Imperialism in Africa

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1. Mountains of the Moon (1990)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Rafelson | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Fiona Shaw

Votes: 3,022 | Gross: $4.01M

2. Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (1997 TV Movie)

96 min | Adventure, Drama, History

One mans quest for a lost missionary in the African jungle becomes a journey of his own self discovery

Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Nigel Hawthorne, Kabir Bedi, Edward Fox

Votes: 185

3. Stanley and Livingstone (1939)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Henry King, Otto Brower | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,084

4. Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Biography

This inspiring docu-drama brings to life the story of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century and recipient of the Nobel Prize for his work in healing the sick and injured in Africa.

Director: Martin Doblmeier | Stars: Michaël Balerdi, Jeff McCarthy

Votes: 7

5. Al-mummia (1969)

102 min | Drama

An Upper-Egyptian clan robs a cache of mummies and sells the artifacts on the illicit antiquities black market. After a conflict within the clan, one of its members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache.

Director: Chadi Abdel Salam | Stars: Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim, Nadia Lutfi

Votes: 750

6. Khartoum (1966)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon | Stars: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 5,615

7. Outpost in Morocco (1949)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Adventure

After escorting an Emir's daughter to her father's stronghold, French Foreign Legion Captain Gerard's unit joins an isolated Moroccan outpost facing imminent attack by rebel Bedouin tribes.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: George Raft, Marie Windsor, Akim Tamiroff, John Litel

Votes: 305

8. Morocco (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, Romance

A cabaret singer and a Legionnaire fall in love, but their relationship is complicated by the results of his womanizing and due to the appearance of a rich man who wants her for himself.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt

Votes: 4,284

9. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 4,729

10. Legionnaire (1998)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he ... See full summary »

Director: Peter MacDonald | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Steven Berkoff, Nicholas Farrell

Votes: 20,282

11. March or Die (1977)

PG | 107 min | Drama, War, Adventure

During the 1920s, French Foreign Legion Major William Foster's unit is protecting an archaeological dig, but the discovery of an Arab sacred burial site prompts the angry Arab tribes to attack Foster's small garrison.

Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Gene Hackman, Terence Hill, Catherine Deneuve, Max von Sydow

Votes: 2,501 | Gross: $1.00M

12. La batalla de los Tres Reyes (1990)

245 min | Action, Drama, History

Various battles including that of Lepanto.

Directors: Souheil Ben-Barka, Uchkun Nazarov | Stars: Massimo Ghini, Claudia Cardinale, Ugo Tognazzi, Fernando Rey

Votes: 72

13. Another Sky (1954)

86 min | Drama

After a puritan youth, a young English woman discovers her sensuality in North-Africa.

Director: Gavin Lambert | Stars: Catherine Lacey, Ahmed Ben Mohammed, Lee Montague, Victoria Grayson

Votes: 60

14. Fort Saganne (1984)

180 min | Drama, History, War

French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911, he volunteers and is posted to the Sahara under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Philippe Noiret, Catherine Deneuve, Sophie Marceau

Votes: 722

15. Chocolat (1988)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, ... See full summary »

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, François Cluzet, Jean-Claude Adelin

Votes: 2,290 | Gross: $2.32M

16. Sarraounia (1986)

120 min | Drama, History, War

On January 2 1899, starting from the French Soudan, a french column under the commandment of the captains Voulet and Chanoine is send against the black Sultan Rabah in what is now the ... See full summary »

Director: Med Hondo | Stars: Aï Keïta, Jean-Roger Milo, Féodor Atkine, Didier Sauvegrain

Votes: 93

17. Camp de Thiaroye (1988)

157 min | Drama, War

In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow | Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Ismaila Cissé, Ababacar Sy Cissé

Votes: 356

18. Black and White in Color (1976)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, War

French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Catherine Rouvel, Jacques Spiesser

Votes: 1,201

19. Rachida (2002)

100 min | Drama

A look at terrorism in Algeria through the eyes of Rachida, a teacher in one of the school districts.

Director: Yamina Bachir | Stars: Ibtissem Djouadi, Bahia Rachedi, Rachida Messaoui En, Hamid Remas

Votes: 293

20. Carl Peters (1941)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Film about the exploits of famed German explorer Dr. Carl Peters.

Director: Herbert Selpin | Stars: Hans Albers, Karl Dannemann, Fritz Odemar, Herbert Hübner

Votes: 38

21. 'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)

110 min | Drama, History, War

Episodes from entire military history of Portugal are told through flashbacks as a professorish soldier recounts them while marching through a Portuguese African colony in 1973. He easily ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Luís Miguel Cintra, Diogo Dória, Miguel Guilherme, Luís Lucas

Votes: 737

22. Coup de torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 4,156

23. Shaka Zulu (1986– )

300 min | Action, Biography, Drama

A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.

Stars: Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Fiona Fullerton

Votes: 2,366

24. Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (2001 TV Movie)

R | 179 min | Drama

Shaka Zulu: The Last Great Warrior is the true story of the legendary African warrior and his struggle to unite his people against the largest empire in the world.

Director: Joshua Sinclair | Stars: David Hasselhoff, Karen Allen, Henry Cele, James Fox

Votes: 271

25. Zulu Dawn (1979)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 5,454

26. Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 31,773

27. Rhodes (1936)

Approved | 90 min | Biography

This rousing adventure film tells the true story of Cecil Rhodes, a diamond miner who helped found the South African colonies.

Directors: Berthold Viertel, Geoffrey Barkas | Stars: Walter Huston, Oskar Homolka, Basil Sydney, Frank Cellier

Votes: 140

28. Rhodes (1996– )

Drama

The story of the British 19th-century businessman who became the wealthiest man in the Western world and founded the nation Rhodesia.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Frances Barber, Neil Pearson, Frantz Dobrowsky

Votes: 123

29. Untamed (1955)

Approved | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 1847, the Irish potato famine forces Katie O'Neill and her husband to emigrate to a troubled South Africa where Katie runs into an old flame.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Richard Egan, John Justin

Votes: 501

30. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown

Votes: 10,833 | Gross: $7.14M

31. Torn Allegiance (1984)

92 min | Drama, Family, History

Piet du Bois is a miner who wants to buy a farm. He meets a Bushman and his wife buying their land and expelling after. The Bushman exposes a legend about a fabulous hidden treasure.

Director: Alan Nathanson | Stars: Shelagh Holliday, Jonathon Morris, Marius Weyers, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 21

32. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama, Romance, War

From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, Roland Culver

Votes: 11,053

33. Young Winston (1972)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, War

A complex family relationships, as well as a combat experience, form the personality of the future world-famous politician.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,698

34. Cry Freedom (1987)

PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

59 Metascore

South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe

Votes: 10,971 | Gross: $5.90M

35. The Color of Freedom (2007)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster

Votes: 10,875

36. Lumumba (2000)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

The true story of controversial leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

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

Votes: 1,588 | Gross: $0.68M

37. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 5,532 | Gross: $0.30M

38. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

R | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Michael Douglas, Val Kilmer, Tom Wilkinson, John Kani

Votes: 50,070 | Gross: $38.62M

39. Hors la loi (2010)

Unrated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, War

59 Metascore

A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa

Votes: 3,229