Top-US-Grossing Lingala-Language Titles


1. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 88,616 | Gross: $59.90M

2. Lumumba (2000)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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78 Metascore

The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto

Votes: 1,484 | Gross: $0.68M

3. Viva Riva! (2010)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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65 Metascore

Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get ... See full summary »

Director: Djo Munga | Stars: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Diplome Amekindra, Hoji Fortuna

Votes: 985 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Rebelle (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

7.1
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84 Metascore

Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.

Director: Kim Nguyen | Stars: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper

Votes: 6,074 | Gross: $0.04M

5. On the Rumba River (2007)

82 min | Documentary, Music

6.9
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A tribute to the Congolese people, who despite desperate poverty, a history of oppression and an ongoing civil war that has killed nearly 4 million people, continue to be sustained by music.

Director: Jacques Sarasin | Stars: Wendo Kolosoy, Mbinga Kabata, Antoine Moundanda, Joseph Munange

Votes: 17 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Black (III) (2015)

95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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74 Metascore

A 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang. The city of Brussels, plagued by high rates of youth... See full summary »

Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah | Stars: Sanâa Alaoui, Martha Canga Antonio, Aboubakr Bensaihi, Sanaa Bourrasse

Votes: 2,139

7. Era O Hotel Cambridge (2016)

99 min | Drama

7.9
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Shows the unusual situation of homeless Brazilians movement and refugees that squat together an abandoned building in downtown Sao Paulo. The daily tension caused by the treat of eviction reveals the dramas and joys.

Director: Eliane Caffé | Stars: Isam Ahmad Issa, Paulo Américo, Juliane Arguello, Thais Carvalho

Votes: 34

8. Benda Bilili! (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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77 Metascore

Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Leon Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali, Cubain Kabeya

Votes: 695

9. 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov (2014)

83 min | Documentary

6.9
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35 COWS AND A KALASHNIKOV is a film about African pride. Directed by Oswald von Richthofen and produced by Roland Emmerich, two old film school friends. It is not a classical documentary ... See full summary »

Directors: Oswald von Richthofen, Gernot Aschoff | Stars: Bar Jala, Kuwedo, Regole, Tanga

Votes: 50

10. Son of the Congo (2015)

54 min | Documentary

8.3
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Professional basketball player, Serge Ibaka, returns to his home country of the Congo with the hope of helping a community rattled by violence.

Director: Adam Hootnick | Star: Serge Ibaka

Votes: 42

11. Episode 3: 'Enjoy Poverty' (2009)

90 min | Documentary

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Dutch artist Renzo Martens spent three years traveling throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo asking the question: "Who owns poverty?"

Director: Renzo Martens

Votes: 235

12. Kinshasa Kids (2012)

85 min | Drama

6.8
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A film crew follow a group of children that live rough on Kinshasa's streets. The children are thought of as shegues, or witches, by many adults including their families. The kids' desire is to make money and music.

Director: Marc-Henri Wajnberg | Stars: Gabi Bolenge, Bebson Elemba, Joël Eziegue, Emmanuel Fakoko

Votes: 111

13. Heart of Africa

Drama | Announced

Kandu, a former Congolese revolutionary, is trying to understand his new religion. Price, a new missionary from Idaho, is his first Anglo companion. Together, they will confront their own prejudices and the realities of the Congo.

Director: Sterling Van Wagenen

14. Once Upon a Time in the Congo (2017)

157 min | Thriller | Post-production

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15. Kinshasa Symphony (2010)

95 min | Documentary

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The Film "Kinshasa Symphony" shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented:... See full summary »

Directors: Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer | Stars: Joseph Masunda Lutete, Albert Nlanzu Matubanza, Nathalie Angwanguilo Bahati, Armand Wabasolele Diangienda

Votes: 145

16. Ghetto Millionaires (2010 Video)

54 min | Documentary, Drama

6.7
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'The world escapes me, I can't find my place but in my dreams, I'm it belongs to me', seem to say. Congolese media and their audiences in the choir. A socio- economic portrait of the 'Jet ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Remiche

Votes: 6

17. The Importance of Being Elegant (2004 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

5.6
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Set to the soundtrack of Papa Wemba's extraordinary music, this outrageous, funny and eye-opening film depicts the underground world of a flamboyant African cult.

Directors: George Amponsah, Cosima Spender | Stars: Papa Wemba, Anti-Gigolo, Archibishop of La Sape, Mere Malou

Votes: 15

18. 10 Guds siffror (2013)

30 min | Short, Drama

6.5
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A gripping portrait of two sisters from the Congo who find themselves in Sweden without residence permits. We follow the joys and sadness of their everyday lives, lived under the constant threat of extradition back to a certain death.

Director: Ivica Zubak | Stars: Kidd Duckström, Daisy Dolo Goma, Charlie Gustafsson, Claude Kampakol

Votes: 11

19. Nous irons vivre ailleurs (2013)

67 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Nicolas Karolszyk | Stars: Christian Mupondo, Léticia Belliccini, Abdou Ndende, Kapita Ambe

Votes: 9

20. De dansande andarnas skog (2013)

104 min | Documentary

7.6
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"In the beginning, women lived apart, unaware of the existence of men. Until one day, when the first woman, Toli, who was brave and adventurous traveled deep into the forest. Toli ... See full summary »

Director: Linda Västrik

Votes: 126

21. Congo river, au-delà des ténèbres (2005)

116 min | Documentary

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Director: Thierry Michel | Stars: Olivier Cheysson, Thierry Michel, Lye Mudaba

Votes: 162

22. Traumland (III) (2013)

61 min | Drama

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On a houseboat called Traumland an unusual meeting takes place. Dominique, a hermit-like editor is working on a documentary about Congolese child witches as he is disturbed by a noise ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lambo | Stars: Yoann Blanc, François Brice, Laetitia Chambon, Eva-Tshiela Gysel

23. La danse de Jupiter (2006)

73 min | Documentary

8.5
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The ghettos of Kinshasa - the devastated capital of a country politically and economically adrift - are filled with many gifted; yet impoverished musicians.

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Star: Jupiter Bokondji

Votes: 13

24. Debout Kinshasa! (2016)

20 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Sébastien Maître | Stars: Bryan Mbuangi Maloji, Merlin Dianda, Starlette Mathata, Jupiter

25. Back to Africa (2008)

97 min | Documentary

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Follows five successful African artists for a year, through rehearsals, shows, and visits to their respective hometowns.

Director: Othmar Schmiderer | Stars: Makaya Dimbelolo, Ebraima Tata Dindin, Georges Momboye, Dickson Oppong

26. Les derniers survivants (2009)

85 min | Drama, Mystery

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Director: Arnaud Toussaint | Stars: Lola Bonnard, Tristan Bonnard, Loïc Brabant, Angelique Friant

27. Summer of the Ox (2011– )

28 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

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Stars: David Fletcher, Misti Icenbice, Eric Sellers, Rodney Bender

28. Atalaku (2013)

62 min | Documentary, Drama, History

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In the cemetery of Kinshasa, some young people get into position in the most unstable democratic process that could be : the presidential poll in Congo.

Director: Dieudo Hamadi

29. The Forgotten Children of Congo (2012)

Documentary

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Narrated by Robert Powell, 'The Forgotten Children of Congo' was filmed over four weeks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From the remoteness of the Congo Basin, to the capital Kinshasa ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Tweddle | Star: Robert Powell

30. Nevers (2013)

70 min | Drama

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Justin & Almina leave Paris and hitch-hike to Nevers.

Director: Émilie Lamoine | Stars: Alvie Bitemo, Jean-Christophe Folly, Roch Amédet Banzouzi, Eve Bitoun

31. Cemetery State (2010)

72 min | Documentary

6.9
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This film follows one group of grave-diggers in the cemetery of Kintambo, where mourning rituals and funerals have become moments of upheaval and contest of social and political orders.

Director: Filip De Boeck

Votes: 8

32. Sorcière, la vie (2005)

52 min | Documentary

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Monique Mbeka Phoba, the director of the film, spent part of her childhood In Congo-Kinshasa, formerly known as Zaire, where witchcraft plays an integral part in people's lives. She then ... See full summary »

Director: Monique Mbeka Phoba

33. Lobi (Hier/Demain) (2010)

38 min | Short

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Lobi means yesterday as well as tomorrow in Lingala. Lobi assembles images that were conceived and shot by the belgolese collectives noix-yo, mungongo ya sika and ôtre k'ôtre during the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mekhar Azari, Eric Biansueki, Matthias De Groof, Rek Kandol, Pierre Kigoma, Amourabinto Lukoji, Dieudonné Matondo, Androa Mindre, Kristin Rogghe, Tocha Zaventen

34. Hashi (2011)

25 min | Short, Drama

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Hashi ("The Bridge"), is the love story of Flo from Paris and Aki from Tokyo; two women separated by life's tribulations who are linked by a bridge... See full synopsis »

Director: Guillaume Tauveron | Stars: Milla Imani, Mai Ishiwata, Danielle Manguin, Takahiro Ono

35. La rançon d'une alliance (1974)

95 min

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For the first time in African cinema, the taboo subject of slavery amongst Africans in the pre-colonial period is dealt with in this story of tribal relations.

Director: Sébastien Kamba

36. From This Day to Where (2011)

18 min | Short, Drama

2.8
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An average day in the life of a woman whose existence is far from average. In the war-torn territories of the eastern Congo, she navigates through a maze of suffering in search for dignity.

Directors: Mathias Nordli Eriksen, Matias Rygh | Stars: Chantal Amina, Madirisha Gaspard, Berthila Kabingwa, Sarah Mirali

Votes: 5

37. Zurück in den süden (2014)

69 min | Documentary

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"You become illegal in order to become legal." Fiston Massamba's odyssey as a political refugee from Congo across Morocco, Western Sahara and Senegal is a visually powerful episodic drama ... See full summary »

Director: Steffen Weber

38. Le voyage de Lomama (2005 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

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Director: Alexis Marant | Stars: Lomama Boseki, Joseph Fiennes, Nicolas Ronchi, Kristin Scott Thomas

39. Pygmée Blues (2013)

Documentary

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Wengi and its wife Soyi are two Pygmies. The couple has lived in Kinshasa for 35 years. Losing heart from the hardships of urban life and the discrimination they're subjected to, they want ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Wengi Loponia Bilongi, Soyi Sele, Botomba Nzele Ifulu, Diawara Loponia Bilongi

40. The Forgotten Colours of Dreams (2017)

Drama, Fantasy | Post-production

An experimental film shot on VHS. The personification of death traverses through five separate stories discussing love, life, religion and beauty as she tries to help an assortment of characters through their final stop.

Director: Johnny Clyde | Stars: Nina Viola, Joseph Ruddleston, Viveka Frost, Pawel Skrzek

41. Jazz Mama (2010)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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"The rape of the land, the mutilation of the flesh." La femme Congolaise - courageous and industrious despite the vicissitudes and the turbulence of life. She continues to fight for herself... See full summary »

Director: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

42. Débrouillez-Vous (2006)

93 min | Drama

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Journalist Silvia travels to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to shoot a documentary film. Immediately she is confronted with the reality on the spot. Only very few ... See full summary »

Director: Markus Passera | Stars: Silvia Fink, Muhindo Bonne-Annee, Richard Kasareka, Kambere Mwangaza

43. Victoire Terminus, Kinshasa (2008)

80 min | Documentary

7.3
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Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Star: Jeanette Mukendi

Votes: 9

44. Le chant des Walés (2016)

52 min | Documentary

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In the middle of the Rainforest, some young pygmy mothers - dubbed "Walés" - live a secluded life with their newborns. A photographer tries to unravel the mystery of this longstanding tradition.

Director: Florent de La Tullaye | Star: Destin Lenord

45. Summer of the Ox (2011– )
Episode: Safe and Sound (2011)

Comedy, Crime, Musical

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Events become increasingly surreal as the looming apocalypse approaches.

Director: Mike Justice | Stars: Sean Anderson, Rodney Bender, Jay Brewster, Andy DuPont