Slavery movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant slavery movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, captivating, epic, intense and emotional films and TV shows about / with slavery, violence, brutality, slave, mentor, murder, courage, destiny, society and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as slavery: 12 Years a Slave (2013), Amistad (1997), Belle (2013), Apocalypto (2006), Django Unchained (2012), Harriet (2019), Over Sarith En Caesar (2013), Roots (1977), The Eagle (2011), Hell on Wheels (2011).

List of slavery 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, factual, rough ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, civil rights, master and servant, blacks and whites, african american, human trafficking, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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 7.3
 73K
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, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, interracial relations, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, victorian era, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, boston ...
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 7.3
 29K
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, social differences, society, love and romance, high society, period piece, forbidden love, racism, estate ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, london, caribbean, vienna ...
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 7.8
 298K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, harsh, tense, serious ...
Plot: survival, tribe, slavery, chase, manhunt, native, adventure, death, solar eclipse, warrior, prophecy, jungle ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america, mexico
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Django Unchained (2012)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Style: captivating, rough, serious, talky, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, bounty hunter, vengeance, gunfight, old west, racism, slavery, african american, violent, revenge, one against many, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, mississippi, tennessee, texas
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 22K
Harriet (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: China, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, enigmatic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: slavery, american civil war, resistance fighter, female protagonist, african american, freedom, black woman, fear, belief in god, song, horse, chase ...
Time: 19th century
Place: southern usa, south carolina, pennsylvania, maryland, baltimore ...
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Over Sarith En Caesar (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, Germany, South Africa
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A story about two half-sisters life in the eighteenth century Suriname. There is Lynda, a white colonial and slave owner, and her slave Mini-Mini's. While Lynda is slowly embittered by the hard life in the colony, Mini-Mini gets a chance at ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: slavery, half sister, slave auction, plantation, imperialism, marriage, first love, rebelliousness, rebellion, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 18th century
Place: caribbean, latin america
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 8.4
 17K
Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
TV show
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, thought provoking, touching, emotional ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, interracial relations, family history, escape attempt, freedom, discrimination, injustice, social problems ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s, 70s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 68K
The Eagle (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, slavery, slave, master and servant, gladiator, adventure, legends and myths, honor, soldier, military, tribe ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: england, scotland, scottish highlands, europe, britain ...
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 8.3
 49K
Hell on Wheels (2011)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, slavery, native americans, ex military, rivalry, african american, courage, haunted by the past, shooting, ambitious, historical character, rivals ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 228K
Spartacus (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Spartacus is an American television series inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BCE led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic departing from Capua.
Style: epic, sexual, sexy, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gladiator, ancient rome, rebellion, roman empire, battles, warrior, slavery, gory, sword and sandal, death, sword fight, ambition ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Style: melancholic, psychological, rough, bleak, captivating
Plot: rape, slavery, surrogate mother, sexism, infertility, totalitarianism, protest, tyranny, violence against women, violence, belief, coup d'etat ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
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 8.5
 1.4M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Malta, Morocco
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to ...
Style: epic, captivating, rough, breathtaking, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: roman empire, vengeance, warrior, revenge, ancient rome, freedom, gladiator, courage, master warrior, pride and honor, tragic hero, sword fight ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: rome italy, north africa, italy, germany, spain
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The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, exciting, stylized, cliffhanger ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: slavery, adventure, freedom, ancient egypt, easter, prince, pharaoh, family relations, self discovery, hopes, leadership, family ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, north africa
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 5K
Spartacus (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
TV show
Story: Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an ...
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, rebellion, slavery, slave, ancient rome, tragic hero, human spirit, adventure, leadership, gladiator, heroes, righting the wronged ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world, 1st century b.c., ancient times
Place: rome italy
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 28K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, intense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, battles, military, war, soldier, heroic mission, state affairs, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 143K
Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, Romania, UK
Duration: 154 min.
Story: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind ...
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, sincere, epic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, slavery, getting home, loss of family member, soldier, friendship, survival, civil war, lovers reunited, couple relations, loss of loved one ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: usa, south carolina, north carolina, appalachia, atlantic ocean
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 24K
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, emotional, sincere, serious, factual ...
Plot: slavery, politics, friendship, injustice, civil rights, politician, debate, musician, 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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Human Trafficking (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 176 min.
TV show
Story: When a sixteen-year-old girl from the Ukraine, a single mother from Russia, an orphaned seventeen-year-old girl from Romania, and a twelve-year-old American tourist become the victims of international sex slave traffickers, a specialized team of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, forced prostitution, human trafficking, slavery, violence against women, prostitute, captivity, child abduction, sex trade, sex trafficking, rape of a minor, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, eastern europe, europe, asia, russia ...
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 17K
Chained (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial rapist, captivity, serial killer, slave, escape attempt, psychopath, crimes, misogynist, slavery, kidnapping, childhood trauma, chained ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 8K
Eden (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of Chong Kim who, as a young teen, was abducted into the sex trade, and the complicated moral choices she had to make in order to survive as her situation grew more desperate.
Style: realistic, psychological, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping, sex trafficking, slavery, teenage life, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, danger, crimes, innocence lost, escape attempt ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, year 1994
Place: new mexico, las vegas, usa, nevada
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The Birth of a Nation (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Nat Turner, a former slave in America, leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virgina that results in a violent retaliation from whites.
Style: factual, brutal, intense, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: slavery, preacher, rebellion, racism, rape, civil war, suffering, father son relationship, poverty, preaching, brother sister relationship, freedom ...
Time: 19th century
Place: virginia, southern usa
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 1K
Queen (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 282 min.
TV show
Story: A plantation owner's son falls in love with a slave named Easter and together they have a Mixed race daughter named Queen. As Queen grows up, she faces the struggle of trying to fit into the troubled world around her. She tries passing for ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, white male black female relationship, family relations, interracial relations, plantation, social injustice, slave, racism, americana, american civil war, discrimination ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1800s
Place: southern usa
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 8.7
 159K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, sexual, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, historical character, emperor, ancient rome, incest, warrior, intrigue, rivalry, betrayal, power struggle, slavery, political conspiracy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1st century
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, alexandria egypt, egypt
Is relevant ?
 5.7
 22K
Antebellum (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late.
Style: brutal, rough, disturbing, compassionate, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, torture, justice, racial slur, brutality, racism, american civil war, african american, freedom, humanity, rape, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: north carolina, washington d.c., louisiana, virginia, new orleans
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 23K
Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, intense ...
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, freedom, social differences, righting the wronged, liberal, discrimination, society, understanding, blacks and whites, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 129K
Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, freedom, slavery, racism, battle, war, prejudice, hopes, human spirit, glory, civil war ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, south carolina, new england
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 7.4
 59K
The Mission (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to ...
Style: epic, thought provoking, realistic, harsh, based on true events ...
Plot: slavery, mission, clergy, jungle, native americans, punishment, interracial relations, peaceful mission, hopes, wilderness, murder, religions or cults ...
Time: 18th century
Place: south america, argentina, brazil, portugal, latin america ...
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 7.3
 17K
Trade (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA, Mexico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Texas cop (Kevin Kline), whose own daughter might have been forced into sexual slavery, joins forces with a Mexican youth (Cesar Ramos) to find the boy's sister, who was abducted and forced into prostitution. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian woman who ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, bleak ...
Plot: human trafficking, child rape, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, child molestation, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex with a minor, missing child, sex slave, slavery, child pornography ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, united states, new jersey, poland ...
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Planet of the Apes (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Plot: slavery, wormhole, future dystopia, astronaut, time travel, space travel, space station, adventure, alternate reality, survival, danger, parallel world ...
Time: future, distant future, 2000s, year 2001, 2020s
Place: washington d.c.
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