From the Balcony of Room 306
- 10Jazz Walker, Lynnette Holmes
Directed by: Bayer MackIn the Hour of Chaos is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Bayer Mack. Set against a... more
- 11Sven Wollter, Börje Ahlstedt
Directed by: Vilgot SjömanI Am Curious (Yellow) is a 1967 Swedish drama film written and directed by Vilgot Sjöman,... more