This list is a curated list of films we think are worth watching to better understand Black Lives Matter.
#20 Remember The Titans (2000)
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
#19 Hidden Figures (2016)
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
#18 The Help (2011)
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
#17 If Beal Street Could Talk (2018)
A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.
#16 Harriet (2019)
The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman‘s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
#15 Salute (2008 Documentary)
The black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights movement. What part did the white Australian who ran second play and what price did these athletes pay for standing up for their beliefs?
#14 Freedom Riders (BBC Documentary 2017)
The story of the Civil Rights Movement interstate busing protest campaign
#13 BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
#12 The Loving Story (2011 Documentary)
In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving are arrested for violating Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws, eventually leading to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on interracial marriage.
#11 The Birthday of a Nation (2016)
Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
#10 13th (Netflix Documentary 2016)
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
#9 Selma (2014)
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
#8 The Birth OF A Movement (PBS Documentary 1999)
The story of William Monroe Trotter, the nearly forgotten editor of a Boston black newspaper who tried to ban the controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915).
#7 Central Park Five (Documentary 2012)
A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.
#6 I Am Not Your Negro (2016 Documentary)
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.
#5 The Hate You Give (2018)
Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.
#4 Just Mercy (2019)
World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.
#3 Do The Right Thing (1989)
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
#2 The Color Purple (1985)
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
#1 When The See US (Neflix series 2019)
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.