12 Years a Slave(2013)

Combined Rating:
97
Combined Critics Rating: 96

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.



Django Unchained(2012)

Combined Rating:
91
Combined Critics Rating: 86

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.



Lincoln(2012)

Combined Rating:
91
Combined Critics Rating: 89

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.



Exodus: Gods and Kings(2014)

Combined Rating:
78
Combined Critics Rating: 69

The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.



Mongol(2007)

Combined Rating:
76
Combined Critics Rating: 71

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.



The Birth of a Nation(2016)

Combined Rating:
76
Combined Critics Rating: 80

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.



Free State of Jones(2016)

Combined Rating:
73
Combined Critics Rating: 68

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.



Harriet(2019)

Combined Rating:
73
Combined Critics Rating: 77

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.



Pompeii(2014)

Combined Rating:
71
Combined Critics Rating: 60

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.



Agora(2009)

Combined Rating:
70
Combined Critics Rating: 60

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.



Amistad(1997)

Combined Rating:
69
Combined Critics Rating: 59

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.



Ben-Hur(2016)

Combined Rating:
68
Combined Critics Rating: 61

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.



Valhalla Rising(2009)

Combined Rating:
67
Combined Critics Rating: 57

Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.



Manderlay(2005)

Combined Rating:
63
Combined Critics Rating: 58

A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s.



Ride with the Devil(1999)

Combined Rating:
62
Combined Critics Rating: 62

Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull's dad is killed by Union soldiers, so the young men join the ...



Spartacus(1960)

Combined Rating:
60
Combined Critics Rating: 44

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.



The Keeping Room(2014)

Combined Rating:
54
Combined Critics Rating: 61

Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three women must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.



Oranges and Sunshine(2010)

Combined Rating:
52
Combined Critics Rating: 59

Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved -- now adults living mostly in Australia -- with their parents in Britain.



Conquest of the Planet of the Apes(1972)

Combined Rating:
51
Combined Critics Rating: 37

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.



Daughters of the Dust(1991)

Combined Rating:
51
Combined Critics Rating: 70

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ...




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