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Well-Made Movies About Slavery  

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List Rules Feature films that portray slavery as a main theme

A list of slave movies, ranked by their quality and storytelling. These are the top movies that deal with the issue of slaves, the slave trade, and slavery in general. What are the best slavery movies of all time? If you believe we left something off of this list,  please feel free to add it yourself. Slavery is among the most despicable institutions of any society that supports it. The United States came close to permanently splitting in two because of slavery. It's a delicate subject that deserves attention, so we can learn from history and never fall into it again. These movies handle slavery with aplomb (sometimes metaphorically) and are definitely worth watching.
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Goodbye Uncle Tom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
PeteBoyle added Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
Goodbye Uncle Tom is a 1971 Italian film directed by Mondo film documentary directors Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi with music by Riz Ortolani. The film is based on true events in ...more
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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti
Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan, Paul Giamatti, and Estella ...more
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Drum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
ErlingStoehr added Taye Diggs, Jason Flemyng, Gabriel Mann
Drum is a 2004 film based on the life of South African investigative journalist Henry Nxumalo, who worked for the popular Drum magazine, called "the first black lifestyle magazine in ...more
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The Journey of August King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
Clifanovich added Thandie Newton, Maya Angelou, Sam Waterston
The Journey of August King is a 1996 American drama film directed by John Duigan. It stars Jason Patric and Thandie Newton.
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Sansho the Bailiff is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
MiguelT.Quiroga added Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyōko Kagawa, Eitarō Shindō
Sansho the Bailiff is a 1954 Japanese period film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Based on a short story of the same name by Mori Ōgai, it tells the story of two aristocratic children sold into ...more
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Bicentennial Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
zxray added Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt
Bicentennial Man is a 1999 American science fiction family comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. Based on the novel The Positronic Man, co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, ...more
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The Birth of a Nation is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
RJZTV added Lillian Gish, John Ford, Raoul Walsh
The Birth of a Nation is a 1915 American silent epic drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Griffith co-wrote the ...more
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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon
Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, the film has ...more
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The Keeping Room is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru
The Keeping Room is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Barber. Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women must fight to defend their
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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell
Ben-Hur is a 2016 American historical epic film directed by Timur Bekmambetov. It is the fifth film adaptation of the 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. It has been termed ...more
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
PeteBoyle added Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, commonly referred to as simply Salò, is a 1975 Italian-French art film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, with uncredited writing ...more
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The Pet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
RebekahBarnes added Lydia McLane, Pierre Dulat, Magi Avila
The Pet is a 2006 American thriller film directed by D. Stevens. A young woman agrees to be the human-pet of an aristocrat for six months to get out of financial trouble when she is kidnapped ...more
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Battlefield Earth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Well-Made Movies About Slavery
John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Forest Whitaker
This film is a 2000 American dystopian science fiction action film based upon the first half of L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 novel of the same name. Directed by Roger Christian and starring John ...more