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Educational Slavery Movies on Hulu

It's important that we acknowledge all parts of history and that includes the darker parts we may not want to talk about. Slavery is a prolific part of almost every country's history; some still struggling with the repercussions and damage it's done to their economic and social structures.

Hulu has a great selection of slavery-themed films based on first-hand accounts and historic figures that enlighten us to what truly happened. 

Slavery Movies on Hulu

12 Years a Slave
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender (Actors)

12 Years A Slave

Solomon Northup, a free black man in New York, is kidnapped and sold to a cruel slave owner in the South. Through the next 12 years, he struggles to maintain his dignity, and then he meets an abolitionist that will forever change his life. (Stream on Hulu)

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Susmita Mukherjee, Tillotama Shome, Priyank Bose (Actors)


Based on the true stories of young girls sold into slavery, Sold combines all their stories into one narrative. This film covers topics that may make some audiences uncomfortable, but they are stories that need to be told nonetheless.

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A brutal and heartbreaking tale; this film highlights the prevalence of sex trafficking and slavery. (Stream on Hulu)

Underground, Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Misha Green (Producer)


Plantation slaves band together in search of freedom and brighter futures. The Underground Railroad is their only hope, but the dangers they face will put them to the test. (Stream on Hulu)

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People Also Ask:

Are there any slavery movies on Netflix?

Netflix has a wide range of excellent slavery films. They show nostalgic historical documentaries about the trials of Black and African-American people in the 17th and 18th centuries. Don't forget to check out 7 Slavery Movies on Netflix for Black History Month.

What are black people watching on Hulu?

Best Black Movies and Shows to Celebrate Black History Month
  • Watch: The United States vs. Billie Holiday Official Trailer.
  • Watch: Amazing Grace.
  • Watch: If Beale Street Could Talk.
  • Watch: Southside With You.
  • Watch: I Am Not Your Negro.
  • Watch: Woke.
  • Watch: Black-ish.
  • Watch: Your Attention Please.

What movies are based on slavery?

All-Time Best Movies on American Slavery
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Django Unchained (2012) 
  • Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • Glory (1989)
  • Lincoln (2012)
  • Sankofa (1993)
  • Amistad (1997)
  • Slavery by Another Name (2012)

What are black stories on Hulu?

Hulu has a collection of Black Stories. Enjoy a collection of hundreds of films and television shows featuring Black actors, creators, and voices. You can check out Black History Movies on Hulu, too.

How many black slavery movies are there?

Seven high-profile films about slavery have been released in the last seven years, the most recent being Harriet, which chronicles the extraordinary life of slave liberator Harriet Tubman.

To continue this unit study, check out the Harriet Movie Study.

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What was the first slavery movie?

From the first film adaptations of Uncle Tom's Cabin's “happy plantation” slaves in 1903 to Gone with the Wind (1939) and its romanticism of slavery, to The Foxes of Harrow (1947), the first film based on a novel by an African-American writer, Frank Yerby, to Haile Gerima's haunting independent film Sankofa (1993).

If you want more thought-provoking films on slavery check out some of our other movie lists!

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