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The Most Woke Movies of All Time 

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List Rules Movies that focus on social and racial justice issues.

The term woke is relatively new to our vernacular, but socially conscious movies that bring awareness to issues have been around since the dawn of the cinema. Thanks to a growing number of diverse writers/directors such as Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, and Ryan Coogler to name a few; we are seeing some of the best woke films be on the tips of everyone’s tongues. Mind opening films that are worth talking about, that address issues we need to be talking about is a perfect recipe to raise awareness to any and all social issues. The recent box office success of good woke movies shows that filmgoers want to see more of them and the growing number of avenues to exhibit these films (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) gives the public more access than ever to do so! Don't see your top woke movie? Feel free to add it to this list of woke movies.

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The Help is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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Straight Outta Compton ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
Straight Outta Compton is a 2015 American biographical film directed by F. Gary Gray. The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and ...more
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Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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William S. Hart, Herman Rottger
Ben Hur is a 15-minute-long 1907 silent film, the first film version of Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, one of the best-selling books at that time.
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Selena is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie, Edward James Olmos
Selena is a 1997 American biographical musical drama film about the life and career of the late Tejano music star Selena, a recording artist well known in the Mexican-American and Hispanic ...more
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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara
Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more
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Us is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with ...more
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Boyz n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Boyz n the Hood is a 1991 American hood drama written and directed by John Singleton in his directorial debut, and starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia ...more
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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti
Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more
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Glory is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie
The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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Precious: Based on the N... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton
Precious is a 2009 American drama film, directed and co-produced by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation by Geoffrey S. Fletcher of the 1996 novel Push by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourey ...more
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Aaliyah: So Much More Th... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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Jomo Hankerson, Damon Dash
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Persepolis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve, Iggy Pop
Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent ...more
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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams
Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical comedy-drama film written and directed by Justin Simien. The film focuses on black students attending a college in America and stars Tyler James ...more
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Life Is Not a Fairytale:... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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Loretta Devine, Kadeem Hardison
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story is a 2006 biographical film directed by Debbie Allen.
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more
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Sword of Trust is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins
Sword of Trust is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Lynn Shelton. Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins) show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, ...more
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The Shape of Water is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins
The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. Lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation until she discovers a secret ...more
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Give Me Liberty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Anna Maltova, Arkady Basin, Chris Galust
Give Me Liberty is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky. A medical transport driver, Vic (Chris Galust) risks losing his job by driving a group of seniors and a Russian ...more
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State Property 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Roselyn Sánchez
State Property 2 is a 2005 American crime film directed by Damon Dash and produced and distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment. A sequel to 2002's State Property, the film stars rap artists and ...more
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The Day Shall Come is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks
The Day Shall Come is a 2019 British-American satirical black comedy thriller film directed by Chris Morris. Moses (Marchánt Davis), the impoverished leader of a small Hebrew Israelite ...more
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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Captain Marvel
Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more
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Neighbors 2: Sorority Ri... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller. The film is a sequel to Neighbors, and follows the Radners (Rogen and Rose Byrne) having to outwit a new ...more