The Ku-Klux-Klan in the Movies

by Burgwaechterchen | created - 09 Mar 2017 | updated - 19 Jun 2020 | Public

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1. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two F.B.I. Agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

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

Votes: 100,294 | Gross: $34.60M

2. Betrayed (1988)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard, Betsy Blair

Votes: 6,479 | Gross: $25.82M

3. Talk Radio (1988)

R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley

Votes: 13,711 | Gross: $3.47M

4. Live by Night (2016)

R | 129 min | Action, Thriller

49 Metascore

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina

Votes: 57,208 | Gross: $10.38M

5. 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.

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

Votes: 11,203 | Gross: $13.05M

6. The Chamber (1996)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Robert Prosky

Votes: 15,334 | Gross: $14.55M

7. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

In Clanton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter, inciting violent retribution and revenge from the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 158,928 | Gross: $108.77M

8. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

TV-PG | 195 min | Drama, History, War

The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

Votes: 24,703 | Gross: $10.00M

9. The Klansman (1974)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A local Sheriff tries to keep the peace as racial strife hits his small Alabama town as tensions boil over when a black man is accused of raping a white woman.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Cameron Mitchell, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 1,600 | Gross: $0.53M

10. The Aryans (2014)

92 min | Documentary

A doc about right-wing movements worldwide and their completely incorrect interpretation of "Aryanism," a phenomenon which began with French philosopher Gobineau and continued with the ... See full summary »

Director: Mo Asumang | Stars: André Aden, Michael Ankele, Alirenzi Askari, Mo Asumang

Votes: 226

11. Storm Warning (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Marsha Mitchell, a traveling dress model, stops in a southern town to see her sister who has married a Ku Klux Klansman. Marsha sees the KKK commit a murder and helps District Attorney Burt Rainey in bringing the criminals to justice.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Steve Cochran

Votes: 1,891

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

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

65 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.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 115,033 | Gross: $116.63M

13. Cross of Fire (1989 TV Movie)

R | 200 min | Biography, Drama

Story of the rise and fall of 1920s' Ku Klux Klan leader D.C. Stephenson.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: John Heard, Mel Harris, David Morse, George Dzundza

Votes: 304

14. Places in the Heart (1984)

PG | 111 min | Drama

70 Metascore

In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow with two small children tries to save her small 40-acre farm with the help of a blind boarder and an itinerant black handyman.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan

Votes: 12,178 | Gross: $34.90M

15. Brotherhood of Death (1976)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A group of black Vietnam vets go up against the Ku Klux Klan.

Director: Bill Berry | Stars: Roy Jefferson, Le Tari, Haskell V. Anderson III, Mike Thomas

Votes: 489

16. Jasper, Texas (2003 TV Movie)

R | 114 min | Drama

In 1998, a stunning crime thrust Jasper, Texas into the spotlight. What happened on that summer evening - the death of black hitchhiker James Byrd, Jr. by three white men - became a flash-point for the state of race relations in America.

Director: Jeffrey W. Byrd | Stars: Roy T. Anderson, Demore Barnes, John Bayliss, James Bearden

Votes: 611

17. Alamo Bay (1985)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, Ho Nguyen, Donald Moffat

Votes: 1,218 | Gross: $0.38M

18. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 187,377



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