Skip to Content

15+ Educational & Thought-Provoking Police Brutality Movies

This list of movies about police brutality is available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and more. Unfortunately, they are part of the African-American Experience and a topic covered in many Black Documentaries On Netflix.

What is Police Brutality?

Police brutality in the United States, the unwarranted or excessive and often illegal use of force against civilians by U.S. police officers. Forms of police brutality have ranged from assault and battery (e.g., beatings) to mayhem, torture, and murder.

Some broader definitions of police brutality also encompass harassment (including false arrest), intimidation, and verbal abuse, among other forms of mistreatment. (Source)

Who are Police Brutality Victims?

Here is a partial list of some of the victims of police brutality:

  • George Floyd
  • Ahmaud Arbery
  • Breonna Taylor
  • Freddie Gray
  • Michael Brown
  • Eric Garner
  • Trayvon Martin
  • Sandra Bland
  • Tamir Rice
  • Alton Sterling
  • Philando Castile

Police Brutality Movies

I’ve scoured the internet and all of the popular streaming sites to compile this list of provocative movies on police brutality.

To ensure that there’s something for everyone on the list, I’ve divided the list into categories.

RELATED:  10 Civil Rights Movies on Netflix

These movies document and/or reenact some of the experiences of these victims.

Police Brutality Movies on Netflix

Rodney King

Roger Guenveur Smith gives voice to the man at the center of the brutal police beating that helped fuel the 1992 LA riots. Spike Lee directs. | Stream on Netflix

Strong Island

The forces of family, grief, and racial injustice converge in this Oscar-nominated documentary exploring the murder of filmmaker Yance Ford’s brother. | Stream on Netflix

See You Yesterday

They’re geniuses on the brink of solving time travel. But when tragedy strikes, they’ll only have so many chances to outwit fate. | Stream on Netflix

On My Skin: The Last Seven Days of Stefano Cucchi

Arrested in Rome for a drug-related offense, Stefano Cucchi endures a harrowing week in custody. | Stream 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.  | Stream on Netflix

Police Brutality Movies on Hulu

Monsters and Men

A bystander films the death of a black man at the hands of police, which sparks rising tensions in a New York neighborhood as some are moved to take a stand. | Stream on Hulu

The Hate U Give

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds — the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, a mostly white prep school that she attends.

The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. | Stream on Hulu with CINEMAX Add-on

Police Brutality Movies on Amazon Prime

Black Lives Matter
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nirit Peled (Director) - VPRO Backlight/NPO (Producer)

Black Lives Matter

In 2013 in Sanford, Florida, vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin.

RELATED:  100's of Black Movies on Netflix

As a result, the struggle against police violence flared up under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and turned into one of the biggest grassroots movements in the US. The struggle against continued police violence, the role of gender, and why resistance is crucial. | Stream on Prime Video

Copwatch

An award-winning Tribeca Film Festival pick, COP WATCH is the incredibly timely profile of citizen-journalist-activists of WeCopwatch, an organization that films the police as a non-violent form of protesting police brutality, who are seeking to disrupt the ever-present challenge of police violence.

Learn the stories behind the videos, and the great personal cost borne by the people who took them. | Stream on Prime Video

In His Own Home
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Malini Johar Schueller (Actor)

In His Own Home

Underlining an ongoing pattern of racism and police brutality, as well as the frightening militarization of campuses nationwide, In His Own Home speaks to widespread and pervasive issues in our country that will, for the time being, remain among our most controversial and disconcerting media. | Stream on Prime Video

Halt: The Motion Picture
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chazmar Hall, Tiffanie Damier, Bob Ladendorf (Actors)

Halt: The Motion Picture

When a black couple is pulled over by police, a simple traffic stop becomes a nightmare they will never forget. | Stream on Prime Video

Do the Right Thing
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee (Actors)

Do the Right Thing (Paid Rental)

It is the hottest day of the year on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn; a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever. | Stream on Prime Video

RELATED:  10 Black Wedding Movies

Police Brutality Movies on BET+

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

From executive producer Shawn Carter and The Cinemart, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story examines the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin.The 6-part documentary series looks at one of the most talked-about and controversial events of the last decade.
| Stream on BET+

Police Brutality Movies on Starz

Black and Blue

A rookie New Orleans police officer is forced to balance her identity as a black woman after she witnesses two corrupt cops committing murder.  | Stream on Starz

Police Brutality Movies on HBO / HBO GO / HBO MAX

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

Dashcam footage revealing her arrest went viral, leading to national protests. The film team followed the two-year case beginning shortly after Bland’s death | Stream on HBO

Police Brutality Movies on Tubi

Fruitvale Station

Based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed in 2009 by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale district station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland. This is one of the most heart-wrenching police brutality movies based on true stories. | Stream on Tubi

Not familiar with Tubi? It’s one of 30 free movie streaming sites.

Related Posts:

Best Movies Right Now
Follow me
Latest posts by Best Movies Right Now (see all)

Black History Month Writing Prompts - Best Movies Right Now

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

[…] Police brutality: 20+ Educational & Thought-Provoking Police Brutality Movies […]

100's of Black Movies on Netflix - Best Movies Right Now

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

[…] Police Brutality Movies […]

20 Black Documentaries On Netflix - Best Movies Right Now

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

[…] of the lives of Black and African-American people in recent history. Unfortunately, these Police Brutality Movies are still relevant in […]

10 Civil Rights Movies on Netflix - Best Movies Right Now

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

[…] surrounding the trials of Black and African-American people during the 1960s. Unfortunately, these Police Brutality Movies are still relevant in 2020. Brush up on history, stimulate conversations with your children, or use […]

13 Movies About Racism on Netflix - Best Movies Right Now

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

[…] 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 […]