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The Amistad. In the science fiction film, a white former Marine played by Sam Worthington goes to another planet and becomes part of an alien humanoid tribe, ultimately leading them to victory against his people's military. A white American scientist played by Brie Larson is sent to India by the corporation she works for to sell a genetically modified rice to the locals. The Blind Side. A white woman and football fan played by Sandra Bullock takes a black teenager played by Quinton Aaron into her home, and he plays football with her support through his high school and college years.
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The film is based on the real life of football player Michael Oher. Blood Diamond. A racist white Rhodesian mercenary played by Leonardo DiCaprio rescues a black Sierra Leonean played by Djimon Hounsou and his son from black villains.
City of Joy. A white American doctor played by Patrick Swayze travels to India to find enlightenment. He sets up a free clinic to serve the poor, and though reluctant at first, he decides to stay with the people. In the ensemble science fiction film that spans multiple eras and settings, white actor Jim Sturgess is depicted as a Korean hero who rescues a Korean clone slave, played by Doona Bae , and gives her the awareness she needs to lead a revolution.
A white teacher played by Jon Voight is sent to an island off the coast of South Carolina , where he teaches children of poor black families. In the comedy film, black Jamaicans who want to form a national bobsled team are helped by a disgraced former bobsledder played by John Candy.
The film features white journalist Donald Woods played by Kevin Kline who learns to appreciate the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and its black leader Steven Biko played by Denzel Washington. Woods leaves the country to report the apartheid system to the world. He leads the Sioux against their rivals the Pawnee and later helps them escape the army he once served. A white teacher played by Michelle Pfeiffer teaches African and Hispanic American teenagers at an inner city high school. A white South African government official played by Sharlto Copley works to relocate extraterrestrials to a new internment camp.
When he is infected by a fluid and gradually changes into an extraterrestrial himself, he fights against the transition and is motivated to free extraterrestrials so they can provide a cure for his condition. In , black slave Django played by Jamie Foxx is freed by the white German bounty hunter Schultz played by Christoph Waltz , and they work together to free Django's wife. In the science fiction film, a white assembly worker played by Matt Damon from a mostly non-white community travels to a space station and ends up sacrificing himself so medical devices could be used to heal people on Earth.
A white reclusive writer played by Sean Connery sees potential writing skill in a black high school student and helps him with his writing. Free State of Jones. The historical film, set during the American Civil War , stars Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight , a Confederate Army deserter who leads fellow deserters and freed slaves to fight against the Confederates. In the mids in Long Beach, California , a white teacher played by Hilary Swank strives to educate non-white high school students despite their neighborhood conditions. Through Shaw, they are able to fight back against slavery.
The film is based on the true story of the 54th, although the historical 54th was composed mostly of Northern, often educated, black men. In the s, men's basketball coach Don Haskins Josh Lucas coaches a team with an all-black starting lineup and leads them to victory. A racist white Korean War veteran played by Clint Eastwood helps a Hmong American teenager and ultimately protects him and his family from a Hmong American gang. The Great Wall. William played by Matt Damon is a white European mercenary who travels to China in search of gunpowder.
He stumbles upon the Chinese army fighting against alien monsters and helps them save China. It's not based in actual fact.
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Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon. The question of whether The Great Wall is a white savior movie is a bit trickier, but I'm still going to say Not Guilty. On the charge of whitewashing, I say: Not Guilty. The Greatest Showman. A musical following P. Kristen Lopez of The Daily Beast opined that the film utilizes white savior narrative for disabled people rather than racial minorities, and that Barnum's portrayal "not only flies in the face of history—Barnum profited off the disabled for years—but it's also undermined by the film's narrative, which can't present Barnum as the unlikable, capitalist phenom he truly was.
The Green Berets. The Vietnam War film depicts a white U. The true story of a white teacher who launched a lacrosse team to combat an epidemic of youth suicide in the predominantly Inuit community of Kugluktuk , Nunavut.