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The Best Movies About African Colonialism, Ranked

Updated June 14, 2019 246 votes 104 voters 14.6k views16 items

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

    Released1985

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney...  more

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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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    The English Patient

    Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1996

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script...  more

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    Zulu Dawn

    Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins

    Released1979

    Directed byDouglas Hickox

    Zulu Dawn is a 1979 film about the historical Battle of Isandlwana between British and Zulu...  more

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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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    White Mischief

    Hugh Grant, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMichael Radford

    White Mischief is a 1987 film dramatising the events of the Happy Valley murder case in Kenya...  more
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    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael...  more

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    White Material

    Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert

    Released2010

    Directed byClaire Denis

    White Material is a 2009 French film directed by Claire Denis and co-written with Marie...  more
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    Mister Johnson

    Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward

    Released1990

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Mister Johnson is a 1990 American drama film based on the 1939 novel by Joyce Cary. The film...  more
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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
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    The Flame Trees of Thika

    Hayley Mills, Ben Cross

    Released1981

    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

    The Flame Trees of Thika is a British television serial of seven 50-minute episodes made by...  more
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    Adanggaman

    Rasmané Ouedraogo, Mireille Andrée Boti

    Released2000

    Directed byRoger Gnoan M'Bala

    Andanggaman is a 2000 Ivorian, Burkinabé, French, Swiss and Italian historical drama film...  more
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    The Hill

    Sean Connery, Ossie Davis

    Released1965

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    The Hill is a 1965 film directed by Sidney Lumet, set in a British army prison in North Africa...  more

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    Diamond City

    Honor Blackman, Diana Dors

    Released1949

    Directed byDavid MacDonald

    Diamond City is a 1949 British drama film directed by David MacDonald and starring David...  more
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    Wah-Wah

    Julie Walters, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard E. Grant

    Wah-Wah is a 2005 drama film, written and directed by British actor Richard E. Grant and...  more
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    Chocolat

    Kenneth Cranham, Isaach de Bankolé

    Released1988

    Directed byClaire Denis

    Chocolat is a 1988 film directed by Claire Denis, about a French family that lives in colonial...  more