Currently, the United States is burning in riots and protesting against racism. We have looked through Hollywood to find Best Movies On Racism. We have tried to include prominent movies on all types of racism, color, or religion.
Here are our picks for Best Movies On Racism:
HIDDEN FIGURES is the true story of three African-American women who worked for NASA in the 1950s and ’60s. They served as “human computers,” doing complex mathematics and engineering tasks to help launch the manned spaceflight program — particularly, sending astronaut John Glenn (Glenn Powell) into orbit.
Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) are all brilliant women who’ve landed jobs as computers at NASA’s Langley Research Center (in the segregated West Area Computers division).
When Al Harrison (Kevin Costner), director of the Space Task Group, needs someone who can do theoretical math to help NASA with calculations that would outperform the Russians in the Space Race, Katherine is assigned to his team.
Meanwhile, Dorothy struggles to be named supervisor of her group, and Mary goes to court so she can go to graduate school for engineering.
Released: 06 Jan 2017
Runtime: 127 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Director: Theodore Melfi
Writer: Allison Schroeder (screenplay by), Theodore Melfi (screenplay by), Margot Lee Shetterly (based on the book by)
Actors: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
6To Kill a Mockingbird
Based on Harper Lee’s classic novel (which is often assigned to kids in junior high school), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s and follows the story of the Finch family — 6-year-old Scout (Mary Badham); her older brother, Jem (Philip Alford); and their widowed lawyer father, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck).
Two parallel storylines follow Atticus’ difficult decision to defend an African-American man who has been accused of raping a white woman and the two young Finches’ fascination with their mysterious — and rumored-to-be-dangerous — reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall).
Atticus and his children face disapproval and worse from those who believe the accused is guilty, with or without a trial. And Scout and Jem discover that someone is leaving strange little gifts for them in a tree near their home.
Released: 16 March 1963
Runtime: 129 min
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director: Robert Mulligan
Writer: Harper Lee (based on her novel \To Kill a Mockingbird\), Horton Foote (screenplay)
Actors: Gregory Peck, John Megan, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
October 1962. Italian-American Bronx native Tony Vallelonga – long called Tony Lip by those who know him for being able to BS his way out of anything – largely uses that ability to BS, his street smarts and his fists to do his job in “customer relations” (i.e. a glorified bouncer) at the Copa, where he has to deal with well-dressed toughs and thugs, albeit with a smile and often without them knowing that he is screwing them.
Like most of his Italian-American friends and family, he is a working-class bigot, as demonstrated by his actions concerning some black laborers who did work in his and his wife Dolores’ apartment.
With the Copa closed for renovations until the new year, Tony has to find another job in the interim. He, without telling Dolores, pawned some of his valuables in the meantime to put food on their and their two adolescent sons’ table.
When he is given the inside scoop on a job working for Dr. Don Shirley, he only does not know before meeting Dr. Shirley that the Dr. refers to his multiple Ph.D.s and that he is a classically trained pianist (the head of the popular music playing Don Shirley Trio) instead of a physician, but arguably most importantly that he is a well educated, wealthy and refined black man.
The job is not only as chauffeur as Tony initially thought, but to be his all-expenses and well paid general foot soldier, especially in the area of security. For the eight-week tour he has arranged for the trio with his record label, much of that tour in the Deep South (the last scheduled date being December 23rd in Birmingham, Alabama) and the need for especially that security in which he is black.
Renegotiating the terms, learning that Dr. Shirley actually recruited him based on his reputation for being able to get the job done, and getting okay from Dolores in the stipulation that he makes it home for Christmas or else, Tony accepts the job.
Beyond the obvious hazards of the race relations aspect of the job, once they get to the Deep South, they will not only have to get over their own differences as humans in their moral and ethical values to survive with each other for eight weeks but deal with the general role reversal of the uneducated white man being subservient to the well-educated black man.
In that aspect, Dr. Shirley may have other issues in the Deep South as not fitting into either the white or black populations in general.
Language: English, Italian, Russian, German
Released: 16 Nov 2018
Runtime: 130 min
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Director: Peter Farrelly
Writer: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly
Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
4American History X
Los Angeles high-schooler named Danny Vineyard (Edward Furlong) offends his teachers and classmates by openly proclaiming his Aryan-supremacist views and praising Hitler.
The black principal (Avery Brooks) tries a creative solution, making Danny write a paper examining his older brother and mentor Derek (Edward Norton), an avowed skinhead who served time for murdering a black youth in a streetfight.
Just getting out of prison, Derek, thoroughly repentant about his racist past and horrified to see his brother going down the same road, cooperates with the principal trying to set Danny straight.
Released: 20 Nov 1998
Runtime: 119 min
Director: Tony Kaye
Writer: David McKenna
Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo, Jennifer Lien
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
312 Years a Slave
An accomplished violinist and free man living in the state of New York, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) agrees in 1841 to tour with two gentlemen and perform while his family is away visiting relatives.
Sadly, there were no gentlemen and there was no tour. Instead, they kidnap him, sneak him to the South and sell him as a slave. No matter how many times Northup says he’s a free man, no one believes him, least of all the slave trader (Paul Giamatti) who insists on naming him “Platt.”
His first master, William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), means well but is scared off by neighbors who won’t let him be kind to his workers.
Northup’s second master, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), is a forbidding, troubled taskmaster who preys on a female slave, Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), who then becomes the subject of cruelty at the hands of Epps’ embittered wife, Mary (Sarah Paulson).
Will Northup ever be free? Will the man from Canada named Bass (Brad Pitt) help or betray him? And how will he survive, both spirit and mind intact?
Released: 08 Nov 2013
Runtime: 134 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley (screenplay by), Solomon Northup (based on \Twelve Years a Slave\ by)
Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Bryan Batt
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi peoples lead to a civil war in a country where corruption and bribes are routine. Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), the manager of Sabena Hôtel des Mille Collines, is Hutu but his wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo), is Tutsi.
His marriage is a source of friction with Hutu extremists, most prominently George Rutaganda, a friendly supplier to the hotel who also is the local leader of Interahamwe, a brutal anti-Tutsi militia.
As the political situation in the country deteriorates, Paul and his family observe neighbors being dragged from their homes and openly beaten in the streets. Paul curries favor with people of influence, bribing them with money and alcohol, seeking to maintain sufficient influence to keep his family safe.
When civil war erupts and a Rwandan Army officer threatens Paul and his neighbors, Paul barely negotiates their safety and brings everyone to the hotel. More refugees come to the hotel from the overburdened United Nations camp, the Red Cross, and orphanages.
Paul must divert the Hutu soldiers, care for the refugees, be a source of strength to his family, and maintain the appearance of a functioning high-class hotel, as the situation becomes more and more violent, with mobs in the streets just outside the gates.
The UN Peacekeeping forces, led by Colonel Oliver (Nick Nolte), are unable to take assertive action against the Interhamwe since they are forbidden to intervene in the genocide. The foreign nationals are evacuated, but the Rwandans are left behind.
When the UN forces attempt to evacuate a group of refugees, including Paul’s family, they are ambushed and must turn back. In a last-ditch effort to save the refugees, Paul speaks to the Rwandan Army General, Augustin Bizimungu (Fana Mokoena) and when the bribes no longer work, he blackmails him with threats of being tried as a war criminal.
The family and the hotel refugees finally leave the besieged hotel in a UN convoy, and they travel through retreating masses of refugees and militia to reach safety behind Tutsi rebel lines.
Released: 04 Feb 2005
Runtime: 121 min
Language: English, French, Kinyarwanda
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Director: Terry George
Writer: Keir Pearson, Terry George
Actors: Xolani Mali, Don Cheadle, Desmond Dube, Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
Our favorite movie in the Best Movies On Racism is Schindler’s List. Steven Spielberg displays the virtuosity of a great documentary filmmaker: The Holocaust, in which six million Jews, political prisoners, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and gays were killed, is too vast and too atrocious to fathom.
So Spielberg searches history for the one true story that will make it comprehensible. He gives us Czechoslovakian businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a grandiose, insinuating businessman bent on making a successful business on the backs of Jews who are robbed of their homes, jobs, property, and, many, their lives.
The film follows Schindler’s transformation from greedy war profiteer to humanitarian who eventually saves the lives of 1,100 people destined for death at Auschwitz. But there are two main characters in this film.
If one is Schindler, the other, undoubtedly, is the Holocaust itself. Spielberg gives us the Holocaust in the name of the Schindler Jews and uses real-life stories to make it real. We get Ihtzak Stern (played with quiet rage and dignity by Ben Kingsley), the Jewish accountant who runs Schindler’s manufacturing plant.
We get Helen Hirsch (Embeth Davidtz), the Jewish woman who serves as a Nazi commander (played with icy sadism by Ralph Fiennes) and the object of his twisted adoration. We get, as the title implies, a list of people, of faces, of stories that make the atrocities of World War II real.
Language: Latin, English, Hebrew, German, Polish
Released: 04 Feb 1994
Runtime: 195 min
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Thomas Keneally (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
Actors: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
This concludes our list of Best Movies On Racism. How many of these have you watched yet? Do let us in the comments below.