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Best civil rights films

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What are the best cinematic depictions about civil rights? In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. day, and in celebration of Spike Lee’s first Oscar nomination (at last!) for directing, we want your top ten films about human freedom, and the long march towards it. From #blacklivesmatter to LBGTQI and women’s rights, the rights of children, the lives of indigenous, refugee and migrant peoples. Biopics, docs, drama and comedy are all welcome, but we encourage you to dig deeper than racial reconciliation fantasy fluff.

Most mentioned

  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Selma
  • Malcolm X
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • 13th
  • Hidden Figures
  • Milk
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Philadelphia
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Mississippi Burning
  • Schindler's List
  • Moonlight
  • The Help
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Blindspotting
  • Pride
  • Persepolis
  • Paris Is Burning

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