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, touching and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with beach, love and romance, life is a bitch, redemption, friendship, mentor, storytelling, society, brutality and dancing plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy 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: Elite Squad (2007), City of Men (2007), City of God (2002), Central Station (1998), Rio, I Love You (2014), Brazil Avenue (2012), Rio (2011), Rio 2 (2014), Blame It on Rio (1984), Trash (2014).

List of movies set in rio de janeiro

 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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 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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 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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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, uplifting ...
Plot: age difference, teacher, letter, retired, on the road, long lost relative, alcoholic, realism, friendship, poverty, self discovery, parents and children ...
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: sexy, touching, semi serious, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, friendship, couples, couple relations, love affair, romance, city life, culture clash, profanity, sexual content, urban, bikini
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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Brazil Avenue (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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: captivating, serious, realistic, tense, exciting ...
Plot: soccer, revenge, femme fatale, step parent, danger, rivalry, betrayal, hidden identity, mysterious character, dishonesty, inheritance, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil
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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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 6.3
 85K
Rio 2 (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Canada
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, funny, colourful, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: happy ending, talking animals, parrot, adventure, bird, jungle, birds, animal life, family, computer animation, parents and children, travel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, brazil, 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, light, suspense, sex comedy ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, underage sex, older man younger woman, seduction, older man young girl relationship, parents and children, family relations, best friends, fall in love, infidelity, farce, older man younger woman sex ...
Time: 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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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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The Other Side of the Street (2004)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 98 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: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, terminal illness, couple relations, obsession, aging, amateur detective, crimes, couples, fall in love, investigation, deadly, elderly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, former yugoslavia, europe
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 5.7
 977
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, obsession, cons and scams, dangerous attraction, disorder, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, london, latin america, england ...
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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, not serious, exciting, entertaining, witty ...
Plot: secret agents, spy spoof, hippie, secret agent, femme fatale, reluctant partners, adventure, goofy hero, womanizer, escapades, heroic mission, working undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil, france, europe ...
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 4.6
 12K
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, sexual pleasure, love affair, sex scene, manipulations, love and romance, destructive relationship, love triangle, forbidden love, beefcake ...
Time: 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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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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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: touching, sincere, serious, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: on the road, family relations, hopes, unemployment, life is a bitch, youth, teenage life, working class, family problems, injustice, romance, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 6.6
 25K
Dhoom 2 (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: India, South Africa, Brazil
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, serious, exciting, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: buddy cop, heist, disguise, motorcycle chase, master criminal, criminal's revenge, crimes, chases and races, danger, criminal heroes, working undercover, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, india, asia, mumbai india, brazil
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 6.1
 1K
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: slum, working undercover, fighting crime, drug dealing, undercover, danger, society, law enforcement, race against time, urban ghetto, crimes, trapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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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: touching, captivating, exciting, serious
Plot: heroes, immortality, love, escapades, supernatural, adventure, state affairs, political unrest, true love, impossible love, life is a bitch, master warrior ...
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, life is a bitch, friends, friendship, urban ghetto life, society, intern, hopes, family relations, love, rivalry, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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 8.0
 343
Mandrake (2005)
Genre: Crime
Country: Brazil
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
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, dishonesty, crimes, legal, counterculture, lawyers and clients, society, courtroom, one night stand, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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 6.4
 818
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, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
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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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 6.3
 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, couples, intern ...
Time: 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, rome italy, argentina
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Did You... Score? (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The real first comedy about love.
Style: humorous, light, feel good, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: love and romance, couples, forbidden love, buddies, unfulfillment, singleness, friends, first love, hot
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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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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 6.6
 688
Air Bridge (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bruno and Amanda have to face the difficulties of a long distance relationship after meeting in a flight forced into an emergency landing.
Style: touching, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: romance, hospital, female nudity, death of father, sex scene, long distance relationship, romantic relationship, love, sex, love affair, male female relationship, sexual content ...
Place: rio de janeiro
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 6.9
 3K
Casa Grande (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: As a privileged teenager living in an affluent suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Jean has little to worry about beyond games, grades and girls. But as his overbearing father drags the family into debt, Jean is forced into a change of lifestyle which opens ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, semi autobiographical
Plot: teenage life, under the surface, parents and children, social differences, family problems, power relations, unfulfillment, family life, society, social relations, class differences, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, 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: sentimental, sexy, serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, couples, fall in love, love and romance, romance, bohemian, collage
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, sao paulo brazil
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Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mike Bassett: England Manager is an hilarious British Comedy that stars Ricky Thomlinson. Featuring Cameos from Barry Venison, Gabby Yorath, Atomic Kitten and Pele.When the England manager has a heart attack, footballs' top brass turn to Mike ...
Style: not serious, humorous, feel good, realistic
Plot: soccer, profanity, rise to the top, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, athlete and trainer, sport team, sport, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, england, europe, brazil, latin america ...
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