American History X is a 1998 drama film directed by Tony Kaye and starring Edward Norton as Derek Vinyard, a former neo-Nazi who is released from prison after serving time for the murder of two African American men. The film explores Derek's transformation from a violent and hateful white supremacist to a reformed and enlightened individual who tries to prevent his younger brother (Edward Furlong) from following in his footsteps.
American History X received widespread critical acclaim for its portrayal of race relations in the United States and the powerful performances by Norton and Furlong. However, it is also a controversial film due to its graphic depiction of violence, including a scene in which Derek murders the two men in the opening sequence of the film. Despite the controversy, the film has been praised for its nuanced exploration of the roots of hate and the power of redemption. Overall, American History X is a thought-provoking and powerful film that is not for the faint of heart.