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The Best Africa Movies

Updated August 28, 2020 976 votes 161 voters 12.1k views

List RulesMovies about or set in Africa.

Safaris, pyramids, and sphinx’s, blood diamonds, Nelson Mandela, apartheid. This and much more can be found on the continent of Africa. With sweeping landscapes and numerous tales of human drama, many films end up being about or set in Africa, and for good reason. This list features the best of these films, ranked by film lovers everywhere.

Also known as the “Dark Continent,” Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. It covers a whopping six percent of the Earth’s total surface! Considering its enormous size and historical landmarks such as the Pyramids of Egypt, it’s no wonder that movies like Congo and The Flight of the Phoenix all feature this continent. 

This list has the best movies set in Africa, including: Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamond, The Lion King, Cry Freedom, The Constant Gardner, The African Queen, The Last King of Scotland, and I Dreamed of Africa.

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  • The Lion King1
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • Khartoum2
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    Khartoum

    Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier

    Released1966

    Directed byBasil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon

    Khartoum is a 1966 film written by Robert Ardrey and directed by Basil Dearden. It stars...  more
  • Hotel Rwanda3
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    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

    Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted...  more

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  • Casablanca4
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on...  more

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  • Zulu5
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    Zulu

    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker

    Released1964

    Directed byCy Endfield

    Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and...  more

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  • Lawrence of Arabia6
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E....  more

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  • The African Queen7
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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C....  more

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  • Nowhere in Africa8
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    Nowhere in Africa

    Matthias Habich, Juliane Köhler

    Released2001

    Directed byCaroline Link

    Nowhere in Africa is a 2001 German film that was written and directed by Caroline Link. The...  more
  • Blood Diamond9
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    Blood Diamond

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly

    Released2006

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political thriller film co-produced and directed by...  more

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  • The Last King of Scotland10
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    The Last King of Scotland

    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson

    Released2006

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

    The Last King of Scotland is a 2006 British fiction drama film based on Giles Foden's novel of...  more

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  • Mighty Joe Young11
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    Mighty Joe Young

    Ben Johnson, Terry Moore

    Released1949

    Directed byErnest B. Schoedsack

    Mighty Joe Young is a 1949 American black-and-white fantasy film from RKO Radio Pictures made...  more
  • Babel12
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    Babel

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

    Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and...  more
  • Stanley and Livingstone13
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    Stanley and Livingstone

    Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly

    Released1939

    Directed byHenry King, Otto Brower

    Stanley and Livingstone is a movie based loosely upon the true story of reporter Sir Henry M....  more
  • Cry Freedom14
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    Cry Freedom

    Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Cry Freedom is a 1987 British drama film directed by Richard Attenborough, set in the late...  more

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  • The Ghost and the Darkness15
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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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  • Invictus16
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    Invictus

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

    Released2009

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    "From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela...  more

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  • Moi, un noir17
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    Moi, un noir

    Oumarou Ganda, Alassane Maiga

    Released1958

    Directed byJean Rouch

    Moi, un noir is a 1958 French ethnofiction film directed by Jean Rouch. The film is set in...  more
  • The Flight of the Phoenix18
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    The Flight of the Phoenix

    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • The Sheltering Sky19
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    The Sheltering Sky

    John Malkovich, Debra Winger

    Released1990

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

    The Sheltering Sky is a 1990 British-Italian drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci...  more
  • Born Free20
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    Born Free

    Geoffrey Keen, Bill Travers

    Released1966

    Directed byTom McGowan, James Hill

    Born Free is a 1966 Technicolor British drama film starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers...  more

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    The Snows of Kilimanjaro

    Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck

    Released1952

    Directed byHenry King

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  • The Battle of Algiers23
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    The Battle of Algiers

    Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef

    Released1966

    Directed byGillo Pontecorvo

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  • To Walk with Lions24
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    To Walk with Lions

    Richard Harris, Honor Blackman

    Released1999

    Directed byCarl Schultz

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    Jaguar

    Jaguar is a documentary film directed by Jean Rouch....