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1. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Writer: Gregory Allen Howard | Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

2. Lee Daniels' The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

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66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Writers: Danny Strong, Wil Haygood | Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

3. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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65 Metascore

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Writer: Chris Gerolmo | Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif

4. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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58 Metascore

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Writers: Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois | Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

5. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Writers: Alex Haley, Malcolm X, Arnold Perl, Spike Lee | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

6. Ray (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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73 Metascore

The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.

Writers: Taylor Hackford, James L. White | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell

7. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

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A high school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to his friends. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

Writer: Neal Jimenez | Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck

8. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

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90 Metascore

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Writer: Paul Greengrass | Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Allan Gildea

9. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

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The widow of murdered civil rights leader Medger Evers and a district attorney struggle to finally bring the murderer to justice.

Writer: Lewis Colick | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen

10. I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

X | 121 min | Drama

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Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with ... See full summary »

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Lena Nyman, Vilgot Sjöman, Börje Ahlstedt, Peter Lindgren

11. The Long Walk Home (1990)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History

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Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.

Writer: John Cork | Director: Richard Pearce | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz, Ving Rhames

12. Talk to Me (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

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69 Metascore

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Writers: Michael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa | Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bruce McFee, Mike Epps

13. There Goes My Baby (1994)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

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Graduates of a Los Angeles high school in 1965 see America's culture and politics gradually change.

Writer: Floyd Mutrux | Director: Floyd Mutrux | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Ricky Schroder, Kelli Williams, Noah Wyle

14. 4 Little Girls (1997)

102 min | Documentary, History

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89 Metascore

A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Maxine McNair, Walter Cronkite, Chris McNair, Fred Lee Shuttlesworth

15. Separate But Equal (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 186 min | Drama, History

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A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.

Writer: George Stevens Jr. | Director: George Stevens Jr. | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little

16. Ruby Bridges (1998 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

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The true story of Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl who, in 1960 at age 6, helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Although she was the only black girl to come to the... See full summary »

Writer: Toni Ann Johnson | Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Pollak, Michael Beach, Jean Louisa Kelly

17. Selma, Lord, Selma (1999 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama

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In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when ... See full summary »

Writers: Rachel West Nelson, Frank Sikora, Sheyann Webb, Cynthia Whitcomb | Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Mackenzie Astin, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Clifton Powell, Ella Joyce

18. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014)

98 min | Documentary, Music

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A look at the life of the legendary Rhythm and Blues musician, James Brown, from his early years in South Carolina to his efforts during the Civil Rights movement.

Writer: Alex Gibney | Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Bootsy Collins, Phelps 'Catfish' Collins

19. Boycott (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 118 min | Drama

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Black Americans boycott the public buses during the 1950s civil rights movement.

Writers: Stewart Burns, Herman Daniel Farrell, Timothy J. Sexton | Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder, Carmen Ejogo

20. Crisis at Central High (1981 TV Movie)

125 min | Drama, History

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Story of the federally-ordered integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.

Writers: Elizabeth Huckaby, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Charles Durning, Henderson Forsythe, Calvin Levels

21. Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

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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.

Writers: Clifton L. Taulbert, Paul W. Cooper | Director: Tim Reid | Stars: Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Leon, Paula Kelly

22. Eyes on the Prize (1987– )

360 min | Documentary, History

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A documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement from 1952 to 1965.

Stars: Julian Bond, Eugene 'Bull' Connor, Unita Blackwell, James Eastland

23. The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama

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The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.

Writer: Paris Qualles | Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart, Von Coulter

24. The People Speak (2009)

113 min | Documentary, History

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A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."

Writers: Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn | Directors: Anthony Arnove, Chris Moore, Howard Zinn | Stars: Sean Penn, Matt Damon, Viggo Mortensen, Rosario Dawson

25. The Ernest Green Story (1993 TV Movie)

101 min | Drama

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Follows the story of Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine who were the first blacks to integrate into an all white school.

Writer: Lawrence Roman | Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Morris Chestnut, Robert Alexander, Katherine Bernhardt, Sarah Boss

26. Deacons for Defense (2003 TV Movie)

R | 78 min | Drama

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The words "Black Power" bring back memories of names like Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Eldridge Cleaver, but in Bogalusa, LA a group of harassed Afro-Americans had decided they'd ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael D'Antonio, Richard Wesley, Frank Military | Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Chris Britton, Jonathan Silverman, Ossie Davis

27. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

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A film about the work of the artist most famous for her monuments such as the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Civil Rights Fountain Memorial.

Writer: Freida Lee Mock | Director: Freida Lee Mock | Star: Maya Lin

28. Memphis (I)

Drama | Announced

A look at the final days surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968.

Writer: Paul Greengrass | Director: Paul Greengrass | Star: Forest Whitaker

29. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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73 Metascore

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

Director: Susanne Rostock | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway

30. Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975 TV Movie)

215 min | Drama

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After three civil-rights workers are murdered in Mississippi in 1964, a team of FBI agents is sent there to find the killers.

Writers: Calvin Clements Sr., Don Whitehead | Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Ned Beatty, John Beck, Billy Green Bush, Dabney Coleman

31. Sins of the Father (2002 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Crime

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Thirty years after the event, Tom Cherry finally breaks his silence to discredit his father's alibi for the night a bomb was planted in a Baptist Church in Alabama in 1965, killing four ...

Writers: Pamela Colloff, John Pielmeier | Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins, Brenda Bazinet, Lachlan Murdoch

32. The Last White Knight (2012)

78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10... See full summary »

Writer: Paul Saltzman | Director: Paul Saltzman | Stars: Delay de la Beckwith, Jim Ingram, Donna Ladd, Jimmie Travis

33. An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland (2013)

91 min | Documentary, Biography

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The amazing true story of one white Southern woman's courage to choose her convictions and join the Civil Rights Movement. By the time she was 19, Joan Trumpauer was shot at, attacked, and ... See full summary »

Writer: Loki Mulholland | Director: Loki Mulholland | Stars: Luvaughn Brown, Dion Diamond, Eric Etheridge, Reginald Green

34. Freedom Riders (2010)

117 min | Documentary, History

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The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign.

Writer: Stanley Nelson | Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Raymond Arsenault, Genevieve Houghton, Gordon Carey, Derek Catsam

35. Mighty Times: The Children's March (2004)

40 min | Documentary, Short

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On May 2, 1963, the children of Birmingham, Alabama took to the streets to challenge segregation.

Director: Robert Houston | Stars: Dominiqua Alexis, Rico E. Anderson, Josh Evans, Sir Fappington

36. Out of the Past (1998)

R | 97 min | Documentary

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In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story of her ensuing battle with school authorities in interspersed with looks back at the ... See full summary »

Writer: Michelle Ferrari | Director: Jeff Dupre | Stars: Stephen Spinella, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cherry Jones, Edward Norton

37. The Century (1999 TV Mini-Series)

720 min | Documentary, History

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Peter Jennings hosted this 6 episode special that reviews some of the most important events of the 20th Century. Each episode is a two part examination of two events in history that ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Jennings, Steve Allen, Don Arabian, A. Scott Berg

38. Neshoba (2008)

86 min | Documentary

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71 Metascore

NESHOBA tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael ... See full summary »

Writer: Micki Dickoff | Directors: Micki Dickoff, Tony Pagano

39. Now (1965)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Director: Santiago Álvarez | Star: Lena Horne

40. The Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History (1998 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

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The history of the Ku Klux Klan in America.

Writer: Bill Brummel | Director: Bill Brummel | Stars: D. Paul Thomas, David Chalmers, William M. Banks, Julian Bond

41. America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2002 TV Mini-Series)

225 min | Documentary, History

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Through numerous personal interviews, professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. examines the past, present, and future of black/white race relations in the USA.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Maya Angelou, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Don Cheadle

42. And the Children Shall Lead (1985 TV Movie)

58 min | Drama, Family

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Mississippi in the early '60s is the setting for this story of a 12-year-old African-American girl who, along with her white friends, tries to ease increasing racial tensions.

Writer: Emma Pullen | Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Danny Glover, Pam Potillo, LeVar Burton, Denise Nicholas

43. Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks (2002)

40 min | Documentary, Short

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Writer: Robert Houston | Director: Robert Houston | Stars: Chris Moir, Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Nick LaTour

44. Nina Simone: La légende (1992 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Personal documentary about legendary singer Nina Simone.

Writer: Frank Lords | Director: Frank Lords | Stars: Nina Simone, Edney Whiteside, John Waymon, Carol Waymon

45. With All Deliberate Speed (2004)

Unrated | 110 min | Documentary, History

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60 Metascore

Documentary filmmaker Peter Gilbert unearths the legacy of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education -- where it was ruled that "in the field of public education, ... See full summary »

Writer: Nathan Antila | Director: Peter Gilbert | Stars: Vernon Jordan, Thurgood Marshall Jr., Julian Bond, Joe Delaine

46. Freedom on My Mind (1994)

105 min | Documentary

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Writer: Michael Chandler | Directors: Connie Field, Marilyn Mulford | Star: Ronnie Washington

47. One More River to Cross (2017)

Drama | Announced

The injustices of the Civil Rights movement are linked to the injustices of Hurricane Katrina through a protester who experienced both.

Writers: Tim DeWayne, Joey Kent | Director: Tim DeWayne | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Lynn Whitfield

48. Billy Graham: God's Ambassador (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary

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The life and times of the evangelist Billy Graham are the subject of this documentary.

Writer: Henry O. Arnold | Director: Michael Merriman | Stars: John Akers, Cliff Barrows, Ralph Bell, Richard Bewes

49. Nazi America: A Secret History (2000 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, War

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A history of the Nazi movement in the United States.

Writer: Greg DeHart | Stars: D. Paul Thomas, Adolf Hitler, Susan Canedy, Charles Higham

50. George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (2000)

167 min | Documentary, Biography

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Writers: Dan T. Carter, Steve Fayer, Daniel McCabe, Paul Stekler | Directors: Daniel McCabe, Paul Stekler | Stars: Randy Quaid, Pat Buchanan, Dan T. Carter, J.L. Chestnut