Most Popular "Racial Issues" Titles
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1. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )
TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.
2. The Help (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 317,454 | Gross: $169.71M
3. Gran Torino (2008)
R | 116 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 559,580 | Gross: $148.09M
4. Ray (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 152 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 110,005 | Gross: $75.31M
5. Ali (2001)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Votes: 78,933 | Gross: $58.18M
6. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Approved | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
7. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »
Votes: 19,363 | Gross: $37.77M
9. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Votes: 71,989 | Gross: $106.59M
10. Gomorrah (2008)
Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama
An inside look at Italy's modern crime families.
Writers: Roberto Saviano, Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso | Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino
Votes: 38,145 | Gross: $1.58M
11. Life on Mars (2006–2007)
TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.
12. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.
Votes: 17,654 | Gross: $15.69M
13. Balls of Fury (2007)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport
Down-and-out former professional ping-pong phenom, Randy Daytona, is sucked into a maelstrom when FBI Agent Ernie Rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father's killer -- arch-fiend Feng.
Votes: 35,334 | Gross: $32.88M
14. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Unrated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé.
Votes: 28,842 | Gross: $56.70M
15. Crazy in Alabama (1999)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.
Votes: 5,903 | Gross: $1.95M
18. Clockers (1995)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.
Votes: 16,570 | Gross: $13.04M
19. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History
A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.
Votes: 8,510 | Gross: $13.05M
20. Sommersby (1993)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A farmer's wife begins to suspect that the man in her bed is an impostor after he returns home from the Civil War.
Votes: 15,397 | Gross: $50.08M
22. A.C.A.B. (2012)
112 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A look at the controversial riot cops unit, told through the stories of three veteran cops and a young recruit.
23. The Greatest (1977)
PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatised version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »
24. Coonskin (1975)
R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
Rabbit, a country-born trickster, takes over the organized crime racket in Harlem, facing opposition from the institutionalized racism of the Mafia and corrupt police.
25. Any Day Now (1998–2002)
60 min | Drama
Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960's Alabama. Their friendship comes to an end, however, when Mary Elizabeth (... See full summary »
26. Q & A (1990)
R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,855 | Gross: $11.21M
27. American Violet (2008)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama
A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.
Votes: 2,040 | Gross: $0.55M
28. Pinky (1949)
Approved | 102 min | Drama
A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.
Votes: 1,927 | Gross: $4.20M
29. Watermelon Man (1970)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!
30. A Family Thing (1996)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama
Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,672 | Gross: $10.12M
31. Putney Swope (1969)
R | 84 min | Comedy
Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight ... See full summary »
32. The Landlord (1970)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama
At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »
33. The Glass Shield (1994)
PG-13 | 109 min | Crime, Drama
J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,792 | Gross: $3.31M
34. Hi, Mom! (1970)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
A Vietnam vet moves into an apartment and views in other people's windows across the street, meets one of the women, and discovers black theater.
35. Jasper, Texas (2003 TV Movie)
R | 114 min | Drama
In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it ... See full summary »
36. The Breaks (1999)
R | 86 min | Comedy
A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a Black family. He talks Black, dresses Black, and thinks of himself as Black. It's a day of disasters: ... See full summary »
37. Black Like Me (1964)
105 min | Drama
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.
38. Conrack (1974)
PG | 106 min | Drama
White Pat Conroy was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. In March, 1969 under the Beaufort School District, he starts a job teaching at a small poor school located on Daufuskie ... See full summary »
39. Perfect Harmony (1991 TV Movie)
93 min | Drama, Family, Music
In a private school in the U.S. South, Mr. Sanders, a new choirmaster tries to reduce some of the prejudice and hostility of some of the students in his choir. Paul, a bully who feels he ... See full summary »
40. The Affair (1995 TV Movie)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
A black soldier in World War II England begins an affair with a white woman whose husband is a soldier currently overseas in battle and in doubts of her relationship with him as she ... See full summary »
41. Death by Hanging (1968)
Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.
42. The Learning Tree (1969)
M | 107 min | Drama
The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The ... See full summary »
43. Gone Too Far (2013)
88 min | Comedy, Drama
GONE TOO FAR follows two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are. Yemi can't wait for ... See full summary »
44. The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)
97 min | Biography, Drama
A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
45. Hope (1997 TV Movie)
PG | 100 min | Drama
During the early 1960s, Kate is faced with a dreary small-town existence, surrounded by her mother, who is a stroke victim, and her bigoted Uncle Ray, who owns a theatre. When a black ... See full summary »
46. Carolina Skeletons (1991 TV Movie)
R | 93 min | Crime, Drama
After a long time in the army, an Afro-American soldier returns to his hometown, where, years ago, his brother was executed for the rape and murder of two white girls. The commando believes... See full summary »
47. ...tick... tick... tick... (1970)
G | 100 min | Drama, Action
Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South.
49. Christmas in Canaan (2009 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama, Family
DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between ... See full summary »
50. Collar (I) (2016)
Not Rated | Crime, Drama
Timothy James 'TJ' Williams (David Wilson) is a streetwise detective whose checkered career, family life and long standing friendship with the would-be mayor, police chief Hamilton Markham ... See full summary »