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Best Black History Movies for the Classroom

Best Black History Movies for the Classroom

Age Range Suggestions from Common Sense Media

Hidden Figures – 2016 (Age 10+)

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae

The Color Purple – 1985 (Age 14+)

Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery

King Richard – 2021 (Age 13+)

Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal

The Help – 2011 (Age 12+)

Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard

12 Years a Slave – 2013 (Age 15+)

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

42 – 2013 (Age 11+)

Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie, Alan Tudyk

The Butler – 2013 (Age 13+)

Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack

Selma – 2014 (Age 13+)

David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo

Fences – 2016 (Age 14+)

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Passing – 2021 (Age 13+)

Tessa Tompson, Ruth Negga, Andre Holland 

Respect – 2021 (Age 14+)

Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans

Mudbound – 2017 (Age 15+)

Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – 2013 (Age 15+)

Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge

Green Book – 2018 (Age 13+)

Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini 

Just Mercy – 2019 (Age 13+)

Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx

Red Tails – 2012 (Age 13+)

Cuba Gooding, Terrence Howard, Nate Parke

Judas and the Black Messiah – 2021 (Age 15+)

Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Standfield, Jesse Plemons

Harriet – 2019 (Age 12+)

Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom 

Concussion – 2015 (Age 13+)

Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Till – 2022 (Age 13+)

Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison

Emancipation – 2022 (Age 16+)

Will Smith, Ben Foster, Charmaine Bingwa 

Documentaries

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America – Netflix (Age 13+)

13th – Netflix (Age 16+)

Is That Black Enough for You?!? – Netflix (Age 15+)

When They See Us – Netflix (Age 15+)

Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History – Netflix (Age 8+

Amend: The Fight for America – Netflix (Age 16+)