Released in 1992, Sarafina! had modest success at the box office, making a little over $7 million. Although the film is not highly rated and wasn’t a massive success, it did screen at the Cannes Film Festival and starred big names like John Kani, Whoopi Goldberg and Miriam Makeba, opening the doors to more African films on the international market.
2. Cry, the Beloved Country
The 1995 movie version of the famous novel by Alan Paton starred two big name actors, namely James Earl Jones and Richard Harris. The film received great reviews, including 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. It didn’t earn a ton financially at the box office, grossing just over $670 000. However the film is still famous and highly rated, giving it its place on our list.
3. Hotel Rwanda
This historical drama filmed in 1994 is based on a true story. The film received overwhelmingly good reviews. Starring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo, the movie was nominated for 3 Academy Awards, and won several other awards it was nominated for. It raked in over $23 million at the box office, making it one of the highest grossing African movies ever.
Possibly one of Africa’s most famous movies, the 2005 film Tsotsi, starring Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto, made more than $9 million in the box office. It was critically acclaimed by reviewers, who praised it for its emotional depth, incredible acting, and touching storyline. This film also caught the eye of the Academy Award voters, as it won Best Foreign Language Film in 2005
Skin, a 2008 biographical film about the life of Sandra Laing, starring Sophie Okonedo and Sam Neill was a smash at the international awards winning more than 15 in the year of its release. It had little success at the box office, making only just over $7000 at the UK box office.