A list of the best movies about plantations in the American South ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about plantations are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself.
The films on this list are the most famous plantation movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of the genre.
This list answers the questions, "What are the best plantation movies?" and "What is the greatest movie about plantations?" and contains items like Beloved and Cold Mountain.
Various bits of information are included with these popular plantation movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good plantation movies to enjoy.
- 1Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker
Directed by: Jon AvnetFried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at... more
- 2Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
Directed by: Sam Wood, George Cukor, Victor FlemingGone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret... more
- 3Louis Gossett, Jr.
Released: 1977This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries... more
- 4Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
Directed by: Nick CassavetesThe Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on... more
- 5Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg
Directed by: Steven SpielbergThe Color Purple is a 1985 American period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on... more
- 6Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington
Directed by: Edward ZwickGlory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick,... more
- 7Oprah Winfrey, Thandie Newton
Directed by: Jonathan DemmeBeloved is a 1998 American horror-drama film based on Toni Morrison's 1987 novel of the same... more
- 8Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman
Directed by: Anthony MinghellaCold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is... more
- 9Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington
Directed by: Quentin TarantinoDjango Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film directed by Quentin Tarantino.... more
- 10Jodie Foster, Richard Gere
Directed by: Jon AmielSommersby is a 1993 romantic drama film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Richard Gere, Jodie... more
- 11Willem Dafoe, Bryce Dallas Howard
Directed by: Lars von TrierManderlay is a 2005 Danish drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier and the second... more
- 12Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey
Directed by: Steven SpielbergAmistad is a 1997 historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story... more
- 13Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender
Directed by: Steve McQueen12 Years a Slave is a 2013 period drama film directed by Steve McQueen, based on the 1853... more