Movies about slavery in the United States have been made for many years. Some movies are directly about the lives of African slaves in the United States. Other movies occur during the period of slavery, which is noticeable in the background, but involve other issues or events.
In recent years, slave-themed movies have become popular and audiences are now demanding historical accuracy in filmmaking. Classic movies like Gone with the Wind occur in the southern states of America during the period of time when slavery was legal yet the slaves play only a tangential role in the movie. The recent and iconic film, Lincoln, in which the president is fighting to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, focuses on the political maneuvering of the president and Congress. Slaves are rarely seen. The horror of slavery is rarely seen on the big and small screens.
This is changing. The slave-themed productions on this list portray slavery as the terrible crime against humanity that existed for centuries against the African peoples.