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1. Kinshasa Symphony (2010)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

The Film "Kinshasa Symphony" shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented:... See full summary »

Directors: Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer | Stars: Joseph Masunda Lutete, Albert Nlanzu Matubanza, Nathalie Angwanguilo Bahati, Armand Wabasolele Diangienda

Votes: 149

3. Fury of the Congo (1951)

Passed | 69 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Jungle Jim must protect rare pony-like animals whose glands produce a powerful narcotic. On the way, he fights a giant spider.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Sherry Moreland, William Henry, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 230

4. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 8,630 | Gross: $12.80M

5. Life Is Rosy (1987)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Kourou comes from a village to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital and the center of World Beat; music is in his heart and he has big dreams. Right away he gets a job as a domestic for Mamou, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Benoît Lamy, Mweze Ngangura | Stars: Papa Wemba, Bibi Krubwa, Landu Nzunzimbu Matshia, Kanko Kasongo

Votes: 145

6. Congo (1995)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

22 Metascore

When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Laura Linney, Tim Curry, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 39,723 | Gross: $81.02M

8. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,949 | Gross: $2.67M

10. Mobutu, roi du Zaïre (1999)

135 min | Documentary

Thiery Michel takes an in-depth look at the reign of Mobutu Sese Seko. A man of "modest roots" who had a Catholic upbringing, Mobutu was sent to the army by his father for insubordination. ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Michel | Stars: Raymond Barre, Jacques Chirac, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Mobutu Sese Seko

Votes: 173

11. Lumumba (2000)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

The true story of controversial leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto

Votes: 1,694 | Gross: $0.68M

12. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 88,693 | Gross: $58.20M

14. Back to Kinshasa (2004)

26 min | Documentary, Short

Portrait of Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula, retracing his career. The film follows him as he rehearses a new creation in Kinshasa.

Director: Luli Barzman | Star: Faustin Linyekula

15. The Importance of Being Elegant (2004 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

Set to the soundtrack of Papa Wemba's extraordinary music, this outrageous, funny and eye-opening film depicts the underground world of a flamboyant African cult.

Directors: George Amponsah, Cosima Spender | Stars: Papa Wemba, Anti-Gigolo, Archibishop of La Sape, Mere Malou

Votes: 18

19. Jupiter's Dance (2006)

Unrated | 73 min | Documentary

The ghettos of Kinshasa - the devastated capital of a country politically and economically adrift - are filled with many gifted; yet impoverished musicians.

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Star: Jupiter Bokondji

Votes: 16

20. Kinshasa Palace (2006)

70 min | Drama

The filmmaker searches for his brother Max, who left his children without explanation. The brothers grew up in the Congo with their white father and Congolese mother. He visits their mother... See full summary »

Director: Zeka Laplaine | Stars: Ambre Laplaine, Anna Maria Laplaine, Gaspard Laplaine, Iris Laplaine

Votes: 16

21. Kinshasa 2.0 (2007 TV Short)

11 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Kinshasa 2.0 tells the story of how the arrest of Marie-Thérèse Nlandu, a woman from a prominent political family in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was publicised through the Internet ... See full synopsis »

Director: Teboho Edkins

Votes: 8

24. Benda Bilili! (2010)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

77 Metascore

Summer 2009. Five paraplegics and a young able-bodied teenager light up the stage in front of an entranced audience of 8000 people. "Benda Bilili" - in English "See Beyond", is the name of ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Leon Likabu, Roger Landu, Coco Ngambali, Cubain Kabeya

Votes: 733

27. Viva Riva! (2010)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get ... See full summary »

Director: Djo Munga | Stars: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Diplome Amekindra, Hoji Fortuna

Votes: 1,058 | Gross: $0.06M

30. L'affaire Chebeya, un crime d'Etat? (2012)

97 min | Documentary, Crime, History

On 2 June 2010, a Congolese human rights activist was found murdered in his car. Several police officials are arrested. Is the judicial authority capable of exercising an impartial justice?

Director: Thierry Michel | Star: Simon Shrimpton-Smith

Votes: 12

31. Kinshasa Kids (2012)

85 min | Drama

A film crew follow a group of children that live rough on Kinshasa's streets. The children are thought of as shegues, or witches, by many adults including their families. The kids' desire is to make money and music.

Director: Marc-Henri Wajnberg | Stars: Gabi Bolenge, Bebson Elemba, Joël Eziegue, Emmanuel Fakoko

Votes: 118

33. War Witch (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, War

84 Metascore

Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.

Director: Kim Nguyen | Stars: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper

Votes: 6,732 | Gross: $0.07M

34. Congo: The Grand Inga Project (2013)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

CONGO: The Grand Inga Project chronicles kayak icon Steve Fisher as he and a team of the bravest and most talented paddlers on earth tackle a first descent of the Inga Rapids, a deadly ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Fisher | Stars: Kara Blackmore, Tyler Bradt, Steve Fisher, Evan Garcia

Votes: 118

35. Moïse Katumbi: Foot, business et politique (2013)

52 min | Documentary, Biography

Moise Katumbi Chapwe is an Italian Sephardic Jew on his father's side and a Congolese on his mother's side. He is the Congolese personality who most strongly symbolizes African revival. He ... See full summary »

Director: Thierry Michel | Star: Thierry Michel

Votes: 6

36. National Diploma (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

In Kisangani, a group of high-school students who cannot afford to pay the teachers' "bonuses" organized themselves to prepare the State exam together.

Director: Dieudo Hamadi

Votes: 43

37. Virunga (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, War

95 Metascore

A team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Stars: André Bauma, Emmanuel de Merode, Mélanie Gouby, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

Votes: 9,147

38. This Is Congo (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary, History, War

75 Metascore

An unfiltered look in to the lives of 3 characters surviving amongst the most recent cycle of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise known as the M23 rebellion.

Director: Daniel McCabe

Votes: 231 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 316,655 | Gross: $23.53M

40. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 94,941 | Gross: $59.95M

41. Diamonds (2009 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama

A complex tale about small and big players in the African diamond business, wrapped around a murder of a United States Senator's daughter.

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: James Purefoy, Judy Davis, Derek Jacobi, Joanne Kelly

Votes: 218

42. Blood in the Mobile (2010)

83 min | Documentary

Documentary. The dark side of our cell phones. No company can say for sure that they didn't buy conflict minerals from the Congo to produce your cell phone.

Director: Frank Piasechi Poulsen | Stars: Frank Piasechi Poulsen, Bernhard, Chance, Annie Dunnebacke

Votes: 386

43. Panda Farnana, un Congolais qui dérange (2012 Video)

55 min | Documentary, History

Through the life and writings of Panda Farnana, the first Congolese intellectual to have been awarded a diploma of higher education in 1909, the film proposes a reflection on the beginnings... See full summary »

Director: Françoise Levie | Star: Mwanza Goutier

44. The Africa Express (2013)

56 min | Documentary

Get on board the Africa Express train for a one-week railroad tour around UK with musical legends such as Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Paul McCartney, Rokia Traoré, John Paul Jones (Led ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Amadou Bagayoko, Carl Barât

Votes: 5

45. Pygmée Blues (2013)


Wengi and its wife Soyi are two Pygmies. The couple has lived in Kinshasa for 35 years. Losing heart from the hardships of urban life and the discrimination they're subjected to, they want ... See full summary »

Directors: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye | Stars: Wengi Loponia Bilongi, Soyi Sele, Botomba Nzele Ifulu, Diawara Loponia Bilongi

46. White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (2003 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary, History

65 Metascore

Documentary about how King Leopold II of Belgium acquired Congo as a colony and exploited it by reign of terror.

Director: Peter Bate | Stars: Elie Lison, Roger May, Steve Driesen, Tshilombo Imhotep

Votes: 174

47. Operation Leopard (1980)

96 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In May 1978, the mining town of Kolwezi in Katanga, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Belgian Congo) is under attack from a group of communist guerillas coming from nearby... See full synopsis »

Director: Raoul Coutard | Stars: Bruno Cremer, Jacques Perrin, Laurent Malet, Pierre Vaneck

Votes: 189

48. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (2007)

76 min | Documentary, War

Jackson travels to remote villages in the war zones of the Congo to meet rape survivors, providing a piercing, intimate look into the struggle of their lives.

Director: Lisa F. Jackson

Votes: 158

49. Lumumba: La mort du prophète (1990)

Not Rated | 69 min | Documentary, Biography, History