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1. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 59,991 | Gross: $87.10M

2. Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo

Votes: 11,376 | Gross: $6.17M

3. Die weisse Massai (2005)

131 min | Drama, Romance

A girl, Carola, whose vacation in Kenya takes an interesting turn when she becomes infatuated with a Masai. Carola decides to leave her boyfriend to stay with her lover. There, she has to ... See full summary »

Director: Hermine Huntgeburth | Stars: Nina Hoss, Jacky Ido, Katja Flint, Antonio Prester

Votes: 3,341

5. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Votes: 158,855 | Gross: $17.61M

6. White Mischief (1987)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A millionaire past his prime, and his young wife, arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large, as the homefront gears up for war. They ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Sarah Miles, Joss Ackland, Greta Scacchi, Charles Dance

Votes: 2,227 | Gross: $3.11M

7. The Interpreter (2005)

PG-13 | 128 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

Political intrigue and deception unfold inside the United Nations, where a U.S. Secret Service agent is assigned to investigate an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen

Votes: 90,737 | Gross: $72.71M

8. The Constant Gardener (2005)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Hubert Koundé

Votes: 120,370 | Gross: $33.58M

9. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 298,491 | Gross: $23.53M

10. I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

33 Metascore

Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken, Garrett Strommen

Votes: 3,996 | Gross: $6.54M

11. The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Catherine An

Votes: 83,098 | Gross: $8.06M

12. Babel (I) (2006)

R | 143 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

Votes: 263,318 | Gross: $34.30M

13. Heat of the Sun (1998– )

360 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1930s, a former Scotland Yard detective is sent to colonial Kenya to head the new criminal investigation unit.

Stars: Trevor Eve, Susannah Harker, Michael Byrne, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Votes: 461

14. The Flame Trees of Thika (1981– )

Not Rated | 50 min | Biography, Drama

Elspeth and her unconventional parents decide to settle down in Kenya and begin a coffee plantation. This is a time of discovery for Elspeth, as she encounters the incredible beauty and ... See full summary »

Stars: Hayley Mills, David Robb, Holly Aird, Mick Chege

Votes: 299

15. Born Free (1966)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The story of George and Joy Adamson and the orphaned lion cub, Elsa, they adopt.

Directors: James Hill, Tom McGowan | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye

Votes: 5,150

16. The Happy Valley (1987 TV Movie)

Drama

In 1940 Kenya as their country prepares for war, the local aristocratic social set lives a decadent, self-indulgent lifestyle, that leads to murder.

Director: Ross Devenish | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Holly Aird, Kathryn Pogson, Michael Byrne

Votes: 46

17. Paradies: Liebe (2012)

Unrated | 120 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz

Votes: 7,154 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Born Free (1974)

60 min | Adventure, Family

The adventures of two married game wardens in Kenya.

Stars: Gary Collins, Diana Muldaur, Peter Lukoye, Joseph De Craft

Votes: 81

19. To Walk with Lions (1999)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

George Adamson fights to save Kenya's wildlife. Together with his young assistant Tony Fitzjohn, he battles to keep the animals on his game reserve, and "Kora", from dangerous poachers.

Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Richard Harris, John Michie, Kerry Fox, Ian Bannen

Votes: 739

20. Mogambo (1953)

Approved | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

On a Kenyan safari, white hunter Victor Marswell has a love triangle with seductive American socialite Eloise Kelly and anthropologist Donald Nordley's cheating wife Linda.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Donald Sinden

Votes: 6,427

21. 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: 50,049 | Gross: $38.62M

22. The Kitchen Toto (1987)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.

Director: Harry Hook | Stars: Bob Peck, Edwin Mahinda, Phyllis Logan, Nicholas Charles

Votes: 197 | Gross: $0.10M

23. Living Free (1972)

G | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When Elsa's three mischievous cubs begin wreaking havoc on the nearby villages, Joy and her husband are forced to move them hundreds of miles to a game preserve.

Director: Jack Couffer | Stars: Nigel Davenport, Susan Hampshire, Geoffrey Keen, Edward Judd

Votes: 486

24. Savage Harvest (1981)

PG | 87 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

A family in Africa finds itself under attack by a pride of lions.

Director: Robert L. Collins | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Michelle Phillips, Shawn Stevens, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 371

25. Cheetah (1989)

G | 83 min | Adventure, Family

An American boy and girl, spending six months in Kenya with their scientist parents adopt a cheetah, only to realize that they must set it loose so that it can learn to hunt and be free. ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Blyth | Stars: Keith Coogan, Lucy Deakins, Colin Mothupi, Timothy Landfield

Votes: 726 | Gross: $8.15M

26. The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Eliza Thornberry is not your ordinary kid. It's not just because she travels the world in an RV with her parents Nigel and Marrianne, famous nature show hosts. Eliza is doubly unique ... See full summary »

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry, Danielle Harris

Votes: 10,272

27. The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)

R | 106 min | Drama

42 Metascore

Non-linear film tells the sexual story of a film director from his life at age 5, 12 and 16, a man embarking on his first film in 1950s Tunisia, and finally to his current life. Along the ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Julian Sands, Saffron Burrows, Stefano Dionisi, Kelly Macdonald

Votes: 2,969 | Gross: $0.40M

28. Un plan parfait (2012)

104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

A successful woman in love tries to break her family curse of every first marriage ending in divorce, by dashing to the alter with a random stranger before marrying her boyfriend.

Director: Pascal Chaumeil | Stars: Diane Kruger, Dany Boon, Alice Pol, Robert Plagnol

Votes: 6,658

29. My Wild Life

Drama | Announced

A chronicle of animal conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick's efforts to preventing elephant extinction in war-torn Kenya.

Director: Phillip Noyce

31. Life Is Wild (2007–2008)

Drama, Family

A new York veterinarian who moves his family -- his second wife and their two sets of kids -- to his father-in-law's game reserve in South Africa.

Stars: Mary Mouser, D.W. Moffett, Stephanie Niznik, Andrew St. John

Votes: 482

32. Wild at Heart (2006– )

47 min | Drama

About a veterinarian and his family who travel to South Africa from England to a game reserve. The trip was to initially release a wild animal back into the wild but then the vet falls in ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Tompkinson, Deon Stewardson, Nomsa Xaba, Thapelo Mokoena

Votes: 968

33. A Little Princess (1995)

G | 97 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Rusty Schwimmer

Votes: 27,632 | Gross: $10.02M

34. The Secret Garden (1993)

G | 101 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott

Votes: 31,761 | Gross: $31.18M

35. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,169

36. Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

57 Metascore

The story of General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Roy Dupuis, Owen Sejake, James Gallanders, Michel Mongeau

Votes: 2,911