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The Most Powerful Movies About Racism

Updated September 21, 2020 12.7k votes 2.3k voters 296.3k views137 items

List RulesMovies with racism as a central theme.

Here is 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. 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.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best racism movies?", "What is the greatest racism movie of all time?",  and other "films like Mississippi Burning." This is because it is far more than the top 25 most important films on race. These films are also different than unintentionally racist films as they show the ugliness of racism.

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 Netflix or other streaming service, these good racism movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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  • 1
    The Color Purple
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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    To Kill a Mockingbird
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    86

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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  • 3
    The Green Mile
    357
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 4
    The Help
    324
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

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    12 Years a Slave
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    57

    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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    Mississippi Burning
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Remember the Titans
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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  • 8
    Schindler's List
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    96

    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 9
    American History X
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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

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  • 10
    The Hate U Give
    159
    22

    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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    Hotel Rwanda
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    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

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  • 12
    A Time to Kill
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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 13
    Glory
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • 14
    Malcolm X
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    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

    Released1992

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • 15
    Get Out
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    28

    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Peele

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    Django Unchained
    255
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 17
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    123
    21

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • 18
    Green Book
    138
    31

    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

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    42
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    42

    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

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    Do the Right Thing
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    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    The Butler
    165
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    The Butler

    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Daniels

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  • 22
    Amistad
    141
    45

    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 23
    Lean on Me
    142
    48

    Lean on Me

    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    #9 of 40 The Most Inspirational Black Movies#67 of 105 The Best Hood Movies

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    Gran Torino
    167
    70

    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    In the Heat of the Night
    81
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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