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Django Unchained (2012)

Aggregate Rating: 250 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 81 | Earnings: $162.80M

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


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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Aggregate Rating: 233 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 96 | Earnings: $56.67M

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


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Planet of the Apes (1968)

Aggregate Rating: 190 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 79 | Earnings: $26.00M

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.


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Spartacus (1960)

Aggregate Rating: 188 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 87 | Earnings: null

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


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Lincoln (2012)

Aggregate Rating: 177 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 86 | Earnings: $182.20M

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.


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Aferim! (2015)

Aggregate Rating: 162 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 84 | Earnings: $0.10M

Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.


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Mongol (2007)

Aggregate Rating: 153 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 74 | Earnings: $5.70M

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


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Queimada (1969)

Aggregate Rating: 148 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 72 | Earnings: null

The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to...


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Amistad (1997)

Aggregate Rating: 143 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 63 | Earnings: $44.18M

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.


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Amazing Grace (2006)

Aggregate Rating: 142 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 65 | Earnings: $21.21M

The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.


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Unleashed (2005)

Aggregate Rating: 136 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 58 | Earnings: $24.52M

A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.


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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

Aggregate Rating: 134 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 69 | Earnings: $15.86M

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


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Zarafa (2012)

Aggregate Rating: 134 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 64 | Earnings: null

The plot of the film has a grandfather telling his grand kids the story of Maki, a young boy who escapes from slave traders, befriends a giraffe (the title character), cross the desert, ...


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Agora (2009)

Aggregate Rating: 133 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 55 | Earnings: $0.62M

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.


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Vazante (2017)

Aggregate Rating: 130 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 68 | Earnings: $0.02M

Brazil 1821. A rich cattle herder finds out that his wife dies in labor. Forced to live in the property with numerous African slaves, he marries his wife's niece. But he returns to droving, leaving his wife behind alone with the slaves.


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Cobra Verde (1987)

Aggregate Rating: 127 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 55 | Earnings: null

During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.


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Valhalla Rising (2009)

Aggregate Rating: 126 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 61 | Earnings: $0.02M

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.


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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Aggregate Rating: 125 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 52 | Earnings: $65.01M

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.


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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Aggregate Rating: 123 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 44 | Earnings: $45.80M

An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.


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Manderlay (2005)

Aggregate Rating: 122 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 46 | Earnings: $0.07M

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



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