White Savior Movies, Ranked

18. The Help (2011)

The Help is perhaps the most egregious of recent white savior narratives, a story that is ostensibly about black maids in the South and their hardships, but actually concentrates on a perky young white girl, Skeeter (Emma Stone), who does “important” work by convincing these black women that, yes, their stories are worth telling! But they have to be told through Skeeter, who is the not-so-secret heroine of the film and who, through the book she writes “with” the help, lands a fancy job in the big city. The Help is not smart, not kind, and not important.