These civil rights movies on Netflix feature historical documentaries surrounding the trials of Black and African-American people during the 1960s and beyond.
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, to 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.
10 CIVIL RIGHTS MOVIES ON NETFLIX
Available on Netflix on November 17, 2023. Colman Domingo stars as Bayard Rustin, who dedicated his life to a quest for racial equality. | Stream on Netflix
The Best of Enemies
In 1971, a summit on school integration in North Carolina pits a civil rights activist against a Ku Klux Klan leader, sparking an unlikely friendship. | Stream on Netflix
This biopic of Thurgood Marshall, the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice, centers on his pivotal work in a sensational case as an NAACP lawyer. | Stream on Netflix
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- Jeffery Robinson, Egunwale Amusan, Lessie Benningfield Randle (Actors)
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Through a powerful lecture and archival film, civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a sobering timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States. | Stream on Netflix
A young couple’s interracial marriage in 1958 sparks a case that leads to the Supreme Court. Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving. | Stream on Netflix
Amend: The Fight for America
Will Smith hosts this look at the evolving, often lethal, fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment. | Stream on Netflix
His quest for justice began with Malcolm X. But investigating the civil rights leader’s death only exposed more corruption. | Stream on Netflix
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)
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)