10 Best Films About Africa

Thursday, January 20 by Karsun

If you like films set in Africa or even about Africa, you may want to learn about 10 best films about Africa so you can find a new favorite or watch an old favorite again. While this list is subjective and everyone has an opinion, these are some of the best films about Africa. Here is your list to learn about 10 best films about Africa.

  1. "The Last King of Scotland." This film was released in 2006 and starred Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy. The film was about the Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin and a doctor who gets caught up in his reign. Forest Whitaker won an Oscar for his role as Idi Amin.
  2. "Out of Africa." This movie was released in 1985 and starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford as a plantation owner and a big game hunter who have an affair in 20th century colonial Kenya. The movie ended up winning 7 Oscars at the Academy Awards.
  3. "Hotel Rwanda." This movie is a true account of a hotel manager who kept Tutsi refugees safely housed during problems with Hutu militia in Rwanda. It was released in 2004 and starred Don Cheadle and Joquin Phoenix. It was nominated for 3 Oscars.
  4. "Blood Diamond." This movie was nominated for 5 Oscars and showcased the power struggles and strife over diamonds mined in Africa. It starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. It released in 2006 and allowed many to learn about the diamond struggles in Africa.
  5. "White Hunter Black Heart." Released in 1990 and directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, this movie is a fictional story about a movie director who goes to Africa to hunt an elephant but becomes involved in a situation with a movie crew that becomes quite grim.
  6. "Gorillas in the Mist." This movie was based on the true story about Dian Fossey who studied disappearing mountain gorillas in Africa. It starred Sigourney Weaver and was released in 1988, It was nominated for 5 Oscars.
  7. "Black Hawk Down." This film made aware the story of the soldiers that were dropped down to Somalia to capture the top lieutenants of a warlord. What happens is that they become embattled with the heavily armed Somalis. It released in 2001 at the theaters and starred Tom Sizemore, Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor. It won 2 Oscars at the Academy Awards.
  8. "District 9." This is a unique film about a place in Africa that has become a home for a group of extraterrestrials that can't find their way home. It begs to ask about how "others" should be treated and under what conditions are we humane. It was nominated for 4 Oscars and became a surprisingly successful hit in 2009.
  9. "Roots." While "Roots" wasn't primarily about Africa, there is a large portion of the movie that takes place there. This 1977 offering takes us from the enslavement of a young black man all the way to his family's liberation, spanning many years. It has become a timeless classic and was nominated for many awards; winning a Golden Globe.
  10. "The Constant Gardner." This 2005 film starred Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz and was the recipient of an Oscar win. It is about a widower trying to find out about his wife's murder and includes corruption in corporations and large businesses.

There you have a list to learn about 10 best films about Africa. Not every one of them take place primarily in Africa but most do. This is an excellent list to view some of the best movies about Africa and see why they won so many awards and accolades.

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