Abolitionist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant abolitionist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, realistic, serious, talky, complex and suspense films and TV shows about / with abolitionist, slavery, black, civil war, racism, slave, family relations, society, justice and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
abolitionist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as abolitionist: The Good Lord Bird (2020), Belle (2013), Amazing Grace (2006), Burn! (1969), The White Slave (2016), Emperor (2020), 1776 (1972), Mansfield Park (1999), Live by Night (2016), Amistad (1997).

List of abolitionist movies

The Good Lord Bird (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 335 min.
TV show
Story: Enslaved teenager Henry Shackleford, aka Little Onion, becomes a member in abolitionist John Brown’s motley family during the Bleeding Kansas era before the Civil War.
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, tense, humorous ...
Plot: abolitionist, civil war, slavery, fight for supremacy, fight, slave, battles, civil rights, fighting the system, wartime, emancipation, gang ...
Time: 19th century
Place: america
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Belle (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet ...
Style: captivating, emotional, inspirational, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: slavery, interracial relations, racism, aristocracy, love and romance, social differences, society, white male black female relationship, high society, forbidden love, victorian england, estate ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, georgian era, victorian era, 1780s
Place: england, london, europe, caribbean, africa ...
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Amazing Grace (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story of William Wilberforce's courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Although meeting intense opposition, his minister, John Newton, urges him to see the cause through.
Style: inspirational, political, talky, factual, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: slavery, politics, slave trade, friendship, christian, civil rights, freedom, politician, corruption, social justice, mentor, justice ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 19th century, georgian era, 50s ...
Place: england, london, africa, paris france, europe ...
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Burn! (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to deal with the same rebels that he built up because they ...
Style: tense, disturbing, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: revolution, island, bank, racism, politics, rebellion, slavery, colonialism, betrayal, assassination, political unrest, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, victorian era
Place: caribbean, england, europe, portugal
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The White Slave (2016)
Genre: History
Country: Colombia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: "The White Slave" because Blood is the Same Color, is a production which narrates the story of Victoria, a woman who everyone knows as a marchioness who arrived in America to marry a prosperous merchant from the region. However, the truth ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, touching
Plot: slave, black man white woman relationship, civil rights, interracial love, adoption, racism, racial issues, spirituality, interracial romance, paganism, sexism, abusive relationship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: colombia, spain
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Emperor (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An escaped slave travels north and has chance encounters with Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Based on the life story of Shields Green.
Style: disturbing, captivating, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: slavery, american civil war, bounty hunter, plantation, rebellion, fight, chase, murder, african american, criminal, militia, family relations ...
Place: maryland, new york
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1776 (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The film focuses on the representatives of the Thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of ...
Style: sexy, humorous, light, lyrical, clever ...
Plot: slavery, american revolution, american history, congress, dancing, colonial america, usa president, debate, vengeance, police investigation, civil war, culture clash ...
Time: 18th century, 1930s, georgian era, 1770s
Place: massachusetts, texas, new jersey, england, pennsylvania ...
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Mansfield Park (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: This fun and sexy comedy tells a timelessly entertaining story where wealthy, secret passions and mischievous women put love to the test.. When a spirited young woman, Fanny Price, is sent away to live on the great country estate of her rich ...
Style: witty, sexy, romantic, satirical, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: country estate, estate, couple relations, fall in love, romance, slavery, literature, love triangle, love and romance, society, incest, strong female lead ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 50s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe
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Live by Night (2016)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Style: neo noir, stylized, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: organized crime, gangsters, prohibition, mafia, betrayal, revenge, chase, love, criminal, friendship, murder, police ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: florida, boston, massachusetts, miami, cuba
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Amistad (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed ...
Style: political, touching, emotional, epic, compassionate ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, ship, idealism, lawyer, social injustice, freedom, courtroom, culture clash, legal, tragedy ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 18th century, 1840s, 1830s
Place: africa, cuba, england, washington d.c., massachusetts ...
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A Woman Called Moses (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: A film about the life and career of the African American abolitionist and slave escape leader, Harriet Tubman.
Style: suspense
Plot: slavery, black cast, liberation theology, racism, civil war, strong female lead, escape, social injustice, african american, cross cultural relations, prejudice, slave ...
Time: 19th century
Place: maryland
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Enslavement: The True Story Of Fanny Kemble (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble fictionalized made-for-TV movie adapted from her Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839, starring Jane Seymour and Keith Carradine.
Style: disturbing, sincere, captivating
Plot: slavery, class struggle, husband wife relationship, showdown, slave, social differences, relationship problems, family relations, social injustice, social problems, fighting the system, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s
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A Quiet Passion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Belgium, Canada, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
Plot: poet, writers, lesbian subtext, ecstasy, heaven, woman, recluse, women, infidelity, reverend, illness, abstinence ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: massachusetts, boston
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Skin Game (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Quincy Drew (Garner) and Jason O'Rourke (Gossett) travel from town to town in the south of the United States during the slavery era. Drew claims to be a down-on-his-luck slave owner who is selling O'Rourke as a slave. Quincy gets the ...
Style: funny, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: slavery, con artists, interracial relations, rescue, mistaken identity, cons and scams, vengeance, fish out of water, kidnapping, righting the wronged, friends, disorder ...
Time: 1850s, 19th century
Place: kansas, missouri, usa, texas, southern usa
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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.
Style: disturbing, satirical, clever, political, humorous ...
Plot: racism, slavery, civil war, politics, american civil war, alternate reality, satire, interracial relations, journalism, injustice, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: 1930s, year 1912
Place: canada, england, latin america, new york, montreal ...
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Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A number of slaves risk their lives to escape their masters with their only help coming from the famous secret slave escape network.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: slavery, american history, chase, interracial relations, racism, hopes, on the run, society, fugitives, adventure, rebellion, injustice ...
Time: 19th century
Place: canada, north carolina
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Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, enigmatic, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, reincarnation, life philosophy, dystopic future, distopia, multiple storylines, life & death, human nature, karma, post apocalypse, death, tribe ...
Time: future, 1930s, year 1975, year 1936, 19th century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, belgium, south korea, hawaii
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Ride with the Devil (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Ride with the Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man's land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an ...
Style: realistic, epic, sexy, gothic, erotic ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, war, romance, freedom, friendship, brutality, courage, revenge, violence, slavery, breast feeding ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: iraq, texas, missouri, germany, kansas ...
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North and South, Book II (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 570 min.
TV show
Story: The continuing saga of the Hazards and the Mains. The Hazards are from the North and the Mains from the South. George Hazard and Orry Main met at West Point and fought in the Mexican American war together becoming fast friends. Now they find ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, family saga
Plot: american civil war, slavery, civil war, cavalry, corporal punishment, war hero, confederate soldier, friendship, friends, romance, society, best friends ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
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North and South (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 561 min.
TV show
Story: Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.
Style: exciting, realistic, captivating, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: american civil war, love and romance, foe turned friend, slavery, civil war, friendship, espionage, family feud, military base, best friends, military, love triangle ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s, 1850s, 1840s
Place: usa, new york
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, heartbreaking, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: slavery, racism, torture, freedom, life is a bitch, interracial relations, survival, african american, civil rights, master and servant, kidnapping, confined ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york state, georgia ...
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