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1. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.8
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65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 88,235 | Gross: $58.20M

2. Lee Daniels' The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 102,846 | Gross: $116.63M

3. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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67 Metascore

It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 12,215 | Gross: $2.45M

4. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,326

5. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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73 Metascore

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Abiodun Oyewole

Votes: 1,673 | Gross: $0.26M

6. Sing Your Song (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.5
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73 Metascore

Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally.

Director: Susanne Rostock | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway

Votes: 416 | Gross: $0.05M

7. Sir! No Sir! (2005)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, War

7.8
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74 Metascore

This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts by troops in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to oppose the war effort by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It speaks ... See full summary »

Director: David Zeiger | Stars: Michael Alaimo, Edward Asner, Joe Bangert, Tom Bernard

Votes: 624 | Gross: $0.11M

8. We Have A Dream (2016)

18 min | Short

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"There is something that I must say to my people...This is Our Hope!" (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 28 August 1963). During the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, leaders within the American ... See full summary »

Director: Ruth Rachel Anderson-Avraham | Stars: Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Luther King, Uri Miller, Joachim Prinz

9. 68 (2008 TV Movie)

110 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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From Washington to Saigon, Rome to Mexico, Paris to London, a wave of demonstrations shakes the world. 68 travels back in time to war torn Vietnam, freed and occupied Prague, Paris demonstrating, revolution in the Americas.

Director: Patrick Rotman | Stars: Edouard Balladur, The Beatles, Claude Berri, Leonid Brezhnev

Votes: 58

10. The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)
Episode: Memphis (2003)

TV-14 | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.5
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A terminally ill man is thrust back in time and given the opportunity to stop the assassination of Martin Luther King.

Director: Eriq La Salle | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Eriq La Salle, Jascha Washington, Vivica A. Fox

Votes: 180

11. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Roads to Memphis (2010)

TV-PG | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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This film tells the story of an assassin, James Earl Ray, his target, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Ives | Stars: Daniel Amigone, Robert Byrd, John Campbell, Ramsey Clark

Votes: 92

12. Days of Revolt (2015–2016)
Episode: The Black Prophetic Tradition (2015)

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Cornel West

13. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Flood (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

8.3
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Set among the events surrounding Martin Luther King's assassination, Peggy tries to get a new apartment, Ginsberg is set up on a date, and Don has a revelation during his weekend with the kids.

Director: Chris Manley | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,330

14. The Vietnam War (2017)
Episode: Things Fall Apart (January-June 1968) (2017)

TV-MA | 84 min | Documentary, History, War

8.0
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Shaken by the violence of the Tet Offensive, assassinations of leaders and domestic unrest, Americans begin to doubt President Lyndon B. Johnson's promise that victory in Vietnam is near and he ultimately decides not to seek reelection.

Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Philip Brady, Ellsworth Bunker, Stokely Carmichael

Votes: 436



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