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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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    The Hate U Give
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    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

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    The Color Purple
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    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    12 Years a Slave
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    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Malcolm X
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    Malcolm X

    Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton

    Released1992

    Directed bySpike Lee

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    The Help
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    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
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    A Time to Kill
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    A Time to Kill

    Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1996

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Django Unchained
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    Django Unchained

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

    Released2012

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Remember the Titans
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Green Mile
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 10
    Selma
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    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Fruitvale Station
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    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Higher Learning
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    Higher Learning

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Connelly

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Singleton

    Higher Learning is a 1995 American romantic drama film, directed by John Singleton, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Glory
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Mississippi Burning
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

    Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    To Kill a Mockingbird
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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    Rosewood
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    Rosewood

    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Singleton

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    In the Heat of the Night
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Birth of a Nation
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    Birth of a Nation

    Nate Parker, Armie Hammer

    Released2016

    Directed byNate Parker

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    The Butler
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    The Butler

    Mariah Carey, Robin Williams

    Released2013

    Directed byLee Daniels

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    American History X
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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

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    Freedom Writers
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    Freedom Writers

    Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

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    Amistad
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    Amistad

    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1997

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier

    Released1967

    Directed byStanley Kramer

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    The Hurricane
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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber

    Released1999

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    Crash
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    Crash

    Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Haggis

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