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Presently Nollywood has grown big in Nigeria and in Africa in general. It has become the third largest movie production studio in the world. However, some of its best and earliest movies were created back in 70ss, 80ss and 90ss of the last century.
It all has started with Yoruba movies or the Yoruba Travelling Theatre Groups, who decided to expand their art outside the theater and start filming. The first Nigerian movie was filmed in 1973. It was the film version of the famous Wole Soyinka play called Kongi’s Harvest. Our list of the 10 best Nigerian Nollywood movies of all time will remind you of some of the classics.
Today Nollywood is capable of grinding out as many as new six movies a day. However, at its early time, those movies took much longer to craft. That might be the reason why they still remain relevant and interesting.
Top 10 list of the best Nigerian movies:
- Mr. and Mrs.
This Naija movie was produced in 2012. The two key parts in it are performed by Nse Ikpe Etim, Joseph Benjamin. It is a family drama with two families in the center of our attention. In these two homes a man and a woman find themselves in rather difficult situation, but they discover the way out and have a lesson we all can learn and benefit from.
In 2013 Nse Ikpe was nominated for the Nollywood Movies Awards for playing the leading role in this film. The BO sales of this movie rose up to 6 million naira.
- Living in Bondage
Another Nigeria drama film was taken in 1992. It is a tale of an unhappy family, where the husband joins some cult and murders his wife to perform a ritual and become rich. Consequently, she ends up dead and he ends up mad.
It has Okechukwu Ogunjiofor and Francis Agu starring. This movie is a sort of the first robin of the Nollywood. It’s the classics you can’t miss. That is why it is on our top 10 best Nigerian Nollywood movies of all time.
- October 1
It’s a new movie produced in 2014. The genre is stimulating; it is a thriller, which tells us about a crime story and a life of police officer, who got involved investigating several murders in an out of the way area.
It got such actors as Sadiq Daba and Kayode Aderupoko starring in it. This film has won three awards from the African International Film Festival. Plus, it’s got the likings of the Nigerian movie fans, collecting over 60 million naira in the box office sales.
This movie has gotten lots of acknowledgment from different sources. It was produced in 2006. In 2013 CNN has proclaimed it to be one of the best African films of the present century. Plus, it got the reward from the AMAA, as the best African language movie.
It has collected only 5 million naira in BO sales, but it has a fascinating script (it is a thriller movie) and great cast. The film has all the chances of becoming a new classic of Nollywood.
This is one of the 10 best Nigerian Yoruba Nollywood movies. This film depicts a destiny of a person, who comes from poor background and has to overcome many sufferings and hardships in life. To leading actors starring in it are Funke Akindele and Wole Ojo. It also features famous Nigerian musician Fatai Rolling Dollar.
The film was released in 2011. It has been nominated four times on AMAA. The BO sales did not equal the hopes of its creator and it has become a failure in box office. Still, many pirates copied it and distributed in DVDs.
- Most wanted
It is another one of Nollywood Yoruba movies. It was produced in 1998. This story tells us of four girls, who were loyal friends and decided to go for a robbery. For a long while no one could even believe those robberies were performed by ladies. There is the unexpected turn in the movie: one of the girls falls in love with the police officer, who was supposed to be tracing her down.
This was the very movie, where presently famous comedian actress Patience Ozokwor was featured for the first time ever on the screen.
- Half of a Yellow Sun
The movie was released in 2013. It is a historical fiction drama and a film version of the novel written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It has a great collection of Nigerian Nollywood stars in it, such as Genevieve Nnaji and John Boyega.
It shares a story of the lives of two sisters, who have made pretty odd and unexpected choices, if they are viewed from the standpoint of traditional Nigerian community. The movie is an obvious success and its BO sales rose up to 2 + million dollars.
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- Dangerous Twins
The first movie was produced in 2004. Two more followed. This drama lasts for 135 minutes. It features Ramsey Nouah and Stella Damasus-Aboderin in main roles. The film has been celebrated by the AMAA for the best special effects. Before you start watching the part 1, better go ahead and find all three of them. You would surely be eager to keep on watching, once you have started.
- Glamour Girls
Here is another classic movie on our list of 10 best Nigerian Nollywood movies of all time. It was released in 1994. It talks about hardships and survival of young girls being on their own in this world. It features Liz Benson and Sola Fasudo.
- Osuofia in London
At last after all the dramas and thrillers we get a good comedy on our list. Nkem Owoh performs the key role. He plays a country guy from Nigeria that comes to London and gets a share of riches left for him by a relative. It was filmed in 2003. It’s an old story told anew and it can make your day and make you laugh. That is the point.
Nollywood and its leading actors and actresses already make rapid progress and some good money, too. This industry has bright future and high probability that in no time its movies would do great BO sales not only in Africa, but all over the globe.