Humanity has always been under the threat of violence and hatred. To delve deep and into the roots of violence and understand what really instigates it is something truly beyond the meagre powers of the human intellect. The great Michael Haneke once said that the cause of violence is fear. Fear of being attacked. Fear of someone or something that is foreign to us. And in this ignorance lie the roots of racial violence and xenophobia. Racism has been a major element in many films but only few have managed to tackle the issue in a very effective manner. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list of top racism movies ever. You can stream some of these best movies about racism on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime.
12. Django Unchained (2012)
Very few filmmakers understand the pulse of their audience and manage to hit right on their nerves. Quentin Tarantino is one of them. He knows the primary reason why people go to the movies. And that makes him nothing short of a genius. His films are neither meant to provoke you nor to raise some serious questions about the society but rather intended to entertain you, helping you satisfy your darkest fantasies that would otherwise be not possible in the real world. With ‘Django Unchained’ he did exactly that. Seriously, who wouldn’t love a story where the black man survives an epic battle to save his wife, freeing her from the tyranny of the oppressive white and riding off on a horse together? At 165 minutes of run time, the film might be a bit of a drag at places but nevertheless it’s very rewarding and completely satisfying.
11. To Kill a Mockingbird (1963)
I’m not sure how ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ would hold up now. The film is replete with clichés and excessive sentimentality. But nevertheless it manages to grab a place on the list because its honest attempt, however naive and silly, certainly does affect on some level. Adapted from Harper Lee’s famous Pulitzer winning novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape. Atticus Finch, the film’s protagonist, is a man of high moral values and completely believes in truth and justice and his character’s concrete views on morality are central to understanding the film’s major themes and this has somewhat been putting off people because Finch is perhaps too good hearted and perfect to be realistic, at least in the world we live now.