12 Years a Slave(2013)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 96

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



Get Out(2017)

Combined Rating:
93
Combined Critics Rating: 90

It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.



Django Unchained(2012)

Combined Rating:
91
Combined Critics Rating: 86

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



Selma(2014)

Combined Rating:
91
Combined Critics Rating: 91

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.



BlacKkKlansman(2018)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 90

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.



Judas and the Black Messiah(2021)

Combined Rating:
90
Combined Critics Rating: 90

Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.



Fruitvale Station(2013)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 86

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.



Hidden Figures(2016)

Combined Rating:
87
Combined Critics Rating: 84

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.



Invictus(2009)

Combined Rating:
86
Combined Critics Rating: 82

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.



Fences(2016)

Combined Rating:
86
Combined Critics Rating: 85

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.



Sorry to Bother You(2018)

Combined Rating:
83
Combined Critics Rating: 87

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.



Do the Right Thing(1989)

Combined Rating:
83
Combined Critics Rating: 80

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.



The Help(2011)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 75

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.



The Butler(2013)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 76

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.



Loving(2016)

Combined Rating:
82
Combined Critics Rating: 86

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.



Mudbound(2017)

Combined Rating:
80
Combined Critics Rating: 85

Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.



Monster's Ball(2001)

Combined Rating:
79
Combined Critics Rating: 73

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.



Just Mercy(2019)

Combined Rating:
78
Combined Critics Rating: 80

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.



Dear White People(2014)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 78

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.



Driving Miss Daisy(1989)

Combined Rating:
77
Combined Critics Rating: 69

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.




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