Well-Made Movies About Slavery Films

Well-Made Movies About Slavery

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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.


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    Roots


    Louis Gossett, Jr., LeVar Burton Released: 1977

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    - 22
    12 Years a Slave


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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  3. 3
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    - 62
    Glory


    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Released: 1989

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  4. 4
    + 347
    - 74
    Amistad


    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin Released: 1997

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  5. 5
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    - 33
    The Help

    added by PrincessCamieAlexander
    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  6. 6
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    - 100
    Django Unchained

    added by carlybobarly
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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  7. 7
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    - 56
    Spartacus

    most listed
    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis Released: 1960

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  8. 8
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    - 84
    Gone with the Wind

    the people's #1 & often listed
    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland Released: 1939

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  9. 9
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    - 41
    Gladiator

    added by zxray
    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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  10. 10
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    - 41
    Rosewood

    added by Malibu369
    Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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  11. 11
    + 112
    - 29
    Braveheart

    added by zxray
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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  12. 12
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    - 48
    Uncle Tom's Cabin


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

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    - 31
    The Ten Commandments

    added by zxray
    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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  14. 14
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    - 73
    Planet of the Apes


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

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  15. 15
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    - 43
    Huckleberry Finn


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

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    - 56
    Mandingo

    ranked low on reranks
    Sylvester Stallone, Ken Norton, Laura Misch Released: 1975

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    - 26
    The Journey of August King

    ranked high on reranks & added by Clifanovich
    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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    - 36
    Bicentennial Man

    often listed & added by zxray
    Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

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    - 19
    Amazing Grace

    ranked low on reranks & added by stephaniebabatola
    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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    - 28
    Queen: The Story of an American Family

    added by annsmithcole

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    - 31
    Roots: The Gift

    added by DarrenDesepoli
    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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    - 49
    Memoirs of a Geisha


    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li Released: 2005

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    - 32
    Goodbye Uncle Tom

    added by PeteBoyle
    Goodbye Uncle Tom

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    + 40
    - 26
    Sally Hemings: An American Scandal

    added by annsmithcole
    Sam Neill, Diahann Carroll, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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    + 31
    - 24
    Logan's Run

    added by zxray
    Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter

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    + 39
    - 34
    Drum

    added by ErlingStoehr
    Taye Diggs, Jason Flemyng, Gabriel Mann

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    - 4
    I Am Slave

    added by darren-bell
    Lubna Azabal, Nonso Anozie, Isaach de Bankolé

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    - 12
    Sansho the Bailiff

    added by MiguelT.Quiroga
    Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyōko Kagawa, Eitarō Shindō

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    No image

    added by kenny-martin
    Freedom Ifoghale I. Amata, Manasseh Moerane

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    - 15
    No image

    added by LynnSmedleyFaulkner
    Jezabel

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    + 7
    - 14
    The Bill of Rights

    added by YàSsIiNe
    The Bill of Rights

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    - 30
    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    added by PeteBoyle
    Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

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    - 26
    The Pet

    added by RebekahBarnes
    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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    + 8
    - 21
    Meendum Kokila

    added by lindsey.eva
    Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Thengai Srinivasan

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    The Birth of a Nation

    added by RJZTV
    Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh

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