Favela movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant favela movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, rough, tense and intense films and TV shows about / with favela, slum, society, gun, drugs, brazilian, friendship, violence, life is a bitch and crimes plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in Brazil, USA, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as favela: Impuros (2018), Fast Five (2011), Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010), Elite Squad (2007), City of God (2002), Dom (2021), Rich in Love (2020), Boca (1994), Trash (2014), Sem Essa, Aranha (1970).

List of favela movies

 8.5
 317
Impuros (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Rio de Janeiro, during the 90's. Evandro dreams about becoming a great businessman, but ends up entering the world of crime and making an empire out of his criminal organization. His business skills and leadership abilities draw the attention ...
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, exciting
Plot: favela, police investigation, murder, drugs, organized crime, crimes, police officer, fighting crime, uninhibited rivalry, danger, rivalry, gun shooting ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: rio de janeiro, paraguay, latin america, bolivia
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 7.3
 368K
Fast Five (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Brazil, Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: car chase, heist, chase, car race, street racing, on the run, car, tough heroes, fbi, favela, freedom, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, monaco ...
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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, political corruption, politics, police corruption, torture, jail, organized crime, criminal, penitentiary, crimes, crime, reformatory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america
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 8.0
 101K
Elite Squad (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA, Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting crime, police brutality, drug lord, police corruption, squad, law enforcement, slum, crimes, crime, team, leader, society ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, berlin germany
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 8.6
 724K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, street gang, society, gang war, crimes, social decay, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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 7.3
 2K
Dom (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A father who never stopped fighting against drugs. A son who never stopped using them. Two sides of the same coin. Victor is a cop who has fought all his life to curb cocaine trafficking. His son is a drug addict who has become one of the most ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, suspense, disturbing
Plot: sex, war on drugs, father son relationship, drug traffic, drugs, cocaine, father son conflict, father son estrangement, relationship problems, estranged father, criminal, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: rio de janeiro, northeast brazil
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 5.8
 2K
Rich in Love (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Working incognito at his rich dad's company to test his own merits, Teto falls for Paula and tells her he grew up poor, a lie that spins out of control.
Style: captivating, romantic, funny, light, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: rich man poor woman, romance, countryside, friendship, father son relationship, rich and poor, in love, con trick, coworker, love affair, love story, co worker co worker relationship ...
Place: rio de janeiro
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 6.1
 234
Boca (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A photo-journalist goes to Brazil to investigate a savage crime boss. She becomes infatuated with the story.
Plot: drug lord, carnival, slum, voodoo, illegal drugs, child murder investigation, sexual desire, charisma, child murder, favela, journalist, topless ...
Place: brazil
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 7.2
 21K
Trash (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Brazil, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
Style: captivating, emotional, intense, road movie, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adventure, poverty, slum, police corruption, friends, young heroes, life turned upside down, on the run, mischievous children, garbage, chases and races, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil
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Sem Essa, Aranha (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Brazil
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Banker, acting as an international front, lives dangerously among a blonde, a brunette and a dark woman, his lover.
Plot: singing, toilet, slum, favela, female nudity
Place: brazil
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 6.1
 175
Candy or Mint (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Chile, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Niki and his friends are members of the marginalised underclass living on the outskirts of Santiago. During Chile's transition from dictatorship to democracy (1988-1990), they forge a path from drug- and drink-fuelled nihilism and petty crime ...
Style: cult film
Plot: friendship, garage, youth, delinquent, police arrest, bicycle, urban decay, police brutality, yuppie, dead rat, breaking and entering, drug use ...
Place: santiago de chile, chile, santiago chile
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 6.6
 374
Veronica (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teacher takes a student to his house in the slum, but on arrival discovered that drug traffickers killed his parents and now are at your demand.
Plot: orphan, organized crime, informant, car, drugs, gun, favela, girls with guns, loss of parent, slum, police, teacher ...
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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 6.1
 1K
Line Walker (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The details of undercover police officers are deleted from a police database and a senior officer is left struggling to know who are the undercover officers and who are the criminals.
Style: suspense, tense, serious, suspenseful
Plot: undercover cop, police investigation, surveillance, undercover, criminal syndicate, espionage, car chase, drug deal, gunfight, drug dealer, favela, money transfer ...
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The Violin Teacher (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Brazil
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The movie tells the story of Laerte (Lázaro Ramos), a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the OSESP Orchestra is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school at Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but ...
Style: captivating, touching, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: music teacher, teacher, political persecution, police, police chase, death, chase, teenager, classical music, favela, motorcycle, telephone conversation ...
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Last Stop 174 (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sandro was a boy who loved to sing rap, to kiss, to stare the statue of Christ the Redeemer and dreamed to go visit Copacabana. Growing up on streets, the story culminates at the infamous episode of June 12th 2000, when Sandro hijacked bus 174.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: hijacking, street kid, hostage, drug abuse, confined, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, hostages, youth, danger, crimes, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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 6.9
 216K
Rio (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a ...
Style: touching, exciting, humorous, colourful, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: talking animals, happy ending, parrot, animals, adventure, jungle, birds, bird, friendship, animal life, computer animation, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, minnesota, latin america, south america
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 7.2
 15K
City of Men (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
Plot: gang, friendship, street gang, slum, robbery, crimes, best friends, betrayal, gang war, social problems, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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Embodiment of Evil (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: Brazil
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After 30 years in a cell for the mentally ill, Coffin Joe is finally freed. Back on the streets, the sadistic gravedigger is set on fulfilling that for which he was imprisoned: find the woman who can give him the perfect child. During his wanderings ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: curses spells and rituals, obsession, woman in danger, vengeance, gory, supernatural, danger, kidnapping, obsessive quest, crimes, disorder, ghost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, brazil, sao paulo brazil
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Once Upon a Time in Rio (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Situated just above the awe-inspiring Ipanema beach in Rio is the Cantagalo slum. Every day, floods of Cantagalo residents make their way down the mountain, only to disappear into their surroundings as part of the invisible working-class that cleans ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: love, social differences, parents and children, forbidden love, love and romance, romance, couples, family relations, fall in love, rich and poor, life is a bitch, gun ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
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 4.8
 741
Rio Sex Comedy (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Is this possible to reconcile individual happiness and social justice? It is the paradoxical search several foreigners installed in Brazil. Charlotte Rampling incarnates a British esthetic surgeon given to dissuade whoever would like to pass under ...
Style: sex comedy, semi serious, witty, humorous, realistic
Plot: tour guide, love affair, lifestyle, battle of the sexes, love and romance, society, couples, couple relations, human nature, social differences, culture clash, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil
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 6.3
 509
Stolen Dreams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jessica, Sabrina and Daiane have dreams, just like all young people of any social class or place in the world. They live in a low-income neighborhood in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro and find in prostitution a way to survive and satisfy their ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, urban ghetto life, friends, life is a bitch, society, lifestyle, prostitution, friendship, rivalry, strong female presence, urban ghetto, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 6.7
 883
Sintonia (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Country: Brazil
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: Told through three different characters' perspectives, the story of Sintonia explores the interconnection of the music, drug traffic, and religion in São Paulo. In the quest to be somebody, many paths will converge.
Style: ironic, entertaining, realistic, emotional
Plot: teenage sex, youth, girlfriend, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dark humor, drugs/alcohol, teenage life, society, sibling rivalry, drinking problem, alcohol abuse, ordinary person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil
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 7.5
 19K
Aquarius (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa ...
Style: melancholic, realistic, talky, stylized, allegory ...
Plot: real estate, female protagonist, sex orgy, fighting the system, family, life is a bitch, character study, older woman younger man sex, manipulation, family drama, large penis, real estate agent ...
Time: year 1980, 2010s
Place: northeast brazil
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The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Scientist Bruce Banner scours the planet for an antidote to the unbridled force of rage within him: the Hulk. But when the military masterminds who dream of exploiting his powers force him back to civilization, he finds himself coming face to face ...
Style: exciting, serious, gloomy, comic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: scientist, transformation, superhuman powers, superhero, chase, mutant, on the run, giant, chaos, experiment gone awry, super soldier, monster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, brazil, rio de janeiro, usa, virginia ...
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