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The Best About Africa Movies and TV Shows on Hoopla

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 Hoopla.

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1. Hotel Rwanda

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8.1/10
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82/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & Peacock), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Tears of the Sun

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6.6/10
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73/100
Released: 2003Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hulu & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Ice Cold in Alex

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7.8/10
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62/100
Released: 1958Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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4. Africa: The Serengeti

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7.3/10
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51/100
Released: 1994
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: Africa the Serengeti takes you on an extraordinary journey to view a spectacle few humans have ever witnessed: The Great Migration. Journey with more than two million wildebeests, zebras and antelopes as in their annual 500 mile trek across the Serengeti plains.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV) & stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & IndieFlix).

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5. Slavery and the Making of America

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7.7/10
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34/100
Year: 2005-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
History, Documentary

What it's about: Slavery and the Making of America is a 2004 PBS series and documentary on African American slaves and their contributions to the United States. Famous African Americans such as Colonel Tye and historical figures such as President George Washington and John Murray are all documented in the series. The series covers African American Loyalists and Black Patriots. Emmy Award winning composer Michael Whalen wrote the film's original soundtrack.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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6. The Endless Summer

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64/100
Released: 1966Rated: PG
Sport, Documentary

What it's about: Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer is one of the first and most influential surf movies of all time. The film documents American surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they travel the world during California’s winter (which, back in 1965 was off-season for surfing) in search of the perfect wave and ultimately, an endless summer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor, Hoopla & 3 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Africa's Great Civilizations

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6.7/10
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34/100
Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Documentary, History

What it's about: Henry Louis Gates Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. A breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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8. Duma

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7.2/10
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60/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.

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

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9. King Solomon's Mines

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5.2/10
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57/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Ever in search of adventure, explorer Allan Quatermain agrees to join the beautiful Jesse Huston on a mission to locate her archaeologist father, who has been abducted for his knowledge of the legendary mines of King Solomon. As the kidnappers, led by sinister German military officer Bockner, journey into the wilds of Africa, Allan and Jesse track the party and must contend with fierce natives and dangerous creatures, among other perils.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & YouTube) & stream on a subscription service (Philo & Hoopla).

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10. Machine Gun Preacher

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70/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who finds God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been kidnapped and pressed into duty as soldiers.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

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Released: 2006Rated: PG
Fantasy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: After retrieving the Crystal Skull in Utah, Flynn Carsen receives a map in the mail with the secret location of King Solomon's Mines. When the scroll is stolen, Judson explains the power of the Key of Solomon's book and assigns Flynn to retrieve the map. The map is useless without the legend piece to decipher it, which is located in Volubilis near the Roman ruins in Morocco. Flynn heads to Casablanca to the ruins where he is chased by a group of mercenaries leaded by General Samir. They too want to find the location of King Solomon's mines. Flynn teams-up with Professor Emily Davenport working in the dig and they escape from General Samir and his men. While traveling to Gedi, they save the local Jomo from death and the trio faces a dangerous journey through the wild Africa.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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12. The Rabbi's Cat

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7.2/10
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58/100
Released: 2011
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: The story of a rabbi and his talking cat, a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi's teenage daughter.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. The Snows of Kilimanjaro

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56/100
Released: 1952
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 2 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Disgrace

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6.5/10
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56/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Disgrace is the story of a South African professor of English who loses everything: his reputation, his job, his peace of mind, his good looks, his dreams of artistic success, and finally even his ability to protect his cherished daughter. After having an affair with a student, he moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Sundance Now) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Black Hawk Down

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7.7/10
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81/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. Hector and the Search for Happiness

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7.0/10
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70/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. The Age of Stupid

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7.0/10
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56/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Documentary

What it's about: The Age of Stupid is the new movie from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel) and producer John Battsek (One Day In September). Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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18. Fidel: The Untold Story

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7.5/10
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45/100
Released: 2001
Biography, Documentary

What it's about: Documentary about Fidel Castro, covering 40 years of Cuban Revolution. Rare Fidel Castro footage: he appears swimming with a bodyguard, visiting his childhood home and school, playing with his friend Nelson Mandela, meeting kid Elián Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with the Buena Vista Social Club group.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Hoopla).

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19. Beat the Devil

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6.5/10
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59/100
Released: 1953
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 3 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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20. The Air Up There

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55/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG
Family, Comedy

What it's about: Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the chief's son and has responsibilities at home, since the tribe's land is threatened by a mining company with its own hotshot basketball team.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. Revolt

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Released: 2017Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The story of humankind's last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Set in the war-ravaged African countryside, a U.S. soldier and a French foreign aid worker team up to survive the alien onslaught. Their bond will be tested as they search for refuge across a crumbling world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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22. Submergence

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58/100
Released: 2017
Romance, Thriller

What it's about: While James More is held captive by terrorists in Somalia, thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, his lover Danny Flinders prepares to dive herself in a submersible into the deep bottom of the ocean, tormented by the memories of their brief encounter in France and her inability to know his whereabouts.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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23. Mia and the White Lion

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61/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG
Drama, Family

What it's about: A young girl from London moves to Africa with her parents where she befriends a lion cub.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. The Dinosaur Project

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4.6/10
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51/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Found footage of an expedition into the Congo jungle where a team of explorers stumbles upon a colony of Dinosaurs.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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25. Africa Screams

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6.2/10
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54/100
Released: 1949
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: When bookseller Buzz cons Diana into thinking that his friend Stanley knows all there is to know about Africa, they are abducted and ordered to lead Diana and her henchmen to an African tribe in search of a fortune in jewels.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV, Fandor & 3 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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26. Day of the Mummy

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2.6/10
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42/100
Released: 2014
Horror, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Welcome to Egypt, land of the Pharaohs. A place steeped in history and legend; Gods and spiritual guides; untold wealth – and the bone-cracking, blood-spilling guardians of its riches. Jack Wells has arrived in Egypt in search of the famous diamond known as The Codex Stone. His journey leads him to the tomb of the cursed King Neferu, cursed not by name but by nature. With his centuries-old slumber disturbed by timeless human greed, the King rises from the dead with a blood-lust that cannot be quenched and a raging fury that will shred flesh from bone, bringing terrible and tormented death to all who dare witness the Day of the Mummy.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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27. Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls

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39/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Romance, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Filmed on location in South Africa, a retelling of H. Rider Haggard's classic novel "King Solomon's Mines," featuring the adventurer who was the inspiration for Indiana Jones.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & ConTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Microsoft).

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28. Laser Mission

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3.5/10
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42/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: A CIA agent is sent to get Professor Braun before the KGB can seize him as the Prof's knowledge, together with a recently stolen diamond, could be used to make a laser cannon.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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29. An Elephant's Journey

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5.1/10
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42/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Family

What it's about: A lost orphan boy and a giant elephant team up to take down an elephant poaching syndicate.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Vudu), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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30. Moses

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40/100
Released: 2016
Family, Drama

What it's about: He’s an unlikely hero, exiled and insecure – until God calls him to free the Israelites! Experience the epic story of MOSES in jaw-dropping scale, brought to life on stage with massive sets, spectacular special effects and live animals. Filmed before a live audience, it’s an unforgettable, uplifting production that takes your family right into the center of the Red Sea.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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31. Hell Trip

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3.3/10
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36/100
Released: 2018
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: A group of young US tourists vacation in Africa turns into the ultimate nightmare when they arrive at an abandoned lodge isolated in a remote African rural area that holds an ominous and deadly secret.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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32. IMAX Mummies Secrets Of The Pharaohs

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6.4/10
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45/100
Released: 2007
Family, Documentary

What it's about: The grail is not the gold, nor the books of ancient wisdom, but the 3,000 year old DNA of the mummies, which may lead to a cure for malaria.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV) & stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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33. Mandela

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6.6/10
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44/100
Released: 1996
History, Documentary

What it's about: A documentary that chronicles the life of South African leader Nelson Mandela. Mandela is probably best known for his 27 years of imprisonment, and for bringing an end to apartheid. But this film also sheds light on the little-known early period of Mandela's life.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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34. David Macaulay: Pyramid

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7.8/10
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37/100
Released: 1989
Documentary, Animation

What it's about: How did ancient Egyptians build the Great Pyramid at Giza, joining two million blocks of heavy stone with amazing precision? Who were the leaders who built these enormous structures, and what did these tombs signify? Host David Macaulay explores the history, mythology, and religions of Egypt's people, combining live footage and animation. Take a rare look at the mummy of Ramses II and buried treasure in the sacred Valley of the Kings.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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35. Riddles of the Sphinx

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6.9/10
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38/100
Released: 2010Rated: G
Family, Documentary

What it's about: For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza Plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering: The mighty head towers as tall as the White House, while its body is nearly the length of a football field. This strange half-human, half-lion image has inspired countless fantastic theories about its origins. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? Surprisingly, the scribes of the period when it was built—during Egypt's Old Kingdom—passed over it in silence. Adding to the mystery, archeologists found that its creators abruptly discarded their tools and abandoned the Sphinx when it was nearly complete. Searching for clues, NOVA's expert team of archeologists, including Mark Lehner, director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, carries out eye-opening experiments.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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36. The Mummy Lives

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3.6/10
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35/100
Released: 1993Rated: PG-13
Horror, Drama

What it's about: An Egyptian noble, sentenced to death for a forbidden affair, returns from the grave 3,000 years later and becomes obsessed with a woman whom he thinks is the reincarnation of his dead lover.

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

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37. Skeem

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6.8/10
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36/100
Released: 2011
Crime, Comedy

What it's about: South African crime/comedy movie. Forced to spend the night at a creepy old holiday resort, two wannabe gangsters run into trouble when, unpacking the car, their box of cash splits open, spilling a million bucks in eye-catching bundles all over the driveway

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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38. Ernest Goes to Africa

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4.6/10
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46/100
Released: 1997Rated: PG
Family, Comedy

What it's about: The title says it all. There's a mix up involving stolen diamonds which Ernest has (naturally) made into a yo-yo and given to his would be girlfriend, Rene. But Rene wants a man of action, and doesn't think that Ernest fits the bill. After the bad guys come looking for the stolen diamonds and kidnap Rene, all of her fantasies come true as Ernest has to go to Africa to rescue her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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