A Civil Action (Steven Zaillian, dir.) (1998). Based on a true story, this movie portrays a civil lawsuit against a company based on allegations that pollution of a water supply led to an increased incidence of leukemia.
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, dir.) (1989). The story of racial tensions in an urban neighborhood, this film promotes discussion of tolerance and intolerance, social justice, legitimacy, and more.
The Laramie Project (Moises Kaufman, dir.) (2002). This film, based on an actual event and interviews with persons affected by it, presents the tragic story of a hate crime in Wyoming.