Essential Civil Rights Cinema


Malcolm X (1992)

Malcolm X, one of the Civl Rights movement’s most controversial leaders in the 1960s and a forefather to the Black Power movement that would follow, gets the Spike Lee treatment in this bio-drama starring Denzel Washington in an incredible performance. From Roger Ebert’s 1992 review:

This is an extraordinary life, and Spike Lee has told it in an extraordinary film. Like Gandhi, the movie gains force as it moves along; the early scenes could come from the lives of many men, but the later scenes show a great original personality coming into focus. To understand the stages of Malcolm’s life is to walk for a time in the steps of many African-Americans, and to glimpse where the journey might lead.