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Famous Movies From Nigeria

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List of popular movies from Nigeria, listed by popularity with movie trailers when available. All prominent movies shot in Nigeria are included. This list of famous films made in Nigeria includes additional information about the movies, such as who directed them and what genre they are. Any top rated movies made in Nigeria should appear on this list, with the most well-known ones at the top. The most popular cinema of Nigeria is included below, so if you see a movie that's missing then it probably isn't very well-known.

Movies here include everything from Legacy to Ezra. This list answers the questions What movies were shot in Nigeria?"
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  • 1

    Freedom

    Ifoghale I. Amata, Manasseh Moerane

    Released1957

    Directed byMarion Anderson

  • 2

    Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

    Joseph Olita

    Released1980

    Directed bySharad Patel

    Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, also known as Amin: The Rise and Fall, is a 1981 biographical film directed by Sharad Patel and starring Joseph Olita as Idi Amin. It details the controversial actions and...  more
  • 3

    Ezra

    Richard Gant, Emil Abossolo-Mbo

    Released2007

    Directed byNewton Aduaka

    Ezra is a 2007 drama film directed by Newton I. Aduaka. It was shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival where it won the Grand Prize....  more
  • 4

    Legacy

    Idris Elba, Lara Pulver

    Released2010

    Directed byThomas Ikimi

    Legacy is a 2010 psychological thriller film directed by Nigerian/British director Thomas Ikimi and produced by Black Camel Pictures. The film premièred at the Glasgow Film Festival on the 28...  more
  • 5

    Rag Tag

    Ayo Fawole, Tamsin Clarke

    Released2006

    Directed byAdaora Nwandu

    Rag Tag is a 2006 British-Nigerian drama film written and directed by Adaora Nwandu. Rag Tag received its American premiere at the 2006 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival....  more
  • 6

    Afonja

    Adebayo Faleti, Kareem Adepoju

    Released2002

    Directed byYemi Amodu, Jare Adeniregun

    Afonja is a 2002 drama film directed by Jare Adeniregun and Yemi Amodu....
  • 7

    Osuofia in London

    Nkem Owoh

    Released2003

    Directed byKingsley Ogoro

    Osuofia in London is a 2003 Nigerian comedy film film written and directed by Kingsley Ogoro and starring African Movie Academy Award winner Nkem Owoh. The film is among the highest selling Nollywood...  more
  • 8

    Missing Angel

    Desmond Elliot

    Released2004

    Directed byKit Hui, Charles Novia

    Missing Angel is a 2004 Nigerian film directed by Charles Novia and starring Stella Damasus Aboderin and Desmond Elliot. Produced by Ulzee Nigerian Ltd, it was followed by two sequels. The plot deals...  more
  • 9

    Only in America

    Tanjareen Martin, Pascal Atuma

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid DeCrane

  • 10

    2 Rats

    Patience Ozokwor, Chinedu Ikedieze

    Released2003

    Directed byAndy Chukwu

    2 Rats is a 2003 Nigeria film. Nollywood's highest paid actors, Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze are two young boys whose father has been murdered by their uncle. In a selfish move, Amaechi Muonagor...  more
  • 11

    Attractive Illusion

    Attractive Illusion is a 2012 drama film written by Kenny Abdeleke, Kelechwuku Chukwuejim, Sunny Ohilebo and Petros Sevastikoglou, and directed by Petros Sevastikoglou....
  • 12

    Above Death: In God We Trust

    Ramsey Nouah, Genevieve Nnaji

    Released2003

    Directed bySimi Opeoluwa

  • 13

    Aki na Ukwa

    Chinedu Ikedieze, Oby Kechere

    Released2003

    Directed byAmayo Uzo Philips

    Aki na Ukwa is a 2003 Nigerian comedy film directed by Amayo Uzo Philips and starring Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze. The film launched the acting careers of the two actors....  more
  • 14

    Babatu

    Babatu is a 1976 Nigerien film directed by Jean Rouch. It was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival....  more
  • 15

    Arugba

    Arugba is a 2008 film....  more
  • 16

    Abuja Connection

    Clarion Chukwura-Abiola, Sandra Ejikeme

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Ezeanyaeche

    Abuja Connection, is a Nollywood action film thriller released in 2003 directed by Michael Ezeanyaeche. There were two sequels, Abuja Connection 2 and Abuja Connection 3, both directed by Adim...  more
  • 17

    August the First

    Kerisse Hutchinson, Ian Alsup

    Released2007

    Directed byLanre Olabisi

    "The fact that the family in Olabisi’s film is black has nothing to do with the story, even though, on the other hand, the director’s aim was to alter the schematic view of the Afro-American family...
  • 18

    Changing Faces

    Marc Baylis, Alex Lopez

    Released2008

    Directed byFaruk Afolabi Lasaki

    Changing Faces is a 2008 mystery film written by Yinka Ogun and directed by Faruk Afolabi Lasaki....
  • 19

    Baby police

    Osita Iheme

    Released2003

    Directed byAmayo Uzo Philips

  • 20

    The Figurine

    Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli

    Released2009

    Directed byKunle Afolayan

    Three people discover their happy lives come with unexpected consequences in this drama from Nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, inspired by Yoruba legend. Sola Fajure (Kunle Afolayan) has just...  more
  • 21

    Tango With Me

    Genevieve Nnaji, Joke Silva

    Released2010

    Directed byMahmood Ali-Balogun

    Tango With Me is a 2010 drama film directed by Mahmood Ali-Balogun and written by Femi Kayode....  more
  • 22

    Hurricane in the Rose Garden

    Karri Turner, Aloma Wright

    Released2007

    Directed byIme N. Etuk

  • 23

    Before the Rain

    Tonto Dikeh

    Released2008

    Directed byIkechukwu Onyeka

    Before the Rain is a 2008 drama film written by Chidi Chijioke and directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka....
  • 24

    Before the Rain 2

    Tonto Dikeh

    Released2008

    Directed byIkechukwu Onyeka

    Before the Rain 2 is a 2008 drama film written by Chidi Chijioke and directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka....
  • 25

    30 Days

    Genevieve Nnaji, Joke Silva

    Released2006

    Directed byMildred Okwo

    30 Days is a 2006 Nigerian action thriller film written and directed by Mildred Okwo. The film received 10 nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008....  more