8 of the Best Movies on Racism and Prejudice That Are Worth Watching

A lot of social injustices are rooted in bigotry and prejudice. Racism continues to haunt many people around the world. Even the most multicultural cities have its share of haters and racists. While respect and tolerance may take some time to take root in some places, there are ways to encourage discussion on diversity and how to fight bigotry. Here are some of the best movies that touch on racism and on confronting prejudice.

A Family Thing (1996)

Highlights: One death lead to a striking discovery between two families, a story of one white southerner and a black man discovering that they are brothers

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Highlights: A story of an Indian Sikh girl who dreams of making it to a top women’s football team, a glimpse into the challenges that inter-family and cultural differences present

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Highlights: A film depicting the challenges of interracial relationships and how two liberal parents from the upper class deal with their daughter’s relationship with a talented and accomplished black man

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Highlights: Based on a true story that that unfolded during the 1994 civil war in Rwanda, a story that touches on man’s inhumanity to man and hope

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Highlights: A film about two FBI agents out to investigate the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964, a glimpse into a time when segregation was still in place and the atmosphere it creates in a Southern town

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

Highlights: Based on a true story on how a policy of separating children of mixed-race families from their mother affected the lives of three girls

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness (2000)

Highlights: The inspiring and heartwarming documentary of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who issued fake visas thus helping save thousands of Jews during World War II

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Highlights: Set in 1930s Alabama, this film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel of the same title tells a story of widower and lawyer Atticus Finch as he takes on the case of a black man who was accused of raping a farmer’s daughter

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