Sponsored
250 voters

The Most Woke Movies of All Time

Updated May 18, 2020 2.4k votes 250 voters 11.5k views52 items

List RulesMovies 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.

What are the most woke films of all time? Let us know by voting up your favorite movies for the woke!

Photo:
...more
  • Get Out1
    97
    60

    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Peele

    Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Get Out 

    Things You Didn't Know About The Making Of Jordan Peele's 'Get Out'#119 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

  • Hotel Rwanda2
    49
    21

    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

    Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Hotel Rwanda 

    #120 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#10 of 19 The Best Movies That Have Been Screened At The White House

  • WALL-E3
    83
    60

    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More WALL-E 

    The Most Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About WALL-E#93 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever

  • Do the Right Thing4
    50
    29

    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama hood film produced, written, and directed...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Do the Right Thing 

    #19 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#12 of 12 Movies Where The Cast And Crew Disagreed About Its Meaning

  • BlacKkKlansman5
    56
    34

    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed bySpike Lee

    BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Spike Lee, based on the book by...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More BlacKkKlansman 

    #2 of 15 The Most Powerful Movies About Racism Streaming Online#12 of 126 The Best New Comedy Movies Of The Last Few Years

  • In the Heat of the Night6
    40
    18

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More In the Heat of the Night 

    #9 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s#430 of 557 The Greatest Film Scores of All Time

  • The Color Purple7
    57
    40

    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    The Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More The Color Purple 

    #49 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books#6 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

  • Philadelphia8
    45
    28

    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Philadelphia 

    #212 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#43 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • 12 Years a Slave9
    43
    32

    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

    12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More 12 Years a Slave 

    #7 of 23 23 Disturbing, Brutal Movies Based on Real-Life Atrocities#42 of 101 The Best Kidnapping & Hostage Movies Of All Time, Ranked

  • Hidden Figures10
    49
    38

    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

    Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Hidden Figures 

    #317 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#4 of 136 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

  • Fruitvale Station11
    33
    21

    Fruitvale Station

    Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz

    Released2013

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film directed by Ryan Coogler, based...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Fruitvale Station 

    #45 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time#62 of 91 Great Historical Black Movies Based On True Stories

  • Soylent Green12
    26
    16

    Soylent Green

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Soylent Green 

    #45 of 317 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#46 of 178 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

  • Thelma & Louise13
    27
    18

    Thelma & Louise

    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Thelma & Louise 

    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Making Of 'Thelma & Louise'#24 of 85 Great Movies About Furious Women Out for Revenge

  • Sorry to Bother You14
    30
    23

    Sorry to Bother You

    Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson

    Released2018

    Directed byBoots Riley

    Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In...  more
    Amazon buy button
  • Moonlight15
    40
    35

    Moonlight

    Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

    Released2016

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Moonlight 

    #45 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#59 of 92 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

  • Malcolm X16
    14
    5

    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

    Released1992

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Malcolm X 

    #18 of 661 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#73 of 101 The Best Black Romance Movies, Ranked

  • Black Panther17
    56
    61

    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Black Panther 

    'Black Panther' Interviews That Prove They're The Best Cast Ever Assembled#28 of 177 The Greatest Comic Book Movies Of All Time

  • The Help18
    21
    15

    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

    The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More The Help 

    #52 of 261 The Best Ensemble Movies#4 of 46 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic

  • Gran Torino19
    21
    16

    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Gran Torino 

    #117 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#355 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • Selma20
    31
    30

    Selma

    Oprah Winfrey, Common

    Released2014

    Directed byAva DuVernay

    Selma is a 2014 historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Selma 

    #7 of 13 True Stories That Were Too Ridiculous For Historical Movies To Include#118 of 340 The Best Political Films Ever Made

  • Milk21
    25
    23

    Milk

    James Franco, Sean Penn

    Released2008

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Milk 

    #178 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#1 of 25 The Best Biopics About LGBTQ+ Figures

  • If Beale Street Could Talk22
    23
    22

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

    If Beale Street Could Talk is a 2018 American drama film directed by Barry Jenkins, based on...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More If Beale Street Could Talk 

    #100 of 105 The Best Valentine's Day Movies#28 of 78 The Best Period Romance Movies

  • Queen & Slim23
    11
    7

    Queen & Slim

    Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byMelina Matsoukas

    Queen & Slim is a 2019 American drama thriller film directed by Melina Matsoukas. Queen (Jodie...  more
    Amazon buy button
  • Mean Girls24
    27
    29

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

    Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the...  more
    Amazon buy button

    More Mean Girls 

    Behind-The-Scenes Secrets Of 'Mean Girls'#51 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

  • The Banker25
    1
    2

    The Banker

    Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult

    Released2020

    Directed byGeorge Nolfi

    The Banker is a 2020 American drama film written and directed by George Nolfi. Two black...  more
    Amazon buy button