films The Best Africa Movies  

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List Rules Movies about or set in Africa.

Safaris, pyramids, and sphinx’s, blood diamonds, Nelson Mandela, apartheid. This and much more can be found on the continent of Africa. With sweeping landscapes and numerous tales of human drama, many films end up being about or set in Africa, and for good reason. This list features the best of these films, ranked by film lovers everywhere.
 
Also known as the “Dark Continent,” Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. It covers a whopping six percent of the Earth’s total surface! Considering its enormous size and historical landmarks such as the Pyramids of Egypt, it’s no wonder that movies like Congo and The Flight of the Phoenix all feature this continent. 
 
This list has the best movies set in Africa, including: Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, The Lion King, Cry Freedom, The Constant Gardner, The African Queen, The Last King of Scotland, and I Dreamed of Africa.

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Africa Movies
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Africa Movies
The Lion King Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick

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Hotel Rwanda Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Michael Sheen

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Zulu Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

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Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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The Battle of Algiers Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Gene Wesson

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The African Queen Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

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Mighty Joe Young Ben Johnson, Terry Moore, Regis Toomey

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward

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Moi, un noir Oumarou Ganda, Alassane Maiga, Seydou Guede

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Invictus Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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The Flight of the Phoenix James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine

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Khartoum Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson

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Stanley and Livingstone Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene

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Nowhere in Africa Matthias Habich, Juliane Köhler, Mechthild Grossmann

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To Walk with Lions Richard Harris, Honor Blackman, Geraldine Chaplin

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The Constant Gardener Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy

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The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

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Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid

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The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

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Tears of the Sun Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker

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The Sheltering Sky John Malkovich, Debra Winger, Timothy Spall

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Dangerous Ground Elizabeth Hurley, Ice Cube, Ving Rhames

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The Four Feathers Kate Hudson, Heath Ledger, Michael Sheen

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Cry Freedom Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Julian Glover

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The Last King of Scotland Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy

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Babel Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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I Dreamed of Africa Kim Basinger, Daniel Craig, Eva Marie Saint

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Congo Tim Curry, Laura Linney, Jimmy Buffett

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Guelwaar Isseu Niang, Abou Camara, Marie Augustine Diatta

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Africa: The Serengeti James Earl Jones

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Born Free Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna

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Black and White in Color Marc Zuber, Peter Berling, Catherine Rouvel

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The Cape Town Affair Jacqueline Bissett, James Brolin, Claire Trevor

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Gorillas in the Mist Sigourney Weaver, Iain Glen, Bryan Brown