Racism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant racism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, interesting, intense, captivating and dramatic films and TV shows about / with racism, society, violence, prejudice, storytelling, african american, justice, redemption, mentor and racial slur plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
racism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as racism: The Help (2011), Django Unchained (2012), American History X (1998), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), A Time to Kill (1996), This Is England (2006), Made in Britain (1982), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), Heart of a Lion (2013).

List of racism movies

The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, master and servant, friendship, maid, discrimination, hopes, against the rules, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: dark humor, rough, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, bounty hunter, slavery, old west, vengeance, society, rescue, friendship, one against many, african american, odd couple, gory ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: mississippi, usa, tennessee, texas
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American History X (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, tense, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, prison, nazism, juvenile delinquency, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, crime, confined, redemption, skinhead, xenophobia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, trial, lawyer, small town, courtroom, legal, rape, prejudice, poverty, idealism, morality ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: alabama, usa
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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: suspense, serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, rape, small town, legal action, court, lawyer, trial, injustice, punishment, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: racism, gang, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, childhood, skinhead, youth, violence, coming of age, xenophobia, unemployment, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
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Made in Britain (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Trevor sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His social worker, Harry Parker, tries to do his best, but Trevor is only ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: racism, juvenile delinquency, teenager, prison, skinhead, urban ghetto life, social worker, crime, innocence lost, police, theft, violence ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, interracial relations, freedom, master and servant, confined, survival, rape, civil rights, racial slur ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: touching, serious, thought provoking, uplifting, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, prejudice, master and servant, americana, blacks and whites, parents and children, president, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
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Heart of a Lion (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Neo-Nazi falls in love with a woman who has a black son and finds himself fighting with conflicting feelings.
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, moral dilemma, fascism, psychopath, fall in love, gang, single parent, crimes, love and romance, society, family relations, sauna ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: finland
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BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and become the head of the local chapter.
Style: semi serious, captivating, thought provoking, factual, rough ...
Plot: racism, undercover cop, black cop, activist, telephone, husband wife relationship, bomb, gun, violence, love and romance, partners, standoff ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, colorado
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Gospel Hill (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Gospel Hill tells the intersecting story of two men in the fictional South Carolina town of Julia. Danny Glover plays John Malcolm, the son of a slain civil rights activist. Jack Herrod (Tom Bower) is the former sheriff who never got to the bottom ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: racism, small town, civil rights movement, haunted by the past, uncover truth, interracial relations, assassination, who done it, mystery, life is a bitch, injustice, society ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, 2000s
Place: south carolina
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Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: epic, captivating, factual, suspense, tense ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, head of state, idealism, politics, speech, president, cultural conflict, white house, human spirit, battlefield, historical character ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: baseball, racism, athlete's life, rivalry, sport, human spirit, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, discrimination, against the odds, americana, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, 1940s, year 1946 ...
Place: new york, usa, missouri, cincinnati ohio, pasadena california ...
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District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, exciting, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, alien encounter, human nature, manhunt, racism, genetics, transformation, slum, life is a bitch, discrimination, civil rights, internment camp ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa
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Higher Learning (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Malik (Omar Epps) is an African-American student attending on a track scholarship; academics are not his strong suit, and he goes in thinking that his athletic abilities will earn him a free ride through college. Fudge (Ice Cube), a ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, resentment, college, violence, school shooting, rejection, university, innocence lost, self discovery, politics, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, clever, talky ...
Plot: racism, sheriff, small town, murder, police, fbi, funeral, motel, shotgun, suicide, u.s. navy, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa
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Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: disturbing, sincere, touching, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, police corruption, prejudice, morality, immigrants, bigotry, social decay, redemption, tragedy, depression, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, puerto rico ...
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After seven months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at Bill Willoughby, the town's revered chief ...
Style: ambiguous ending, cynical, dark humor, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: racism, anger, small town, rape, guilty conscience, suffering, loss of daughter, revenge, regret, trial, police brutality, death of daughter ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, missouri, idaho
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The Believer (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A hardcore American racist skinhead who, because of his intelligence, leads a gang dedicated to fighting the enemy: the supposed American-Jewish conspiracy for domination. However, he's hiding a secret: he's Jewish-born, a brilliant ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: racism, anti semitism, violence spree, synagogue, bomb, holocaust, nazism, identity crisis, innocence lost, psychopath, introspection, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, israel, argentina, germany
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Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: fascism, against humanity, dictatorship, hitler, racism, rise to the top, historical character, state affairs, politics, life is a bitch, head of state, cabaret ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 30s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: germany, europe, austria
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Monster's Ball (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, tense ...
Plot: electric chair, racism, redemption, waitress, eviction, anger, hopes, interracial relations, blacks and whites, love and romance, prison, white male black female relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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The Great Debaters (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The true story of a brilliant but politically radical debate team coach who uses the power of words to transform a group of underdog African American college students into an historical powerhouse that took on the Harvard elite.
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: racism, college, contests and competitions, underdog, debate, professor, student, radical, labor union, poet, letter, sheriff ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, oklahoma, campus, harvard university, manhattan new york city ...
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: epic, uplifting, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, racism, human spirit, civil war, family history, american civil war, escape attempt, rape, tribe, freedom, redemption, genealogy ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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Romper Stomper (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: racism, violence, skinhead, gang, love triangle, arson, vandalism, strangulation, suburbs, resistance, psychopath, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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Green Book (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line relied on ...
Style: road movie, feel good, uplifting, captivating, funny ...
Plot: racism, friendship, musician, travel, prejudice, racial slur, black american, italian american, on the road, chauffeur, friend, violence ...
Time: 1960s, year 1962, 60s, 2010s
Place: america, southern usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, kentucky
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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, slavery, civil war, politics, white house, cold war, head of state, journalism, interracial relations, political unrest, injustice ...
Time: 1930s
Place: canada, mexico, japan, montreal, south africa ...
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Timepiece (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted the crime in self defense. All the while, ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: racism, faith, murder, self defense, false accusation, family life, dishonesty, society, family relations, life is a bitch, parent child relationship, redemption ...
Time: 90s
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Combat Girls (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The only place she feels home is the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: racism, refugee, ideology, hate, society, gang, immigrants, friendship, crimes, misfit, youth, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
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Serial (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A catholic French couple sees their life upside down when their four daughters get married to men of different religion and origins.
Style: humorous, funny, entertaining, light, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: racism, interracial relations, verbal byplay, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, couple relations, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, life turned upside down, society, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france, africa
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