In ‘Green Book,’ one of the year’s Best Picture nominees, a refined, cultured black pianist hires a clumsy but experienced trouble-handler as his driver and bodyguard. Green Book is the story of the pianist. It’s based on a true story and centers on Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga’s relationship. Mortenson portrayed the Italian-American who must overcome his mild prejudice against African-Americans in order to take a lucrative position.
As a result of everyone finding something in him that sets him apart from them, Shirley feels as if he doesn’t fit in with any society. A documentary about an eight-week road trip to see Shirley Caesar concerts in the South is the focus of this film.
Though controversial and not so righteous, “Green Book” is at least well-intentioned while being entertaining and enjoyable. The following is a ranking of Green Book-related movies that we think you’ll enjoy. Several of these films, such as Green Book, are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
1. Marshall (2017)
When it comes to setting and time period (the 1940s), “Marshall” takes inspiration from the case of State of CT vs Joseph Spell. Eleanor Strubing, the wife of Spell’s employer, had been raped and he attempted to murder her. Spell was arrested. Spell had admitted guilt despite the fact that he could not back it up with evidence.
The media took notice of his situation, and the story was widely publicized. He found out about him through Thurgood Marshall. Marshall was a lawyer for the NAACP who specialized in the defense of people of color who had been wrongfully convicted. Marshall played a crucial role in exposing the falsehoods in the story. Marshall was portrayed by Chadwick Boseman, and Joseph Spell was portrayed by Sterling K. Brown.
In the movie, it is shown how prejudice against people of color makes it easy to point the finger and pass judgment on them, even by the justice system. And how terrified society makes a man who prefers to accept life in prison to telling the whole truth to everyone in the world. /
2. Loving (2016)
They had to leave Virginia because their marriage was not recognized as legal in the state. Richard and Mildred Loving were interracial couple. They married in 1958 after driving to Washington, D.C., because no place in Virginia would allow them to legally wed. When they returned home, the police detained them for violating the law.
The court ruled that their marriage was unconstitutional, so instead of spending time in jail, they were ordered to move out of state. For a while, the Lovings were content to accept their lot in life and move on with their lives. However, there is a time limit on how long someone should be away from home. In an effort to regain control of their lives, they turn to the legal system to establish their marriage as a legally binding contract.
This film, in which Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton star as Mildred and Richard, examines their tribulations and social harassment.
3. Malcolm X (1992)
A key figure in the African-American community’s history, Malcolm X is revered today. He was a tireless advocate for the civil rights of African-Americans. From his earliest years until his death, his life was marked by upheaval. His autobiography served as the inspiration for this film. Denzel Washington starred as the film’s title character in Spike Lee’s directorial debut. Malcolm’s father had been murdered when he was a child.
After some time, his mother’s mental health deteriorated to the point where she needed to be institutionalized. His early life was marred by bad influences, and as a result, he turned to petty crimes like burglary in his teens. In jail, he found something that changed his life forever after being arrested and convicted of larceny. All the significant events in his life are covered in this film, from his joining of the Nation of Islam to his rise to national prominence.
4. The Help (2011)
‘The Help,’ based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name, is one of my personal favorites. These stories of African-American women working as maids for white families are based on events that occurred in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, become the inspiration for Skeeter Phelan, played by Emma Stone.
White women, some of whom she has known since childhood, mistreat Skeeter, an aspiring journalist. Skeeter is disgusted. Skeeter decides to write a book to help the maids’ cause and includes Aibileen and Minny in it. As a result, their tales come to light, revealing the heinousness of some people.
‘The Help,’ starring Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, and Bryce Dallas Howard, is heartwarming, insightful, and downright hilarious at times. It’s all thanks to the talented ensemble cast led by Jessica Chastain.
5. A Soldier’s Story (1984)
The year is 1944, and the war in Europe is winding down. There is a black officer in Louisiana who is assigned to investigate the death of a master sergeant. Captain Richard Davenport Officer Vernon Waters, a black man, was assassinated while out drinking with his coworkers. It’s difficult to get the other officers to work with Davenport because they’re not comfortable with cooperating with a black officer.
They also dismiss him, claiming that the officer was a victim of the Ku Klux Klan’s violence. Davenport, on the other hand, is not persuaded by this theory because he fails to observe any of the things the Klan does prior to murder. He’s come to grips with the fact that someone on the inside was responsible for all of this.
But first, he sees the height of racism in the Army and learns that the victim wasn’t such a saint after all. The question of why leads him to the identity of who
6. Do the Right Thing (1989)
‘Do the Right Thing,’ another Spike Lee film, is a necessary film to see now more than ever. The film is excellent, but it’s a shame that its relevance hasn’t waned in the years since it was first broadcast. Set in Brooklyn, the story is told through the eyes of Lee’s character, Mookie, a 25-year-old black man.
Mookie works at Sal’s Pizzeria, which Sal owns and operates. Unlike his father, Sal’s younger son dislikes black people and prefers to hang out with Mookie instead. To make matters worse, the neighborhood around them is becoming increasingly segregated, and he longs for his father to find a new home elsewhere. Sal’s pizzeria’s Wall of Fame, which honors local heroes, also plays a pivotal role in the neighborhood’s delicate balance.
One of Mookie’s friends claims that because the pizzeria is in their neighborhood, it should have African-American patrons instead of Italian-Americans. Spike Lee’s films are notable for the fact that they don’t take a side. They simply show you what is and then let you decide what meaning you attach to it.
7. Hidden Figures (2016)
Ever been in a position where you put in the effort but didn’t receive any recognition? Is this a contributing factor to your dislike of group projects? If that’s the case, ‘Hidden Figures’ is the movie to see. The Space Race had just begun when the Soviet Union successfully launched a man into space.
For the time being, NASA’s sole focus was on keeping up with the competition and then getting ahead of it. However, even when thinking about the moon, NASA’s employees couldn’t get past their racial prejudices, which were still present. Of course, even scientists can have a limited outlook. Hidden Figures is based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s best-selling book of the same name and tells the true story of three African-American women who worked in NASA’s segregated black division.
As a human computer, Katherine Goble (Taraji P. Henson) worked on the Mercury 7 project, where she repeatedly proved her shrewdness while being denied credit and even the most basic resources. Mary Jackson, an aspiring engineer, had to fight for her right to enroll in an all-white school, and Janelle Monáe played her. While trying to keep up with the computer age, Dorothy Vaughn faces discrimination on all fronts due to her race. Octavia Spencer played Dorothy Vaughn.
8. The Hate U Give (2018)
‘The Hate U Give,’ one of the year’s best films, is an adaptation of Angie Thomas’ best-selling novel of the same name. Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old girl, is the focus of the story. When she and her best friend Khalil are returning from a party, a police officer tells them to pull over and orders Khalil to get out of the car. Khalil is shot by the police officer because of a misunderstanding, and he dies as a result of his injuries.
Starr is a witness in the case, but his identity is kept a secret while the investigation is ongoing. When Starr is unable to talk about the mental trauma of witnessing the death of a friend in front of her, she starts to feel a conflict between her life at school and the life in her black neighborhood in New York City. The movie depicts how the justice system can fall short, how racism can rip communities apart, and the daily struggles people with darker skin face simply because of their skin tone.
9. To Kill A Mocking Bird (1962)
After all these years, ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird,’ based on Harper Lee’s book of the same name, continues to captivate audiences. It takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression, and follows the Finch family. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is the story’s main character. We learn about 1930s American life from her point of view, and we gain insight into the town’s racially prejudiced behavior.
Atticus Finch, Scout’s father, is a lawyer who does his best to raise his children. Atticus, as a widower and a father who is more accepting of his children, is frequently scrutinized by the community, but a man of his stature is unfazed. However, a single case has the ability to completely transform his life and the lives of those around him. An African-American man, Tom Robinson, has been charged with raping a white girl. In response to Robinson’s acquittal,
Atticus is assigned to represent him in court. In spite of Atticus’ knowledge of Robinson’s innocence, he realizes that he can’t save him from the inevitable fate that has been sealed because the entire jury is made up of white residents of the town.
10. Mudbound (2017)
MUDBOUND takes place after WWII and tells the stories of two soldiers who have returned home scarred and honed as a result of their time in the military service. Jamie McAllan was a U.S. Army pilot. In contrast to Henry, who took his time to open up to people because of his good looks and charm, he had always been an easy person to approach. Henry had a wife named Florence, and the two of them owned a farm where the Jacksons worked as farmhands. Eldest son of the Jacksons, Ronsel had served in the Army infantry prior to his father’s death in 1945.
The two men are decorated war veterans who have returned home with the hope of reclaiming their former lives and careers. They become friends as a result of their shared experiences, and they confide in one another about their problems. Ronsel, on the other hand, is a victim of racial segregation in his society because of Jamie’s PTSD. His adamant refusal to accept inferior treatment leads to a slew of issues. It’s a film whose mood matches the environment in which its characters live, and “Mudbound” tells a tale that won’t be forgotten.