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1. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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74 Metascore

160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 343,616 | Gross: $108.64M

2. The African Queen (1951)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.8
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91 Metascore

In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull

Votes: 67,217 | Gross: $0.54M

3. Fair Game (I) (2010)

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

6.8
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69 Metascore

CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Vanessa Chong

Votes: 44,204 | Gross: $9.53M

4. Something New (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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64 Metascore

Kenya McQueen, an accountant finds love in the most unexpected place when she agrees to go on a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscaper.

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Simon Baker, Golden Brooks, Fuzzy Fantabulous

Votes: 12,099 | Gross: $11.43M

5. Beau travail (1999)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama, War

7.4
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91 Metascore

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Richard Courcet

Votes: 7,176 | Gross: $0.25M

6. Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)

R | 91 min | Horror

3.9
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In 1950s Africa, a tribal magician calls up a demon to kill Europeans.

Director: Sean Barton | Stars: Christopher Lee, Jenilee Harrison, Henry Cele, Andre Jacobs

Votes: 378

7. Stanley and Livingstone (1939)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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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: 1,171

8. To Walk with Lions (1999)

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

6.9
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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: 757

9. Mister Moses (1965)

115 min | Adventure

6.3
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In 1960s Kenya, American snake-oil salesman and diamond smuggler Joe Moses is chased out of many villages and pursued by the authorities until fate entrusts him with helping a native tribe that believes he is a holy man.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Carroll Baker, Ian Bannen, Alexander Knox

Votes: 235

10. The Bushbaby (1969)

G | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.1
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The young daughter of a park ranger in Tanzania is distressed to learn that she and her father must permanently return to England, thus separating her from the one thing she loves most, a ... See full summary »

Director: John Trent | Stars: Margaret Leclere, Louis Gossett Jr., Donald Houston, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 50

11. Darkest Africa (1936)

Approved | 269 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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A 15-episode serial in which Beatty goes to darkest Africa to rescue the Goddess of Joba, who is being held by the high priest.

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane | Stars: Clyde Beatty, Manuel King, Elaine Shepard, Lucien Prival

Votes: 95

12. Rise of the Warrior Apes (2017)

86 min | Documentary

7.7
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For more than 20 years anthropologists have been researching the social behavior of a chimpanzee clan in Uganda's Kibale National Park. They gained new insights about the violence, brutal ... See full summary »

Director: James Reed | Stars: David Watts, John Mitani, Kevin Langergraber, Kevin Potts

Votes: 50

13. Drums of Africa (1963)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

4.7
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David Moore is in East Africa to get to his employer's railway construction site. He's accompanied by the owner's son Brian and they've lined up Jack Cuortemayn, reputedly the best guide ... See full summary »

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Mariette Hartley, Lloyd Bochner, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 126

14. The Devil to Pay! (1930)

TV-G | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none too pleased but Willie smooth-talks him into letting him stay. At the same time he turns ... See full summary »

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, Frederick Kerr, David Torrence

Votes: 462

15. Tanganyika (1954)

Approved | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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In Kenya, in 1903, when escaped murderer Abel McCracken instigates the Nukumbi tribe to raid white settlements, colonist John Gale organizes a human hunt to capture McCracken.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff, Jeff Morrow

Votes: 149 | Gross: $1.30M

16. The Story of Boys & Girls (1989)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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At a farmhouse, a large family cooks mountains of food for the next day's engagement party for Silvia and her city fiancé, Angelo. Her parents feud about infidelity; an aging salesman who ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Lucrezia Lante della Rovere, Davide Bechini, Felice Andreasi, Massimo Bonetti

Votes: 190 | Gross: $0.74M

17. Beyond Mombasa (1956)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

5.8
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An American travels to East Africa, where he tries to find out how his brother died.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Donna Reed, Leo Genn, Ron Randell

Votes: 237

18. The African Queen (1977 TV Movie)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.9
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After the events of The African Queen (1951), Charlie and Rose are recaptured by the Germans and forced to tug one of their big cannons that could bring the Nazis victory against the local Allied forces.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Warren Oates, Mariette Hartley, Tyrone Jackson, Alfred Polsen

Votes: 30

19. Odongo (1956)

85 min | Adventure, Drama

6.2
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In Kenya, a white trader of exotic animals is mentoring and caring for an African boy but is annoyed by his new female replacement veterinarian and must deal with a disgruntled former employee.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Rhonda Fleming, Macdonald Carey, Juma, Eleanor Summerfield

Votes: 84

20. Beneath the Lies (2014–2016)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Within the city of Kampala, lies a seedy underbelly of blackmail, drug trafficking, child prostitution and exploitation of women run by an unknown racket.

Stars: Flavia Tumusiime, Cedric Babu, Natasha Sinayobye, Diana Deedan Muyira

Votes: 81

21. Adwa (1999)

97 min | Drama, War

7.7
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In 1896, Ethiopia, an African nation, largely armed with spears and knives, defeats a well-equipped and organized Italian military bent on colonization.

Director: Haile Gerima

Votes: 48

22. Throw Down Your Heart (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Family, Music

7.7
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65 Metascore

A film crew follows the well-known banjo player Bela Fleck on his travels to Africa, where he learns about the instrument's origins.

Director: Sascha Paladino | Stars: Bela Fleck, The Jatta Family, Bassékou Kouyaté, Anania Ngoliga

Votes: 179 | Gross: $0.09M

23. The Hadza: Last of the First (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary

7.7
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The film takes a look at human origins in the very place of our origins, Africa's Rift Valley, where one of the world's last remaining hunter-gatherer groups, the Hadza, have lived ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Benenson | Stars: Alyssa Crittenden, Dave Fennoy, Jane Goodall, George N. Mavroudis

Votes: 10

24. Sea Horses (1926)

70 min | Romance, Drama

5.8
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Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Jack Holt, Florence Vidor, William Powell, George Bancroft

Votes: 6

25. A Lot Like You (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.9
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When Eliaichi's retired father moves back to Tanzania, she begins a film project that examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children have to the cultures of their parents.

Director: Eliaichi Kimaro

Votes: 39

26. Wakamba! (1952)

Documentary

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A hunter of the Wakamba tribe in central-east Africa desires a bride and goes to a tribal elder to obtain the hand of his daughter. The father demands elephant tusks as payment. On his ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar M. Queeny | Star: Ed Prentiss

27. Lettres d'amour en Somalie (1982)

95 min | Documentary

6.7
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It is a trip to Somalia during the summer of 1981 made by Frédéric Mitterand. Letters of love to a loved one, absent. The film mixes the collective history of Somalia with that of the narrator.

Director: Frédéric Mitterrand | Star: Frédéric Mitterrand

Votes: 24

28. The Swahili Beat (2008)

28 min | Documentary, Short, History

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An introduction to the history of East Africa's Swahili Coast, including live music and dance of the indigenous coastal peoples of Kenya and Tanzania.

Director: Kenny Mann

29. A Little Bit of Love: The Making of a Message (2007)

20 min | Short

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The Ugandan medical world unites with stylish Ugandan musicians to create powerful HIV/AIDS prevention messages in song.

Director: Scott Hatfield | Stars: Blu*3 Girls, Kid Fox, Lyrical G., Sophie Gombya

30. Imani (2010)

82 min | Drama

6.4
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One day in the life of three people, a 12 year old former child soldier, a hip hop dancer and a maid taking us from the city of Kampala, Uganda to northern Uganda post-war.

Director: Caroline Kamya | Stars: Philip Buyi, Rehema Nanfuka, Stephen Ocen

Votes: 17

31. Habesha Life: Webisode (2009–2010)

16 min | Comedy

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A group of young East Africans in and around the Washington DC Metro area.

Stars: Eden Agostino, Robel Kassa, Yeneneh Ketema, Mnelik Belilgne

32. Kivumvu: Basket Boy (2008)

12 min | Short

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Director: Pacifique Nzitonda

33. Fit for the Wild (1998– )

25 min | Documentary

7.4
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Explore 13 of Africa's fascinating habitats and the creatures that thrive there, from the Kalahari to the Indian Ocean.

Votes: 8

34. Sweat for Blood (2006)

Documentary

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A documentary about two extra-ordinary Swiss men at an extraordinary cycle race in East Africa.

Director: Urs Schnell | Stars: Beny Furrer, Doc Martin Weber

35. First Peoples (2015)
Episode: Africa (2015)

TV-14 | 54 min | Documentary

8.7
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200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have long imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Brown | Stars: Kerry Shale, Rebecca Ackermann, John Fleagle, Matthew Fomine Forka

Votes: 16

36. Great Rivers of Africa (1996)
Episode: Ogooe: River of Rains (1996)

26 min | Documentary

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The Ogooue River flows throughout the year through the lush tropical rainforest of Gabon in West Africa. The country is an unspoiled wildlife haven where nature is almost untouched by ... See full summary »

37. Great Rivers of Africa (1996)
Episode: Rufiji: The Perennial River (1996)

26 min | Documentary

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The Rufiji River flows through Tanzania in East Africa, through the vast Selous Game Reserve - the largest reserve in the whole of Africa. It is home to a variety of creatures such as the ... See full summary »

38. Great Rivers of Africa (1996)
Episode: Victoria Nile: River of Beginnings (1996)

26 min | Documentary

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The quest to find the source of the Nile built and shattered explorers' dreams for centuries, until it was eventually discovered that the river's birthplace is Lake Victoria. Nile ... See full summary »



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