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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    Richard Farnsworth, Cliff Edwards, Butterfly McQueen Released: 1939

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    Peter Ustinov, Richard Farnsworth, Jean Simmons Released: 1960

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    Jay O. Sanders, Bob Gunton, Raymond St. Jacques Released: 1989

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    Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Paulson

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    Michael Sheen, Al Hunter Ashton, Russell Crowe

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    Jacky Nercessian, Hulusi Keleş Released: 1977

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    Franco Nero, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern

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    Mary Steenburgen, Dana Ivey, Allison Janney

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    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    Jeremy Northam, Stellan Skarsgård, Chiwetel Ejiofor Released: 1997

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    Kris Kristofferson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Charlton Heston Released: 1968

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    Michael Rooker, Don Cheadle, Ving Rhames

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    Eulalie Jensen, Margarita Fischer, Virginia Grey Released: 1927

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    Vincent Price, Edward G. Robinson, Anne Baxter

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    Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman, David Wayne Released: 1960

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    Lynne Thigpen, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

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

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    Debbi Morgan, Ben Masters, Brenda Sykes Released: 1975

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    Roots: The Gift LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett, Jr. 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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    Michael Gambon, Youssou N'Dour, 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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    Michelle Yeoh, Ken Watanabe, Kōji Yakusho Released: 2005

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    Goodbye Uncle Tom

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    Sam Neill, Diahann Carroll, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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    Keketso Semoko, Zola, Taye Diggs

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    Peter Ustinov, Farrah Fawcett, Roscoe Lee Browne

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    The Bill of Rights

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    Sansho the Bailiff

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    Caterina Boratto, Paolo Bonacelli, Hélène Surgère

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    Lillian Gish, Eugene Pallette, Mae Marsh

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