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1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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97 Metascore

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

Writers: John Ridley, Solomon Northup | Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

2. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.5
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Writers: David Mitchell, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski | Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

3. Belle (2013)

PG | 104 min | Drama

7.4
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64 Metascore

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

Writer: Misan Sagay | Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

4. North and South (1985 TV Mini-Series)

561 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

5. Amazing Grace (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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65 Metascore

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

Writer: Steven Knight | Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai

6. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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The Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war.

Writers: Thomas Dixon Jr., D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods | Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper

7. Ride with the Devil (I) (1999)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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69 Metascore

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 ... See full summary »

Writers: Daniel Woodrell, James Schamus | Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jewel Kilcher, Jeremy W. Auman

8. North and South, Book II (1986 TV Mini-Series)

570 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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The story of two friends and their families on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

9. C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.4
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62 Metascore

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.

Writer: Kevin Willmott | Director: Kevin Willmott | Stars: Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick, Molly Graham, William Willmott

10. Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.3
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The story of Jeb Stuart, his romance with Kit Carson Holliday, friendship with George Custer and battles against John Brown in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Writer: Robert Buckner | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey, Ronald Reagan

11. Band of Angels (1957)

125 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.6
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Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black.

Writers: Robert Penn Warren, John Twist, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

12. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

TV-G | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Writers: Stephen Vincent Benet, John W. Considine Jr., Gerrit J. Lloyd | Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

13. Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, History

6.3
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A number of slaves risk their lives to escape their masters with their only help coming from the famous secret slave escape network.

Writers: Peter Mohan, Nancy Trites-Botkin | Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Falconer Abraham, Dwight Bacquie, Janet Bailey, Nigel Bennett

14. Skin Game (1971)

GP | 102 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.0
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In 1857, con man Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke swindle slave owners into buying Jason, who's a free man, and later share the profits when Jason escapes captivity.

Writers: Peter Stone, Richard Alan Simmons | Directors: Paul Bogart, Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Garner, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Clark, Brenda Sykes

15. A Woman Called Moses (1978 TV Movie)

240 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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A film about the life and career of the African American abolitionist and slave escape leader, Harriet Tubman.

Writers: Lonne Elder III, Marcy Heidish | Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Orson Welles, Will Geer, Robert Hooks

16. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Thriller, Drama

7.2
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Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Writers: Lester Cole, Harold Greene, Nathaniel Hawthorne | Director: Joe May | Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price, Dick Foran

17. Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (2000 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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True story from the 19th century about an English actress who marries a US plantation owner. Appalled by slavery, she dedicates her life to oppose it and her husband and help her husband's slaves in any way possible, including escaping.

Writer: Christopher Lofton | Director: James Keach | Stars: Jane Seymour, Keith Carradine, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Janet-Laine Green

18. Call + Response (2008)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.3
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43 Metascore

Fair Trade Pictures to support human rights activism against human trafficking and slavery on a community level.

Writers: Justin Dillon, Shadd Williams | Director: Justin Dillon | Stars: Madeleine Albright, Kevin Bales, David Batstone, Natasha Bedingfield

19. Lions Among Men (2011)

22 min | Short, Action, Adventure

7.6
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After masking her identity as a woman and joining the British Royal Navy in 1808, Victoria finds herself shipwrecked on an unknown island with the Lieutenant who betrayed her, the slave ... See full summary »

Writer: Becky Wangberg | Director: Traci Hays | Stars: Johanna Watts, Dayo Okeniyi, Crispian Belfrage, Jonah Priour

20. Dear America: A Picture of Freedom (1999 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Drama, Family

6.8
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Living on a Southern plantation before the Civil War, a young slave girl secretly learns how to read and write, and determines to teach others.

Writers: Patricia C. McKissack, Ron Stacker Thompson, Ashley Tyler | Director: Helaine Head | Stars: Shadia Simmons, Alison Sealy-Smith, Erica Luttrell, Jason Burke

21. The Underground Railroad (1999 TV Movie)

95 min | Documentary, History, War

6.7
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The history of the Underground Railroad.

Director: Jeff Lengyel | Star: Alfre Woodard

22. Friendly Persuasion (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.3
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During the Civil War, a Quaker couple risks their lives by helping runaway slaves.

Writers: Jessamyn West, William P. Wood | Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Richard Kiley, Shirley Knight, Clifton James, Michael O'Keefe

23. The Gallant Legion (1948)

Approved | 88 min | Romance, Western

6.7
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When power-hungry Faulkner and Leroux want to divide Texas into smaller sections, instead of allowing it to enter the Union as a single state, Gary Conway and the Texas Rangers must step in... See full summary »

Writers: Gerald Drayson Adams, John K. Butler, Gerald Geraghty | Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Bill Elliott, Lorna Gray, Joseph Schildkraut, Bruce Cabot

24. Grace Bedell (2010)

17 min | Short, Drama, History

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The true story of a little girl, who in 1860, wrote to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln suggesting he grow whiskers.

Writer: Mark Esslinger | Director: Eric Burdett | Stars: Lana Esslinger, Mark Esslinger, Elizabeth Lackey, Pasha D. Lychnikoff

25. Untitled John Brown Project (TV Mini-Series)

Biography | Announced

True story of the abolitionist John Brown's transformation from a lowly 50-year old farmer to a notorious anti-slavery freedom fighter in Kansas to lead of a famed1859 raid on Harper's Ferry

26. I am John Brown (2016)

160 min | Biography | Announced

The story of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in American history, John Brown was a white American abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the ... See full summary »

Writer: Stanley V. Henson Jr. | Director: Stanley V. Henson Jr.

27. Over the River... The Life of Lydia Maria Child Abolitionist for Freedom (2007)

140 min | Documentary

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The documentary film "Over the River...Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom" is the first of its kind to present abolitionists in the light they deserve. Lydia Maria Child (... See full summary »

Writer: Constance Jackson | Director: Constance Jackson | Stars: James Moses Black, Diahann Carroll, Deborah Clifford, Peter Doyle

28. Volition (2008)

15 min | Short, Drama

8.0
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Sometimes the choice of inaction has consequences stronger than we could ever imagine. Throughout history, men have been faced with difficult choices in a world that makes it easy for them ... See full summary »

Writers: T Jara Morgan, T. Jara Morgan | Director: T. Jara Morgan | Stars: Bill Hearnburg, Victoria Leigh, Luke Williams

29. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Allan Pinkerton: The Original Private Eye

Documentary, Biography, History

Alan Pinkerman was a Scotish immigrant who escaped the slums of Glasgow to found the first, and for a time, the world's most prominent detective agency in the United States. His many ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Perkins, Allan Pinkerton

30. How the States Got Their Shapes (2011– )
Episode: Church and States (2011)

TV-PG | Documentary, Adventure, History

8.5
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Ever since the Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower, what we believe and how we believe has shaped the American map. Could Utah have been bigger than Texas? How did religion shatter New England ... See full summary »

Director: David Konschnik | Stars: Brian Unger, Dana Jay Bein

31. Voyagers! (1982–1983)
Episode: Created Equal (1982)

60 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

7.2
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Arriving in ancient Rome, Phineas and Jeffery must save the slave Spartacusso that he can lead the revolt in Capra. They also meet a young Sam Clemens and help Harriet Tubman escape.

Writer: Nick Thiel | Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Jon-Erik Hexum, Meeno Peluce, Ed Bakey, Leigh Hamilton

32. North and South (1985– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1985)

93 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.9
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1842, Orry Main leaves Mont Royal, the cotton plantation near Charleston (South Carolina) he's heir to, on his way to West Point for two years of officer's training. On the way he stops a ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

33. North and South, Book II (1986– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1986)

94 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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George Hazard and Orry Main are for two opposite sides of a Civil War, that has just started. But for twenty years they have been the best friends ever (see: "North and South" (1985) (mini)... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

34. North and South (1985– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1985)

93 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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To distract Orry, whose brooding about Madeline wrecks his West Point performance, George drags him to Alice Peet for laundry and 'intimate' services. After Bent arranges for Fisk to be ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

35. North and South, Book II (1986– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1986)

95 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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The ebb and flow of war has begun with victories and defeats on both sides. Brett and Semiramis make it safely back to Mont Royal, after a dangerous encounter with Northern troops. When ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

36. North and South (1985– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1985)

93 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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1848, Orry plucks run-away slave Priam from the train Madelin suggested to flee on, George uses their friendship to let him escape. Three weeks later, Orry is best man when George weds ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

37. North and South, Book II (1986– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1986)

94 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.4
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By September 1862, the South appears to be on the verge of victory. President Lincoln wants to emancipate all slaves but recognizes he needs a victory on the battlefield before he can do so... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

38. North and South (1985– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1985)

94 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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In 1854, the Hazards pay a visit to Mont Royal. Billy loses his interest in Ashton when he sees her in the cotton barn with another man and soon turns his interest to the demure Brett. ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

39. North and South, Book II (1986– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1986)

94 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.4
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Ulysses S. Grant is made commander of the Armies of the Potomac and is having an immediate effect, but at a very high cost in terms of casualties. George Hazard, now a Brigadier General, ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

40. North and South (1985– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1985)

93 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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Having locked Madeline in her room and nearly starving her to death, Justin convinces the doctor that her condition is self-inflicted. The doctor prescribes his own tonic and a daily dose ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

41. North and South, Book II (1986– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1986)

95 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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Charles and Orry set out to rescue George Hazard, who is being held at Libby Prison in Richmond. They make sure he gets back to Union Lines and he makes it home for Christmas. As he ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

42. North and South, Book II (1986– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1986)

95 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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The war is coming to a close and the Union armies under Ulysses S. Grant now appear to have the upper hand. At the Battle of Petersburg in April 1865, George Hazard sees his friend Orry ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

43. North and South (1985– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1985)

94 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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With Abe Lincoln's election as President, secessionist feelings are running high. George Hazard pays a surprise visit to Orry at Mont Royal to apologize for what his fanatical sister said ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

44. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Frederick Douglass (1996)

Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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The life, times, and accomplishments of American abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.

Director: Craig Haffner | Stars: Thomas Battle, David W. Blight, Peter Graves, William Gwaltney

45. Highlander (1992–1998)
Episode: Innocent Man (1992)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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Sensing danger, the immortal Lucas Desiree requests a visit from his old friend Duncan MacLeod. Lucas is beheaded just before Duncan arrives, and the murder is pinned on a shell shocked ... See full summary »

Writers: Dan Gordon, Gregory Widen | Director: Jorge Montesi | Stars: Adrian Paul, Alexandra Vandernoot, Stan Kirsch, Amanda Wyss

46. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: John Brown's Holy War (2000)

90 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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Add a Plot

Writer: Ken Chowder | Director: Robert Kenner | Stars: Rene Auberjonois, Melendy Britt, Scott Cleverdon, Richard Doyle

47. Lincoln (1974– )
Episode: Sad Figure, Laughing (1975)

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Lincoln's laughter, joking, and storytelling erode the confidence of his colleagues. Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase and his ambitious daughter Kate embark on an underhanded attempt to undermine Abraham Lincoln's 1864 reelection bid.

Writer: Jerry McNeely | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Sada Thompson, Elizabeth Ashley, Roy Poole

48. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Abolitionists: Part 1 (2012)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

8.0
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The stories of the major figures of the pre-American Civil War political movement to eliminate slavery.

Writers: Rob Rapley, Paul Taylor | Director: Rob Rapley | Stars: Oliver Platt, T. Ryder Smith, Carol Berkin, Lois Brown

49. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: The Color Yellow (2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

6.7
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While searching for an admirable ancestor for a class project, Lisa discovers the story of a relative named Eliza Simpson, who may or may not have helped a slave escape to freedom.

Creators: Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Sam Simon | Director: Raymond S. Persi | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

50. Investigating History (2003– )
Episode: The Lost Battle of the Civil War (2004)

Documentary, History

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Realing from strategic defeats in the East, Confederate forces plan a flanking attack on the Western frontier in an attempt to draw Union forces to the west and relieve the pressure on ... See full summary »

Writer: Jamie Schenk | Director: Jamie Schenk | Star: Bill Kurtis