Movies and TV shows set in latin america

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in latin america ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, visually appealing, melancholic and stylized films and TV shows about / with brutality, dialogue, runaway, storytelling, mentor, vengeance, death, redemption, love and murder plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Adventure genres shot in USA, Mexico, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as latin america: Rio 2 (2014), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), City of God (2002), Narcos (2015), Sin Nombre (2009), Trash (2014), Under Fire (1983), Predator (1987), Love's a Bitch (2000), Bananas (1971).

List of movies set in latin america

Rio 2 (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music, 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, colourful, funny, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: bird, adventure, parrot, happy ending, jungle, talking animals, family, animal life, music, travel, parents and children, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, south america, brazil
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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: "The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early ...
Style: road movie, touching, political, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, motorcycle, poverty, revolutionary, freedom, travel, road trip, young man, revolution, friendship, idealism, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1952, 60s
Place: latin america, argentina, south america, peru, chile ...
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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, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, crimes, coming of age, gang war, juvenile delinquency, society, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, photographer, organized crime, street gang, poverty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gangsters, drug cartel, drug dealing, drug dealer, cartel, rise to the top, master criminal, smuggling, crimes, cia agent, criminal heroes, illegal drugs ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s, 20th century
Place: colombia, latin america, panama, mexico, spain ...
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Sin Nombre (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom ...
Style: disturbing, road movie, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, immigrants, u.s. mexico border, gang member, social problems, hopes, family reunited, street gang, rape, train, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, new jersey, los angeles, california ...
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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: emotional, captivating, intense, touching, road movie ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, slum, adventure, children, police corruption, mischievous children, friends, young heroes, coming of age, corruption, garbage, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rio de janeiro, latin america, brazil
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Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, political, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: photojournalist, revolution, politics, idealism, journalism, political unrest, media, military, anti war, rebelliousness, society, espionage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: nicaragua, latin america, ireland, central america
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Predator (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, alien, jungle, survival, deadly creature, creature, hunting, military, evil alien, alien encounter, squad, predator ...
Time: 80s, year 1987, 20th century, future
Place: latin america, south america, central america
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Love's a Bitch (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Three different people in Mexico City are catapulted into dramatic and unforeseen circumstances in the wake of a terrible car crash: a young punk stumbles into the sinister underground world of dog fighting; an injured supermodel's designer ...
Style: bleak, depressing, tense, cerebral, emotional ...
Plot: forbidden love, dog, multiple storylines, machismo, siblings relations, dog fighting, hitman, betrayal, vengeance, redemption, marital problem, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico city, latin america, mexico
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Bananas (1971)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.
Style: humorous, political, funny, talky, not serious ...
Plot: revolution, rebellion, political satire, satire, politics, dictatorship, loser, fish out of water, political activism, dictator, rise to the top, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, new york
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Beyond the Limit (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Mexico
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Set in a small politically unstable Latin American country, the story follows the half English and half Latino Dr. Eduardo Plarr, who left his home to find a better life. Along the way he meets an array of people, including British Consul Charley ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: diplomat, revolution, kidnapping, love affair, doctor, rebel, political unrest, politics, starting over, alcoholic, prostitute, female nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, paraguay, argentina, south america
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Midaq Alley (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Heated tempers, frustrated desires and dashed hopes plague a diverse group of individuals whose lives cross paths in Mexico City. There is the bar-owner's son, Chava, who yearns to emigrate to America. A poor barber, Abel, is madly in love with ...
Style: intense, touching, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: prostitute, mexican, infidelity, coming out, friendship, adultery, pimp, greed, dream, drug abuse, crimes, sexuality ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, mexico, tokyo, new jersey, rio de janeiro ...
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, lyrical, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gay, revolution, homosexual, poet, aids, gays and lesbians, lgbt, writer's life, idealism, freedom, childhood, oppression ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1974 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, new york, havana cuba, caribbean
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Evita (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
Style: intense, lyrical, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, dancing, rise to power, political unrest, female protagonist, redemption, ambition, cinderella story, hopes, charity, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, 20th century, year 1944 ...
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, italy, spain ...
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The Book of Life (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must ...
Style: touching, exciting, romantic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, life & death, true love, friendship, destiny, hopes, love triangle, fall in love, love and romance, family, bullfighting, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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Anaconda (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Brazil, Peru
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who takes them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: jungle, snake, dangerous animal, adventure, boat, survival, monster, animal attack, giant snake, amazon river, river, strong violent content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: latin america, ecuador, brazil, south america
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Death and the Maiden (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, sexy ...
Plot: revenge, justice, torture, vengeance, doctor, lawyer, dictatorship, brutality, husband wife relationship, haunted by the past, attempted murder, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, south america, poland, argentina, chile ...
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Moon Over Parador (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the dictatorship of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse.. to play the dictator. Jack's acting skills ...
Style: clever, humorous, unusual plot structure, visually appealing, intense ...
Plot: farce, revolution, politics, impersonation, fictitious country, dictator, adventure, deception, faked death, singer, oppression, cia agent ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, argentina, south america, paraguay, manhattan new york city ...
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Old Gringo (1989)
Genre: Adventure, History, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When school teacher Harriet Winslow goes to Mexico to teach, she is kidnapped by Gen. Tomas Arroyo and his revolutionaries. An aging American, Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce also in Mexico, befriends Gen. Arroyo and meets Harriet. Bierce is a ...
Style: romantic, absurd, road movie, surreal, brutal ...
Plot: mexican revolution, writers, politics, adventure, revolution, spinster, horse, showdown, chase, mentor, destiny, violence ...
Time: future, 20th century, 80s
Place: mexico, latin america, spain, sonora, central america ...
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The Road to El Dorado (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After a failed swindle, two con-men end up with a map to El Dorado, the fabled "city of gold," and an unintended trip to the New World. Much to their surprise, the map does lead the pair to the mythical city, where the startled ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, light, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: treasure hunt, adventurer, adventure, disney, treasure, con artists, indians, jungle, talking animals, gold, native americans, chase ...
Time: 16th century
Place: latin america, spain, south america, egypt, mexico
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Che: Part One (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Style: thought provoking, political, epic, talky, intense ...
Plot: revolution, cuban revolution, communism, dictatorship, idealism, violence, execution, political unrest, fighting the system, state affairs, leadership, freedom ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1957, year 1958
Place: cuba, latin america, new york, mexico city
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Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save ...
Style: tense, rough, suspense, brutal, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, revenge, vengeance, vigilantism, lone hero, vigilante, justice, mercenary, cia, child abduction, bodyguard, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
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Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, depressing, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug addiction, gangsters, drug lord, drugs, drug abuse, rise and fall, drug dealing, drug cartel, cocaine, friendship, drug use, organized crime ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s, 90s ...
Place: colombia, latin america, california, boston, southern california ...
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American Made (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Japan, Colombia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s.
Style: factual, humorous, emotional, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, pilot, cia, cocaine, smuggler, drugs, fbi, drug smuggling, money, cia agent, government agent ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, year 1983, year 1981, year 1986 ...
Place: colombia, latin america, usa, central america, panama ...
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Encanto (2021)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family ...
Style: inspirational, 3d animation, emotional, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, teens
Plot: magic, animals, magical, disney, female protagonist, magical power, girl, dancing, family relations, friendship, friend, father ...
Time: future, 20th century
Place: colombia, latin america, south america
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La Reina del Sur (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA, Spain, Colombia
Duration: 378 min.
TV show
Story: After years of blood, sweat and tears, a woman of humble origin ends up becoming a drug trafficking legend, with all that that means...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, suspense
Plot: crimes, rivalry, power struggle, drug dealing, mafia, life is a bitch, rise to the top, criminal heroes, vengeance, cocaine, organized crime, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, spain, europe, morocco
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Yankee (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: On the run from the police, an Arizona man crosses into Mexico and gets deeply involved in drug trafficking, with the help of modern technology.
Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: drug lord, ambition, drug dealing, gangsters, crimes, rise to the top, drug traffic, master criminal, smuggling, dea, notoriety, terrorism ...
Place: latin america, arizona
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Lovesickness (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Puerto Rico, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A three-part look at the ironies of love, with stories that involve a young boy, a hostage situation, and a divorced elderly couple caught in a love triangle.
Style: semi serious, humorous, emotional, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, love affair, true love, obsession, romance, couples, wedding, hostage, family problems, unfulfillment, love, tragic love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, puerto rico
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Greetings to the Devil (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Colombia, Mexico, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former guerrilla is reluctantly drawn into the vengeance scheme of one of his victims.
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crimes, rivalry, confined, race against time, forced into action, murder, kidnapping, graphic violence, heroes, tough heroes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, colombia
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Under the Volcano (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in ...
Style: atmospheric, depressing, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcoholic, depression, dysfunctional family, addiction, greed, introspection, human nature, crumbling marriage, couples, estrangement, alcohol abuse, one day ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
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