Films About Slavery in America

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation
    The film dramatizes the rise of the Ku Klux Klan as "saviors" of a civil society, and the main black characters are played by whites in blackface.
  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    The film features a slave nursemaid as a prominent supporting character; the actor Hattie McDaniel made history with an Academy Award win of her portrayal.
  • Goodbye Uncle Tom

    Goodbye Uncle Tom
    Addio Zio Tom is a pseudo-documentary in which the filmmakers go back in time and visit antebellum America, using period documents to examine, in graphic detail, the racist ideology and degrading conditions faced by Africans under slavery.
  • The Legend of Nigger Charley

    The Legend of Nigger Charley
    The blaxploitation film film takes place in America in the Ante-Bellum South. It follows three slaves seeking their freedom.
  • Mandingo

    Mandingo
    On a plantation in 19th-century United States, the owner sleeps with a young slave. Another slave sleeps with the owner's wife in payback, and things escalate.
  • Drum

    Drum
    The film, a sequel to Mandingo, features a black slave who falls in love with a plantation owner's daughter. When the owner threatens castration, the slave plans a revolt.
  • Roots

    Roots
    The TV film is based on Alex Haley's biography about his family moving from slavery to liberation.
  • Solomon Northup's Odyssey

    Solomon Northup's Odyssey
    The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, DC in 1841 and sold into slavery.
  • Glory

    Glory
    During the American Civil War, an escaped slave joins an all-black fighting unit of the Union Army. December 14, 1989
  • Brother Future

    Brother Future
    Brother Future is a science fiction movie. A street kid from Detroit, Michigan, is hit by a car; when he awakes, he finds himself a slave in South Carolina in 1822. The boy then has to help his fellow slaves so that he can return to his own time.
  • Sankofa

    Sankofa
    In the supernatural film, a black American model travels to Ghana and is transported back in time by a local mystic. The model finds herself a slave in the past.
  • Jefferson in Paris

    Jefferson in Paris
    The film shows the relationship between Thomas Jefferson, who was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a slave owner, and Sally Hemings, a black slave. March 31, 1995
  • Amistad

    Amistad
    In the 19th century, a slave revolt takes place on a Spanish ship heading to Cuba. Two white survivors navigate the ship to the United States instead of Africa as planned, and the slaves fight for their freedom in court.
  • Beloved

    Beloved
    A former slave experiences flashbacks to her past as a slave.
  • Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble

    Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble
    The film depicts the story of British actress and abolitionist Fanny Kemble, who becomes horrified by the treatment of her husband's enslaved people. Fanny later publishes her journals and their first-hand accounts of slavery, helping influence the British government's decision to withhold support of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • Manderlay

    Manderlay
    16 May 2005
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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln
    During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln pushes to abolish slavery from the United States.
  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained
    In the American South in 1858, a slave is purchased by a German dentist and bounty hunter and agrees to help him track down a small group of dangerous outlaws in exchange for his freedom and the rescuing of his wife from a cruel plantation owner.
  • Something Whispered / Carry Me Home

    Something Whispered / Carry Me Home
    In the United States in the 1850s, a black man attempts to free his family from a tobacco plantation.
  • Tula: The Revolt

    Tula: The Revolt
    In 1795 on Curaçao, then a Dutch colony, a slave uprising takes place.
  • Savannah

    Savannah
    The film, loosely based on the book Ducks, Dogs and Friends, is about a white hunter who befriends a freed slave.
  • Belle

    Belle
    In the 1700s, a mixed-race girl falls in love with a man fighting for slave emancipation.
  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave
    The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, DC in 1841 and sold into slavery.
  • The North Star

    The North Star
    The film is based on "the true story of Big Ben Jones, a slave who escaped from a Southern plantation in 1848 and is helped by local Quakers".