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, serious, dramatic, interesting, harsh and intense films and TV shows about / with mentor, culture clash, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe, redemption, dialogue, brutality, destiny and betrayal 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 Ghost and the Darkness (1996), The Lion King (1994), Blood Diamond (2006), Beyond the Gates (2005), Out of Africa (1985), The Constant Gardener (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Invictus (2009), 24 (2008), Beyond Borders (2003).

List of movies set in africa

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, exciting, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: dangerous animal, jungle, danger, adventure, culture clash, survival, swahili, colonialism, bridge, lion, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: africa, kenya
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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, king, adventure, good versus evil, betrayal, prince, family, righting the wronged, pride and honor, tragic event, redemption, death ...
Time: 1990s
Place: africa
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Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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, thought provoking, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: mercenary, smuggling, treasure hunt, gem, adventure, greed, rebel, journalist, journalism, obsessive quest, fisherman, rape ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, zimbabwe, belgium, morocco ...
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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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, school, teacher, priest, survivor, civil war, sexual abuse, survival, human spirit, political unrest ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
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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, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: romance, infidelity, destructive relationship, fall in love, love affair, adventure, dishonesty, love and romance, farm, culture clash, bankruptcy, male female relationship ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s ...
Place: africa, kenya, denmark
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA, China, Kenya
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, suspenseful, captivating, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: aids, corruption, diplomat, murder, death, investigation, political corruption, cover up, uncover truth, fighting the system, obsession, lovers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kenya, africa, sudan, europe, london ...
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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: rough, suspenseful, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, politics, corruption, torture, against humanity, blacks and whites, head of state, attempted murder, assistant, atrocity, polygamy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
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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: uplifting, touching, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, poverty, historical character, blacks and whites, state affairs ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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24 (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Former federal agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: heroes, special agents, politics, revolution, danger, political unrest, chases and races, secret agents, police corruption, state affairs, daring rescue, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, usa, south africa
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Beyond Borders (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in ...
Style: touching, captivating, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: charity, negotiation, starvation, surgery, desert, cia, pianist, love affair, romance, obsessive quest, war, rich and poor ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1993, 1990s, year 1995 ...
Place: africa, cambodia, chechnya, ethiopia, london ...
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Red Scorpion (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: South Africa, USA, Namibia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and repressing the locals, so he switches sides and helps the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, chase, one man army, assassination, soldier, military, russian, agent, adventure, politics, state affairs, mission of murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: africa, russia
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The Wild (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adolescent lion is accidentally shipped from the New York Zoo to Africa. Now running free, his zoo pals must put aside their differences to help bring him back.
Style: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: jungle, zoo, fish out of water, survival, rescue, lion, adventure, family, friendship, animal life, partners, heroes ...
Place: africa, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
Genre: Comedy
Country: South Africa, Botswana
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, feel good, funny, light, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, culture clash, tribe, rivalry, danger, wilderness, adventure, utopia, disorder, nothing goes right, life turned upside down, traditional versus modern ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
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Mary and Martha (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: malaria, hopes, dealing with death, human spirit, redemption, terminal illness, life is a bitch, state affairs, money raising, parent child relationship, hospital, death of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa
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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, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: friendship, exploration, betrayal, wilderness, survival, obsession, captivity, river, expedition, adventure, danger, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: africa, cairo egypt, brazil, england, egypt
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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, realistic ...
Plot: jungle, extinction, gorilla, environmentalism, human spirit, fighting the system, forces of nature, obsessive quest, environmental, animals, courage, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: africa, congo, rwanda
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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: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: friendship, escape, jungle, survival, shark, hippopotamus, lion, dance, airplane, hunger, zoo, volcano ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, manhattan new york city
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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, bleak, sincere, serious ...
Plot: genocide, racism, atrocity, cruelty, war crime, hotel, against humanity, blacks and whites, violence, death, murder, photographer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, congo, somalia
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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, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: life is a bitch, child soldier, innocence lost, war, anti war, power relations, military, soldier, against humanity, youth, jungle, civil war ...
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, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mercenary, betrayal, military, soldier, aging, racism, rescue, kidnapping, adventure, war, vengeance, good versus evil ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, england, london, europe, zimbabwe ...
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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, rough, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, moral dilemma, war crime, daring rescue, danger, rescue, war, rebel, genocide, u.s. army, army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
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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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: village, family, good versus evil, adventure, heroes, danger, youth, wise man, child birth, family relations, imaginary, daring rescue ...
Place: africa, tokyo, california, england
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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, sincere ...
Plot: racism, colonialism, interracial relations, coming of age, culture clash, youth, society, social differences, power relations, master and servant, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 1950s, 80s, 20th century
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, captivating, realistic, semi serious, satirical ...
Plot: political corruption, golf, politics, political intrigue, dishonesty, infidelity, culture clash, cons and scams, state affairs, down on your luck, nothing goes right, revolution ...
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: exciting, humorous, realistic, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: chase, elephant, giraffe, safari, dangerous animal, adventure, romance, danger, fall in love, animal life, adventurer, chases and races ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, california
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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, buddy comedy, entertaining, scenic, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: desert, treasure hunt, treasure, adventurer, adventure, obsessive quest, escapades, danger, car chase, contamination, damsel in distress, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, nigeria, egypt
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Zulu (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man of the people Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an ...
Style: epic, realistic, psychological, serious, exciting ...
Plot: siege, military, soldier, hospital, tribe, native, british army, british empire, attempted rape, mixed martial arts, society, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era, 1960s
Place: south africa, africa, england
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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, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: rescue, bully, lion, wild animal, cheetah, coming of age, adventure, family, friendship, adolescence, kids and family, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, kenya
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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: gloomy, touching, exciting, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, survival, friendship, explosion, chases and races, adventurer, adventure, elephant, family, teenage life, murder, friends ...
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, exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mercenary, military, revolution, undercover, soldier, torture, battlefield, covert operation, war, adventure, politics, political unrest ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: africa, central america, paris france
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