Civil rights movement movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant civil rights movement movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, captivating and emotional films and TV shows about / with civil rights movement, racism, civil rights, society, african american, politics, life is a bitch, injustice, hopes and discrimination plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as civil rights movement: Gospel Hill (2008), Malcolm X (1992), Boycott (2001), King (1978), I'll Fly Away (1991), Salvador (1986), I Am Curious (1967), Mississippi Burning (1988), Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), Love Field (1992).

List of civil rights movement movies

 5.4
 814
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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 7.7
 75K
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, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: islam, racism, police brutality, assassination, muslim, prison, redemption, civil rights movement, politics, beach, police, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1920s ...
Place: new york, harlem, usa, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.3
 738
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, serious, talky, realistic
Plot: civil rights movement, racism, journalism, human spirit, african american, bus, interracial relations, social differences, discrimination, political corruption, social decay, injustice ...
Time: 50s
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.8
 302
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: A 1978 TV miniseries about the career of Martin Luther King Jr. from his days as a Baptist minister in Atlanta in the early '50s until his assassination in 1968.
Style: serious, sincere, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: assassination, civil rights movement, racism, rebelliousness, american history, social differences, political unrest, injustice, righting the wronged, fighting the system, hopes, rebellion ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
Place: memphis, usa
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 8.5
 692
I'll Fly Away (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: I'll Fly Away is an American drama television series set during the late 1950s and early 1960s, in an unspecified Southern U.S. state. It aired on NBC from 1991 to 1993 and starred Regina Taylor as Lilly Harper, a black housekeeper for the ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, thought provoking, feel good
Plot: district attorney, housekeeper, civil rights, fighting the system, idealism, racism, civil rights movement, interracial relations, social differences, americana, society, politics ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, southern usa
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 7.5
 18K
Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: realistic, tense, rough, serious, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, politics, war, photojournalist, dictator, civil rights movement, journalist, dictatorship, war correspondent, crimes, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
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 6.1
 3K
I Am Curious (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lena, aged twenty, wants to know all she can about life and reality. She collects information on everyone and everything, storing her findings in an enormous archive. She experiments with relationships, political activism, and meditation. Meanwhile, ...
Style: sexual, realistic, stylized, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, sex, student, meditation, feminism, strong sexual content, self discovery, sexual relations, society, battle of the sexes, idealism, love affair ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: sweden, europe, spain, stockholm sweden, israel ...
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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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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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 6.7
 3K
Love Field (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Dallas housewife Lurene Hallett's life revolves around the doings of Jacqueline Kennedy. She is devastated when President Kennedy is shot a few hours after she sees him arrive in Dallas. Despite her husband Ray's prohibition, she decides ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, chase, on the run, race against time, on the road, romance, interracial relations, chases and races, society, assassination, assassin, interracial romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968, year 1963, 1960s
Place: texas, usa, dallas texas, washington d.c., california
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 7.7
 22K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, politics, irish, fighting the system, gory, human spirit, urban, political unrest, injustice, life is a bitch, society, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
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The Shape of Water (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.
Style: fairy tale, biting, disturbing, romantic, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: creature, love story, supernatural, laboratory, cold war, sign language, interracial friendship, interspecies romance, female full frontal nudity, escape, rescue, captive ...
Time: 1960s, year 1962
Place: baltimore, maryland, united states, pittsburgh, soviet union
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George Wallace (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: George Wallace is a 1997 television film starring Gary Sinise as George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama. It was directed by John Frankenheimer, who won an Emmy award for it; Sinise and Mare Winningham also won Emmies for their performances. ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, campaign, assassination attempt, civil rights, dedicated lawyer, head of state, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, politics, ambition, legal ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, year 1965, year 1972, 1960s ...
Place: alabama, usa, georgia, campus, america
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 8.8
 1.6M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, journey, misfit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, justice, fish out of water, society, true love ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
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Murder in Mississippi (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1964, members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered three Civil Rights workers who had traveled to the South to encourage African-American voter registration. Examines the last three weeks in the lives of the slain activists.
Plot: civil rights, murder, racial prejudice, husband wife relationship, civil rights movement, hate crime, racial tension, racial violence, southerner, racial, racial discrimination, racism ...
Time: 1960s
Place: mississippi
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Crisis at Central High (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Story of the federally-ordered integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
Plot: civil rights movement, racial tension, teacher, racial prejudice, civil rights, racial segregation, racism, racist, racial discrimination
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The Ernest Green Story (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Follows the story of Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine who were the first blacks to integrate into an all white school.
Plot: high school, civil rights, school, racial tension, segregation, school life, broken glass, graduation, teenage boy, teenage girl, student, integration ...
Time: 1950s
Place: arkansas
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 7.3
 12K
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: dramatic, factual, intense, melancholic, interesting ...
Plot: politics, usa president, political, president, racism, civil liberties, rally, camelot, black, african american, election, campaign ...
Time: 1960s, year 1963
Place: dallas texas, texas, america, usa, vietnam ...
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 6.5
 4K
LBJ (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Plot: speech, husband wife relationship, cigarette smoking, falling to the ground, assassination of president, attorney general, airplane, lie, 13 year old, drinking, kiss on the cheek, bathtub ...
Time: 1960s, year 1960, year 1965, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: wyoming, texas, west virginia, georgia, washington d.c. ...
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Southside with You (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Chronicles a single day in the summer of 1989 when the future president of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.
Style: romantic
Plot: summer, career, community, first kiss, art exhibition, ice cream, senator, law student, victory, pastor, civil rights movement, senate ...
Time: year 1989, year 1961
Place: washington d.c., kenya, indonesia, hawaii, campus ...
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 7.7
 808
Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, fighting the system, politics, americana, rebellion, society, state affairs, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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Sins of the Father (2002)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In 1965 a bomb was planted in a Church in Alabama, killing four black girls. Thirty years later, Tom Cherry breaks his silence to discredit his father's alibi for the night in question.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: church, racism, dedicated lawyer, crime, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, crimes, society, investigation, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, usa
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Separate But Equal (1991)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 190 min.
Story: A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. One of the most pivotal moments in 20th century American history is bracingly dramatized in Separate but Equal. In telling the detailed story of the ...
Style: serious, talky, thought provoking, realistic, clever ...
Plot: courtroom, racial segregation, civil rights, racism, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, school, legal action, legal investigation, idealism, interracial relations, courtroom drama ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: south carolina, usa, washington d.c.
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Selma, Lord, Selma (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery. ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: african american, racism, uncover truth, human spirit, interracial relations, discrimination, social decay, injustice, coming of age, society, life is a bitch, politics ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.3
 689
Ruby Bridges (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The true story of Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl who, in 1960 at age 6, helped to integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Although she was the only black girl to come to the school she was sent to, (and since all the white mothers ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: school, racism, dedicated educator, interracial relations, teachers and students, discrimination, beach, high school life, urban ghetto, high school, social decay, student life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The story of the civil rights heroine whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation was just one of her acts in her fight for justice.
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic, uplifting
Plot: human spirit, discrimination, racism, injustice, fighting the system, hopes, legal, rebellion, society, legal action, social differences, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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 8.0
 461
Kennedy (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 282 min.
Story: Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy
Style: sincere, serious, thought provoking, realistic, captivating
Plot: white house, vietnam war, kennedy family, politics, assassination, election, civil rights, government agency, head of state, usa president, americana, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, dallas texas
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 7.5
 77K
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: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, president, civil rights, politics, african american, idealism, leadership, human spirit, protest march, rebelliousness, discrimination, political unrest ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.5
 77K
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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There Goes My Baby (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school seniors meets in the summer of 1965 and all struggle with the choices they have to make.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: high school, vietnam war, coming of age, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, human nature, idealism, innocence lost, introspection, rebelliousness, self discovery ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: california, asia, usa, vietnam
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