15 Best Ghanaian Movies Every Ghallywood Fan Should Watch

15 Best Ghanaian Movies Every Ghallywood Fan Should Watch
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The Ghanaian film industry, also known as Ghallywood, has come a long way since its inception in the 90s. Over the last decade, there have been significant improvements in both script-writing and production quality of Ghanaian movies. Here is a list of the 15 best Ghanaian movies that every Ghallywood fan should watch at least once: I Told You So (2016) – This was one of the best movies released by industry giants Silverbird Productions. It featured some of the biggest names in Ghanaian movie-making at the moment, such as Kalybos, Wayoosi, AJ Poundz, and others. A Sting In A Tale (2009) – The movie, Akrobeto and Majid Michel starred, produced by Cloudburst Entertainment. It tells the story of two childhood sweethearts caught up in a web of deceit where they are forced to choose between love and money.

Kukurantumi – The Road To Accra (2007) – This movie is set in Accra on Christmas Eve during World War 2 when British forces occupied it for training purposes. No Tears For Ananse (2015) – This is another exciting drama centered on the lives of three different women from different backgrounds who fall victim to circumstances that bring them together at a crossroads Devil In The Detail (2011) – Featuring Andrew Vortia, David Dontoh, and John Dumelo, this drama tells the story of an ambitious young man who will stop at nothing to fulfill his career dreams even if it means destroying other people’s marriages Love Brewed In The African Pot (2010) – This was one of several award-winning movies produced by Shirley Frimpong Manso I Sing Of A Well (2014) – Produced on a relatively low budget compared to most Hollywood blockbusters, this family drama earned its share of international accolades after

1. I Told You So

When you think of the best Ghanaian movies, “I Told You So” is sure to be on your list. This 2010 romantic drama directed by Frank Rajah Arase stars Majid Michel, Nadia Buari, and Jackie Appiah in a story about two people who fall in love but are from different social backgrounds. While it may sound familiar to anyone who’s watched an array of romantic comedies, this film has more depth than most Hollywood movies with similar plots.

The character development is incredibly well done—you’ll find yourself getting invested in their stories as they grow and change throughout the movie. There’s also plenty of humor sprinkled throughout (there are some genuinely hilarious scenes), making it an enjoyable watch no matter what mood you’re in!

2. A Sting In A Tale

A Sting In A Tale
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A Sting In A Tale is a Ghanaian movie starring Yvonne Okoro, John Dumelo, Majid Michel, and Jackie Appiah. Kyei-Wisdom Agyapong directed the movie. The movie is about four friends who get involved in crime after they meet a young lady who has a plan to scam them out of their money. The film tells the story of four young people whose lives are changed when they meet a stranger that promises to help them make quick money. In return for their cooperation, she asks them to do her dirty work by carrying out some tasks that she wants urgently but cannot do themselves because she has just been released from prison and needs time before getting back with her old gang members.

3. Kukurantumi – Road To Accra

Kukurantumi – Road To Accra
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Kukurantumi – Road To Accra is a Ghanaian movie directed by Paul Abderrahman. The film stars Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, and John Dumelo. It was released in 2015 with a rating of 4.5/5 on Nollywood Reinvented (NRO).

The storyline follows a young woman embarking on a journey to find her missing fiancé but meets several challenges.

You should watch this movie if you want something thrilling and exciting to watch during your free time or even when you’re bored at work or school!

4. No Tears For Ananse

No Tears For Ananse
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No Tears for Ananse is a 2018 Ghanaian romantic drama film by Nana Yaw Oduro. It stars Van Vicker and Sonia Boakye as the main characters.

The film tells the story of a young man named Kwasi who is in love with a girl called Ama, but she’s in love with another person. The movie was shot in Ghana, London, Paris, and Accra.

5. Devil In The Detail

Devil In The Detail
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This movie is one of the best Ghanaian movies that you must watch. It was released in 2018 and directed by Richard Baiden. The producer of this movie is Richard Baiden and Nana Kofi Agyeman. This movie tells a story about a young man who is a mechanic at an auto workshop, but he doesn’t want to spend his whole life doing what he does; he wants something better for himself, so he plans to rob some people along with his friend who works as a security guard at night time in Accra.

6. Love Brewed In The African Pot

Love Brewed In The African Pot
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Love Brewed In The African Pot is about a couple who have been married for a long time and their daughter, who is about to get married. They also have a son who is a chef, but he is engaged to a woman who isn’t very nice. After the wedding, they discover that their son has taken his new wife back home with him, and she mistreats him. She doesn’t like him making her food or anything else she used to do for herself before he went away to learn how to cook professionally. It’s also revealed that she had lied about being pregnant with his child!

7. I Sing Of A Well 

I Sing Of A Well is a story about a young man who falls in love with a girl who loves another man. The movie is about the journey of this main character to find his true love and how he gets there.

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The film follows the different stages in their relationship, from meeting for the first time and falling in love to making plans for their future. It also shows them overcoming challenges together, such as financial difficulties and misunderstandings that sometimes break their trust in one another.

8. Ties That Bind

Ties That Bind is a 2018 Ghanaian drama film directed by Dzenne Dzata and co-produced by Dzata and Nana Ama McBrown. It stars Van Vicker, Cynthia Morgan, Richard Mofe Damijo, Majid Michel, Yvonne Okoro, and Jackie Appiah. The film tells the story of a young man who struggles to make ends meet in Accra but has dreams of becoming rich someday.

The movie was released on 1 August 2018 on Netflix.

9. A Northern Affair

A Northern Affair is a Ghanaian romantic drama film written and directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso and produced by her husband, Kunle Afolayan. It stars Majid Michel and Jackie Appiah.

The story revolves around two couples who have spent twenty years apart due to the civil war in Sierra Leone and must now come together to rescue their children from the hands of dangerous rebels.

10. No Time To Die

No Time To Die is a 2018 Ghanaian movie directed by Nana Bediako and starring John Dumelo and Joselyn Dumas. The story follows a young man who has just escaped prison but soon finds himself trapped in another crime.

The movie has generally received positive reviews from critics: “Nana Bediako’s No Time to Die is something of a throwback to old-school thrillers that makes no apologies for its lack of modern aesthetics, but what it lacks in style, it more than makes up for with substance.”

“The film looks at the lives of some people in Ghana who are struggling financially or morally.”

“This thriller proves you don’t need much money to make an engaging story.”

11. Heritage Africa

Heritage Africa is a film that tells the story of two fathers, one who is searching for his son in the city and another who has lost his way back home. It’s also about how they will meet each other and what happens after reuniting.

The movie starts with a man walking through the city streets looking for someone or something. He asks people if they have seen his son, but to no avail; he continues until he gets caught up in traffic caused by accident. At this point, it becomes apparent that he is not only looking for a person but also trying to find himself again, so much so that even when asked why he left home in the first place, he says, “I just couldn’t go back.”

When you watch this film, you will see how much each character struggles with identity issues and their sense of belongingness at different times in their lives, making them relatable to most people regardless of where they come from or what background they have lived through.

12. Silver Rain

Silver Rain is a Ghanaian movie that tells the story of a young man who is a struggling actor. The movie shows his journey and all the challenges he goes through to achieve his dream of becoming an actor.

The story is written by Nana Ama McBrown and directed by Kwaw Ansah, one of Ghana’s most famous filmmakers.

13. Sinking Sands

Sinking Sands, directed by Francis Asamoah and starring John Dumelo, Ama K. Abebrese, and others, was released on January 18, 2016. This movie tells a tale of love and betrayal against the backdrop of revenge.

The movie tells the story of a man who works tirelessly to make ends meet for his family after his father’s death but falls in love with another woman while struggling to pay school fees for his two younger brothers. He pays enormous sums to ensure they pass their exams but then finds out one day that the lady has been cheating on him with another man who works at a bank where she used to work before her marriage broke down.

14. Perfect Picture

While the film is not a Ghanaian classic, it’s still worth watching for its charm and wit. The movie stars Alex Ekubo, who plays a man named James and falls in love with Juliet Ibrahim’s character Nana. The two meet when James goes to pick up his sister from work. On their way home, they end up stopping at a restaurant where Nana works as a waitress, and James sees her again later at an event in town, where they bump into each other once more. The rest of the story follows how their relationship develops during that period in preparation for what could be considered one of Ghana’s most anticipated sporting events: The African Cup of Nations soccer championship!

15. Rain

Rain is a Ghanaian movie directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso. It was released in 2018 and is a romantic comedy. The film stars Jackie Appiah as Rain, Majid Michel as Ato, John Dumelo as Ade, and Van Vicker as King Wally. The plot revolves around the life of Rain, whose boyfriend has dumped them after four years of relationship because he wants to settle down with someone else. After discovering this, she decides to take revenge on him by going out with all the guys he dumped her for, including his cousin. The movie received good reviews from critics who praised its screenplay and direction.

As we’ve seen, Ghanaian cinema is full of compelling stories with diverse themes and subject matter. There are tales of family and tragedy, love and loss—and plenty of comedies to keep your spirits high! If you’re looking for more films to add to your watchlist, consider checking out these 15 must-see Ghanaian movies. We hope they can provide a thoughtful look into the culture and history of Africa as well as some entertaining entertainment along the way!

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