Most Popular "Civil Rights Movement" Titles

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Movies or TV
  • Genres
  • Keywords
  • IMDb Rating
  • Instant Watch Options
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year











































































































IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »






Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »

1. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
89 Metascore

A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Writer: Paul Webb | Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 55,334

2. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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

Votes: 155,357

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

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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

Votes: 83,589

4. Ray (I) (2004)

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

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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

Votes: 106,083

5. Malcolm X (1992)

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

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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

Votes: 61,627

6. 42 (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
62 Metascore

The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Writer: Brian Helgeland | Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

Votes: 64,069

7. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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

Votes: 63,286

8. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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

Votes: 33,722

9. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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

Votes: 11,375

10. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Votes: 8,364

11. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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

Votes: 19,242

12. The Long Walk Home (1990)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Votes: 2,507

13. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014– )

Documentary

8.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.

Stars: Meryl Streep, Edward Herrmann, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Votes: 849

14. Talk to Me (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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

Votes: 8,387

15. I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

X | 121 min | Drama

6.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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

Votes: 2,765

16. 4 Little Girls (1997)

102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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

Votes: 2,065

17. There Goes My Baby (1994)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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

Votes: 862

18. Ruby Bridges (1998 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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

Votes: 589

19. Reel Injun (2009)

85 min | Documentary, Western

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
63 Metascore

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Writers: Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes | Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes | Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means, John Trudell

Votes: 849

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

94 min | Drama

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

Votes: 412

21. Separate But Equal (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 190 min | Drama, History

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

Votes: 506

22. Kennedy (1983 TV Mini-Series)

282 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Stars: Andrew Rayden, Martin Sheen, John Shea, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 424

23. Freedom Riders (2010)

117 min | Documentary, History

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

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

Votes: 171

24. Eyes on the Prize (1987– )

360 min | Documentary, History

9.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  

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

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

Votes: 379

25. The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

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

Votes: 540

26. Boycott (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 118 min | Drama

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Votes: 648

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

120 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956.

Writer: Alex Gibney | Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: James Brown, Christian McBride, Bobby Byrd, Greg Tate

Votes: 410

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

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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

Votes: 428

29. Freedom Song (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 112 min | Drama

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A tale about a young man's bout in the 1960's in Mississippi before Blacks were allowed to vote and did sit ins at White establishments. The harrowing ordeals people wanting the same opportunities had to go through.

Writers: Phil Alden Robinson, Stanley Weiser | Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Danny Glover, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Loretta Devine

Votes: 736

30. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 76 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Writers: Arthur Mann, Lawrence Taylor | Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 790

31. Death of a Prophet (1981 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History

5.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After breaking ties with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became a man marked for death...and it was just a matter of time before his enemies closed in. Despite death threats and intimidation... See full summary »

Writer: Woodie King Jr. | Director: Woodie King Jr. | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Yolanda King, Mansoor Najee-ullah, Sam Singleton

Votes: 186

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

105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

Votes: 345

33. King (1978 TV Mini-Series)

271 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stretching from his days as a Southern Baptist minister up to his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

Stars: Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson, Tony Bennett, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 258

34. Soul of the Game (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Black baseball greats, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, vie to be the first afro-American major leaguer, only to see the outspoken rookie, Jackie Robinson, be chosen.

Writers: Gary Hoffman, David Himmelstein | Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Edward Herrmann, Blair Underwood

Votes: 777

35. The Ernest Green Story (1993 TV Movie)

101 min | Drama

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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, Steven Allen, Katherine Bernhardt

Votes: 211

36. The People Speak (2009)

113 min | Documentary, History

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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: Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 344

37. Deacons for Defense (2003 TV Movie)

R | 78 min | Drama

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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

Votes: 321

38. Murder in Mississippi (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.

Writers: Stanley Weiser, Ben Stein | Director: Roger Young | Stars: Tom Hulce, Jennifer Grey, Blair Underwood, CCH Pounder

Votes: 320

39. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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

Votes: 369

40. Sins of the Father (2002 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Crime

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Votes: 400

41. The Last White Knight (2012)

78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Votes: 117

42. 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

43. Crisis at Central High (1981 TV Movie)

125 min | Drama, History

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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

Votes: 103

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

40 min | Documentary, Short

8.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

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

Votes: 70

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

58 min | Drama, Family

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

Votes: 51

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

91 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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

Votes: 14

47. Out of the Past (1998)

R | 97 min | Documentary

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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

Votes: 147

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

40 min | Documentary, Short

8.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Add a Plot

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

Votes: 90

49. A Place of Rage (1991)

54 min | Documentary, History

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power ... See full summary »

Director: Pratibha Parmar | Stars: Angela Davis, Fannie Lou Hamer, June Jordan, Rosa Parks

Votes: 12

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

215 min | Drama

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

Votes: 132