Best Eye Opening Films About Racism

Release Date: March 3rd 1989

Plot Outline: Based on a true story, an unconventional teacher (Morgan Freeman) returns to a school he was fired from as the principal. It is up to him to turn the school around which has been over taken by drug abuse, gang violence, sexual harassment, and poverty.

Release Date: May 6th 2005

Plot Outline: Powerful film surrounding several lives that intertwine; each person is affected by racism in a unique way.

Release Date: December 25th 2007

Plot Outline: Based on a true story that took place in 1935, a professor (Denzel Washington) encourages his students to form the first debate team of their college. They have a difficult time entering debates because they are a primarily black team.

Release Date: August 11th 1995

Plot Outline: An ex marine (Michelle Pfeiffer) is hired as a teacher to straighten out a classroom full of delinquents and unwilling students. She uses unconventional teaching methods to inspire her students and to gain their trust.

Release Date: March 25th 2005

Plot Outline: A remake of the 1967 film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Guess Who? takes a lighter road in dealing with racism. A young black woman (Zoe Saldana)  brings her white boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) home to meet her family for the first time.

Release Date: June 30th 1989

Plot Outline: On the hottest day of the year in Brooklyn, tensions rise along with the heat. Conflicts surface when the only two places local businesses are a Korean Market and an Italian pizzeria that are located right across the street from each other.

Release Date: January 13th 2006

Plot Outline: In 1966 a coach (Josh Lucas) leads his primarily black basketball team to the championships but not without many racial driven incidents along the way. 


5 Responses to “Best Eye Opening Films About Racism”

  1. I have seen Crash and I like it a lot I though the best performance was by Michael Pena.

    You should check out Mississippi Burning Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, and Kevin Dunn it was released in 1988. This is a very good, but very depressing movie.

  2. Great picks! Haven’t seen a few of those and it’s been years since I’ve seen others. Two more amazing ones in my opinion are American History X and Remember the Titans.

  3. I heard Mississippi Burning is really great and emotional. I will see it asap.

    I don’t know how American History X ever slipped my mind. I realized it after I posted the blog. I will update it soon.
    Remember the Titans was also very good. Very sad but inspiring.

    The Believer was also great. I will have to add that one here as well.

  4. Lean on Me is one of my all time personal faves!! Great list.

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