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The Most Powerful Movies About Racism

Updated March 27, 2021 12.3k votes 2.3k voters 297.7k views157 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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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

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    #3 of 122 Great Movies That Place In The '60s#7 of 133 The 100+ Best Movies for Black Women

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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

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    #17 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#21 of 375 The Best Movies Based On Books

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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

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    #8 of 12 Movies Where The Cast And Crew Disagreed About Its Meaning#4 of 139 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

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    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

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    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

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    #18 of 665 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#292 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

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    #490 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#75 of 400 The Best Western Movies Ever Made

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    Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie

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    #11 of 85 The Greatest African American Biopics#18 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

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    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James
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    The Butler

    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams
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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

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    Driving Miss Daisy

    Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd

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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

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    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

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    Crash

    Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser

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