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, melancholic, exciting and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with mentor, brutality, dialogue, storytelling, runaway, death, society, culture clash, redemption and murder plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Romance genres shot in USA, Mexico, Brazil and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as latin america: Narcos (2015), Under Fire (1983), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), Rio 2 (2014), Old Gringo (1989), City of God (2002), Beyond the Limit (1983), Midaq Alley (1995), Trash (2014), Evita (1996).

List of movies set in latin america

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set during the Cold War, the Soviets – led by sword-wielding Irina Spalko – are in search of a crystal skull which has supernatural powers related to a mystical Lost City of Gold. After being captured and then escaping from them, Indy is coerced ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, entertaining, scenic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: archaeologist, treasure hunt, adventure, adventurer, treasure, artifact, chase, psychic, russian, whip, good versus evil, heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: latin america, peru, mexico city, mexico, usa ...
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Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia, Mexico
Duration: 49 min.
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, drug dealing, gangsters, drug dealer, smuggling, crimes, criminal heroes, master criminal, rise to the top, cartel, politics, cia agent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: colombia, latin america, mexico, south america
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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, emotional, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, photojournalist, journalism, idealism, politics, political unrest, media, military, anti war, society, rebelliousness, war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, Brazil, 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: touching, realistic, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: on the road, motorcycle, self discovery, poverty, letter, journey, injustice, friendship, cuban revolution, suffering, coming of age, following a dream ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: argentina, latin america, colombia, venezuela, chile ...
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Rio 2 (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, 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: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, parrot, jungle, birds, family, travel, rivalry, escapades, homecoming, animal life, happy ending, talking animals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, brazil, south america
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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: realistic, atmospheric, serious, intense, brutal ...
Plot: politics, political unrest, love triangle, revolution, adventure, journalism, romance, state affairs, fall in love, love and romance, missing person, couples ...
Time: 1900s, future
Place: latin america, mexico, central america, spain
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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, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: drug dealing, gang, crimes, gang war, juvenile delinquency, urban ghetto life, society, coming of age, social decay, journalism, criminal heroes, street gang ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america
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Beyond the Limit (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico, UK
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, biting
Plot: diplomat, kidnapping, love affair, doctor, rebel, revolution, politics, political unrest, starting over, alcoholic, adultery, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: paraguay, latin america, south america, argentina
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Midaq Alley (1995)
Genre: Drama
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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, intense ...
Plot: coming out, prostitute, mexican, adultery, pimp, crimes, drug abuse, infidelity, dream, couples, gender, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, mexico, egypt, middle east, africa ...
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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: captivating, emotional, road movie, touching, intense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adventure, slum, police corruption, mischievous children, friends, young heroes, poverty, life turned upside down, on the run, coming of age, escapades, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, brazil
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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: sentimental, serious, realistic, captivating, lyrical ...
Plot: political unrest, rise to power, cinderella story, hopes, leadership, folk hero, state affairs, love and romance, rise to the top, human spirit, ambition, charity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: argentina, latin america, spain, south america, buenos aires argentina ...
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Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: aids, gays and lesbians, revolution, exile, oppression, homosexual, poet, gay slur, artist, gay, writer's life, childhood ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1958 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, new york, caribbean, havana cuba
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The Man Who Copied (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: André, 19, lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and works as a photocopier operator. He likes to see his neighbor Sílvia with a pair of binoculars. She works selling clothes. Becoming attracted to her, he tries to get nearer, and goes to her shop to buy ...
Style: stylized, realistic, touching, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: voyeurism, robbery, painting, love and romance, dreams, fall in love, romance, forgery, lottery, society, encounter, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro, spain, california ...
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The Liberator (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Venezuela, Spain
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Bolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians and emancipators in American history. Libertador is told from the viewpoint of ...
Style: serious, epic, realistic, exciting, captivating
Plot: revolution, leadership, heroes, state affairs, war, rebellion, military, ambition, battles, folk hero, independence, explosion ...
Time: 18th century, 1820s, 19th century
Place: latin america, venezuela, south america, andes mountains, colombia ...
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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, not serious, feel good, political comedy, talky ...
Plot: dictatorship, cia, revolution, rebellion, politics, fish out of water, loser, misfit, rise to the top, political activism, political satire, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, new york
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The Book of Life (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
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: exciting, humorous, touching, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, life & death, escapades, fall in love, hopes, true love, destiny, bullfighting, love and romance, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, politics, police detective, dance school, danger, crimes, political unrest, fighting crime, corruption, terrorism, ballet, dancing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, spain, israel
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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: humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: politics, adventure, mistaken identity, romance, switching roles, cons and scams, love and romance, state affairs, head of state, strong sexual content, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, paraguay, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, argentina
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The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: captivating, disturbing, sincere, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, politics, uncover truth, family relations, society, parents and children, state affairs, political unrest, haunted by the past, missing person, secret, high school teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america, bolivia, spain, buenos aires argentina ...
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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, dark, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, rape, secret, investigator, justice, search, haunted by the past, police, suspect, evidence, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, year 1974, 2000s
Place: argentina, latin america, harvard university, south america, buenos aires argentina
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Anaconda (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
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, suspenseful, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: jungle, giant snake, dangerous animal, snake, adventure, amazon river, danger, lake or river, survival, boat, bait, eaten alive ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: latin america, ecuador, brazil
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Ti Ti Ti (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Story: Brazilian telenovela based on the 1985 telenovela of the same name.
Style: semi serious, realistic, sexy, humorous
Plot: ambition, desire for fame, contests and competitions, uninhibited rivalry, love and romance, intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, couples, fashion, hopes, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
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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: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: love, forbidden love, social differences, parents and children, romance, love and romance, fall in love, family relations, couples, life is a bitch, rich and poor, gun ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, brazil
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One Man's Hero (1999)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: Mexico, USA, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: One Man's Hero tells the little-known story of the "St. Patrick's Battalion" or "San Patricios," a group of mostly Irish and other immigrants of the Catholic faith who deserted to Mexico after encountering religious and ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: military, soldier, battlefield, war, battles, society, culture clash, immigrants, heroes, tragic hero, foe turned friend, battle ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: mexico, latin america
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Dinoshark (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The film opens with a baby dinoshark swimming away from a broken chunk of Arctic glacier that calved due to global warming. Three years later, the dinoshark is a ferocious predatory adult and kills tourists and locals offshore from Puerto Vallarta, ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: dangerous animal, shark, underwater, gory, danger, shark attack, deadly, global warming, animal life, escapades, creature feature, killer shark ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
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Treasure of the Amazon (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A ragtag group of adventurers, including a former Nazi, is led by a half-maddened grizzled treasure hunter who wants a second chance to find the mythical treasure of the Amazon, after his first mission went terrible wrong.
Style: atmospheric, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, jungle, adventure, adventurer, amazon, deadly, danger, bounty hunter, dangerous animal, gold, diamonds, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: latin america
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Bulletproof (1987)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A group of dangerous terrorists succeeds to get hold of a tank of the army and all its crew.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, kidnapping, crimes, adventure, danger, hijacking, deadly, one man army, daring rescue, heroes, love interest, terrorist ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, mexico
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All the Way Boys (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The "Trinity" crew makes another modern era film. Plata and Salud are pilots ditching aircraft for insurance money. They wind up crashing for real in the jungles of South America. The plot involves "Mr. Big", who is buying the ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, airplane, adventure, fish out of water, partners, treasure hunt, danger, goofy hero, cons and scams, nothing goes right, chaos and mayhem, odd couple ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, peru
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Emmanuelle IV (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In order to escape from her former lover Marc, Sylvia goes to Brazil where Dr. Santamo transforms her into the beautiful Emmanuelle...
Style: erotic, sexy, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Plot: sex, sexual relations, sex scene, sexual desire, erotica, looking for sex, female nudity, starting over, infidelity, emmanuelle, femme fatale, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 80s
Place: brazil, latin america
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HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: France, Belgium, Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When reporter Dan Geraldo (Alain Chabat) arrives in Palombia to hunt for a scoop, he never suspects that he is about to make an incredible discovery... With his resourceful local guide Pablito (Jamel Debbouze), D an has one surprise after another ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, captivating, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: jungle, obsessive quest, fish out of water, disorder, legends and myths, adventure, imaginary, tour guide, animal life, escapades, power of media, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america
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