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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 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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What better way to learn about history than by watching Netflix? Check out these Civil rights documentaries on Netflix, too.

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



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
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell (Actors)

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

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown (Actors)


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

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • 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

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Joel Edgerton, Marton Csokas, Ruth Negga (Actors)


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

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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

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

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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