Discussion – Race Relations

Posted: February 5, 2010
Radio Raheem, 'Do the Right Thing'

Radio Raheem, 'Do The Right Thing'

Driving Miss Daisy is, among other things, a film about race relations. What is your favorite film about race relations? Neal Gabler thinks Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing should definitely be on the list!

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  • JC

    American History X – Ed Norton was terrifyingly good.

  • Nikki

    I’d add to the list “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the seldom aired “Cry The Beloved Country,” “Bad Day At Black Rock,” the intriguing film “Crash,” “In The Heat of the Night” with its many strong performances, “The Great White Hope,” the original 1934 “Imitation of Life” with Louise Beavers and Claudette Colbert, and “The Jackie Robinson Story.”

  • Joan Munson

    In The Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.

  • M. Shamamian

    Many, many westerns, such as The Searchers, deal with this subject. I also liked Bad Day At Black Rock and Odds Against Tomorrow.

  • C. Silva

    Imitation of Life (1934) was the most poignant film that deals with race I’ve seen so far.

  • Maryann

    The Long Walk Home

  • shanise

    I have to say something new.

  • Marianne

    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

  • J. Perrotta

    Brian’s Song tells the story of Brian Piccolo, a white Italian halback from Wake Forest and Gail Sayers, a black halfback from Kansas, and how they become the first interracial roommates in the NFL and in the face of personal tragedy become forever
    united in friendship. Starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams (?)

  • Shaun Gerien

    “To Kill A Mockingbird”

    which is native 1960s Texan

    Sissy Spacek’s choice too.

  • Anita

    Definitely Imitation of Life, both versions.

  • CJ

    I too agree with To Kill a Mockingbird

  • CJ

    I forgot about “Something New”- Love that movie and I own it- how could I forget?!

  • Warren

    Yes To Kill A Mockingbird was classic, how about In The Heat Of The Night. Mr Tibbs’ struggle with Rod Steiger’s character of the sheriff of a small town in the south. Very powerful, remember when Tibbs slapped the face of a southern buisness man? I remember he said he could have had him whipped for doing that. Unbelievable. I think all these films contributed to a realization of the horrors of our society. We’ve come a long way, yet we have work to be done.

  • Kam

    Mississippi Burning. I loved it.

  • rayban

    I really like Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ 1950 film, “No Way Out”, with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. And “Pinky”, the 1949 Elia Kazan film with Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters and William Lundigan, it isn’t about race relations per se, but it does embrace the trauma of trying to pass for white in a white man’s world.