Landmark Films That Confront Racism In The U.S.

Written by Mark Rausch

American History X

It could be in the same DVD case as “The Believer,” but this 1998 film stands as a masterwork. One cannot calculate how Edward Norton reached into himself for this performance. In shocking before-and-after scenes, we follow the trajectory of former neo-Nazi Derek (Norton), as he drags himself with the help of incredible mentors out of a deep hole of rage and racism. He tries to steer his vulnerable younger brother Danny (Edward Furlong) from going down the same path.