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10 Must Watch Slavery Movies



Roots: The Complete Miniseries
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson, Edward Asner (Actors)


In this remake of the 1970s miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel, a new generation of actors retraces the roots of American slavery through the saga of Kunta Kinte — a young man taken from a Gambian village and brought to America to serve.

Alex Haley's Queen
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Halle Berry, Ann-Margret, Tim Daly (Actors)

Alex Haley's Queen

It tells the life story of a young woman and it shows the problems which biracial slaves and former slaves faced in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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

12 Years a Slave

A freeborn black man is abducted from New York and sold into slavery in this historical drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup.

Django Unchained
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James Remar, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio (Actors)

Django Unchained

Accompanied by a German bounty hunter, a freed slave named Django travels across America to free his wife from a sadistic plantation owner.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn (Actors)


Director Steven Spielberg takes on the towering legacy of Abraham Lincoln, focusing on his stewardship of the Union during the Civil War years.

Free State of Jones
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali (Actors)

Free State of Jonas

In this fact-based drama, a rebellious farmer leads a group of Civil War deserters in a fight to establish a mixed-race free state in the deep South.

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  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson (Actors)


This period drama based on fact traces the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial girl born in 1761 to a British admiral father and an African mother.

The Birth Of a Nation
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Jr. (Actors)

The Birth of a Nation

Set against the antebellum South, the movie follows Nat Turner, a literate slave, and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves.

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Steven Spielberg directed this story about the 1839 revolt aboard the Spanish slave ship La Amistad and the uprising's tragic aftermath.

I Am Slave
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Wunmi Mosaku, Isaach De Bankolé, Lubna Azabal (Actors)

I Am Slave

A thriller set in London's slave trade and centered on a woman's fight for freedom.

Shaka Zulu
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • David Hasselhoff, Karen Allen, Omar Sharif (Actors)

Shaka Zulu

This true story (originally aired as a TV show) of 19th-century Africa follows mighty Zulu Shaka as he leads his proud warriors on a quest to be one people, one power, one empire! 

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10 Must Watch Slavery Movies
  • Roots.
  • Alex Haley's Queen.
  • 12 Years a Slave.
  • Django Unchained.
  • Lincoln.
  • Free State of Jonas.
  • 13th.

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