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20+ Films About Race in America

Viewer Discretion is advised. Many of these films contain violence, language, and sensuality.

These suggested films are not for the faint of heart. When it comes to the oppression of a people group, it is hard to find honest films that do not at one point portray the depth of evil that are the reality of many people’s stories.

I know the emotional turmoil that can come with watching something distressing in a film and feeling helpless to the people that these evils are actually happening to, so the list linked is not one that you want to zoom through and exhaust yourself on. However, the films on this list are valuable in bringing to light the viewpoint and experiences of many Black Americans as well as the history that has brought emotional unrest and turmoil. As Americans, this history is our history as well and is crucial to be known.

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

20+ Films You Need to Watch About Race in America


  1. Really good films on that list. Fruitvale Station is fantastic. And I really appreciated ‘Dear White People’ and it’s surprisingly well rounded approach.

    Some that I thought really helped me with the conversation more recently were ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and ‘Luce’. They are both very heavy films, but even more surface level films like ‘Creed’ and ‘Widows’ touch on some pretty eye opening experiences.

    And of course there’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’. Probably the craziest movie going experience that we’ve had… eh Carissa?

  2. What about “Remember the Titans” (2000)

    On the Asian side:
    Gook (2017)
    Gran Torino (2008)

    On White-Caucasian as the oppresed:
    Paradise Road (1997)
    The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    John Travolta “White Man’s Burden” (1995)

    On the lighter side:
    Gods must be Crazy (1980) 😂

    many many more .. what movie will you make, Carissa? 😊