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The Best Movies About African Colonialism, Ranked

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List RulesVote up the best historical movies set in Colonial Africa or that address elements of colonialism.

This list contains information on the best movies about African colonialism, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best films about African colonialism come in many forms. Some good films about African colonialism find characters engaged in forbidden love affairs while other good films about African colonialism feature epic battles. Many of the best African colonialism films star award-winning actors and actresses.

What films will you find on this top African colonialism movies list? The English Patient has to be near the top. The 1996 film won a total of nine Academy Awards including trophies for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director for Anthony Minghella. Gabriel Yared also won an Oscar for Best Score. Out of Africa is another good movie set in an era of African colonialism.

Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart joined forces for The African Queen in 1951. Other good movies about African colonialism include Zulu Dawn, The Hill, and Nowhere in Africa.

Do you have a favorite African colonialism movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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    Out of Africa

    Meryl Streep, Robert Redford


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book...  more

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    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker


    Directed byCy Endfield

    Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879. It depicts 150 British soldiers who successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu...  more

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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes


    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was...  more

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    Zulu Dawn

    Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins


    Directed byDouglas Hickox

    Zulu Dawn is a 1979 film about the historical Battle of Isandlwana between British and Zulu forces in 1879 in South Africa. The screenplay was by Cy Endfield, from his book, and Anthony Story. The...  more

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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart


    Directed byJohn Huston

    The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The...  more

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    Mister Johnson

    Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward


    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Mister Johnson is a 1990 American drama film based on the 1939 novel by Joyce Cary. The film was entered into the 41st Berlin International Film Festival, where Maynard Eziashi won the Silver Bear...  more
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    White Mischief

    Hugh Grant, John Hurt


    Directed byMichael Radford

    White Mischief is a 1987 film dramatising the events of the Happy Valley murder case in Kenya in 1941, when Sir Henry "Jock" Delves Broughton was tried for the murder of Josslyn Hay, Earl of...  more
  • 8

    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas


    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas set in Africa at the end of the 19th century. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and the...  more
  • 9

    White Material

    Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert


    Directed byClaire Denis

    White Material is a 2009 French film directed by Claire Denis and co-written with Marie NDiaye. The film stars Isabelle Huppert as Maria Vial, a struggling French coffee producer in an unnamed...  more
  • 10

    Diamond City

    Honor Blackman, Diana Dors


    Directed byDavid MacDonald

    Diamond City is a 1949 British drama film directed by David MacDonald and starring David Farrar, Honor Blackman, Diana Dors and Niall MacGinnis....  more
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    Nowhere in Africa

    Matthias Habich, Juliane Köhler


    Directed byCaroline Link

    Nowhere in Africa is a 2001 German film that was written and directed by Caroline Link. The screenplay is based on the 1995 autobiographical novel of the same name by Stefanie Zweig. It tells the...  more
  • 12

    The Flame Trees of Thika

    Hayley Mills, Ben Cross


    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

    The Flame Trees of Thika is a British television serial of seven 50-minute episodes made by Euston Films for Thames Television in 1981. It was adapted by John Hawkesworth from the 1959 book of the...  more
  • 13


    Rasmané Ouedraogo, Mireille Andrée Boti


    Directed byRoger Gnoan M'Bala

    Andanggaman is a 2000 Ivorian, Burkinabé, French, Swiss and Italian historical drama film directed by Roger Gnoan M'Bala....  more
  • 14

    The Hill

    Sean Connery, Ossie Davis


    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Hill is a 1965 film directed by Sidney Lumet, set in a British army prison in North Africa in the Second World War. It stars Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Ossie Davis, Ian Hendry,...  more

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    Julie Walters, Gabriel Byrne


    Directed byRichard E. Grant

    Wah-Wah is a 2005 drama film, written and directed by British actor Richard E. Grant and loosely based on his childhood in Swaziland. It stars Nicholas Hoult, Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Miranda...  more
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    Kenneth Cranham, Isaach de Bankolé


    Directed byClaire Denis

    Chocolat is a 1988 film directed by Claire Denis, about a French family that lives in colonial Cameroon. Marc and Aimée Dalens are the parents of France, a young girl who befriends Protée, a Cameroon...  more