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17 Movies Like 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Malcolm X (1992) poster

1 Malcolm X (1992) ★ 7.7

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Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) poster

2 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) ★ 7.6

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Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.
Belle (2013) poster

3 Belle (2013) ★ 7.3

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This movie was inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Royal Navy Captain Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change, who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Hotel Rwanda (2004) poster

4 Hotel Rwanda (2004) ★ 8.1

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Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, houses over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda, Africa.
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5 Hidden Figures (2016) ★ 7.8

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The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
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6 Men of Honor (2000) ★ 7.2

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The film is based on the true story of the legendary diver Carl Brashear. His mentor and senior officer Bill Sunday is convinced that blacks have no business in the Navy, and in the most cruel and inhumane ways bullies and "screws" the ambitious newcomer.

However, he does not succeed, and moreover, he soon begins to feel sympathy for this extremely stubborn guy, who would rather die than show weakness. Together they try to resist the bureaucrats of the Navy Command, who are not happy with the hero's skin color.

Schindler's List (1993) poster

7 Schindler's List (1993) ★ 9.0

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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Spotlight (2015) poster

8 Spotlight (2015) ★ 8.1

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
The Birth of a Nation (2016) poster

9 The Birth of a Nation (2016) ★ 6.5

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

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10 Fences (2016) ★ 7.2

A former baseball player of African-American descent, now picking up trash from the streets of Pittsburgh, struggles to provide for his family in 1950s America, where the racial question is still an open one.

Dallas Buyers Club (2013) poster

11 Dallas Buyers Club (2013) ★ 8.0

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.
Django Unchained (2012) poster

12 Django Unchained (2012) ★ 8.4

With the help of a German bounty-hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation-owner in Mississippi.
The Help (2011) poster

13 The Help (2011) ★ 8.1

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
American Hustle (2013) poster

14 American Hustle (2013) ★ 7.2

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.
Harriet (2019) poster

15 Harriet (2019) ★ 6.6

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Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Harriet (2019) is on #15 spot of movies related to 12 Years a Slave (2013). Harriet (2019) was released in 2019, made by Kasi Lemmons and has average rating 6.6 in 2022. Main stars of the Harriet (2019) film are: Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr..

Amistad (1997) poster

16 Amistad (1997) ★ 7.3

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Amistad is the name of a slave ship travelling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), who was a tribal leader in Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find their way back to Africa. Instead, they are misdirected and when they reach the United States, they are imprisoned as runaway slaves. They don't speak a word of English, and it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors when an abolitionist lawyer decides to take their case, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. The case finally gets to the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams (Sir Anthony Hopkins) makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release.

Amistad (1997) film was made by . Main stars of the movie: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins. You can find Amistad (1997) in the the next genre categories: Biography, Drama, History and Amistad (1997) has average rating 7.3, according to Screench user votes.

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) poster

17 Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) ★ 7.2

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As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

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