Landmark Films That Confront Racism In The U.S.

Written by Mark Rausch

Blazing Saddles

A comedic reprieve, but an important one nevertheless, this classic 1974 Mel Brooks madcap of wackiness manages to brilliantly poke fun at the essence of bigotry. Cleavon Little plays Bart, newly appointed black sheriff of Rock Ridge (where everyone has the surname Johnson). Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and Slim Pickens play the all-white townsfolk. “Blazing Saddles” features one-liners beyond compare and Madeline Kahn’s famous speech impediment act (“It is twu, it is twu!”). This film will always work because it’s hilarious.