WATCH: Great movies that explore black excellence, systemic racism and social (in)justice

Compiled is a list of more than 50 GREAT movies about black excellence, social injustice, black struggle and systemic racism.

Most movies on this list are based on real events, some are fictional.

  • Marshall – Chadwick Boseman, 2017 (based on a true story)
  • Green book – Mahershala Ali, 2018 (based on a true story)
  • Just mercy – Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, 2019 (based on a true story)
  • Race (Jesse Owens) – Stephan James, 2015 (based on a true story)
  • BlacKkKlansman – John David Washington, 2018 (based on a true story)
  • Selma – David Oyelowo, 2014 (based on a true story)
  • One night in Miami – Leslie Odom Jr., 2020
  • Fresh – Sean Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, 1994
  • Get on up – Chadwick Boseman, 2014 (based on a true story)
  • Ray – Jamie Foxx, 2004 (based on a true story)
  • The banker – Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, 2019 (based on a true story)
  • American gangster – Denzel Washington, 2007
  • 42 (Jackie Robinson) – Chadwich Boseman, 2013 (based on a true story)
  • Malcolm X – Denzel Washington, 1992 (based on a true story)
  • Ali – Will Smith, 2001 (based on a true story)
  • From the rough – Taraji P. Henson, 2013 (based on a true story)
  • Harriet – Cynthia Erivo, 2019 (based on a true story)
  • Coach carter – Samuel L. Jackson, 2005 (based on a true story)
  • Juice – Tupac, 1992 (based on a true story)
  • Menace II Society – Tyrin Turner, 1993 (a true-to-life portrayal of the streets in South Central Los Angeles)
  • Mudbound – Jason Mitchell, 2017 (Inspired from real-life experiences)
  • Remember the Titans – Denzel Washington, 2000 (based on a true story)
  • The express (Ernie Davis) – Rob Brown, 2008 (based on a true story)
  • Freedom writers – Hilary Swank, April Lee Hernández (based on a true story)
  • The great debaters – Denzel Washington, 2007 (based on a true story)
  • The butler – Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, 2013 (based on a true story)
  • McFarland, USA – Kevin Costner, 2015 (based on a true story)
  • Boyz N’ the hood – Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, 1991 (Inspired from real-life experiences of the director, John Singleton)
  • Mississippi burning – Willem Dafoe, 1988 (based on a true story)
  • Concussion – Will Smith, 2015 (based on a true story)
  • Fruitvale station – Michael B. Jordan, 2013 (based on a true story)
  • Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson, 2016 (inspired by a real-life incident)
  • Do the right thing – Spike Lee, 1989 (inspired by a real-life incident)
  • The blind side – Sandra Bullock, 2009 (inspired by a real-life incident)
  • Poetic justice – Tupac, Janet Jackson, 1993
  • Dope – Shameik Moore, Zoë Kravitz, 2015
  • Sorry to bother you – Lakeith Stanfield, 2018
  • Driving Miss Daisy – Morgan Freeman, 1989
  • Lean on me – Morgan Freeman, 1989
  • Loving – Joel Edgerton, 2016
  • Fences – Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, 2016
  • Roman J israel Esq. – Denzel Washington, 2017
  • The harder they fall – Zazie Beetz, Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Regina King, 2021
  • 12 years a slave
  • Dear white people
  • The help
  • American history X
  • Get out
  • Black panther
  • Django
  • Queen and Slim
  • Barbershop
  • Friday
  • If Beale street could talk
  • The hate you give