Films about racism

Films about racism
List of the best films about racism according to the audience: The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Judas and the Black Messiah, Just Mercy, Antebellum, The Best of Enemies, Green Book, Hairspray, The Green Mile, BlacKkKlansman, The Banker.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersStrong women, FBI, Celebrities, Singers
PlotOn real events
PlaceUSA

Billie Holiday spent much of her career being adored by fans. In the 1940's, the government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial ballad, "Strange Fruit."

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersFBI
PlotOn real events, Money, Friendship, Revolution, Death
PlacePrison, Hospitals, Chicago, USA
StyleVital signs

Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers on the orders of FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends—falling for a fellow revolutionary en route—a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersLawyers, Photographers, Judge, Sheriffs, Singers
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Weapon, Computers, Justice
PlacePrison
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryUSA
PlotSlavery, Supernatural, Justice, Freedom
StyleHeavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:43
CharactersTeachers, Jews, Photographers, Partners, Parents
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Weapon, Baseball, Political
PlaceSchool, Court
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

Centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryUSA, China
Duration02:10
CharactersMusicians, Police, Friends, Pianists, Bouncers
PlotOn real events, Travel, Gambling, Music, Money
PlaceHotels, USA, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleKind, Light, Oscars, Fascinating

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 a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada
Duration01:57
CharactersTeens
PlotDancing, Friendship, Jealousy, Bulimia, Rivalry
StyleExciting

Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.

Duration03:09
CharactersBodyguards, Good people, Guards
PlotSuperpowers, Supernatural, False accusations
PlacePrison
StylePopular, To cry, Inspirational, By books, Touching

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cellblock's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersPolice, Jews, Students, Partners
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Investigation, Friendship, Weapon
PlaceUSA, Office
StyleOscars, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think

Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersScammers
PlotFight, Money, Friendship
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Worth watching

In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration—and equal access to the American Dream.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersPoor
PlotFriendship, Death, Weapon, Political, Justice
PlaceSchool, Ghetto, Party
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Makes me think

Raised in a poverty-stricken slum, a 16-year-old girl named Starr now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she's torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:43
CharactersDogs, Family, Photographers, Detectives
PlotSurvival, Abduction, Slavery, Friendship, Mystery
PlaceParty, Estate, New York
StyleInteresting, Unexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Atmospheric

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 progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Markimdb: 9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:15
CharactersHeroes, Jews
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp, Ghetto, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, Exciting, Fascinating, Touching, Depressive

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Markimdb: 8.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersFriends, Losers, Soldier, Good people
PlotLove, War, Adventure, Sports, Travel
PlaceChina, USA, New York
StyleInteresting, Popular, Kind, To cry, Soulful

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 him. 'Forrest Gump' is the story of a man who rose above his challenges, and who proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than ability.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime, detective, biography
CountryUSA, China, Hong Kong
Duration02:30
CharactersLawyers
PlotOn real events, Investigation
PlaceCourt, USA

Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersTaxi drivers, Introverts, Drivers
PlotObsession, Loneliness, Mental disorders, Depression, Insomnia
PlaceNew York
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Disturbing

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:26
CharactersWriters, Maids
PlotFriendship
PlaceSmall cities
StyleInspirational, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

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 struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersJews, Alcoholics, Lawyers, Sisters
PlotLove, Dancing, Fight, Money, Investigation
PlacePrison, Metro, New York
StyleRomantic, Action, Oscars, Fascinating, Touching

After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:35
CharactersLawyers, Photographers, Judge
PlotLove, On real events, Passion, Justice, Hatred
PlacePrison, Court, USA
StyleInspirational, Fascinating, Makes me think, Heartbreaking

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersStrong women, Geniuses, Mathematicians, Scientists, Judge
PlotOn real events
PlaceSpace
StyleExciting, Light, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching

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 orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:02
CharactersFamily, Brothers, Soldier, Fathers, Parents
PlotRelationship, Mental disorders, Baseball, Snow, Justice
PlaceCemetery, USA
StyleTwisted plot

In 1950s Pittsburgh, a frustrated African-American father struggles with the constraints of poverty, racism, and his own inner demons as he tries to raise a family.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:08
PlotBaseball, Rivalry
StyleNumbers in the title

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 MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersMusicians, Pianists
PlotMusic, Music group
PlaceUSA
StyleTense, Good music

Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson's play.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
Duration02:08
CharactersPresidential
PlotOn real events, Political, Justice, Uprising
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Makes me think, Serious

"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 Act.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersDogs, Good people
PlotLove, On real events, Birthday
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, military
CountryGermany, Netherlands
Duration02:16
StyleTouching

When Ruth's husband dies in New York, in 2000, she imposes strict Jewish mourning, which puzzles her children. A stranger comes to the house - Ruth's cousin - with a picture of Ruth, age 8, in Berlin, with a woman the cousin says helped Ruth escape. Hannah, Ruth's daughter engaged to a gentile, goes to Berlin to find the woman, Lena Fisher, now 90. Posing as a journalist investigating intermarriage, Hannah interviews Lena who tells the story of a week in 1943 when the Jewish husbands of Aryan women were detained in a building on Rosenstrasse. The women gather daily for word of their husbands. The film goes back and forth to tell Ruth and Lena's story. How will it affect Hannah?

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history, sport
CountryCanada, Germany, France
Duration02:40
CharactersHitler
PlotOn real events, Sports, American Football, Political, Justice
PlaceGermany, Berlin
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice Van Houten and William Hurt - Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man's fight to become an Olympic legend.

Markimdb: 9
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersLawyers
PlotDeath, Justice
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleInteresting, Action, Fascinating, Makes me think, Black and White

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

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Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Criminals
PlotSkirmishes
PlaceUSA
StyleSerious

Set in Newark during the 1960s race riots between the African-American and Italian communities. The war between the cultural mobs turns especially lethal. Prequel to the TV series The Sopranos.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, India
CharactersJudge, Hippies, Lawyers
PlotOn real events
PlaceCourt, USA

What was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with the police. What followed was one of the most notorious trials in history.





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