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13 Movies About Racism on Netflix

These movies about racism on Netflix capture the African-American experience (including these Police Brutality Movies).  Racism movies on Netflix chronicle the personal experiences with racism of Black Americans from the 1960s to current times. (Find more Black movies on Netflix.)

What is race?

Race is a concept used in the categorization of humans into groups, called races or racial groups, based on combinations of shared physical traits, ancestry, genetics, and social or cultural traits. (Source)

What is racism?

Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another, which often results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race or ethnicity. (Source)

These racist movies on Netflix include documentaries, classic movies, and modern biographical dramas.

Add these movies about racism to your Netflix list.

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All of these movies about racism on Netflix are current, but that is subject to change without notice.


Stamped from the Beginning

This documentary chronicles the story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. | Stream on Netflix

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

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

Colin in Black & White

Colin Kaepernick narrates this drama series recounting his formative years navigating race, class and culture while aspiring for greatness. | Stream on Netflix


Amid racial tensions in the U.S. and abroad, track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens goes for gold and glory at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin in this biopic.

Hello, Privilege. It's Me Chelsea.

In this documentary, Chelsea Handler explores how white privilege impacts American culture — and the ways it's benefited her own life and career. | Stream on Netflix


In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. (Watch on Netflix)

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When They See Us

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.  (Watch on Netflix);

In Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now, Oprah Winfrey talks with the exonerated men once known as the Central Park Five, plus the cast and producers who tell their story in “When They See Us. (Watch on Netflix)

American Son

An estranged interracial couple searches for answers about their missing son. Based on the Broadway play. Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale star. (Watch on Netflix)

Seven Seconds

The death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City sets off a police cover-up and a search for the truth.  (Watch on Netflix)

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Dear White People

Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that's not nearly as “post-racial” as it thinks. (Watch on Netflix)

Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark

The “Daily Show” host ponders the perils of naming countries, how traffic lights turn New Yorkers invincible and why you shouldn't drink in Scotland. (Watch on Netflix)

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