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The Best About Africa Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good About Africa movie 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 of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. King Solomon's Mines

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6.4/10
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47/100
Released: 1937
Action & Adventure, Romance

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 $3.80 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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2. White Material

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6.9/10
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73/100
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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3. The Four Feathers

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7.5/10
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79/100
Released: 1939
Action & Adventure

What it's about: A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. Chocolat

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7.3/10
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58/100
Released: 1988Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protée—a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty—and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society.

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

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5. Breaker Morant

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7.9/10
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66/100
Released: 1980Rated: PG
Drama

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 watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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6. The Rabbi's Cat

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7.2/10
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57/100
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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7. The Battle of Algiers

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8.1/10
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75/100
Released: 1966
Drama

What it's about: Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. Aya of Yop City

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6.7/10
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53/100
Released: 2013
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: While Aya has dreams of becoming a doctor, her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, just like to hang out and spend their evenings dancing, drinking and flirting with boys. Their ambition is to follow Plan C: Combs, Clothes and Chasing Men! But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the baby’s father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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9. Grigris

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6.3/10
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46/100
Released: 2013
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A 25 year old young man with dreams of becoming a dancer despite the fact that he's paralyzed from the waist down. His dreams are shattered when his uncle falls seriously ill. To save him, he decides to go work for petrol traffickers.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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10. Bulldog Drummond in Africa

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6.0/10
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44/100
Released: 1938
Mystery, Action & Adventure

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).

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11. Song of Freedom

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43/100
Released: 1936Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: John Zinga, a descendent of slaves, has an ancient medallion around his neck and a fragment of song passed down generations. He is an English dockworker with a magnificent voice and a yearning to learn his roots.

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

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12. Death Drums Along the River

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4.8/10
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38/100
Released: 1963
Drama, 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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