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10 Best Movies for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day were to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on  January 17, 2022. It is important to remember that he is more than a civil rights activist but a man of faith, a loving husband, and a strategic visionary.

If your way of commemorating Martin Luther is through movies, no worries. Here is a list of Movies for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to get you packed.

Movies for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Selma
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo (Actors)
  • Ava DuVernay (Director) - Paul Webb (Writer) - Christian Colson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Selma

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for Blacks to register to vote.

In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Malcolm X (1992)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett (Actors)
  • Spike Lee (Director) - Arnold Perl (Writer) - Spike Lee (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Malcolm X

Filmmaker Spike Lee, star Denzel Washington and other talents vividly portray the life and times of the visionary leader.

I Am MLK Jr.
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Rep. John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, Van Jones (Actors)
  • Michael Hamilton (Director) - John Barbisan (Writer) - Derik Murray (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

I Am MLK Jr.

I Am MLK Jr. is a feature-length documentary telling the story of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while celebrating his life from an engaging contemporary perspective structured around seminal events in the Civil Rights Movement.
MLK/FBI
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover (Actors)
  • Sam Pollard (Director) - Benjamin Hedin (Writer) - Benjamin Hedin (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

MLK/FBI

Based on recently declassified files, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.

One Night in Miami...
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr (Actor)
  • Regina King (Director) - Kemp Powers (Writer) - Regina King (Producer)
  • French, Bokmål Norwegian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish (Playback Languages)
  • French, Bokmål Norwegian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish (Subtitles)

One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier (Actors)
  • Stanley Kramer (Director) - William Rose (Writer) - Stanley Kramer (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as parents perplexed about their daughter’s engagement to a black doctor.
King in the Wilderness
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Clifford Alexander, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte (Actors)
  • Peter Kunhardt (Director) - Chris Chuang (Writer) - George Kunhardt (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

King in the Wilderness

A portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. during the last years of his life, from his part in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to his assassination in 1968.
The Help
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer (Actors)
  • Tate Taylor (Director) - Tate Taylor (Writer) - Brunson Green (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

In 1960s Mississippi, a young journalist roils her community when she interviews the domestic staff who serve the town’s wealthy white families but have remained largely invisible until now. Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Jessica Chastain star.

Betty & Coretta
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Universal Music Group (Director) - Shem Bitterman (Writer) - Yves Simoneau (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Betty and Coretta

Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz develop a friendship after the tragic deaths of their husbands; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and through their strength and dignity they carried on the civil rights movement becoming role models for millions of women all over the world.

Boycott
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder (Actors)
  • Clark Johnson (Director) - Herman Daniel Farrell III (Writer) - Preston L. Holmes (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Boycott

Jeffrey Wright stars as the young Martin Luther King Jr. in this powerful film that recreates the start of the Civil Rights movement.

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