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 realistic, serious, captivating, complex, talky and clever films and TV shows about / with abolitionist, slavery, society, mentor, friendship, dialogue, catastrophe, civil war, betrayal and justice plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
abolitionist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as abolitionist: 12 Years a Slave (2013), Burn! (1969), Emperor (2020), 1776 (1972), Mansfield Park (1999), Live by Night (2016), Amistad (1997), A Woman Called Moses (1978), A Quiet Passion (2016), Skin Game (1971).

List of abolitionist movies

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, bleak, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, master and servant, torture, civil rights, blacks and whites, human trafficking, african american, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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Burn! (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 132 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: disturbing, tense, captivating, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: island, rebellion, bank, politics, revolution, racism, betrayal, assassination, slavery, colonialism, political unrest, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1840s
Place: england, caribbean, europe, portugal
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Emperor (2020)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
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.
Plot: american civil war, snake, slavery, black american, anxiety, abolitionist, man wrapped in a towel, rebellion, flash forward, falling to the ground, shooting, bank robber ...
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: humorous, surreal, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: congress, slavery, politics, settlement, show tunes, district attorney, political unrest, love and romance, head of state, state affairs, dancing, father son estrangement ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1930s
Place: massachusetts, pennsylvania, usa, philadelphia, new jersey ...
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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, biting, realistic, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: jane austen, estate, slavery, country estate, love triangle, couple relations, fall in love, society, power relations, strong female presence, couples, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1800s, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
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Live by Night (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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: stylized, captivating, tense, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prohibition, organized crime, betrayal, revenge, gangster, gangsters, love, mafia, chase, friendship, alcohol, criminal ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: florida, boston, 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: touching, emotional, political, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, boston ...
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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, civil war, strong female lead, equality, women's issues, abolitionist, escape, attempted rape, prejudice, african american, social injustice, slave ...
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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.
Plot: abolitionist, british man, slavery, historical event, victorian age, female protagonist, president
Time: 1840s, 19th century
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A Quiet Passion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Belgium, USA, Canada
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, recluse, heaven, ecstasy, sadness, religion, bullying, reading, church, eyeglasses, bench, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: massachusetts, boston
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Skin Game (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, 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: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: interracial relations, rescue, con artists, slave, fugitives, society, buddies, crimes, chases and races, on the run, misfit, criminal heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: kansas, missouri, usa, southern usa, texas
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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: clever, educational film, satirical, disturbing, humorous ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, politics, interracial relations, journalism, society, injustice, political unrest, discrimination, alternate reality, slavery, civil war ...
Time: year 1912, 1930s
Place: canada, montreal quebec, san francisco, new york, south america ...
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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: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: chase, interracial relations, racism, on the run, chases and races, danger, hopes, rebellion, adventure, fugitives, society, discrimination ...
Time: 19th century
Place: canada, north carolina
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Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, 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, atmospheric, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: life philosophy, destiny, reincarnation, human nature, dystopic future, life & death, death, karma, multiple storylines, love and romance, supernatural, tribe ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, hawaii, south korea
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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, bleak, touching, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, raid, war, romance, save the lady, reincarnation, fall in love, supernatural, rivalry, love and romance, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: st. louis missouri, missouri, texas, 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, friendship, military life, wartime life, espionage, best friends, romance, war, society, 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, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: american civil war, foe turned friend, civil war, friendship, espionage, love and romance, slavery, family feud, military base, love triangle, best friends, military ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s, 1850s, 1840s
Place: usa, new york
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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: realistic, sincere, emotional, serious, factual ...
Plot: slavery, politics, friendship, civil rights, injustice, debate, musician, politician, mentor, father son relationship, slave trade, freedom ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, victorian era, victorian ...
Place: england, london, paris france, europe, france ...
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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, stylized, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: slavery, interracial relations, aristocracy, white male black female relationship, love and romance, society, social differences, high society, forbidden love, period piece, estate, racism ...
Time: 18th century, victorian england, georgian era, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, london, vienna, africa ...
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