A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
An emotionally charged and inspiring drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities - finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community.
A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies.
Movies in the vein of 'Dead Poets Society': featuring teachers who believe in their kids even when they don't believe in themselves. Make sure to check out 'Akeelah and the Bee' for a fantastic indie flick about one girl finding her voice!
Denzel Washington's dramatic roles are typically of the criminal variety, but he has also proven himself a capable lead away from cops and robbers roles in movies like 'Flight', 'Remember the Titans', and 'John Q'. Regardless of plot, there isn't a bad choice to be found on this list - so pick a flick and get Denzel Watching-Them!
An actor whose name sticks in your mind, and with good reason. Whitaker earned his reputation for starring in powerful character studies 'The Butler', 'Bird', and 'The Last King of Scotland' (for which he picked up an Academy Award).