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1. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 370,039 | Gross: $169.71M

2. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 896,291 | Gross: $6.72M

3. Oz (1997–2003)

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

8.8
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 76,723

4. 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.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 176,733 | Gross: $115.65M

5. Suburbicon (2017)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.6
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42 Metascore

As a 1950s suburban community self-destructs, a home invasion has sinister consequences for one seemingly normal family.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe

Votes: 21,097 | Gross: $5.78M

6. Detroit (2017)

R | 143 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.4
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77 Metascore

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore

Votes: 31,140 | Gross: $16.79M

7. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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69 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 388,380 | Gross: $54.58M

8. L'insulte (2017)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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72 Metascore

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud

Votes: 4,782 | Gross: $1.00M

9. Hairspray (2007)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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81 Metascore

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 107,535 | Gross: $118.87M

10. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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87 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 254,641

11. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.1
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 636,691 | Gross: $148.10M

12. The Color Purple (1985)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery

Votes: 67,914 | Gross: $98.47M

13. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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91 Metascore

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 68,709 | Gross: $27.55M

14. Selma (2014)

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

7.5
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89 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 73,488 | Gross: $52.08M

15. The Paperboy (2012)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.8
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45 Metascore

A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron

Votes: 32,351 | Gross: $0.69M

16. Malcolm X (1992)

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

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 71,427 | Gross: $48.17M

17. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 109,638 | Gross: $26.83M

18. The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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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.

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

Votes: 97,832 | Gross: $116.63M

19. In Living Color (1990–1994)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,185

20. A Time to Kill (1996)

R | 149 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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54 Metascore

In Canton, Mississippi, a fearless young lawyer and his assistant defend a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-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: 112,926 | Gross: $108.77M

21. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 64,388 | Gross: $16.10M

22. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 91,780 | Gross: $59.95M

23. Monster's Ball (2001)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher

Votes: 76,273 | Gross: $31.25M

24. Mississippi Burning (1988)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.8
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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: 73,275 | Gross: $34.60M

25. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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75 Metascore

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 56,673 | Gross: $24.38M

26. Hairspray (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.0
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77 Metascore

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Debbie Harry

Votes: 17,625 | Gross: $6.67M

27. This Is England (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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86 Metascore

A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley, Andrew Shim

Votes: 106,530 | Gross: $0.33M

28. The Young Riders (1989–1992)

TV-PG | 60 min | Romance, Western

7.9
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The adventures of the riders of the Pony Express.

Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Ty Miller, Gregg Rainwater

Votes: 1,340

29. Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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53 Metascore

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

Votes: 52,047 | Gross: $91.06M

30. 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.

Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

Votes: 38,336 | Gross: $42.64M

31. Jungle Fever (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis

Votes: 14,712 | Gross: $32.48M

32. Race (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.1
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56 Metascore

Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton

Votes: 28,208 | Gross: $19.10M

33. Juice (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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60 Metascore

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Khalil Kain

Votes: 19,701 | Gross: $20.15M

34. All the Way (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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Lyndon Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Frank Langella

Votes: 10,972

35. Men of Honor (2000)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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56 Metascore

The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis

Votes: 97,200 | Gross: $48.82M

36. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, History

8.2
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90 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 16,770

37. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.9
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38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 34,628 | Gross: $52.28M

38. Bobby (2006)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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54 Metascore

The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 39,488 | Gross: $11.24M

39. Prime Suspect 2 (1992)

Approved | 203 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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DCI Jane Tennison's investigation of a murder is complicated with the unexpected participation of her secret lover in her detective unit.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Colin Salmon, John Benfield, Jack Ellis

Votes: 2,519

40. Dark Blue (2002)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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57 Metascore

A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kurt Russell, Ving Rhames, Scott Speedman, Michael Michele

Votes: 18,660 | Gross: $9.06M

41. Balls of Fury (2007)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

5.3
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38 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Ben Garant | Stars: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Maggie Q

Votes: 37,840 | Gross: $32.84M

42. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.3
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A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles

Votes: 9,413 | Gross: $25.00M

43. The Black Klansman (1966)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

6.3
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After a black man's daughter is killed by the KKK, he seeks revenge by becoming a Klansman.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Richard Gilden, Rima Kutner, Harry Lovejoy, Max Julien

Votes: 238

44. Bullet (1996)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Butch "Bullet" Stein is a Jewish junkie from the mean streets of Brooklyn, is paroled after eight years in prison. Butch rips off a runner for local drug dealer, Tank, and is soon right ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Frank Senger, Adrien Brody, John Enos III

Votes: 7,017

45. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

8.1
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Votes: 5,616

46. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History

6.7
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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: 9,219 | Gross: $13.05M

47. The Kennedys (2011– )

TV-14 | 346 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history.

Stars: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 6,496

48. Gladiator (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama, Sport

6.5
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Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: James Marshall, Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, Richard Lexsee

Votes: 7,235 | Gross: $9.22M

49. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Courtney B. Vance

Votes: 4,745

50. A Raisin in the Sun (2008 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 131 min | Drama

6.7
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An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry.

Director: Kenny Leon | Stars: Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 1,617