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1. Selma (2014)

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

7.5
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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: 42,768

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

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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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

Votes: 76,773

3. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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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

Votes: 147,685

4. 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

Votes: 99,917

5. 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

Votes: 60,678

6. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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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

Votes: 58,895

7. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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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

Votes: 32,002

8. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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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

Votes: 10,974

9. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

6.6
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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

Votes: 8,083

10. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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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

Votes: 18,549

11. I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967)

X | 121 min | Drama

6.1
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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

Votes: 2,651

12. Talk to Me (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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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

Votes: 8,237

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

Documentary

8.9
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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: 661

14. The Long Walk Home (1990)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History

7.3
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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

Votes: 2,377

15. There Goes My Baby (1994)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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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

Votes: 832

16. 4 Little Girls (1997)

102 min | Documentary, History

7.8
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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

Votes: 1,990

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

98 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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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

Votes: 293

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

94 min | Drama

7.4
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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

Votes: 401

19. Separate But Equal (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 186 min | Drama, History

7.4
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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

Votes: 478

20. Kennedy (1983 TV Mini-Series)

282 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy.

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

Votes: 413

21. The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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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

Votes: 507

22. 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

23. 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

Votes: 640

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

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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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

Votes: 418

25. Ruby Bridges (1998 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

7.2
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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

Votes: 555

26. Eyes on the Prize (1987– )

360 min | Documentary, History

9.0
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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

Votes: 373

27. Murder in Mississippi (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 318

28. Death of a Prophet (1981 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History

5.2
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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: 179

29. The People Speak (2009)

113 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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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: Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei, Viggo Mortensen, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 334

30. Freedom Riders (2010)

117 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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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

Votes: 167

31. Deacons for Defense (2003 TV Movie)

R | 78 min | Drama

7.1
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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

Votes: 305

32. King (1978 TV Mini-Series)

271 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
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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: 243

33. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.4
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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

Votes: 361

34. The Last White Knight (2012)

78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.2
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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

Votes: 112

35. Sins of the Father (2002 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Crime

6.6
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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

Votes: 395

36. 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

Votes: 52

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

105 min | Documentary, Biography

7.3
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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

Votes: 342

38. The Ernest Green Story (1993 TV Movie)

101 min | Drama

7.3
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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, Steven Allen, Katherine Bernhardt

Votes: 211

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

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.3
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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

Votes: 146

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

215 min | Drama

7.0
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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

Votes: 134

41. Now (1965)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

6.7
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A documentary short about racism in the United States

Director: Santiago Álvarez | Star: Lena Horne

Votes: 421

42. Crisis at Central High (1981 TV Movie)

125 min | Drama, History

7.0
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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

Votes: 103

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

54 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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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

Votes: 35

44. Out of the Past (1998)

R | 97 min | Documentary

7.0
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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

Votes: 144

45. 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

Votes: 61

46. Freedom on My Mind (1994)

105 min | Documentary

7.0
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Add a Plot

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

Votes: 42

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

40 min | Documentary, Short

8.3
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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

Votes: 71

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

225 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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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

Votes: 48

49. The Century (1999 TV Mini-Series)

720 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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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

Votes: 43

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

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary

6.3
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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

Votes: 48