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The Best About Africa Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good About Africa movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best About Africa movies and TV shows of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Breaker Morant

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7.8/10
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76/100
Released: 1980Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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2. Pépé le Moko

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7.7/10
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73/100
Released: 1937
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Pépé le Moko, one of France's most wanted criminals, hides out in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows police will be waiting for him if he tries to leave the city. When Pépé meets Gaby, a gorgeous woman from Paris who is lost in the Casbah, he falls for her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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3. The Element of Crime

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6.8/10
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68/100
Released: 1984
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology. Fisher begins to use Osbourne's technique, which involves empathizing with serial killers; however, as the detective becomes increasingly engrossed in this method, things take a disturbing turn.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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4. White Material

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6.9/10
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67/100
Released: 2010
Drama

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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5. The Sheltering Sky

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6.8/10
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66/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An American couple (John Malkovich, Debra Winger) drift toward emptiness in postwar North Africa.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. King Solomon's Mines

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6.3/10
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57/100
Released: 1937
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Adventurer Allan Quartermain leads an expedition into uncharted African territory in an attempt to locate an explorer who went missing during his search for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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7. Death Drums Along the River

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4.8/10
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34/100
Released: 1963
Action & Adventure

What it's about: A British colonial policeman in Africa investigates a murder in a hospital up river.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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8. Bulldog Drummond in Africa

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6.1/10
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33/100
Released: 1938
Action & Adventure, Mystery

What it's about: Drummond has to leave for Morocco on his wedding day with his fiancee and trusted friends to rescue his friend Nielsen who is kidnapped by an international criminal.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).