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List Rules Movies with racism as a central theme.

A list of the best racism movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This racism movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about racism are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about racism you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous racism movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these racism movie titles for more information about the films.

List items include This Is England, The Cotton Club and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best racism movies?" and "What is the greatest racism movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular racism movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these racism movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good racism movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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American History X is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, and co-stars Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott ...more

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
ConnorRichardson added Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more

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The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It was Spielberg's eighth film as ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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The Help is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
but chickens double d added Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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Mississippi Burning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the incidents involving of three ...more

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A Time to Kill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey This film is a 1996 drama film adaptation of John Grisham's 1989 novel of the same name, directed by Joel Schumacher. Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey ...more

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Green Book is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini Green Book is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. A bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) at a New York nightclub takes a job as a pianist's (Mahershala Ali) chauffeur during a tour in the ...more

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was written by Kevin Jarre, based on ...more

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12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
msmapo added Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch 12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free ...more

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Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
fullepsonline added Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle Watch Hotel Rwanda now! http://amzn.to/1U5Htz3 Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. It stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo ...more

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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee. The film dramatizes key events in Malcolm X's life: his ...more

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more

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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
CrystalPayne added Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams Get Out is a 2017 satirical horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, ...more

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Django Unchained is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
PeteBoyle added Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino. With the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to ...more

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The Butler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
ConnorRichardson added Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed and produced by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong. Loosely based on the real life of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest ...more

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The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh The Birth of a Nation is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Griffith co-wrote the ...more

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42 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
bdoctrow added Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie 42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more

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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie The Hate U Give is a 2018 American crime drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood ...more

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Amistad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin Amistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen taken and managed ...more

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Once Upon a Time in America is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Jennifer Connelly, Robert De Niro, James Woods Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 Italian epic drama film co-written and directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. It chronicles the lives of Jewish ghetto youths ...more

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more

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Defamation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Defamation is a 2009 film directed by Yoav Shamir. "Yoav Shamir is a documentary maker who specialises in films about modern Israeli life. His latest deals with anti-Semitism, which he ...more

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Checkpoint is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Checkpoint Checkpoint is a 2003 documentary film by Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir, showing the everyday interaction between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians at several of the regions Israel ...more

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The Searchers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Vera Miles The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged veteran who spends ...more

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Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor Lean on Me is a 1989 dramatized biographical film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis ...more

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Africa Blood and Guts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Gualtiero Jacopetti, Ian Yule, Sergio Rossi Africa Addio is a 1966 Italian documentary about the end of the colonial era in Africa. The film was released in a shorter format under the names Africa Blood and Guts in the USA and Farewell ...more

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Play is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Kevin Vaz, Abdiaziz Hilowle, Martin McFaul Play is a 2011 crime drama and thriller film written by Ruben Östlund and Erik Hemmendorff and directed by Ruben Östlund.

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Spike Lee Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of Mookie in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny ...more

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With God On Our Side is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added With God On Our Side With God On Our Side is a 2009 film by Porter Speakman Jr. and Kevin Miller, the latter of whom is the co-creator of the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The documentary criticizes ...more

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The Merchant of Venice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Al Pacino, Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons The Merchant of Venice is a 2004 romantic drama film based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. It is the first full-length sound film in English of Shakespeare's play — other versions are ...more

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more

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Time of the Gypsies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Branko Đurić, Bora Todorović, Predrag Lakovic Time of the Gypsies is a 1988 Yugoslav film by Yugoslav director Emir Kusturica. Filmed in Romani and Serbo-Croatian, Time of the Gypsies tells the story of a young Romani man with magical ...more

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The Human Pyramid is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added The Human Pyramid

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Moi, un noir is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Oumarou Ganda, Alassane Maiga, Seydou Guede Moi, un noir is a 1958 French ethnofiction film directed by Jean Rouch. The film is set in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
but chickens double d added Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...more

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Higher Learning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks Higher Learning is a 1995 American romantic drama film, directed by John Singleton, and starring an ensemble cast. The film follows the changing lives of three incoming freshmen at the fictional ...more

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Ghosts of Mississippi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods Ghosts of Mississippi is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of ...more

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The Secret Life of Bees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
ShayShay added Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. The film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith, with ...more

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The Tuskegee Airmen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, John Waters Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, ...more

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Waltz with Bashir is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. As Ari delves deeper and deeper ...more

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Roland the Mighty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Clelia Matania, Ivo Garrani, Fabrizio Mioni Orlando e i Paladini di Francia / Orlando and the Knights of France is a 1956 film about the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in AD 778, where Roland, a knight in the service of Charlemagne was killed ...more

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The Great Debaters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jurnee Smollett The Great Debaters is a 2007 American biopic period drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington and produced by Oprah Winfrey and her production company, Harpo Productions. It is based ...more

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The Song of Roland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Mollevangsvagen added Klaus Kinski The Song of Roland is a 1978 French drama film directed by Frank Cassenti and starring Klaus Kinski.

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BlacKkKlansman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth. An African American detective (John David Washington) in Colorado Springs, Colorado ...more

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Ali is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Powerful Movies About Racism
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith Ali is a 2001 American biographical film directed by Michael Mann. The film tells the story of the boxer Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith, from 1964-74 featuring his capture of the heavyweight ...more