There was a time till very recently, we saw very few movies made with people of color as central characters. But slowly but surely, American society and by extension, Hollywood has been concerned about the under-representation of minorities. We thought of putting together a list of movies that are about persecution of minorities. Here’s the list of best movies about people of color. You can watch several of these best minority movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008)
Part of a comedy trilogy starring Kal Penn and John Cho as Kumar and Harold respectively, this movie is filled with crass slapstick humor and is not at all on the same note of seriousness as the other films on this list. Yet through gross exaggeration and parodying, this movie accurately and brilliantly captures the paranoia of white Americans towards other ethnicities post 9/11. The story follows the duo lighting up a bong on a flight to Amsterdam when they are mistaken for terrorists (Al Qaeda and North Koreans) and sent to Guantanamo without any trial or justice. While it is a comedy, the underlying message is disturbing all the more because it is based on facts. A lot of minority ethnic groups were in fact sent to Guantanamo and tortured without trials post 9/11. Furthermore, the casual racism by the head of the task force hunting the two boys (remember the Kool Aid grape juice being used to bribe a black man?) makes the message of the film hard hitting. White Americans even after all this time in modern society, still hold on to their racial prejudices.
9. To Kill a Mocking Bird (1962)
Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize winning novel, this film directed by Robert Mulligan stars Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch. The story follows Finch, a lawyer who defends a black man for the alleged rape of a white woman. The tale is gripping and powerful in itself and Peck delivers a power packed performance. However, the brilliance of the narrative and of the movie too derives from the fact that the persecution of black people and the hatred for them was so strong that it also extended to white people who stood up for them. In fact, even after the accused was executed in an alleged attempt to flee, the family of Finch came under attack for having defended the man. The film delivers a strong message that society at that point of time sought to silence even good people who were open to accepting people of different ethnicities.
8. Malcolm X (1992)