Movies and TV shows set in africa

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in africa ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious, interesting, harsh and melancholic films and TV shows about / with culture clash, storytelling, mentor, runaway, catastrophe, dialogue, redemption, brutality, destiny and chase plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
africa movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as africa: The Lion King (1994), Beyond the Gates (2005), The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Timon & Pumbaa (1995), Madagascar (2005), Blood Diamond (2006), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Hotel Rwanda (2004).

List of movies set in africa

The Lion King (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, adventure, king, good versus evil, betrayal, family, righting the wronged, prince, redemption, pride and honor, lion, jungle ...
Place: africa
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Beyond the Gates (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two westerners, a priest and a teacher find themselves in the middle of the Rwandan genocide and face a moral dilemna. Do they place themselves in danger and protect the refugees, or escape the country with their lives? Based on a true story.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: genocide, violence, school, politics, civil war, priest, survivor, teacher, tragic hero, human spirit, rape, volunteer ...
Time: 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Botswana, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Misery is brought to a small group of Sho in the Kalahari desert in the form of a cola bottle. In his quest to throw the evil object over the edge of the earth, Xixo encounters Western "civilization," a haphazard doctor and a tyranical ...
Style: humorous, funny, feel good, light, not serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, culture clash, adventure, wilderness, rivalry, nothing goes right, danger, utopia, fish out of water, on the road, disorder, tribe ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: dangerous animal, jungle, adventure, danger, survival, culture clash, bridge, swahili, lion, colonialism, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: africa, kenya
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Timon & Pumbaa (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, often simply referred to as Timon & Pumbaa, is an animated comedy television series made by the Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from the Disney film franchise ...
Style: feel good, humorous, captivating, colourful, semi serious
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: jungle, adventure, odd couple, friendship, disney, animal life, friends, imaginary, goofy hero, family, escapades, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa
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Madagascar (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends -- Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo -- have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, island, rescue, jungle, adventure, danger, animal life, giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus, lion, wilderness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, antarctica, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new jersey
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Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: mercenary, smuggling, treasure hunt, adventure, gem, journalism, greed, fisherman, journalist, rebel, obsessive quest, against humanity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa, zimbabwe, morocco ...
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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, politics, head of state, corruption, polygamy, against humanity, dictator, torture, attempted murder, journalist, abortion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
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Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Style: sad, sincere, captivating, touching, serious ...
Plot: jungle, extinction, gorilla, environmentalism, human spirit, obsessive quest, fighting the system, environmental, forces of nature, animals, courage, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, rough ...
Plot: genocide, racism, atrocity, cruelty, against humanity, hotel, violence, death, murder, war crime, african, refugee camp ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, somalia, congo
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: tense, stylized, captivating, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: aids, murder, investigation, corruption, diplomat, death, cancer, morgue, political corruption, cover up, grief, doctor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, kenya, sudan, england, europe ...
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alex, Marty, and other zoo animals find a way to escape from Madagascar when the penguins reassemble a wrecked airplane. The precariously repaired craft stays airborne just long enough to make it to the African continent. There the New Yorkers ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, jungle, shark, escape, volcano, zebra, hunger, lion, dance, zoo, hippopotamus, jealousy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, manhattan new york city
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Tears of the Sun (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, war, jungle, army, rebel, genocide, rescue, moral dilemma, danger, escapades, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Summoned from an ashram in Tibet, Ace finds himself on a perilous journey into the jungles of Africa to find Shikaka, the missing sacred animal of the friendly Wachati tribe. He must accomplish this before the wedding of the Wachati's Princess ...
Style: humorous, twists and turns, not serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: private detective, bat, investigation, goofy hero, human animal relationship, indigenous, adventure, danger, escapades, disorder, save the day, stupidity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, nigeria
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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Drawn from elements of West African folk tales, it depicts how a newborn boy, Kirikou, saves his village from the evil witch Karaba.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: village, adventure, young heroes, family, good versus evil, rescue, friendship, curses spells and rituals, heroic mission, danger, escapades, heroes ...
Place: africa, tokyo, england, california
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Out of Africa (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, culture clash, farm, lion, safari, syphilis, british colonial, adventure, bankruptcy, destructive relationship, cuckolded husband ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s ...
Place: africa, kenya, denmark
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Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: betrayal, friendship, wilderness, survival, expedition, river, exploration, adventure, obsession, captivity, british empire, lake or river ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: africa, brazil, cairo egypt, england, egypt
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Sahara (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: desert, treasure hunt, treasure, adventurer, car chase, civil war, beach, ship, tyrant, explorer, adventure, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, nigeria, egypt
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Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: life is a bitch, child soldier, innocence lost, war, youth, soldier, anti war, against humanity, military, power relations, civil war, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
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The Wild Geese (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Switzerland, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, mercenary, kidnapping, soldier, military, adventure, rescue, war, aging, racism, head of state, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: africa, england, london, europe, zimbabwe ...
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How It Was with Dooms (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: rescue, wild animal, cheetah, lion, bully, family, friendship, adventure, adolescence, kids and family, coming of age, pets ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, kenya
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Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: president, idealism, human spirit, racism, rugby, leadership, poverty, celebration, stadium, apartheid, politician, head of state ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, new jersey, england
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Blended (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attractions grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship.
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, funny, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: fall in love, single parent, family, opposites attract, resort, parents and children, mischievous children, children, love and romance, blind date, youth, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, hawaii, usa, south africa
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Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: colonialism, interracial relations, racism, culture clash, jazz, coming of age, social differences, sexual tension, discrimination, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france
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A Good Man in Africa (1994)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Morgan Leafy is a secretary to the British High Commissioner to an Africa nation. Leafy is a man that makes himself useful to his boss, the snobbish Arthur Fanshawe, who has no clue about what's going on around him, but who wants to use his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating, satirical ...
Plot: political corruption, golf, infidelity, politics, cons and scams, political intrigue, nothing goes right, dishonesty, society, state affairs, ego clash, rebelliousness ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, london
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Hatari! (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways?
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: chase, safari, elephant, giraffe, adventure, dangerous animal, romance, fall in love, adventurer, dangerous, animal life, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa, california
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Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: australian, military, murder, trial, writing, military life, war, soldier, anti war, execution, politics, courtroom drama ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, australia, south australia, england
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A Far Off Place (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Thrown together under incredible circumstances, two strangers must discover courage and strength when they begin a journey across the treacherous African desert! Equipped only with their wits and the expertise of a native bushman who befriends them, ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, touching, gloomy, exciting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, survival, friendship, adventurer, murder, explosion, adventure, elephant, family, chases and races, teenage life, rescue ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, alaska, australia, canada
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The Dogs of War (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, torture, soldier, battlefield, mercenary, covert operation, revolution, war, undercover, adventure, lone wolves, tough heroes ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: africa, central america, paris france
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Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: racism, priest, apartheid, murder, self discovery, interracial relations, parents and children, politics, introspection, courtroom drama, estrangement, city life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 19th century
Place: south africa, africa
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