Slavesploitation

Films centring on and in most cases, ruthlessly exploiting the subject of the human slavery practised in the Old South & elsewhere.
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1.
Mandingo (1975)
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A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter. (127 mins.)
“ Described by Quentin Tarantino as one of the few exploitation films made by a major studio, the film shows a rich stew of interracial violence and desire. ” - jaibo
 
2.
Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)
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Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade. (136 mins.)
“ After they were criticized as racist for their Africa Addio documentary, Prosperi and Jacopetti made this "mockumentary" exploration of Southern slavery as a supposed recompense. They ended up with one of the most racially inflammatory films ever made. ” - jaibo
 
3.
Black Snake (1973)
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Story of a slave revolt on a 19th-century Caribbean island. (82 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ Russ Meyer's glorious vision of the slave trade - a veritable allegory of the cyclic violence that is our human condition. ” - jaibo
 
4.
Drum (1976)
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A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society. (110 mins.)
Director: Steve Carver
“ A sequel of sorts to Mandingo, in many ways more exploitative & offensive to delicate sensibilities than the first fim. ” - jaibo
 
5.
Django Unchained (2012)
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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Tarantino crosses the slavesploitation pic with the Spaghetti Western, adds in a drop of Wagnerian myth and makes his first decent film since Jackie Brown. ” - jaibo
 
6.
Roots (1977 Mini-Series)
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation. (570 mins.)
“ The respectable face of 70s slavesploitation, the compulsive hit series based upon Alex Haley's fanciful memoir. ” - jaibo
 
7.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1965)
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In the pre-Civil War South, a sadistic plantation-owner brutalizes his slaves to the point of them heaving no other choice but to rebel. Always obedient, peaceful and honest old slave Tom plays a central role in this tragedy. (125 mins.)
“ Big-budget 1960s German film of the classic novel. ” - jaibo
 
8.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Slavery allegorized as an Apes film. ” - jaibo
 
9.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927)
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Slavery tears apart a black family in the South before the start of the Civil War. (144 mins.)
 
10.
Roots: The Next Generations (1979 Mini-Series)
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The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots. (840 mins.)
“ Continues the story from the first series. ” - jaibo
 
11.
Slaves (1969)
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A Kentucky slave fights for his freedom from cruel overseer whose mistress eventually joins Davis and the other slaves in their revolt. (110 mins.)
“ Early antebellum exploiter starring, of all people, Dionne Warwick. ” - jaibo
 
12.
Slavers (1978)
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As the slave trade is dwindling in East Africa in the late 19th century, two competing slave traders start a brutal violent conflict between each other for the monopoly on the remaining profits. (98 mins.)
Director: Jürgen Goslar
“ Mandingo clone starring ex-Tarzan Ron Ely. ” - jaibo
 
13.
Amistad (1997)
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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. (155 mins.)
“ Spielberg's "tasteful" liberal drama slavesploitation? Well, not in the obvious sense, but he certainly exploits the subject as much as any filmmaker on this list, in a gambit to win Oscars and make bucks. ” - jaibo
 
14.
Quadroon (1971)
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A story of love, lust, violence and murder on a sadistic southern plantation during the slave era. (90 mins.)
Director: Jack Weis
“ Obscure grindhouse look at the old South. ” - jaibo
 
15.
Mandinga (1976)
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An Old South plantation owner lusts after his female slaves. (86 mins.)
Director: Mario Pinzauti
“ Spanish take on slavesploitation. ” - jaibo
 
16.
Emmanuelle bianca e nera (1976)
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In the pre-civil war American south, Emanuelle, a plantation owner's daughter, while outwardly a dainty southern belle... (82 mins.)
Director: Mario Pinzauti
“ 70s erotic myth Emanuelle finds an antebellum telling. ” - jaibo
 
17.
Fuego negro (1979)
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(98 mins.)
 
18.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Sold as something new - but it's the latest in a line. ” - jaibo
 
19.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
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A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
20.
Tamango (1958)
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A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave... (104 mins.)
Director: John Berry
 
21.
Roots (2016 Mini-Series)
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants. (90 mins.)
 
22.
Roots: The Gift (1988 TV Movie)
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The characters of Kunta Kinte and Fiddler from Roots are back in this movie. In this movie the two of... (100 mins.)
Director: Kevin Hooks
 
23.
Ashanti (1979)
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Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task. (118 mins.)
 
24.
Manderlay (2005)
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A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s. (139 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
25.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974 TV Movie)
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Story of a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. (110 mins.)
Director: John Korty
 
26.
Nightjohn (1996 TV Movie)
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Sarny, a 12-year-old slave girl in the ante-bellum South, faces a relatively hopeless life. Her chief... (92 mins.)
Director: Charles Burnett
 
27.
C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)
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Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War. (89 mins.)
Director: Kevin Willmott
 
28.
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
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The Stoneman family finds its friendship with the Camerons affected by the Civil War, both fighting in opposite armies. The development of the war in their lives plays through to Lincoln's assassination and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. (195 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
29.
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
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Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising. (120 mins.)
Director: Nate Parker
 
30.
Aferim! (2015)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Radu Jude
 
31.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
32.
The Ten Commandments (1923)
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The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt... (136 mins.)
 
33.
The Ten Commandments (2015 TV Series)
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Follows Moses leading and conducting the Hebrew people from the slavery of Egypt to the freedom towards the Promised Land...
 
34.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
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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. (150 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
35.
The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972)
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A slave kills a white man in self-defense and heads West towards freedom, pursued by a professional slave hunter. (98 mins.)
Director: Martin Goldman
 
36.
The Soul of Nigger Charley (1973)
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After the end of the Civil War, Charley fights against a group of Southern soldiers seeking to reignite the Confederacy. (109 mins.)