The Legacy of Race in America

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1.
4 Little Girls (1997 Documentary)
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A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement. (102 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
2.
Alamo Bay (1985)
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A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town. (98 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
3.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
4.
Amistad (1997)
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About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt. (155 mins.)
 
5.
Bamboozled (2000)
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A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
6.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war. (165 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
7.
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
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A Chinese warlord and an engaged Christian missionary fall in love. (88 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
 
8.
Black Like Me (1964)
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Based on the true story of a white reporter who, at the height of the civil-rights movement, temporarily darkened his skin so that he could experience the realities of a black man's life in the segregated South. (105 mins.)
Director: Carl Lerner
 
9.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
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Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. (112 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
10.
Come See the Paradise (1990)
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Portraying one of the shadier details of American history, this is the story of Jack McGurn, who comes to Los Angeles in 1936... (138 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
11.
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985)
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In San Francisco, an immigrant Chinese widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's 62 now... (88 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
12.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
13.
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
14.
Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
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A study in culture bridging, including ... a new US-born husband, trying to work within the traditional ways... (102 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
15.
El Norte (1983)
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Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better. (141 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
16.
For Colored Girls (2010)
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Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular. (133 mins.)
Director: Tyler Perry
 
17.
Get on the Bus (1996)
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A disparate group of African-American men travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
18.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
19.
The Great White Hope (1970)
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A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
20.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
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A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé. (108 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
21.
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
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An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Townsend
 
22.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
23.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
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An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
24.
Iron & Silk (1990)
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Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie... (92 mins.)
Director: Shirley Sun
 
25.
Jungle Fever (1991)
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary. (132 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
26.
La Ciudad (The City) (1998)
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The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City. (88 mins.)
Director: David Riker
 
27.
Lone Star (1996)
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When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
28.
Medium Cool (1969)
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A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. (111 mins.)
Director: Haskell Wexler
 
29.
My Family (1995)
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This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs... (128 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
30.
Miss Evers' Boys (1997 TV Movie)
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The true story of the U.S. Government's 1932 Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed. (118 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
31.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
32.
Mississippi Masala (1991)
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes... (118 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
33.
My Own Country (1998 TV Movie)
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"My Own Country" tells the story of an East Indian doctor who settles in Johnson City, Tennessee. The doctor's name is Abraham Verghese... (95 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
34.
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)
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A narrator tells the story of his childhood years in a tightly knit Afro-American community in the deep south under racial segregation. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Reid
 
35.
Places in the Heart (1984)
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In the Deep South in the 1930s, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
36.
Pushing Hands (1992)
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All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world. (105 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
37.
Rosewood (1997)
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A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community. (140 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
38.
A Soldier's Story (1984)
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An African American officer investigates a murder in a racially charged situation in World War II. (101 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
39.
Smoke Signals (1998)
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Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear... (89 mins.)
Director: Chris Eyre
 
40.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
41.
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
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To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand. (106 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
42.
West Side Story (1961)
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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
 
43.
When East Meets East (1997 Documentary)
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(53 mins.)
Director: Kalli Paakspuu
 
44.
X (1986)
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Photographer John Gabriel, in his mid 20ies coincidentally meets 13 year old Flora, which has run off from home and have nowhere to sleep. They start off a love affair due to her need for affection. (94 mins.)
Director: Oddvar Einarson
 
45.
Good Hair (2009 Documentary)
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Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Stilson
 
46.
Desert Bayou (2007 Documentary)
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Questions of race, poverty, politics and religion hurdle towards each other in DESERT BAYOU, the story... (71 mins.)
Director: Alex LeMay
 
47.
Gran Torino (2008)
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Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
48.
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
49.
The Order of Myths (2008 Documentary)
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In 2007 Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras is celebrated... and complicated. Following a cast of characters, parades, and parties across an enduring color line, we see that beneath the surface of pageantry lies something else altogether. (97 mins.)
Director: Margaret Brown
 
50.
Incident at Oglala (1992 Documentary)
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This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed. (89 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
51.
Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005 Documentary)
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"Homeland" tells the stories of five remarkable Native American activists in four communities who are fighting these "new Indian Wars"... (88 mins.)