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Great Movies About Racism Against Black People  

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Movies about racism are some of the most emotional and dramatic films to ever hit the silver screen. The top black racism movies feature characters fighting for their basic rights from the time of slavery to more modern forms of discrimination. This is a list of African American racism movies featuring everything from 12 Years a Slave to The Help to Selma.

What movies will you find on this list of movies about racism against black people? Fruitvale Station concerns a modern tragedy. Based on the real-life death of Oscar Grant, this award-winning film proves that racism still exists in modern times – and it can be deadly. The Color Purple is another great film that examines the ugly truths about racism in the United States.

While most movies about racism are dramas, Mel Brooks took on this serious issue with the hilarious comedy Blazing Saddles. Other good films featured on roundup of top movies about racism list include Crash, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and Django Unchained.

Which movie about racism do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Vote the best films up to number one, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris
This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more
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Beloved is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover
Beloved is a 1998 American horror-drama film based on Toni Morrison's 1987 novel of the same name, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton. The ...more
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If Beale Street Could Talk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
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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Driving Miss Daisy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy
Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film adapted from the Alfred Uhry play of the same name. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford, with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as ...more
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine ...more
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Blazing Saddles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Anne Bancroft
Blazing Saddles is a 1974 satirical Western comedy film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...more
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Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Melussss added Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali
Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Don ...more
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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell
Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more
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The Long Walk Home is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Whoopi Goldberg, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen
The Long Walk Home is a 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, and directed by Richard Pearce. Set in Alabama, it is based on a screenplay about the Montgomery Bus Boycott by John ...more
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Blindspotting is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar
Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Carlos López Estrada. With only three days of probation left, Collin (Daveed Diggs) witnesses a police shooting that tests his ...more
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Drum is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Tre Cooley added Pam Grier, Ken Norton, Yaphet Kotto
Drum is a 1976 American film based on the Kyle Onstott novel of the same name. It was released by United Artists and is a sequel to the film Mandingo, released in 1975. The film stars Warren ...more
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Skin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall
Skin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. A notorious white supremacist decides to transform his life with the help of a black activist and the woman he ...more
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Zebrahead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Great Movies About Racism Against Black People
Michael Rapaport, N'Bushe Wright, Kevin Corrigan
Zebrahead is a 1992 drama film, produced by Oliver Stone, written and directed by Anthony Drazan and starring Michael Rapaport and N'Bushe Wright. Set in Detroit, Michigan, the film is about an ...more