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, interracial relations, civil rights, society, african american, politics, hopes, life is a bitch and injustice plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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civil rights movement movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as civil rights movement: Boycott (2001), Malcolm X (1992), Seberg (2019), Salvador (1986), Gospel Hill (2008), All the Way (2016), Southside with You (2016), The Rosa Parks Story (2002), Selma (2014), King (1978).

List of civil rights movement movies

 7.2
 795
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: serious, realistic, sincere, talky
Plot: civil rights movement, racism, interracial relations, human spirit, social differences, rebellion, discrimination, fighting the system, hopes, life is a bitch, journalism, leadership ...
Time: 50s
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.7
 83K
Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: racism, civil rights, police brutality, politics, civil rights movement, tragic event, fighting the system, racial slur, african american, self discovery, police, islam ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem, africa, manhattan new york city ...
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 5.6
 4K
Seberg (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ambitious young FBI agent is assigned to investigate iconic actress Jean Seberg when she becomes embroiled in the tumultuous civil rights movement in late 1960s Los Angeles.
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: fbi, civil rights movement, political thriller, interracial relations, disorder, danger, crimes, dishonesty, society, love, police, fbi agent ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: los angeles
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 7.4
 19K
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: tense, suspense, thought provoking, rough, serious ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, civil rights movement, life is a bitch, state affairs, media, liberal, dictatorship, war correspondent, war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
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 5.4
 866
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, thought provoking, suspenseful, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: racism, interracial relations, small town, assassination, haunted by the past, who done it, life is a bitch, civil rights movement, crimes, mystery, injustice, society ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 60s, 1960s
Place: south carolina
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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: factual, realistic, tense, intense, talky ...
Plot: politics, racial issues, political, racism, civil rights movement, prejudice, civil rights, presidential election, kennedy assassination, activism, political campaign, racial tension ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: texas, usa, america, vietnam, dallas texas ...
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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, light, sincere, sentimental
Plot: wooing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love, civil rights movement, social issues, one day, african american, politics, lawyer, african american protagonist, art exhibition, driving ...
Time: year 1989, 80s, year 1961
Place: harvard university, usa, america, united states, kenya ...
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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: realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, emotional
Plot: fighting the system, civil disobedience, rebellion, social differences, legal, racism, society, life is a bitch, human spirit, discrimination, injustice, social activism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.5
 84K
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: thought provoking, serious, sincere, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: racism, politics, righting the wronged, justice, civil rights, human spirit, idealism, african american, fighting the system, discrimination, americana, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa, boston
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 7.9
 330
King (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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: captivating, sincere, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: assassination, racism, civil rights movement, civil rights, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, fighting the system, deadly, political unrest, rebelliousness, social differences ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s ...
Place: memphis, usa
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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 movement, racial tension, bullying, family, social injustice, segregation, activist, interracial relations, children, cross cultural relations, racism ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: mississippi, mississippi river
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 8.5
 748
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: realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking, feel good ...
Plot: district attorney, interracial relations, civil rights, housekeeper, hopes, politically correct, civil action, righting the wronged, social activist, fighting the system, society, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: southern usa, usa
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 6.5
 4K
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: touching, feel good, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: interracial relations, chase, on the run, race against time, self discovery, racism, bus, bittersweet, romance, kennedy assassination, road trip, graphic violence ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1963 ...
Place: washington d.c., texas, usa, dallas texas, california
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 7.6
 23K
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: bleak, rough, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, state affairs, political unrest, fighting the system, social decay, society, protest, conflict, social problems, life is a bitch, irish, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 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, Canada
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: biting, touching, fairy tale, ambiguous ending, disturbing ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: female full frontal nudity, interspecies sex, sign language, laboratory, cold war, escape, creature, healing power, supernatural, interracial friendship, love story, rescue ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: baltimore, maryland, united states, usa, pittsburgh ...
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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, tense, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil rights, campaign, racism, assassination attempt, politics, ambition, rebellion, conservative, assassination, society, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa, georgia, america
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 8.8
 1.7M
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, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, life philosophy, destiny, true love, journey, storytelling, rise to the top, odd, human relationship, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, san francisco, 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: murder, civil rights, racial, southerner, racial discrimination, interracial friendship, racism, interracial relations, husband wife relationship, racial prejudice, hate crime, civil rights movement ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: mississippi, southern usa
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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: racism, racist, racial discrimination, civil rights, racial prejudice, interracial relations, racial tension, civil rights movement, racial segregation, teacher
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The Ernest Green Story (1993)
Genre: Biography, 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: civil rights, high school, school, teenage girl, teenage boy, racism, racist, courage, african american, physical abuse, white trash, student ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: arkansas
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 6.5
 5K
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.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: political, politics, kennedy assassination, husband wife relationship, assassination, civil rights, vice president, u.s. congress, president, society, debate, baby boy ...
Time: year 1960, 1960s, 60s, year 1961, year 1965 ...
Place: washington d.c., texas, wyoming, west virginia, georgia ...
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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: controversial, sexual, sexy, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: politics, film within a film, meditation, student, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), feminism, sexual relations, love affair, life is a bitch, state affairs, strong sexual content ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: sweden, europe, spain, stockholm sweden, eastern europe ...
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 7.2
 833
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: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, tense ...
Plot: fighting the system, racism, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, teenage life, politics, society, americana, injustice, discrimination, hopes ...
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: disturbing, realistic, rough, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: racism, introspection, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, investigation, injustice, rebellion, legal, parents and children, crimes, society, hopes ...
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: clever, captivating, thought provoking, sincere, talky ...
Plot: courtroom, legal, racism, interracial relations, racial segregation, civil rights, fighting the system, law enforcement, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, hotshot lawyer ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, south carolina, washington d.c., new york
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Selma, Lord, Selma (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
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, touching, contemplative, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, coming of age, society, social decay, youth, politics, uncover truth, life is a bitch, hopes, human spirit, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, year 1965, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa
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 7.2
 801
Ruby Bridges (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
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: realistic, uplifting, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: school, racism, interracial relations, youth, high school, discrimination, injustice, power relations, urban ghetto life, student life, urban ghetto, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans
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 7.9
 484
Kennedy (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 282 min.
Story: Biography of the 1961-1963 presidency of John F. Kennedy
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, sincere
Plot: white house, vietnam war, assassination, civil rights, politics, election, kennedy family, ambition, nuclear threat, americana, leadership, government agency ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: washington d.c., usa, dallas texas
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 7.5
 82K
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, emotional, factual, touching ...
Plot: racism, baseball, rivalry, athlete's life, americana, against the odds, rise to the top, human spirit, athlete and trainer, hopes, african american, racial segregation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois, cincinnati ohio, pittsburgh ...
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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, realistic, contemplative, serious, touching ...
Plot: high school, vietnam war, hopes, coming of age, assassination, pirate, hardcase students, teachers and students, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, social misfits, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california, asia, vietnam, usa
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