Movies about slavery

Movies about slavery
List of the best movies about slavery, selected by visitors to our site: Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, Lincoln, The Retrieval, Planet of the Apes, The Legend of Tarzan, I Am Not a Witch, All the Way, The Birth of a Nation, Bedevilled.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Django Unchained (2012)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genreaction, comedy, drama, western
CountryUSA
Duration02:45
CharactersLifeguards, Heroes, Hunters, Partners
PlotLove, Skirmishes, Revenge, Fight, Slavery
PlaceWild West, Mansions, USA
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Black humor, Epic, Serious

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

12 Years a Slave (2013)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:13
CharactersMusicians, Family
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Travel, Abduction
PlaceUSA, New York
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Heartbreaking

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Lincoln (2012)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, India
Duration02:30
CharactersPresidential
PlotWar, On real events, Slavery, Political, Justice
PlaceThe White House, USA
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Tense, Epic

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

The Retrieval (2014)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, adventure, western
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersSerial killers, Hunters, Orphans
PlotSurvival, Revenge, Slavery, Death, Pursuit
PlaceNature, USA
Time19th century
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Gloomy, Serious

On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.

Planet of the Apes (2001)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersMonkeys, Astronauts
PlotAdventure, Time travel, Survival, Slavery, Revolution
PlaceFantastic worlds, Parallel worlds
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Twisted plot, Serious, Worth watching

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade.

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, fantasy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, USA
Duration02:19
CharactersKings, Snipers, Crocodiles, Monkeys, Tough guys
PlotSurvival, Martial Arts, Fight, Slavery, Friendship
PlaceVillage, Jungle, Ships, Mountains, Africa
StyleUnexpected ending

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

I Am Not a Witch (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, Zambia
CharactersWitch, Genie, Tourists
PlotSlavery, Justice, Freedom
PlaceAfrica

Convicted of witchcraft, 8-year-old Shula is brought to live in a penal colony where witches do hard labor in service of the government in this ravishing and revelatory feature debut. I Am Not a Witch is the rare satire that inspires laughter and tears within the span of a single scene.

All the Way (2016)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:25
CharactersPresidential
PlotSlavery, Political, Elections, Freedom, Power
PlaceVietnam, Texas, USA
StyleAction

Lyndon B. Johnson's amazing 11-month journey from taking office after JFK's assassination, through the fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign, culminating on the night LBJ is actually elected to the office – no longer the 'accidental President.'

The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:42
CharactersPoor
PlotOn real events, Slavery, Death, Justice, Freedom
PlaceUSA
Time19th century
StyleInspirational

Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina that results in a violent retaliation from whites.

Bedevilled (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:54
PlotRevenge, Slavery, Vacation, Rivalry
PlaceIslands, Asia, Korea
StyleAction, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

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Chained (2012)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrehorror, thriller, crime
CountryCanada
Duration01:34
CharactersSerial killers, Slaves
PlotSlavery
StylePsychological problems

A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.

Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryIran
CharactersProphets
PlotSlavery, Pursuit, Religious

The events, trials and tribulations of the city of Makkah in 7th century AD.

Savannah (2013)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genremelodrama, drama, family, history
CountryUSA
CharactersDogs, Horses, Writers, Lawyers, Friends
PlotOn real events, Slavery, Money, Friendship, Death
PlaceParty, Hotels, USA
TimeNew Year
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

Savannah is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his long-time friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah's markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.

Freedom (2014)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
CharactersSlaves
PlotSlavery, Religious, Freedom
PlaceShips
Time19th century
StyleSerious

Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton. Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom. 100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel's great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton's life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantasy, adventure, family
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:52
CharactersWitch, Kings, Dragons, Heroes, Family
PlotLove, Time travel, Adventure, Magic, Slavery
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean, Parallel worlds
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

This time around Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersStrong women, Models, Captives
PlotSurvival, Abduction, Revenge, Slavery, Obsession
PlaceNew York
StyleFor girls, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

Naturally beautiful, Katie has just settled into New York where she, like many other young women, is trying to make it as a model. But what starts out as an innocent and simple photo shoot soon turns into something disturbingly unthinkable! Raped, tortured and kidnapped to a foreign country, Jessica is buried alive and left to die. Against all odds, she manages to escape. Severely injured, she will have to tap into the darkest places of the human psyche to not only survive, but to exact her revenge…

Riverworld (2010)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrefantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:51
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Cossacks
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Slavery, Supernatural, Life after death
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

Welcome to Riverworld, a place of strange, watery beauty and the current abode of a fascinating cast of the recently (and not-so-recently) dead. It certainly isn't Heaven, but it just might be Hell.

You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration02:09
CharactersTeens, Hired assassins, Fathers, Veterans
PlotAbduction, Slavery, Money, Death, Missing people
PlaceHotels
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Heavy, Tense

A traumatised veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:20
CharactersRobots, Aliens, Pirates, Monsters, Thieves
PlotRobbery, Dancing, Adventure, Gambling, Slavery
PlaceSpace, Sea, Jungle, Spaceships, Mountains
StylePopular, Unexpected ending, Star Wars

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.

War Witch (2011)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military
CountryCanada
Duration01:30
CharactersSoldier, Shamans
PlotSurvival, Skirmishes, Slavery, Friendship, Uprising
PlaceAfrica
StyleTouching, Depressive, Serious

Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.




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