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, dramatic, intense and captivating films and TV shows about / with racism, society, prejudice, storytelling, mentor, runaway, african american, segregation, corruption and honest plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, India and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as racism: Django Unchained (2012), The Help (2011), American History X (1998), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Hidden Figures (2016), Green Book (2018), A Time to Kill (1996), This Is England (2006), Made in Britain (1982).

List of racism movies

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, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, bounty hunter, gunfight, slavery, old west, vengeance, african american, society, rescue, courage, torture, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: mississippi, usa, tennessee, texas
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 8.1
 397K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates, UK, France, Canada, Germany
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, thought provoking, uplifting, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, civil rights, racial segregation, racial issues, blacks and whites, discrimination, interracial relations, storytelling, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river
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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, serious, tense, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: skinhead, racism, prison, juvenile delinquency, nazism, youth, prejudice, prison rape, violence spree, rape, siblings relations, confined ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, venice beach california, los angeles
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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, rape, prejudice, poverty, legal, morality, idealism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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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, emotional, disturbing, heartbreaking, factual ...
Plot: slavery, racism, life is a bitch, freedom, interracial relations, civil rights, torture, master and servant, racial slur, confined, rape, human trafficking ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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 7.8
 175K
Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, exciting, factual, touching ...
Plot: nasa, mathematics, racism, discrimination, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, job promotion, scientist, prejudice, black woman, strong female character ...
Time: 1960s, year 1961
Place: langley virginia, virginia
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 277K
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: captivating, light, uplifting, feel good, funny ...
Plot: friendship, racism, interracial friendship, blacks and whites, musician, prejudice, journey, driver, chauffeur, american south, piano playing, travel ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 2010s, year 1962
Place: bronx new york city, southern usa, kentucky, manhattan new york city, ohio ...
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 7.5
 121K
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, sincere, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, murder, injustice, small town, rape, legal action, court, revenge, trial, punishment, lawyer ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 111K
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, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, gang, vandalism, childhood, juvenile delinquency, youth, coming of age, crimes, violence, racial slur, marijuana ...
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, rough, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, juvenile delinquency, social worker, prison, teenager, urban ghetto life, teenage life, crimes, city life, crime, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
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 8.4
 15K
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: uplifting, realistic, touching, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, slavery, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, family history, escape attempt, freedom, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, social problems ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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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, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, butler, white house, blacks and whites, injustice, u.s. president, prejudice, president, racial slur, slavery, master and servant ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
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 7.2
 35K
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, realistic, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, anti semitism, identity crisis, nazism, bomb, anger, synagogue, gang, judaism, violence spree, holocaust ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, israel, argentina, germany
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 7.5
 79K
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, serious, captivating, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: baseball, racism, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, americana, human spirit, hopes, athlete and trainer, rise to the top, power relations, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1947, year 1946 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, missouri, pasadena california ...
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 7.5
 79K
Selma (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, fighting the system, americana, discrimination, rebelliousness, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.2
 40K
Glory Road (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 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.
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, feel good, touching ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, racism, basketball, coach, underdog, college, teamwork, racial slur, championship, human spirit, contests and competitions, ambitious ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, campus, mexico, washington state ...
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Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: sincere, uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: surgery, racism, interracial relations, university, prejudice, patient, human spirit, society, blacks and whites, talented, partners, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, south africa
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 316K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, rough, uplifting, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, against humanity, racism, war crime, cruelty, atrocity, violence, hotel, rebel, murder, war, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia
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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: 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 her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, haunted by the past, african american, domestic violence, social differences, interracial relations, teaching the ways of the world, blacks and whites, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
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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, emotional, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, resentment, college, violence, rejection, politics, society, injustice, life is a bitch, student life, self discovery, college life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 231K
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: idealism, racism, american civil war, president, politics, head of state, slavery, speech, cultural conflict, white house, battlefield, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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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: tense, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, murder, sheriff, small town, police brutality, racial slur, civil rights, police, african american, police investigation, violence, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 32K
Carnival Row (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: In a mystical and dark city filled with humans, fairies and other creatures, a police detective investigates a series of gruesome murders leveled against the fairy population. During his investigation, the detective becomes the prime suspect and ...
Plot: mythical creature, fairy, black magic, steampunk, racism, dark fantasy, murder investigation, swearing, monster, brothel, neo noir, politician ...
Time: victorian era, victorian, 19th century
Place: england
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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: serious, tense, realistic
Plot: racism, moral dilemma, fascism, single parent, family relations, society, love and romance, fall in love, crimes, gang, psychopath, blood splatter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: finland
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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, emotional, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, contests and competitions, african american, sport, prejudice, football, human spirit, high school, against the odds, american football, racial slur, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, new jersey, california
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 114K
Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, freedom, racism, prejudice, slavery, battle, war, military life, hopes, human spirit, camp, captain ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, south carolina, new england, boston
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 13K
12 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 159 min.
Story: A loose remake of “12 Angry Men”, “12” is set in contemporary Moscow where 12 very different men must unanimously decide the fate of a young Chechen accused of murdering his step-father, a Russian army officer. Consigned to a makeshift jury ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, inter cultural, suspense ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, racism, legal, murder, russian, court case, life is a bitch, society, social differences, family relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, chechnya, caucasus
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 77K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 50s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.7
 431K
Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, tense, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: interracial romance, hypnosis, racism, missing, human monster, survival, cult, psycho, african american, friendship, disappearance, brainwashing ...
Place: new york
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 5.5
 826
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: thought provoking, suspenseful, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: racism, small town, assassination, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, who done it, civil rights movement, investigation, crimes, mystery, injustice, society ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, 2000s
Place: south carolina
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