Racial issues movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant racial issues movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspense, captivating, tense and sincere films and TV shows about / with racial issues, african american, society, racism, interracial relations, friendship, life is a bitch, murder, family relations and racial tension plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres shot in USA, Australia, UK and other countries.
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racial issues movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as racial issues: The Help (2011), Marshall (2017), All the Way (2016), Upstairs Downstairs (2010), When They See Us (2019), Dear White People (2017), Insecure (2016), Black-ish (2014), The Red One: Triumph (2000), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996).

List of racial issues movies

 8.0
 430K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, storytelling, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, racial issues, writers ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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 7.3
 21K
Marshall (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: racism, lawyer, injustice, racial segregation, court, racial issues, investigation, courthouse, courtroom, african american, rape accusation, trial ...
Time: 1940s, year 1967, year 1954
Place: grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, connecticut, mississippi, new york
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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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Upstairs Downstairs (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 1936, the show takes viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of Belgravia, London. A new set of occupants reside at 165 Eaton Place and viewers see how external and internal influences of the tumultuous pre-war period shape and mould ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, stylized
Plot: master and servant, high society, butler, millionaire, family values, marriage, family relations, lifestyle, racial issues, housewife, rich and poor, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, london
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When They See Us (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
TV show
Story: Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Style: suspense, psychological, rough, thought provoking, based on true events ...
Plot: investigation, rape, racial issues, interracial relations, black cast, social issues, suspect, central park, racism, false accusation, lawyer, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: new york
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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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 7.9
 13K
Insecure (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.
Style: romantic, touching, uplifting, feel good, sweet
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racial issues, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love interest, african american, female protagonist, love and romance, couple relations, couples, friendship, society, love, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
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 7.1
 20K
Black-ish (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
Style: sitcom, humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, african american, family life, family, social differences, disorder, society, fish out of water, social relations, racial issues, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Red One: Triumph (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Andrei, nicknamed Red, is a young drug dealer, trawling hotel corridors, selling little bags of hits to hookers and businessmen alike. Shrewd and tough, he has seen more than his fair share of life. But he has a problem - a rival gang, the Abreks, ...
Style: rough, serious, suspense, tense, banned film
Plot: young love, gang violence, racial issues, gang leader, drug dealing, underage drinking, drug addiction, secret plan, blood spatter, train, snitch, friendship between girls ...
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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung ...
Style: thought provoking, talky, sincere, serious, factual ...
Plot: racism, courtroom, courtroom drama, civil rights, legal, widow, activist, life is a bitch, injustice, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, righting the wronged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa
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American Violet (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young single mother of four living in a small Texas town. Arrested during a drug raid and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Dee goes against the wishes of her mother, Alma, and rejects the plea-bargain that would free her from jail, but ...
Style: sentimental, rough, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: false accusation, testimony, injustice, racism, courtroom drama, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, legal, urban ghetto, single mother, racial issues ...
Time: 21st century
Place: texas, usa
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Donald Glover: Weirdo (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 65 min.
Story: Fearlessly funny stand-up comic and sitcom star Donald Glover puts on a live show in New York, confessing his love for Cocoa Puffs and Toys "R" Us.
Style: talky, sincere, humorous, not serious, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: society, actor's life, parents and children, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, racism, family relations, family life, absurd humor, stand up special, profanity, social issues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Truth Be Told (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 21 min.
TV show
Story: If you can think it, they will say it. This unabashed new comedy is about two diverse couples, who are both neighbors and best friends. As they go through life side by side, they can't help but analyze and obsess about EVERYTHING. From topics ...
Style: humorous, light, unusual plot structure, contemplative, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, best friends, interracial couple, racial issues, parenthood, family life, friendship between men, family relations, interracial friendship, society
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 7.1
 66
Eleven Days (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: AJIT SINGH 12, blends in happily in to his new home in the middle of Australia. However, his brother RAJVEER 20, finds it unbearable to be constantly labelled a terrorist due to his beard and turban that he keeps faithfully according to his Sikh ...
Style: unusual plot structure, psychological, sincere, contemplative, captivating
Plot: family relations, young adult, father son relationship, teenager, friendship, surrealism, racial issues, love, death, divine intervention, brother sister relationship, mother son relationship ...
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 5.7
 19
Collar (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Timothy James 'TJ' Williams (David Wilson) is a streetwise detective whose checkered career, family life and long standing friendship with the would-be mayor, police chief Hamilton Markham (Tom Sizemore), spins out of control and teeters ...
Style: disturbing, unusual plot structure, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: police officer, police, corrupt cop, drugs, corruption, african american, bad cop, internal affairs, racial issues, prostitution, urban setting, legal ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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The Glass Shield (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: police corruption, racism, murder, false accusation, police investigation, crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, legal action, dishonesty, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Girls from Ipanema (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A 1950s housewife goes to Rio de Janeiro to meet up with her husband, only to learn he's deserted her, but decides to stay and open a bossa nova club.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: bisexual, romance, misogyny, female empowerment, racial issues, club, female friendship, love and romance, male female friendship, death, women's rights, lgbt ...
Time: year 1960, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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 5.7
 2K
Native Son (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, surprise ending, disturbing
Plot: poverty, forbidden love, crime and punishment, interracial relations, danger, love, racial issues, driver, based on a novel, money
Time: 1930s
Place: chicago illinois
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Respect (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Canada, USA
Story: The rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.
Style: captivating, inspirational, factual, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: showbiz, musician's life, rising to stardom, fame, fight for justice, cult figure, star, righting the wronged, racial issues, black history, female singer, blues ...
Time: 70s, 60s
Place: usa
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Wentworth Prison (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison. A modern adaptation and sequel of the iconic Prisoner series.
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: women's prison, lesbian, prison life, prison, life is a bitch, lesbian relationship, crimes, protest, women in prison, power struggle, sadism, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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 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
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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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 6.7
 3K
Paris Blues (1961)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: jazz, fall in love, nightclub, friendship, composer, musician, expatriate, musician's life, ambition, rising to stardom, relationship vs career, nightlife ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 6.6
 7K
Mystery Road (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, desert, who done it, investigation, mystery, crimes, deadly, estrangement, outback, tough heroes, lone wolves, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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 8.3
 29K
Life on Mars (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Life on Mars is a British television series broadcast on BBC One between January 2006 and April 2007. The series combines elements of science fiction and police procedural, featuring an officer from the Greater Manchester Police who travels back in ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, stylized, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, police, time travel, culture clash, disorder, rivalry, mystery, fighting crime, crimes, hallucination, police brutality ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 20th century, 2000s
Place: northern england, england, europe, manchester, manchester england
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 7.7
 139K
Ray (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Born on a sharecropping plantation in Northern Florida, Ray Charles went blind at seven. Inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way, He found his calling and his gift behind a piano keyboard. Touring across the Southern ...
Style: captivating, sincere, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, jazz, musician, pianist, african american, addiction, heroin, blues, civil rights, guilt, music, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 30s ...
Place: usa, georgia, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri, paris france ...
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 6.6
 423
Kassablanka (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Van Loock family and the Fawzi family both live in Kassablanka, a popular multiethnic district of Antwerp. Mr. Van Loock is a rabid supporter of the extreme right-wing political party Flemish bloc. Mr. Fawzi, a Moroccan immigrant, is a ...
Plot: urination, beating, gay, abuse, interracial romance, prejudice, male female relationship, brother brother relationship, underwear, undressing, extremism, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
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 6.3
 513
Jasper, Texas (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1998, three white men in the small town of Jasper, Texas, chained a black man to the back of their pickup truck and dragged him to his death. This film relates that story and how it affected all of the residents of the town, both black and white.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere
Plot: racism, small town, social differences, social decay, investigation, fighting the system, african american, injustice, human spirit, murder, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s, 90s
Place: texas, usa
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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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 6.2
 4K
Hi, Mom! (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Vietnam vet John Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwhich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, 'Peeping Tom' style, the people in the apartment across the street. His obsession with making films leads ...
Style: suspense, offbeat, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: voyeurism, pornography, opposites attract, couples, filmmaking, terrorism, political unrest, village life, media satire, celebrity culture, obsession, village ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, asia, usa, vietnam, manhattan new york city ...
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