We all have watched some Movies on slavery, but the time period of this cruelty was not as smooth as it is shown. Blood and tears were shed on the name of slavery where a human was practically owned by another person and treated like a pet or slave for the rest of their lives. Slavery was heinous yet legal until the American Civil War. This method was used against Africans and African Americans. The history had its scars which we all should know about.
Below are 10 Best movies about slavery which will give you shiver down your spine and a spirit fearless enough to stand for the right:
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Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1987)
Director: Stan Lathan
Writers: Harriet Beecher Stowe (novel), John Gay (teleplay)
Stars: Avery Brooks, Kate Burton, Bruce Dern
The movie will take you down to a trip with Tom, who is an aging and black slave moving along his trauma while meeting people. The story picked from Beecher Stowe’s novel and describes the survival of Tom and her friend who wants to marry her lover despite the lover’s masters.
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Toni Morrison (novel), Akosua Busia (screenplay)
Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Yada Beener
The story revolves around a mother and her three children. The mother has gone through a rough past of slavery which constantly haunts her throughout the movie. Even after that, she lives in a haunted house and loses her two sons to the poltergeist. With passing time, the mom, Sethe meets an old friend from 10 years ago, and everything changes making it one of the best movies about slavery.
Director: Edward Zwick
Writers: Kevin Jarre (screenplay), Lincoln Kirstein (book)
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes
Imagine being a part of the American army and going against your own race to support and lead a black battalion! Fierce? Very. Glory is about the same where Robert Gould Shaw supports and leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company to fight against his own Union Army.
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Director: Pierre Morel
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
If you are into action-thriller and finding movies about slavery, then this could be it for you. Taken is about a father, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) who was a government operative and has to use his every skill he has learned in black ops to rescue his daughter from pimps.
The Help (2011)
Director: Tate Taylor
Writers: Tate Taylor (screenplay), Kathryn Stockett (novel)
Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
Written by the aspiring author of the times of civil rights movements 1960, “The Help” is about the African American housemaids. The story highlights their struggle with the white families they work under and everything they face in their job every day.
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (2011)
Directors: Benjamin Nolot, Matt Dickey
Writer: Benjamin Nolot
Stars: Christian Simpson, Jon Morgan Woodward, Chad T. Wood
If you are looking out for movies with slavery issues highlighted, then Nefarious, an informative documentary can be your tonight’s call. This award-winning American documentary highlights the modern-day human trafficking, especially focusing on sexual slavery. A must watch indeed!
Not My Life (2011)
Directors: Robert Bilheimer, Richard Young (co-director)
Writer: Robert Bilheimer
Star: Glenn Close
A heartbreaking true crime documentary, “Not My Life” is about contemporary slavery and human trafficking. The movie highlights the dehumanizing and heinous practices done to keep human trafficking running globally. Filmed on five continents, this movie is one of the Best movies about slavery.
Django Unchained (2012)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
This western drama is about a slave, Django who gets free and joins a bounty hunter with the sole purpose of finding his wife who was then under a cruel plantation owner. The plantation owner captured the wife in Mississippi.
Half the Sky (2012)
Director: Maro Chermayeff
Writer: Michelle Ferrari
Stars: America Ferrera, Nicholas Kristof, Diane Lane
This documentary is all about turning oppression into opportunity for women. Filmed in 10 different countries, Half the Sky is one of the best movies inspiring women to grow their empires out of the stones thrown at them. A 2012 release, “Half the Sky” is a timeless beauty and can be watched at any time.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Director: Steve Mcqueen
Writer: Solomon Northup
Stars: Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson
A biographical period-drama film, 12 Years a Slave is a legendary movie about an Afro-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery from Washington DC. The man, Solomon Northup was offered a fortnightly job as a trap to send him to his master. The movie depicts the blood and tears from the novel in the most emotional ways.
Do let us know which of these movies on slavery empowered your soul to stand the wrong!