Racial tension movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant racial tension movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, sincere, touching, suspense and dramatic films and TV shows about / with racial tension, racism, interracial relations, society, african american, prejudice, racist, corruption, justice and life is a bitch plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Philippines, Germany and other countries.
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racial tension movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as racial tension: Black Mama White Mama (1973), For One Night (2006), Little Fires Everywhere (2020), Remember the Titans (2000), Freedom Writers (2007), Seven Seconds (2018), Dear White People (2017), Neighboring Sounds (2012), Australia Day (2017), Debating Robert Lee (2004).

List of racial tension movies

Black Mama White Mama (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, psychotronic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, prostitute, women in prison, women's prison, racial tension, prison, sexual desire, deadly, opposites attract, false accusation, injustice, sexual abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: the philippines, asia
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 6.4
 376
For One Night (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Their town always had two proms, one for the whites and one for the blacks. When both proms wanted the same DJ, Brianna McCallister suggested combining the proms, which would also mean more money for decorations. However, her idea shook the town up, ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, sexual ...
Plot: racism, high school, family relations, racial tension, small town, rebellion, prom, teenage life, lifestyle, youth, society, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
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Little Fires Everywhere (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 463 min.
TV show
Story: The intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Explore the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in ...
Style: suspense, social, psychological, pink cinema
Audience: chick flick
Plot: social differences, wealthy family, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, strong female character, conflict, teenage sexuality, parents and children, racial tension, female artist, lgbt teen, single parent ...
Time: 1990s, year 1997, 90s
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Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, football, coach, sport team, friendship, african american, prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, american football ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, southern usa, usa, new jersey ...
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Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: rough, sentimental, touching, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, teenage life, idealism, gang violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 7.7
 13K
Seven Seconds (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Tensions run high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City when a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop.
Style: serious, twists and turns, rough, melancholic, suspenseful
Plot: racial tension, drug dealer, loss of faith, heroin addict, murder investigation, hit and run, court, justice, murder, gangs, teenager, police corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
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Dear White People (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.
Style: sincere, captivating, humorous, disturbing, psychological
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, social justice, college, racial issues, racial tension, young adult, friendship, friends, society, love and romance, life philosophy, youth ...
Time: contemporary
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Neighboring Sounds (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Life in a middle-class neighbourhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, serious, tense, biting ...
Plot: masturbation, neighbor, real estate, social decay, vigilantism, society, crimes, life is a bitch, dull life, class differences, suburban life, rich and poor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
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 5.6
 410
Australia Day (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On Australia's most controversial national holiday, the lives of three Australians from diverse cultural backgrounds will collide, illuminating contemporary issues of racial tension and national identity that simmer beneath the surface of ...
Style: multicultural, sincere, suspense, touching, controversial ...
Plot: sociology, sex slavery, immigration, criminal underworld, nationalism, racial tension, manhunt, tolerance, society, gang, on the run, human trafficking ...
Time: 2010s
Place: australia, austria, china
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Debating Robert Lee (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of jaded high school students sign up for a debate class taught by a tough, combative teacher from the Georgia Military Academy who teaches them that life is debate and DEBATE IS WAR.
Style: captivating, disturbing, serious, suspenseful
Plot: high school, debate, high school student, racial tension, teacher, father son relationship, competition, dysfunctional family, homosexual, neglect, suicide attempt, abuse ...
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 7.3
 48K
Detroit (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, based on true events, rough, factual ...
Plot: murder, racism, police violence, police brutality, tragic event, rebellion, justice, injustice, chaos, friendship, racial tension, rescue ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1967, year 1943, year 1969
Place: detroit, michigan
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The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, captivating, inspirational ...
Plot: small town, ethnic conflict, village life, small town life, politics, racial tension, racism, farm, police, water, justice, magic ...
Time: 80s
Place: new mexico, usa, mexico, texas, england
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 7.7
 15K
The Insult (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Cyprus, Belgium, Lebanon, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: courtroom drama, media coverage, palestinian, courtroom, husband wife relationship, idealism, attorney, lawyer, refugee, politician, president, worker ...
Place: lebanon
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 7.0
 41K
Bobby (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, captivating, intense, light, melancholic ...
Plot: politics, hotel, senator, corruption, racial slur, reporter, state affairs, power relations, dishonesty, assassination, political unrest, anti war ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: los angeles, california, usa, vietnam, texas
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Falls the Shadow (2011)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a world gone mad, can compassion survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Amid the horrors of the Post-Apocalyptic south, three disparate groups of survivors must come together to save themselves as the only hope for the future. Pitted against a powerful ...
Style: suspense, scary, psychotronic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: zombie, manhunt, infected, post apocalypse, boy, human, weapons, racial tension, violence, brutality, hopes, south ...
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 7.3
 13K
All the Way (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Lyndon B. Johnson's amazing 11-month journey from taking office after JFK's assassination, through the fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign, culminating on the night LBJ is actually elected to the ...
Style: political, factual, realistic, tense, intense ...
Plot: politics, racial issues, racism, civil rights movement, presidential election, civil rights, prejudice, kennedy assassination, u.s. vice president, political campaign, u.s. senator, presidential candidate ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, vietnam, america, dallas texas ...
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In Living Color (1990)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on the Fox Network from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994. Brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans created, wrote and starred in the program. The show was produced by Ivory ...
Style: not serious, humorous, witty, topical humor, offbeat ...
Plot: parody, comedian, interracial relations, african american, disorder, social differences, workplace situations, lifestyle, gays and lesbians, artists and showbiz, media, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, california, los angeles
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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, ...
Style: serious, sincere, exciting, factual, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighter pilot, world war two, racism, military, interracial relations, training, war, aviation, human spirit, against the odds, officers and cadets, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, arkansas, italy, germany ...
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A Place Called Today (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Racial tensions arise when a black lawyer runs for mayor of a racially divided town.
Plot: urban decay, racial tension, throat slitting, nude woman murdered, election, bomb, murder, political campaign, racial violence, female nudity, rape, dead woman on ground ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 827
Boycott (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, talky
Plot: interracial relations, racism, civil rights movement, social activism, racial prejudice, protest, human spirit, rebellion, fighting the system, social differences, discrimination, politics ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, alabama
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The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gloomy vision of the possibility of decent relations between whites and blacks anywhere, including the South. Undertaker L.B. Jones, the richest black man in his county of Tennessee, is divorcing his wife for infidelity with a white policeman. ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, interracial romance, law firm, tragic hero, pregnancy, small town, interracial relations, pursuit, racial tension, infidelity, social decay, vengeance ...
Time: 60s
Place: tennessee, southern usa, usa
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 7.5
 133K
A Time to Kill (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, legal action, murder, injustice, justice, small town, rape, court, legal, trial, punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...
Style: touching, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: racism, working class, medical school, family relations, neighborhood, apartment, urban setting, racial prejudice, housewife, racial tension, racial segregation, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, nigeria, africa
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In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Style: thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: police chief, chief of police, small town, racism, crime, prejudice, culture clash, police investigation, racial slur, racist, crimes, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa, mississippi river, california
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And the Children Shall Lead (1985)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: 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.
Style: cult film
Plot: white supremacy, civil rights, racial tension, family, social injustice, bullying, father daughter relationship, african american, mother daughter relationship, girl, corporal punishment, child's point of view ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: mississippi, mississippi river
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...tick... tick... tick... (1970)
Genre: Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South.
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: office, small town, discrimination, racism, countryside, gangsters, hit and run, racial tension, black cop, racial prejudice, injustice, family relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: southern usa, mississippi
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 658
Brother John (1971)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A mysterious man John Kane (Sidney Poitier) who, when he returns to his hometown in Alabama for his sister's funeral, is thought to be an outside labor agitator - until it's revealed that he's really a heavenly messenger. The plot ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: racism, racial tension, labor strike, picket line, opposites attract, innocence lost, small town life, interracial relations, americana, death in the family, hopes, mysterious character ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, alabama, southern usa
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 92K
Watchmen (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 527 min.
TV show
Story: Television series based on the comic-book 'Watchmen', which was published by DC Comics in 1986 - 1987.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, bleak, suspense
Plot: anti hero, masked superhero, masked hero, team, superhero, superhero team, heroes, police officer, racial slur, racial tension, racial discrimination, fight ...
Time: year 2019
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 20K
The Banker (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration—and equal access to the American Dream.
Style: captivating, sincere, touching, uplifting
Plot: banker, money, racism, african american, racial prejudice, injustice, new house, friendship, real estate, personal assistant, friendship between men, black american ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: los angeles, america, washington d.c.
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 5.8
 23K
Rampart (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspense, intense ...
Plot: police corruption, police brutality, bigotry, crimes, brutality, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, scandal, sister sister relationship, dysfunctional family, family, one night stand ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1999
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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