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1. Goodbye Bafana (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: 11,400

2. Drum (2004)

94 min | Thriller

A hot-shot journalist is swept up in a movement to challenge Apartheid in 1950s South Africa.

Director: Zola Maseko | Stars: Taye Diggs, Gabriel Mann, Tumisho Masha, Moshidi Motshegwa

Votes: 333

3. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as President of South Africa, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 144,252 | Gross: $37.49M

4. The Bang Bang Club (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

48 Metascore

A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa.

Director: Steven Silver | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch, Neels van Jaarsveld

Votes: 9,813

5. Beauty (2011)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

Portrait of a closeted gay husband/father living a life of quiet middle-aged desperation who becomes fixated on a friend's handsome collegiate son, leading to an incident.

Director: Oliver Hermanus | Stars: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott, Albert Maritz

Votes: 1,617

6. Proteus (2003)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

An interracial gay love story set in early 18th century South Africa about two men -- a black prisoner living in a Cape Town penal colony and a Dutch sailor -- who weather injustices as a result of their affair.

Directors: John Greyson, Jack Lewis | Stars: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson

Votes: 601

7. 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 1970s.

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

Votes: 169,487 | Gross: $17.61M

8. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 494,514 | Gross: $1.02M

9. Stander (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

62 Metascore

The life and career of Andre Stander, a South African police officer turned bank robber.

Director: Bronwen Hughes | Stars: Thomas Jane, David O'Hara, Dexter Fletcher, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 7,923 | Gross: $0.02M

10. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

73 Metascore

A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

Director: Jamie Uys | Stars: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey

Votes: 50,353 | Gross: $30.03M

11. Yesterday (I) (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama

After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula, Harriet Lenabe

Votes: 2,137

12. Sarafina! (1992)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Musical

South African teenagers fight against apartheid in the Soweto Uprising.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, John Kani

Votes: 1,736 | Gross: $7.31M

13. Tsotsi (2005)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Matseke-Zulu, Terry Pheto

Votes: 27,114 | Gross: $2.91M

14. The String (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Malik has a lot on his plate when he returns home to Tunisia after living in France. He's processing his father's death, he can't come out to his mother, and his childhood anxieties have ... See full summary »

Director: Mehdi Ben Attia | Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan, Salim Kechiouche, Driss Ramdi

Votes: 1,816

15. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

R | 129 min | Action, Biography, Crime

43 Metascore

Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker

Votes: 61,268 | Gross: $0.54M

16. Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A South African preacher goes to search for his wayward son, who has committed a crime in the big city.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Richard Harris, James Earl Jones, Vusi Kunene, Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 1,638 | Gross: $0.68M

17. Safe House (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

52 Metascore

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 197,530 | Gross: $126.37M

18. Endgame (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, History

55 Metascore

A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong

Votes: 2,569 | Gross: $0.01M

19. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

88 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 887,257 | Gross: $422.78M

20. Catch a Fire (2006)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

62 Metascore

A drama about terrorism in Apartheid-era South Africa, revolving around a policeman and a young man who carries out solo attacks against the regime.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Derek Luke, Tim Robbins, Bonnie Henna, Mncedisi Shabangu

Votes: 9,839 | Gross: $4.29M

21. Blood Diamond (2006)

R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers

Votes: 476,647 | Gross: $57.37M

22. Skin (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.

Director: Anthony Fabian | Stars: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige, Tony Kgoroge

Votes: 3,115

24. Spud (2010)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.

Director: Donovan Marsh | Stars: John Cleese, Troye Sivan, Jamie Royal, Sven Ruygrok

Votes: 2,428

25. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 619,103 | Gross: $115.65M

26. Hansie: A True Story (2008)

123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

"How do you start over once you have betrayed a nation's trust?" The news of Hansie Cronj√©'s involvement with Indian bookmakers and his resulting public confession rocked the international ... See full summary »

Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Frank Rautenbach, Sarah Thompson, Matthew Dylan Roberts, Leslie Mongezi

Votes: 183

27. 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: 11,890 | Gross: $5.90M

28. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 60,630 | Gross: $3.97M

29. Elysium (I) (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga

Votes: 406,316 | Gross: $93.05M

30. Winnie Mandela (2011)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

Director: Darrell Roodt | Stars: Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 714

31. The First Grader (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua

Votes: 4,182 | Gross: $0.33M

32. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director: Biyi Bandele | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 1,680 | Gross: $0.05M

33. Trevor Noah: African American (2013 TV Special)

TV-MA | 69 min | Comedy

Celebrated as the most popular comedian in South Africa, Trevor Noah takes the stage in "African American" to explore his often-bewildering journey of arriving in America and simply wanting... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Polito | Star: Trevor Noah

Votes: 1,156

34. Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, War

79 Metascore

A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote

Votes: 67,720 | Gross: $0.08M

35. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

75 Metascore

A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, Roger Nupie, Al Schackman

Votes: 10,832

36. Queen of Katwe (2016)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

73 Metascore

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza

Votes: 14,026 | Gross: $8.81M

37. The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)

TV-MA | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

Israel's Mossad agents attempt to rescue Ethiopian Jewish refugees in Sudan in 1979.

Director: Gideon Raff | Stars: Mbulelo Grootboom, Sizo Mahlangu, Michael Kenneth Williams, Masasa Mbangeni

Votes: 18,175



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