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, captivating, realistic, epic, dramatic and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with slavery, slave, violence, society, brutality, courage, destiny, mentor, survival and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
slavery movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as slavery: 12 Years a Slave (2013), Belle (2013), Amistad (1997), Harriet (2019), Apocalypto (2006), Roots (1977), Django Unchained (2012), The Eagle (2011), Spartacus (2010), 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, disturbing, heartbreaking, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: slavery, racism, survival, civil rights, torture, freedom, interracial relations, african american, life is a bitch, separation from family, master and servant, rape ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york state, georgia ...
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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, inspirational, romantic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, society, aristocracy, social differences, love and romance, high society, white male black female relationship, forbidden love, victorian england, estate ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, georgian era, victorian era, 1780s
Place: london, europe, england, africa, vienna ...
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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, legal, lawyer, idealism, courtroom, social injustice, court, freedom, culture clash ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 1830s, 18th century
Place: africa, cuba, england, washington d.c., massachusetts ...
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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: thought provoking, enigmatic, tense, psychological, political ...
Plot: slavery, african american, american civil war, female protagonist, black history, women, freedom, fear, christian, racism, civil war, black woman ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: southern usa, baltimore, philadelphia, new york state, south carolina ...
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Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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, tense, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, adventure, slavery, tribe, chase, jungle, manhunt, ancient history, ancient civilization, solar eclipse, warrior, sacrifice ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: central america, mexico
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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: thought provoking, realistic, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, family history, human spirit, slave trade, escape attempt, justice, interracial relations, social problems, injustice ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s, 1860s, 70s
Place: usa, africa, england, tennessee
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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: suspense, captivating, talky, brutal, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, slavery, violent, bounty hunter, revenge, vengeance, dark humor, gunfight, african american, old west, racial violence, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: usa, tennessee, austin texas, texas, mississippi
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The Eagle (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, 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: exciting, intense, absurd, epic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ancient rome, roman empire, slavery, ancient history, ancient, medieval, master and servant, legends and myths, adventure, legion, military, wilderness ...
Place: england, scotland, rome italy, britain, europe ...
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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, sexy, heroic, sexual, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ancient rome, ancient history, gladiator, sword fight, rebellion, roman empire, battles, slavery, swords and armor, ambition, rebel, female nudity ...
Time: 1st century b.c., ancient times
Place: ancient greece
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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, captivating, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: slavery, civil war, old west, rivalry, ex military, native americans, courage, haunted by the past, rivals, historical character, ambitious, power struggle ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa
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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: uplifting, captivating, stylized, exciting, biblical ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, slavery, ancient egypt, religion, jewish, desert, ancient history, freedom, pharaoh, family, self discovery, bible ...
Place: egypt, africa, north africa
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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: captivating, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: slavery, half sister, plantation, slave auction, imperialism, first love, marriage, rebelliousness, rebellion, family problems, family relations, society ...
Time: 18th century
Place: latin america, caribbean
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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: bleak, rough, psychological, melancholic, captivating ...
Plot: rape, tyranny, surrogate mother, infertility, protest, sexism, slavery, religion, distopia, totalitarianism, belief, violence ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future, 21st century
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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, intense, emotional, brutal, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, slavery, civil war, preacher, rebellion, rape, torture, suffering, poverty, preaching, murder, gang rape ...
Time: 19th century
Place: virginia, southern usa
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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, breathtaking, emotional, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: ancient rome, revenge, sword fight, roman empire, ancient history, vengeance, gladiator, freedom, slavery, courage, warrior, roman ...
Time: middle ages, 50s
Place: rome italy, italy, ancient greece, north africa, germany ...
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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, factual, captivating, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american civil war, civil war, military, war, slavery, battles, prejudice, soldier, infantry, heroic mission, civil rights, battle zone ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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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: psychological, gothic, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: slavery, civil war, interracial romance, white male black female relationship, american civil war, family relations, women, racial issues, black man, american history, social injustice, interracial relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: southern usa
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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, emotional, factual, political, talky ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: slavery, politics, christian, friendship, freedom, corruption, civil rights, politician, slave trade, justice, culture clash, civil war ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 19th century, 50s, georgian era ...
Place: england, london, africa, paris france, europe ...
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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: disturbing, psychological, rough, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, captivity, slave, kidnapping, childhood trauma, misogynist, serial rapist, crimes, psychopath, escape attempt, confined, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, inspirational, factual, intense, suspense ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, war, slavery, battles, human spirit, prejudice, freedom, military, heroic mission, black history, racism ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, south carolina, usa, boston, new england
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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: thought provoking, epic, harsh, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: jungle, mission, slavery, clergy, jesuit, christian, slave, slave trader, religion, redemption, ethnic conflict, native american ...
Time: 18th century
Place: argentina, portugal, latin america, spain, vatican ...
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Free State of Jones (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War, Western
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his ...
Style: thought provoking, factual, intense, sexy, captivating ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, justice, u.s. civil war, rebellion, racism, wartime, revolution, courage, vengeance, social change ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 60s, 1920s, year 1865 ...
Place: mississippi, louisiana
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Roots (2016)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.
Style: captivating, rough, sincere, suspense, gothic ...
Plot: plantation, slavery, american history, struggle for survival, mentor protege relationship, parent child relationship, humiliation, life is a bitch, escape, black history, reggae, lifetime ...
Time: victorian era, 18th century
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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, suspense, rough, disturbing, slasher ...
Plot: slavery, racism, brutality, captivity, humanity, freedom, rape, racial slur, african american, life is a bitch, injustice, oppression ...
Time: future
Place: new orleans, north carolina, virginia, washington d.c., louisiana
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Mandingo (1975)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.
Style: realistic, sexy, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: interracial relations, slavery, interracial romance, racism, slave trade, slave auction, plantation, interracial sex, gambling, crumbling marriage, discrimination, destructive relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: usa, new orleans, louisiana, turkey
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The Underground Railroad (2021)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 593 min.
TV show
Story: Follow young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and ...
Style: serious, suspense, disturbing, thought provoking, atmospheric
Plot: slavery, social misfits, white trash, black american, slave labor, black hero, social relations, black people, society, life is a bitch, sister, black history ...
Time: victorian era
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Stargate (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Style: exciting, futuristic, entertaining, tense, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, adventure, archaeology, military, slavery, space opera, ancient egypt, pyramid, teleportation, portal, alien, archaeologist ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: egypt, colorado, africa, middle east
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Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, 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: romantic, epic, sincere, sexy, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, survival, civil war, love story, war, loss of family member, love, wartime, getting home, romance, slavery ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century, victorian era, 50s
Place: south carolina, north carolina, usa, ancient greece, appalachia ...
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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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, human trafficking, violence against women, captivity, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, slavery, child prostitution, child abduction, prostitute, child rape, corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines, eastern europe, thailand, europe, russia ...
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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Style: epic, biblical, stylized, harsh, ridiculous ...
Plot: ancient egypt, religion, god, jewish, christianity, christian, old testament, bible, ancient history, slavery, judaism, moses ...
Time: ancient times, middle ages, 14th century
Place: egypt, holy land, israel, middle east, xian
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