Spike Lee is back.. back with a bang. After a series of unremarkable films — including the horrid ‘Oldboy’ — he has made a film that not only is really good, but also has people talking. Those who have seen BlacKkKlansman already know what it is about. Those who haven’t, here’s a official synopsis of the film.
BlacKkKlansman is a true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Today, we are recommending to you a list of films similar to BlacKkKlansman. For this list, we chose a mix African-American dramas, satires and investigative thrillers. I hope you find these films as interesting as Spike Lee’s gem. You can find some of these movies like BlacKkKlansman on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. A Soldier’s Story (1984)
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play about racism within the world of black soldiers, Norman Jewison directed this tense, outstanding film acted with great power by Howard Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar and newcomer Denzel Washington. A major critical success and Best Picture nominee, the film was a minor success at the box office and demonstrated that class issues and hatred ran rampant among blacks just as it does with whites. Called in to investigate the murder of a cocky, bunny rooster of a drill sergeant, Rollins knows almost from the beginning it is a soldier in the man’s charge who killed him. Slowly he breaks down the platoon until he finds the man, a true detective story. Directed tautly by Jewison, it might be the best film of his long career.
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