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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)
  • Marvin J. Chomsky (Director) - William Blinn (Writer) - Not Specified (Producer)

Roots

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)
  • John Erman (Director) - David Stevens (Writer) - Mark M Wolper (Producer)

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)
  • Steve McQueen (Director) - Dede Gardner (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

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)
  • Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio (Actors)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Director) - Quentin Tarantino (Writer) - Harvey Weinstein (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

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.

Lincoln
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn (Actors)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director) - Tony Kushner (Writer) - Steven Spielberg (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Lincoln

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)
  • Gary Ross (Director) - Gary Ross (Writer) - Scott Stuber (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

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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Belle
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Felton, Sarah Gadon, Matthew Goode (Actors)
  • Amma Asante (Director) - Steve Christian (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Belle

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)
  • Nate Parker (Director) - Nate Parker (Writer) - Jason Michael Berman (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

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.

Amistad
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins (Actors)
  • Spielberg,Steven (Director) - David Franzoni (Writer) - Steven Spielberg (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Amistad

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)
  • Gabriel Range (Director) - Jeremy Brock (Writer) - Andrea Calderwood (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

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)
  • Joshua Sinclair (Director) - Joshua Sinclair (Writer) - Joshua Sinclair (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

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
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  • Roots.
  • Alex Haley’s Queen.
  • 12 Years a Slave.
  • Django Unchained.
  • Lincoln.
  • Free State of Jonas.
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