film Well-Made Movies About Slavery

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List Rules 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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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Help Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

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Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin - Released: 1997

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Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick - Released: 1989

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Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis - Released: 1960

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Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Rosewood Jon Voight, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland - Released: 1939

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Uncle Tom's Cabin Virginia Grey, Margarita Fischer, Arthur Edmund Carewe - Released: 1927

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The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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Mandingo Sylvester Stallone, Ken Norton, Laura Misch - Released: 1975

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Amazing Grace 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 legislation through ...

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Planet of the Apes Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti - Released: 1968

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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 Burton), who is determined to be free. In ...

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

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Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Sam Neill, Diahann Carroll, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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I Am Slave Lubna Azabal, Nonso Anozie, Isaach de Bankolé

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Bicentennial Man Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

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Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter

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Memoirs of a Geisha Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li - Released: 2005

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The Journey of August King 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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Sansho the Bailiff Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyōko Kagawa, Eitarō Shindō

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Freedom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
Freedom Ifoghale I. Amata, Manasseh Moerane

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Drum Taye Diggs, Jason Flemyng, Gabriel Mann

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The Birth of a Nation Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh

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Meendum Kokila Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Thengai Srinivasan

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Jezabel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
Jezabel

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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

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The Pet 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.