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10 Civil Rights Movies on Netflix

These civil rights movies on Netflix feature historical documentaries surrounding the trials of Black and African-American people during the 1960s.

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What are civil rights?

Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. (Source)

These movies include everything from TV shows, miniseries, documentaries, and more. These are great selections to add to your Netflix list.

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All the titles listed are currently on Netflix, but that is subject to change without notice.


I Am Not Your Negro
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett (Actors)
  • Raoul Peck (Director) - James Baldwin (Writer) - Raoul Peck (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)


Director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. It questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. | Stream on Netflix

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)

The Help

A young, white writer stirs up the status quo in 1960s Mississippi by interviewing Black housemaids and bringing their stories to the masses. | Stream on Netflix

Who Killed Malcolm X?

His quest for justice began with Malcolm X. But investigating the civil rights leader’s death only exposed more corruption. | Stream on Netflix

Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey (Actors)
  • Lee Daniels (Director) - Pamela Oas Williams (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The life of a White House butler who worked for eight presidents unfolds against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history. | Stream on Netflix

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ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

While Sam Cooke rose to stardom as a soul singer, his outspoken views on civil rights drew attention that may have contributed to his death at age 33. (Stream on Netflix)

Winter on Fire Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

A civil rights movement erupts in Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly morphs into a violent revolution. (Stream on Netflix)




Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History

Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining — and educational — comedy special. (Stream on Netflix)

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