Well-Made Movies About Slavery Films
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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.

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

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis Released: 1960

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Released: 1989

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Jacky Nercessian, Hulusi Keleş Released: 1977

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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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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    Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin Released: 1997

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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

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    Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames

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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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    Harvey Korman, Paul Winfield, David Wayne Released: 1960

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    Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

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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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    Sylvester Stallone, James Mason, Ken Norton Released: 1975

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    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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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney, Rufus Sewell 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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    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li Released: 2005

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    Diahann Carroll, Sam Neill, Mario Van Peebles

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    Taye Diggs, Gabriel Mann, Jason Flemyng

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    Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Michael York

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    Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

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    John Ford, Lillian Gish, Raoul Walsh

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