Movies about slavery

List of the best movies about slavery, selected by visitors to our site: Django Unchained, Lincoln, Spartacus, 12 Years a Slave, Battlefield Earth, Deadpool, Dogville, Bloodwork, You Were Never Really Here, Sweet Country.

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
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, western
CharactersLifeguards, Partners, Heroes, Hunters
PlotLove, Fight, Revenge, Slavery, The escape
PlaceWild West, USA, Mansions
StyleWorth watching, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious, Black humor

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

Lincoln (2012)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, India
PlotOn real events, Political, Slavery, Freedom, Justice
PlaceUSA, The White House
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.

Spartacus (2004)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, history

Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an Ethiopian warrior, Draba, Spartacus leads a slave uprising which threatens Rome's status quo. As Spartacus gains sympathy within the Roman Senate, he also makes a powerful enemy in form of Marcus Lucinius Crassus, who makes it a matter of personal honor to crush the rebellion.

12 Years a Slave (2013)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersFamily, Musicians
PlotOn real events, Love, Travel, Abduction, Death
PlaceNew York, USA
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Heartbreaking, Heavy

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.

Battlefield Earth (2000)
Markimdb: 2.5
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
PlotUprising, Slavery

In the year 3000, man is no match for the Psychlos, a greedy, manipulative race of aliens on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the powerful Terl, the Psychlos are stripping Earth clean of its natural resources, using the broken remnants of humanity as slaves. What is left of the human race has descended into a near primitive state. After being captured, it is up to Tyler to save mankind.

Deadpool (2016)
Markimdb: 8
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, melodrama, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersSuperhero, Friends, Heroes, Mutant, Immortals
PlotLove, Supernatural, Slavery, Cancer, Superpowers
PlaceNew York, USA
StyleExciting, For men, By comics, Popular, Black humor

Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Dogville (2003)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryDenmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Italy
PlotBank robbery, Revenge, Mystery, Slavery, Betrayal
PlaceMountains, Small cities
StyleMakes me think, Action, Depressive, Smart, Explicit scenes

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace's status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

Bloodwork (2012)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersFriends, Rabbits
PlotSurvival, Slavery
PlaceHospitals, Canada
StyleDisturbing, Serious, Action, Fascinating

A couple of college students decide to sign up for pharmaceutical testing of a new allergy drug to make some extra cash for their spring break trip. They quickly discover their two week stay will not be as easy as they first believed and fight to save themselves from the grips of the facility.

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

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.

Sweet Country (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, western, crime, history
CharactersPolice, Farmers, Judge, Cowboys, Spy
PlotTravel, Investigation, Slavery, Weapon, Justice
PlaceAustralia, Deserts, Court
StyleCute, Fascinating, Soulful, Tense

It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Roots (2016)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, history
CharactersFamily, Slaves
PlotSlavery, Fear
Time18th century
StyleHeavy, Soulful, Tense, Fascinating, By books

An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave, Kunta Kinte sold to America and his descendants.

Ben-Hur (2016)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama, adventure, history
CharactersFriends, Jews
PlotRevenge, Death, Survival, Slavery, Betrayal
PlaceRoman Empire, Italy, Deserts
StyleExciting, Fascinating, For men, Tense, Serious

A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.

The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Canada
PlotOn real events, Uprising, Death, Slavery, Freedom
Time19th century

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.

All the Way (2016)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
PlotPolitical, Slavery, Power, Freedom, Elections
PlaceUSA, Vietnam, Texas

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.'

Queen of the Desert (2015)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA, Morocco
CharactersWriters, Strong women, Spy, Kings, Slaves
PlotOn real events, Political, Death, Slavery, Happiness
PlaceEngland, Turkey, Deserts
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Soulful, Disturbing, Serious

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Underground (2016)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, history
PlotAdventure, Slavery
StyleFascinating, Disturbing, Serious

A group of slaves plan a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Along the way, they are aided by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad as they attempt to evade the people charged with bringing them back, dead or alive.

Skin Trade (2014)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryThailand, Canada, USA
CharactersGangsters, FBI, Partners, Heroes, Scammers
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Investigation, Slavery, Rivalry
StyleExciting, For men, Heavy, Disturbing, Tense

After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.

Trade (2007)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryGermany, USA
CharactersBrothers, Criminals
PlotSlavery, Pursuit
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing

A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who was promised a better life in America also becomes a victim.

Spartan (2004)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersSnipers, Spy, Special Forces
PlotPolitical, Investigation, Slavery, Missing people
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Serious

U.S. government agent Scott is assigned to rescue the daughter of a high-ranking government official. As willing as he is to bend the rules to get things done, though, Scott is shocked to find that others are willing to go even further to protect a political career.

The Color Purple (1985)
Markimdb: 7.8
CharactersSingers, Sisters, Poor, Lovers
StyleTo cry, Touching, Soulful

An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa. Based on the novel by Alice Walker.