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Well-Made Movies About Slavery

List Criteria: Feature films that portray slavery as a main theme

A list of slave movies, ranked by their quality and storytelling. These are the top movies that deal with the issue of slaves, the slave trade, and slavery in general. What are the best slavery movies of all time? If you believe we left something off of this list,  please feel free to add it yourself. Slavery is among the most despicable institutions of any society that supports it. The United States came close to permanently splitting in two because of slavery. It's a delicate subject that deserves attention, so we can learn from history and never fall into it again. These movies handle slavery with aplomb (sometimes metaphorically) and are definitely worth watching.

Well-Made Movies About Slavery Films
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    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton Released: 1977

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Released: 1989

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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin Released: 1997

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis Released: 1960

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Released: 1939

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Virginia Grey, Margarita Fischer, Arthur Edmund Carewe Released: 1927

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti Released: 1968

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    Harvey Korman, Paul Winfield, Arthur O'Connell Released: 1960

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    Sylvester Stallone, Ken Norton, Laura Misch Released: 1975

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    Thandie Newton, Maya Angelou, Sam Waterston A very exciting movie, showing the brutality of a slaveowner against what he called his property  

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    Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon, Ioan Gruffudd Amazing Grace is a 2006 film about the campaign against slave trade in the British Empire, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade

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    Roots: The Gift Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton Roots: The Gift features two key characters from Roots and the actors who portrayed them: Fiddler, the seasoned plantation slave (Louis Gossett Jr.) and his young friend Kunta Kinte, (LeVar

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    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li Released: 2005

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    Goodbye Uncle Tom

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    Sam Neill, Diahann Carroll, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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    Taye Diggs, Jason Flemyng, Gabriel Mann

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    Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter

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    Lubna Azabal, Nonso Anozie, Isaach de Bankolé

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    Sansho the Bailiff

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    Freedom Ifoghale I. Amata, Manasseh Moerane Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    The Bill of Rights

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    Jezabel

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    Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Thengai Srinivasan

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    Lydia McLane, Pierre Dulat, Magi Avila It's a movie about women who are willingly or unwillingly treat like pets/slaves and sold on the global slave market.

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    Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

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    Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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