Resisting Racism

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1. Within Our Gates (1920)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youths.

Director: Oscar Micheaux | Stars: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault

Votes: 2,041

2. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,968

3. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 12,373

4. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

Votes: 13,784 | Gross: $13.99M

5. The Young One (1960)

96 min | Drama

A jazz musician seeks refuge from a lynch mob on a remote island, where he meets a hostile game warden and the young object of his attentions.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Zachary Scott, Bernie Hamilton, Key Meersman, Crahan Denton

Votes: 2,289

6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 279,010

7. And So It Is (1966)

75 min | Drama

While her husband is on his way to the market, a peasant woman is raped and murdered. Her widower carefully plans his revenge.

Director: Jorge Sanjinés | Stars: Elsa Antequera, Néstor Cárdenas, Benedicta Huanca, Benedicta Mendoza

Votes: 164

8. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,777

9. Black Panthers (1968)

Not Rated | 31 min | Documentary, Short

A short film of interviews and protests at a rally to free Huey Newton.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Ron Dellums

Votes: 730

10. Blood of the Condor (1969)

70 min | Crime, Drama

The reaction of an indigenous community against a group of foreigners who under the guise of development assistance are forcibly sterilizing the peasant women.

Director: Jorge Sanjinés | Stars: Marcelino Yanahuaya, Benedicta Mendoza, Vicente Verneros Salinas, Danielle Caillet

Votes: 400

11. Oh, Sun (1967)

98 min | Drama

A native of Mauritania is delighted when he is chosen to work in Paris. However, he is disappointed when he sees racial inequity as blacks are relegated to manual labor while less skilled whites are given preferential treatment.

Director: Med Hondo | Stars: Robert Liensol, Théo Légitimus, Gabriel Glissant, Mabousso Lo

Votes: 150

12. Watermelon Man (1970)

R | 100 min | Comedy

An extremely bigoted white man finds out the hard (and somewhat humorous) way what it's like being a black man, firsthand!

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin

Votes: 1,499 | Gross: $1.50M

13. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan

Votes: 4,251 | Gross: $15.18M

14. Pilger (1974– )
Episode: One British Family (1974)

Documentary

Profile of a black family who have made their home in Newcastle, England after the father came over from Trinidad in 1961.

Director: John Ingram | Stars: John Pilger, Andrea Gill, Errol Gill, Gus Gill

15. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Romance

An almost accidental romance is kindled between a German woman in her mid-sixties and a Moroccan migrant worker around twenty-five years younger. They abruptly decide to marry, appalling everyone around them.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann

Votes: 17,073

17. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Jimmie Blacksmith, the son of an Aboriginal mother and a white father, falls victim to much racist abuse after marrying a white woman, and goes on a killing spree and finds himself on the run in the aftermath.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,495

18. Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)

86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade, on a journey that will change their lives forever.

Director: Slobodan Sijan | Stars: Pavle Vuisic, Dragan Nikolic, Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic, Aleksandar Bercek

Votes: 12,849

19. The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back (1986 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, History

John Pilger tells of their struggles of indigenous Australians as they were driven from their lands and he follows events throughout this century as they relate to Aboriginal rights.

Director: Alan Lowery | Star: John Pilger

Votes: 31

20. Handsworth Songs (1987)

61 min | Documentary

Documentary examining the 1985 riots in London and Birmingham's Handsworth district that erupted in reaction to the repressive policing of black communities.

Director: John Akomfrah | Stars: Pervaiz Khan, Meera Syal, Yvonne Weekes

Votes: 139

21. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 78,011 | Gross: $27.55M

22. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 77,643 | Gross: $48.17M

23. Safe Journey (1993)

103 min | Documentary, Music

The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Director: Tony Gatlif | Star: La Caita

Votes: 1,763 | Gross: $1.03M

24. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 135,815 | Gross: $0.31M

25. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999)

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography

American Masters/Paul Robeson: Here I Stand presents the life and achievements of an extraordinary man. Athlete, singer,and scholar, Robeson was also a charismatic champion of the rights of... See full summary »

Director: St. Clair Bourne | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Tony Benn, Stephen Bourne, Ossie Davis

Votes: 112

27. Eldra (2002)

80 min | Drama

A gypsy girl arrives in Bethesda to stay with her grandparents.

Director: Timothy Lyn | Stars: Iona Jones, Rhys Richards, Leisa Mereid, John Ogwen

Votes: 25

28. Days of Glory (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze

Votes: 13,497 | Gross: $0.32M

29. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 401,694 | Gross: $169.71M

30. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,254,132 | Gross: $162.81M

31. The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

74 Metascore

The legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War.

Director: Bill Siegel | Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Muhammad Ali, David Susskind, George W. Bush

Votes: 980 | Gross: $0.06M

32. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 594,146 | Gross: $56.67M

33. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 25,474 | Gross: $8.32M

34. Selma (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 79,397 | Gross: $52.08M

35. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 14,665 | Gross: $7.12M



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