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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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8.5/10
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95/100
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 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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2. Black Panther

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7.3/10
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90/100
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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7.9/10
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90/100
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 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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4. The Fifth Element

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7.7/10
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88/100
Released: 1997Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: In 2257, a taxi driver is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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5. Blood Diamond

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8.0/10
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86/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed countrywide.

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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6. The Mummy

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7.0/10
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80/100
Released: 1999Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell stumbles upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle to claim the area in 1920s Egypt. It has been over three thousand years since former High Priest Imhotep suffered a fate worse than death as a punishment for a forbidden love—along with a curse that guarantees eternal doom upon the world if he is ever awoken.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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7. Stargate

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7.1/10
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77/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & CBS All Access), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $6.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 5 others).

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8. The Mummy Returns

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74/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: Rick and Evelyn O’Connell, along with their 8-year-old son Alex, discover the key to the legendary Scorpion King’s might: the fabled Bracelet of Anubis. Unfortunately, a newly resurrected Imhotep has designs on the bracelet as well, and isn’t above kidnapping its new bearer, Alex, to gain control of Anubis’s otherworldly army.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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9. Clash

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73/100
Released: 2016
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: In 2013, in Cairo, a tragic fate brings together several detainees from different political and social backgrounds inside a police truck, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of president Morsi.

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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10. Beasts of No Nation

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7.8/10
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71/100
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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11. The Angel

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67/100
Released: 2018
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).

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12. The Wound

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64/100
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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13. Africa

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8.9/10
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60/100
Year: 2013-2019Rated: 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: 6 episodes (100%) 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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14. Revolt

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58/100
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 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. 24 Hours to Live

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58/100
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 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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16. The Ivory Game

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57/100
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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17. Shepherds and Butchers

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6.8/10
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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 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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18. Khumba

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54/100
Released: 2013Rated: G
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A half-striped zebra is blamed for the drought and leaves his herd in search of his missing stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich; they defeat the tyrannical leopard and save his herd.

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

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19. Gone Too Far!

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52/100
Released: 2014
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: GONE TOO FAR follows two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are. Yemi can't wait for his big brother to join him on the estate in Peckham - but when Ikudayisi arrives from Nigeria wearing socks and sandals Yemi questions both his judgement and his African heritage. A day on the estate filled with danger and excitement teaches both of them the values of family and self respect.

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

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20. Shaka Zulu

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Year: 1986-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Shaka Zulu is a 1986 television. It is based on the story of Shaka, king of the Zulu nation from 1816 to 1828, and the writings of the British traders who dealt with him.

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

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21. The Journey Is the Destination

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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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22. Verses of Love

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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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23. Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable

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Released: 2017
Documentary

What it's about: This cinematic journey into the waters off East Africa chronicles the story behind artist Damien Hirst's massive exhibition of oceanic treasures.

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

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24. 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).

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25. Dawn of Humanity

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Released: 2015Rated: PG
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Nova and National Geographic present exclusive access to an astounding discovery of ancient fossil human ancestors.

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