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The Most Woke Movies of All Time

Updated May 18, 2020 2.3k votes 229 voters 10.3k 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!

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  • 1
    Get Out
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    57

    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Peele

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  • 2
    WALL-E
    83
    53

    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 3
    Hotel Rwanda
    48
    22

    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

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  • 4
    In the Heat of the Night
    39
    18

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • 5
    The Color Purple
    57
    38

    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released1985

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 6
    BlacKkKlansman
    53
    34

    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • 7
    Do the Right Thing
    48
    29

    Do the Right Thing

    Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence

    Released1989

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • 8
    Philadelphia
    44
    25

    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 9
    Fruitvale Station
    34
    19

    Fruitvale Station

    Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz

    Released2013

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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  • 10
    12 Years a Slave
    43
    30

    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

    Released2013

    Directed bySteve McQueen

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  • 11
    Hidden Figures
    47
    36

    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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  • 12
    Soylent Green
    26
    15

    Soylent Green

    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1973

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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  • 13
    Thelma & Louise
    27
    17

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Sorry to Bother You
    31
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Help
    18
    10

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Selma
    32
    28

    Selma

    Oprah Winfrey, Common

    Released2014

    Directed byAva DuVernay

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  • 17
    Gran Torino
    21
    14

    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 18
    Malcolm X
    12
    4

    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

    Released1992

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • 19
    Moonlight
    37
    36

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Mean Girls
    29
    25

    Mean Girls

    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams

    Released2004

    Directed byMark Waters

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  • 21
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    24
    21

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    Kiki Layne, Stephan James

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Jenkins

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  • 22
    Straight Outta Compton
    10
    2

    Straight Outta Compton

    O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins

    Released2015

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • 23
    Black Panther
    52
    59

    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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  • 24
    The Banker
    1
    1

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Queen & Slim
    11
    5

    Queen & Slim

    Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byMelina Matsoukas

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