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The Best About Africa Movies and TV Shows on Netflix

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 Netflix.

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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

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8.4/10
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96/100
Released: 1981Rated: PG
Action & Adventure

What it's about: When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Black Panther

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7.3/10
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92/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: King T'Challa returns home from America to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne by factions within his own country as well as without. Using powers reserved to Wakandan kings, T'Challa assumes the Black Panther mantel to join with girlfriend Nakia, the queen-mother, his princess-kid sister, members of the Dora Milaje (the Wakandan 'special forces') and an American secret agent, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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3. District 9

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91/100
Released: 2009Rated: R
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Thirty years ago, aliens arrive on Earth. Not to conquer or give aid, but to find refuge from their dying planet. Separated from humans in a South African area called District 9, the aliens are managed by Multi-National United, which is unconcerned with the aliens' welfare but will do anything to master their advanced technology. When a company field agent contracts a mysterious virus that begins to alter his DNA, there is only one place he can hide: District 9.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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4. Searching for Sugar Man

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8.2/10
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88/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. The film won Best Documentary at the 85th Academy Awards.

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

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5. Beasts of No Nation

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72/100
Released: 2015
Drama

What it's about: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier.

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

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6. The Angel

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68/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: True story of Ashraf Marwan, who was President Nasser's son-in-law and special adviser and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat - while simultaneously Israeli Intelligence's most precious asset of the 20th century. Based on NYT bestselling book 'The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel' by Uri Bar-Joseph.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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7. Africa

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9.0/10
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67/100
Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-GSeasons: 1
Documentary

What it's about: Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (17%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 5 episodes (83%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. The Wound

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Released: 2017
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Eastern Cape, South Africa. A lonely factory worker, Xolani, takes time off his job to assist during an annual Xhosa circumcision initiation into manhood. In a remote mountain camp that is off limits to women, young men, painted in white ochre, recuperate as they learn the masculine codes of their culture. In this environment of machismo and aggression, Xolani cares for a defiant initiate from Johannesburg, Kwanda, who quickly learns Xolani's best kept secret, that he is in love with another man.

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

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9. 24 Hours to Live

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59/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. The Ivory Game

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58/100
Released: 2016
Documentary

What it's about: Wildlife activists and investigators put their lives on the line to battle the illegal African ivory trade, in this suspenseful on-the-ground documentary.

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

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11. 4 latas

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55/100
Released: 2019
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: To find Joseba, a dying friend, and see him reunite with his daughter Ely, two old friends, Jean Pierre and Tocho, embark with her on a road trip through the Sahara desert, from Spain to Mali.

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

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12. Shepherds and Butchers

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55/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A lawyer takes on a case of a prison guard in South Africa who is traumatized by the executions he's witnessed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Vudu, PlayStation Store & FandangoNOW).

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13. Shaka Zulu

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Year: 1986-2020Seasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: South Africa, 1823. The Zulu Empire, headed by King Shaka, a brilliant but ruthless military strategist, begin to encroach on the British colony of Cape Town. A volunteer cadre of explorers, mercenaries and professional soldiers are sent to Zululand to try to make contact with Shaka and assess the real threat of his army.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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14. Revolt

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51/100
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) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. The Journey Is the Destination

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50/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: The inspiring life story of the late photojournalist, artist and activist Dan Eldon, who abandoned a comfortable life in London to document the struggle, heartbreak and hope of a war-torn and famine-ridden region of Africa.

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

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16. Tremors 5: Bloodlines

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Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Horror

What it's about: The giant, man-eating Graboids are back and even deadlier than before, terrorizing the inhabitants of a South African wildlife reserve as they attack from below-and above.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & fuboTV), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Syfy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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17. Verses of Love

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49/100
Released: 2008
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Ayat-Ayat Cinta is a beautifully portrayed Islamic love story – a tale of a virtuous Muslim protagonist who overcomes all obstacles of life maintaining pure ideals.

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

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18. The Last Face

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48/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Miguel, a heroic Spanish doctor, puts himself in harm's way to deliver medical treatment to the victims of military uprisings in Africa.

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

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19. The World's Most Wanted Animal

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45/100
Released: 2018
Documentary

What it's about: Pangolins are often described as “the most endangered animal you’ve never heard of.” The world’s only scaly mammal, pangolins are now trafficked at a higher rate than rhinos, elephants and tigers combined, for medicinal use in China, Thailand and Vietnam. In Namibia, conservationist Maria Diekmann found herself on the frontline of the battle to save these wanted animals after unexpectedly becoming a surrogate mother to an orphaned baby pangolin named Honey Bun. On an emotional journey, Diekmann travels to Asia to better understand the global issues facing pangolins, before joining forces with a Chinese megastar to help build a campaign to bring awareness to the plight of these surprisingly charming creatures.

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

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20. Freezer's Campaign

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Released: 2016
Comedy

What it's about: Egypt's climate changes and turn the country into a frozen state, so a group of intelligence officers decide to travel to Italy on a mission to get a device that has the ability to turn off the frost, and pretend to be a movie crew, who contract unsuccessful actor called 'Madeh Al-Balbousy'.

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

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21. In My Country

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Released: 2019
Drama

What it's about: A teacher turns to a dubious man to raise money for her daughter's life saving surgery, a crisis that is unexpectedly catapulted to a national stage

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

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22. Are We Done

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Released: 2018
Family

What it's about: Aly Hassan, a five-year old child, gets arrested while playing a hide-and-seek game called Khalawees with his neighbors. His father, Hassan (played by Ahmed Eid), who is a taxi driver in Cairo hurries to join his son who is about to be imprisoned in a name mix-up with another wanted escaped criminal. Hassan faces humorous situations in prison due to the presence of his son, Aly, and is torn between his female attorney trying to prove Aly's innocence and a talk-show media presenter convincing the public that Aly is the wanted criminal.

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

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23. Vaya

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Released: 2017
Drama

What it's about: Three separate stories create a gripping yet compassionate portrait of small-town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring, and dangerous world of big-city Johannesburg and Soweto.

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