Top 6 movies about slavery: Discover the dark side of humans!
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
– Abraham Lincoln
Slavery is a substantial setback in mankind. It is absolutely horrific to even imagine that a man can indulge himself in brutalizing his fellow human beings, surviving in this world just like him. The sense of domination is evil. Domination makes one forget humanity during this course of pleasurable time.
A slave is subjected to mental and physical abuse, is classed as property to his master and forced to work for nothing but the constant realization of being worthless. Such people are driven to think that the only purpose in their life is to work as slaves. It is even more disheartening to know that such people completely give up, accept their plight and the fact that there is no way out.
Movies about slavery have always been a subject of utmost importance for the film industry. The anguish, the helplessness and the disgust portrayed through these films give you a reality check of the most horrific crimes against humanity – Slavery.
Let me quickly take you through the top 6 movies about slavery I’ve listed down for you-
Movies about slavery #1: 12 years a slave
12 Years a Slave is a 2013 biographical period-drama film. The movie is based on the slave memoir “Twelve Years a Slave” written by Solomon Northup which is a story of a free African-American man who is kidnapped by two conmen and sold into slavery.
The movie is also the worthy winner of the Best Picture awards at the Academy Awards. This is one of the few movies about slavery that makes you personally feel the pain and suffering endured by the slaves as the movie has the power to connect with your soul.
This is a beautiful yet intense story of the struggle for freedom and how the blacks are treated in general. I’d strongly recommend you all to watch this masterpiece.
Director – Steve McQueen
Cast – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson,
Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard.
Movies about slavery #2: Django Unchained
Django Unchained is a 2012 American revisionist Western film. The movie is about the story of Django, a former slave who seeks revenge on the slavers, who wronged his wife and put her through a brutal set-up.
The direction is phenomenal and the storyline just keeps you glued to the screen. The movie makes us re-consider our own freedom and how much we take it for granted. The traumatic effects of slavery are still with us and this movie makes you really think about what it would be like to be treated like a subhuman.
Director – Quentin Tarantino
Cast- Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks, and Don Johnson.
Movies about slavery #3: Lincoln
Lincoln is a 2012 biographical historical drama film. The screenplay by Tony Kushner was based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 biography “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”. The film focuses on Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to abolish slavery and involuntary servitude by having the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.
The movie received a significant amount of appreciation for Day-Lewis’s performance on screen. Lincoln is one of the rarest kinds of movies about slavery you’d find. With its absolutely brilliant storyline and portrayal of an era that is very unfamiliar to the present generation, it stands as one of the best inspiring movies ever made.
Director- Steven Spielberg
Cast- Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones.
Movies about slavery #4: Free state of Jones
The Free State of Jones is a 2016 American historical war film inspired by the life of Newton Knight. The movie is based on the books, “The Free State of Jones” by Victoria E. Bynum and “The State of Jones” by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer.
The film narrates the events from the civilian war that happened in Jones County, Mississippi. The film casts its light on racial and class divisions, equality, and the role violence played in shaping U.S. history.
“Free state of jones” deals with a sensitive subject masterfully. The movie is unlike other Hollywood historical dramas as it has stayed close to true events. It has very well conveyed that not all whites are racists and how some of them genuinely feel sorry or sympathize with racism.
Director- Gary Ross
Cast- Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, and Keri Russell.
Movies about slavery#5: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a 1974 American television film based on the written by Ernest J. Gaines. The film depicts the struggles of African Americans as seen through the eyes of the narrator, a woman named Jane Pittman. She also recollects events of her life from the time she was a young slave girl in the American South at the end of the Civil War.
The racial hatred that persisted even after the Civil Rights movement has been shown brilliantly through this film. The dignity of those who withstood the violence and became wise inspires the audience. The movie breaks the stereotypical thoughts and shows that there is a way out of all the struggles.
Director- John Korty
Cast – Cicely Tyson, Richard Dysart, Odetta, Michael Murphy, Rod Perry, and Arnold Wilkerson.
Movies about slavery #6: Blood Diamond
Blood Diamond is a 2006 political war thriller film. The film tells the story of Solomon Vandy, a fisherman in a quiet village who is captured and forced to work as a slave in a diamond mine where he discovers a rare diamond. When two Africans learn about the diamond, they promise Solomon to reunite him with his family if he sells the diamond to them.
The themes of the film include Conflict, civil wars, and human rights abuses. All these elements are excellently portrayed throughout the film. All the characters are so realistic you can literally feel that you are in the middle of a brutal battlefield that is going on, not for the benefits of Africa but a Diamond. This is one of the few movies that include emotional elements into such intense violence which makes it a must-watch.
Director- Edward Zwick
Cast – Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen, and Arnold Vosloo.
So these are some of the best movies about slavery which I believe has made an impact in society. Give these movies, a watch, and let us know how you felt about them in the comment section. We will get back to you all with some more interesting and must-watch movies very soon. Happy watching!