Movies and TV shows set in rio de janeiro

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in rio de janeiro ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, humorous, suspenseful and touching films and TV shows about / with life is a bitch, beach, love and romance, storytelling, mentor, society, redemption, crimes, destiny and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres shot in Brazil, USA, France and other countries.
rio de janeiro
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rio de janeiro movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as rio de janeiro: City of Men (2007), Elite Squad (2007), Brazil Avenue (2012), City of God (2002), Central Station (1998), Rio, I Love You (2014), Rio (2011), Blame It on Rio (1984), The Other Side of the Street (2004), Girl from Rio (2001).

List of movies set in rio de janeiro

 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, street gang, friendship, slum, robbery, crimes, best friends, betrayal, gang war, social problems, society, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 8.1
 97K
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: police brutality, drug lord, police corruption, squad, law enforcement, slum, drug traffic, crime, crimes, fighting crime, leader, team ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, berlin germany
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Brazil Avenue (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Brazil Avenue is a dynamic, lifelike, and modern telenovela that reveals how unrelenting ambition and inflicted cruelty can change a young girl’s destiny and lead her to seek revenge.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, tense, exciting ...
Plot: soccer, revenge, femme fatale, step parent, rivalry, danger, betrayal, hidden identity, life is a bitch, mysterious character, dishonesty, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil
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 8.6
 686K
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, disturbing, bleak, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, crimes, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, coming of age, gang war, society, street gang, life is a bitch, social decay, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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Central Station (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: age difference, teacher, letter, retired, on the road, realism, brazilian, alcoholic, long lost relative, friendship, poverty, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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Rio, I Love You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Brazil, USA, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The third episode of the Cities of Love franchise, Rio, I Love You is an anthology, created by 10 visionary directors from across the globe. The story line of each segment focuses on an encounter of love in a different neighborhood of the city, ...
Style: semi serious, touching, sexy, witty, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, couples, friendship, couple relations, love affair, romance, culture clash, city life, profanity, sexual content, urban, bikini
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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 6.9
 203K
Rio (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, 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: exciting, humorous, touching, colourful, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: talking animals, parrot, bird, happy ending, adventure, jungle, birds, family, fear of flying, friendship, talking bird, endangered species ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, minnesota, latin america, south america
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Blame It on Rio (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Matthew Hollis is man on holiday in Rio with his best friend. Both men have teenage daughters with them. When Matthew falls for his best friend's amorous daughter named Jennifer, they embark on a secret, if slightly one-sided relationship. ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sex comedy, light, suspense ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, underage sex, older man younger woman, seduction, parents and children, best friends, family relations, fall in love, infidelity, farce, older man younger woman sex, midlife crisis ...
Time: 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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The Other Side of the Street (2004)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Regina, a lonely 65 year old who works on the neighborhood watch for the police in Copacabana, believes to have witnessed a murder in the building across the street, and ends up getting involved with the suspect in a potentially dangerous chain of ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, obsession, terminal illness, couple relations, aging, amateur detective, elderly, couples, fall in love, love and romance, deadly, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, europe, former yugoslavia
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 5.8
 935
Girl from Rio (2001)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Discovering your wife is sleeping with your boss can make a man do strange things. For a Samba-obsessed London clerk, robbing a bank and boarding the first flight to Rio are just the beginning.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: comedy of errors, caught cheating, samba, obsessive quest, unlikely criminals, nothing goes right, bank robber, disorder, couples, love and romance, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, london, england, europe ...
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OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: French top secret agent, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, is sent to Rio to buy microfilms from a running nazi. To do so, he has to team up with Mossad secret services.
Style: humorous, exciting, not serious, entertaining, witty ...
Plot: secret agents, hippie, secret agent, femme fatale, reluctant partners, adventure, goofy hero, womanizer, escapades, disorder, secret service, heroic mission ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, europe, france ...
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 4.6
 11K
Wild Orchid (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman lawyer becomes mesmerized by a self-made millionaire during an encounter in Rio setting off a series of erotic encounters.
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: erotica, sexual relations, dangerous attraction, seduction, manipulations, love affair, love and romance, destructive relationship, love triangle, forbidden love, manipulation, sexual awakening ...
Time: 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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The Middle of the World (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Romão, illiterate and unemployed, feels destiny drawing him on an odyssey to Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of a job and a decent life. A family of seven journeys 2,000 miles across the hinterlands of Brazil on bicycles. Along the way, the story ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: on the road, hopes, family relations, unemployment, family problems, injustice, teenage life, working class, youth, life is a bitch, romance, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 6.3
 78K
Rio 2 (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary ...
Style: exciting, colourful, funny, entertaining, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: happy ending, bird, adventure, parrot, jungle, talking animals, family, homecoming, animal life, birds, disorder, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, brazil, south america
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Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: The film narrates the love between Janaina and a native warrior who, when dying, takes the form of a bird. For six centuries, the story of the couple survives through four stages in the history of Brazil: 1500, when the country was discovered by the ...
Style: captivating, touching, serious, exciting
Plot: heroes, immortality, love, political unrest, true love, state affairs, adventure, supernatural, lovers reunited, reincarnation, impossible love, future dystopia ...
Time: 21st century, year 1968, future
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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Forbidden to Forbid (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three young Brazilian try to help a terminally ill woman who lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Their youthful idealism is shattered with the cruel reality of police brutality.
Style: realistic, serious, social, psychological, rough ...
Plot: love triangle, friends, life is a bitch, society, urban ghetto life, friendship, intern, hopes, family relations, love, rivalry, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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 7.9
 327
Mandrake (2005)
Genre: Crime
Country: Brazil
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Meet Paulo Mandrake, a charismatic defense attorney who finds himself sidetracked by his vices--especially beautiful Brazilian women--while serving as a liaison between his high-end clients and the Rio de Janeiro subculture. Marcos Palmeira stars in ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, semi serious, captivating, humorous
Plot: womanizer, courtroom drama, legal investigation, society, crimes, legal, counterculture, lawyers and clients, dishonesty, courtroom, one night stand, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil
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 6.4
 734
In Therapy (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Rio de Janeiro, the forty and something years old Mercedes (Lília Cabral) goes to the psychoanalyst and tells the story of her life since she was a girl and lost her mother. Along the three years of analysis, her life changes and she divorces ...
Style: psychological, humorous, realistic, captivating, talky ...
Plot: introspection, midlife crisis, self discovery, family relations, couples, unfulfillment, parents and children, romance, psychoanalysis, death of mother, love, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 7.2
 20K
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, slum, poverty, police corruption, friends, young heroes, life turned upside down, on the run, mischievous children, garbage, chases and races, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, brazil
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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, reformatory, politics, political corruption, fighting the system, police corruption, torture, jail, organized crime, penitentiary, criminal, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america
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 6.2
 2K
Bossa Nova (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bossa Nova is a romantic comedy that enfolds many love convergences and divergences, in today’s Rio de Janeiro. It’s in the city’s “useless landscape” that the lonely hearts of nine characters will cross destinies and they’ll discover ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, romantic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, looking for love, starting over, couple relations, teacher, creativity, life philosophy, beautiful scenery, family, destiny, intern, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, rome italy, argentina
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 7.3
 347K
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, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: car chase, heist, chase, car race, on the run, car, crimes, rivalry, fbi, freedom, chases and races, street racing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, monte carlo ...
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 6.1
 987
The Raid (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Five undercover cops at Complexo do Alemão, one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous areas, have their covers blown by drug dealers. Arrested, they wait execution or to be rescued by police forces that would risk expose a larger operation.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, captivating, tense ...
Plot: working undercover, fighting crime, undercover, drug dealing, danger, slum, race against time, urban ghetto, law enforcement, crimes, society, trapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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 6.2
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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, sentimental, captivating ...
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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All the Women in the World (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Womanizer suddenly finds a woman who makes him change the way he looks at women. He falls in love, and believes she is in fact all women in one. Because of that, he has to face an important decision: to go on with his old life or embrace this ...
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, sentimental
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, love and romance, romance, couples, fall in love, bohemian, collage
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, sao paulo brazil
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Overwhelming Women (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A year after her long time boyfriend showed up at his surprise birthday party with an uninvited date, Laura hits rock bottom and decides to try her luck at a dating agency. This attractive, 30-year-old successful graphic designer with a captivating ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, feel good
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, best friends, opposites attract, fall in love, looking for love, wooing, working class, romance, friend, friends, sex, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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Bufo & Spallanzani (2001)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ivan Canabrava is a writer, turned insurance ivestigator who investigates mysterious deaths involving Bufo Marinus. Bufo Marinus is a frog poison causing catalepsy in humans, simulating death, enabling grand insurance fraud and other crimes. Ten ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: investigation, amateur detective, cons and scams, crimes, frog, leukemia, life is a bitch, crime, laptop, cheating girlfriend, black magic, library ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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Reaching for the Moon (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1951 New York poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit Mary, a college friend. The shy Elizabeth is overwhelmed by Brazilian sensuality. She is the antithesis to Mary’s dashing partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Although ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: lesbian, lesbian couple, writer's life, love and romance, love triangle, love, american abroad, artists and showbiz, couple relations, couples, jealous spouse, brazilian ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1951, 1950s ...
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, new york
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 6.5
 23K
Dhoom 2 (2006)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 152 min.
Story: In the second installment of the Dhoom series, Jai and Ali are back as the buddy cops on their toughest job so far. "Mr.A" is an international thief who has planned to steal a priceless artifact in Mumbai and the police have got to nab ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: heist, disguise, motorcycle chase, buddy cop, buddies, crime, gang, criminal heroes, dishonesty, crimes, betrayal, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, india, asia, mumbai india, brazil
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 6.7
 689
Midnight (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Brazil
Duration: 75 min.
Story: On December 31st 1999, destiny brings a fugitive prisoner and a depressed middle class teacher together, as the new millennium approaches bringing hope to everyone.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, lovers on the run, beach, urban ghetto, distopia, couple relations, idealism, human nature, innocence lost, destiny, urban ghetto life, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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