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, stylized, captivating, intense and epic films and TV shows about / with slavery, brutality, violence, mentor, destiny, dialogue, catastrophe, storytelling, slave and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, History and Action 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), Apocalypto (2006), Django Unchained (2012), Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), Gladiator (2000), Belle (2013), Hell on Wheels (2011), Roots (1977), The Prince of Egypt (1998).

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: bleak, disturbing, emotional, heartbreaking, factual ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, interracial relations, freedom, torture, master and servant, racial slur, confined, rape, survival, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
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 7.3
 65K
Amistad (1997)
Genre: 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, uplifting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: slavery, slave trade, rebellion, dignity, mutiny, idealism, dishonesty, interracial relations, righting the wronged, freedom, social injustice, humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: cuba, usa, africa, spain, england
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 7.8
 268K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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, intense, suspenseful, harsh, epic ...
Plot: survival, slavery, tribe, adventure, chase, manhunt, solar eclipse, native, sacrifice, prophecy, death, warrior ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america
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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: dark humor, rough, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, bounty hunter, slavery, old west, gunfight, african american, vengeance, society, rescue, courage, friendship, dentist ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: mississippi, usa, tennessee, texas
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Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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, rough, exciting, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, rebellion, battles, slavery, warrior, rebel, gladiator, sword and sandal, strong sexual content, death, master warrior, soldier ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
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 8.5
 1.2M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
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, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: vengeance, warrior, roman empire, courage, pride and honor, emperor, master warrior, freedom, tragic hero, slavery, heroes, revenge ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: germany, north africa, rome italy, dungeon, italy ...
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 7.4
 25K
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: emotional, captivating, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: slavery, social differences, aristocracy, society, forbidden love, high society, love and romance, estate, heir heiress, interracial relations, racism, culture clash ...
Time: 18th century, victorian england, 1780s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, caribbean, london, vienna ...
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 8.3
 44K
Hell on Wheels (2011)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 42 min.
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, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: slavery, old west, native americans, loss of spouse, rivalry, african american, tough heroes, courage, haunted by the past, shooting, train, interracial relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa
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 8.3
 15K
Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, family history, escape attempt, freedom, rape, discrimination, injustice, interracial relations ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s
Place: usa, tennessee, africa, england
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The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
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: exciting, stylized, epic, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: slavery, adventure, ancient egypt, family, prince, freedom, heroic mission, hopes, family relations, king, leadership, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, north africa
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 6.2
 61K
The Eagle (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
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: epic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, slavery, legends and myths, soldier, honor, wilderness, heroes, danger, master and servant, culture clash, adventure, horse ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: england, scotland, scottish highlands, europe, britain
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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: serious, touching, realistic, captivating
Plot: slavery, plantation, slave auction, colony, marriage, half sister, first love, family problems, defiant, parents and children, life is a bitch, siblings relations ...
Time: 18th century
Place: latin america, caribbean
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 6.4
 15K
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, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, captivity, escape attempt, crimes, slavery, psychopath, kidnapping, confined, taxi driver, slave, moral dilemma, chained ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: President Lincoln's mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
Style: gothic, exciting, stylized, scary, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, slavery, good versus evil, secret identity, head of state, vampire hunter, immortality, hunt down, blood, imaginary, brutality, supernatural ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, indiana, u.s. capitol building
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 7.6
 1K
Queen (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 282 min.
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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, slave, plantation, hopes, blacks and whites, life is a bitch, interracial relations, family relations, american civil war, racism, fighting the system ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s
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 7.4
 21K
Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy
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: bleak, disturbing, clever, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: slavery, racism, guilt, arson, loss of son, storm, lawyer, freedom, idealism, liberal, discrimination, injustice ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 24K
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, realistic, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, military, battle, soldier, war, historical character, heroic mission, battle zone, state affairs, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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The Handmaid's Tale (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, bleak, rough, captivating
Plot: infertility, surrogate mother, protest, slavery, violence against women, society, kidnapping, belief, soldier, sexism, torture, lesbian ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future, 21st century
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 6.8
 5K
Spartacus (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
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: serious, emotional, epic, uplifting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, slavery, leadership, adventure, rebellion, heroes, rise and fall, tragic hero, righting the wronged, human spirit, dishonesty, slave ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world, 1st century b.c.
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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: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: slavery, space travel, time travel, astronaut, genetic engineering, space station, wormhole, gorilla, altering history, future dystopia, adventure, survival ...
Time: future, 2020s, year 2001
Place: washington d.c.
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 40K
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: sincere, bleak, thought provoking, serious, depressing ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, poverty, sexual abuse, downfall, social decay, teenage life, redemption, youth, slavery, prostitution, rape ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, denmark, russia ...
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Human Trafficking (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 176 min.
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, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, slavery, prostitute, captivity, corruption, rescue, russian, mystery, crimes, immigrants, confined, crime ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe, ukraine, russia, europe, the philippines ...
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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, inspirational ...
Plot: slavery, preacher, rebellion, racism, rape, civil war, suffering, poverty, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, preaching, freedom ...
Time: 19th century
Place: virginia, southern usa
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Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood ...
Style: stylized, exciting, epic, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword and sorcery, barbarian, slavery, good versus evil, escapades, cult, gladiator, danger, obsessive quest, vengeance, heroic mission, sword fight ...
Time: ancient history, prehistoric times, stone age, 80s
Is relevant ?
 5.5
 99K
Pompeii (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 79 A.D., Milo, a slave turned gladiator, finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a ...
Style: epic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: roman empire, forces of nature, gladiator, save the lady, adventure, danger, arena, slavery, race against time, ruler, forbidden love, chaos ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 70s
Place: italy, britain, dungeon
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 139K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
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, sexual, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: roman empire, incest, betrayal, intrigue, emperor, rivalry, strong sexual content, warrior, political conspiracy, power struggle, treason, slavery ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, italy, egypt
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 95K
The Rundown (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When Travis, the mouthy son of a criminal, disappears in the Amazon in search of a treasured artifact, his father sends in Beck, who becomes Travis's rival for the affections of Mariana, a mysterious Brazilian woman. With his steely ...
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, buddy comedy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, jungle, gold, bounty hunter, adventure, slavery, trap, fight, heroes, escapades, one man army, amazon ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: brazil, mine, latin america, south america, california
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 23K
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: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: slavery, mentor, politics, friendship, debate, nightmare, injustice, civil rights, horse, dying, singer, axe ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian, 1790s, 1780s ...
Place: england, london, france, europe, paris france ...
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 7.9
 112K
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: epic, rough, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: american civil war, racism, slavery, war, civil war, sacrifice, military, prejudice, freedom, letter, self esteem, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, south carolina, new england, boston
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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja, courageous Lucian leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor. ...
Style: exciting, scary, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vampire, werewolf, slavery, imaginary, beast, castle, transformation, battle, slave, lovers, battles, immortality ...
Time: 2000s, 12th century
Place: dungeon
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