Entertainment 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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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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26 15
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy
WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more
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20 10
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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18 11
BlacKkKlansman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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17 10
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more
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17 10
12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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17 11
Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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12 6
Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle
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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11 6
Fruitvale Station is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film directed by Ryan Coogler, based on true events. The story of Oscar Grant III (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, ...more
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17 13
Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more
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13 9
In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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6 4
Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
usignola added Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten
Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and, in his final film, Edward G. Robinson. The film ...more
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13 12
Selma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and ...more
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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more
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9 8
Sorry to Bother You is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more
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10 10
If Beale Street Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo
If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by James Baldwin. A woman in Harlem (Kiki Layne) desperately scrambles to prove her ...more
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8 9
Milk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin
Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more
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8 9
All About Eve is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Anne Baxter
All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by ...more
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8 9
Love, Simon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp
Love, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli. Simon (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student, is ...more
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State Property 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added 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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2 2
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The F... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added 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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Queen of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Aaliyah, Lena Olin, Paul McGann
Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many ...more
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2 2
Aaliyah: So Much More Than a W... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Jomo Hankerson, Damon Dash
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2 2
Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Woke Movies of All Time
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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13 15
Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 25 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