Drug cartel movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant drug cartel movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense and rough films and TV shows about / with drug cartel, murder, crimes, drugs, corruption, drug lord, violence, gun, drug dealing and gangsters plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Mexico, Colombia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as drug cartel: Queen of the South (2016), Narcos (2015), Narcos: Mexico (2018), Loving Pablo (2017), The Mule (2018), Ozark (2017), American Made (2017), El Narco (2010), Triple Frontier (2019), Breaking Bad (2008).

List of drug cartel movies

Queen of the South (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Spain, Malta
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Dallas, she looks to become the country's reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover's murder.
Style: twists and turns, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: drug cartel, drugs/alcohol, crimes, shooting, cartel, adventure, danger, vengeance, destiny, murder, chase, captivity ...
Place: mexico, usa
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 8.8
 340K
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: gangsters, drug cartel, drug dealing, drug dealer, smuggling, cartel, master criminal, crimes, rise to the top, politics, criminal heroes, illegal drugs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 70s
Place: colombia, latin america, mexico, south america, chile ...
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 8.4
 56K
Narcos: Mexico (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: See the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in 1980s Mexico.
Style: based on true events, atmospheric, captivating, intense, exciting
Plot: drug cartel, marijuana, crimes, business, undercover agent, corruption, cocaine, drug dealing, investigation, heroin, storyteller, mariachi ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 6.3
 17K
Loving Pablo (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Spain, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The film chronicles the rise and fall of the world's most feared drug lord Pablo Escobar and his volatile love affair with Colombia's most famous journalist Virginia Vallejo throughout a reign of terror that tore a country apart.
Style: factual, serious, exciting, rough, brutal
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug cartel, cocaine, latinx lead, journalist, murder, husband wife relationship, assassination, drugs, minister, lovers, prison ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1993, year 1992, year 1981 ...
Place: colombia, south america, latin america, panama, florida
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 7.0
 101K
The Mule (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. ...
Style: road movie, realistic, exciting, based on true events, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: drug cartel, drug trafficking, drug dealer, drug traffic, old man, money, ex husband ex wife relationship, drugs, police officer, pickup truck, truck, male protagonist ...
Time: year 2005, 2000s, year 1958, 2010s, year 2017
Place: mexico, texas, illinois, chicago illinois, new mexico ...
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 8.4
 170K
Ozark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.
Style: suspense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, crimes, family relations, danger, rivalry, murder, netflix, violence, law enforcement, crime, survival ...
Place: mexico, missouri, chicago illinois
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 7.2
 154K
American Made (2017)
Genre: Action, Biography, 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: drug cartel, drug trafficking, cia, bare ass, true crime, cocaine, pilot, money laundering, drug smuggling, illegal drugs, united states of america, drug dealer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1982 ...
Place: usa, colombia, latin america, central america, panama ...
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 7.8
 8K
El Narco (2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Benjamin Garcia, Benny is deported from the United States. Back home and against a bleak picture, Benny gets involved in the drug business, in which he has for the first time in his life, a spectacular rise surrounded by money, women, violence and ...
Style: rough, humorous, realistic, semi serious, dark humor ...
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, politics, drug dealing, mafia, violence, gang war, crimes, anti heroes, society, organized crime, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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 6.4
 102K
Triple Frontier (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.
Style: tense, exciting, captivating, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, greed, drug lord, crimes, ex soldier, friendship, danger, violence, murder, 15 year old, escapades, survival ...
Time: 2010s
Place: colombia, usa, south america, peru, andes mountains ...
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 9.5
 1.4M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: clever, captivating, tense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug lord, master criminal, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, crimes, family problems, unlikely partners, teacher, drug cartel, peril, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico
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Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: FBI agent Matt Graver teams up with operative Alejandro Gillick to prevent Mexican drug cartels from smuggling terrorists across the U.S. border.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, bleak, disturbing
Plot: neo noir, drug cartel, gunfight, cia, cartel, black ops, u.s. mexico border, explosion, brutality, little girl, violence, rescue ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: somalia, mexico, kansas city, texas, sonora
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 8.3
 722K
Scarface (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, drug lord, cocaine, mafia, drug dealing, criminal heroes, gunfight, mob boss, drug cartel, rise and fall, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, usa, bolivia, colombia ...
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 7.6
 237K
Blow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
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: atmospheric, serious, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug dealing, cocaine, drug cartel, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug use, gangsters, friendship, organized crime, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 90s, 50s, 80s ...
Place: california, latin america, mexico, usa, colombia ...
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 7.6
 17K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A murdered body on a bridge between El Paso and Juarez bring together El Paso detective Sonya Cross and Chihuahua State Police detective Marco Ruiz.
Style: tense, serious, atmospheric, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, serial killer, police detective, social problems, policewoman, police investigation, partners, corruption, victim, riddles and clues, mind game, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mexico
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The Lord of the Skies (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Colombia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in the 1990s, these are the life and times of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a man who became the head of the Juárez cartel. Nicknamed “El Señor de los Cielos” (Lord of the Skies) because of the large fleet of airplanes he used to transport ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, rise to the top, ambition, master criminal, drug lord, drug dealing, crimes, generosity, gang war, smuggling, gangsters, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: latin america, mexico
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Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Spain, Belgium, Panama
Duration: 120 min.
Story: For Pablo Escobar family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar's niece, Maria, he finds his life on the line when he's pulled into the dangerous world of the family business.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, touching, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: drug cartel, drug dealing, family relations, gangsters, murder, forbidden love, siblings relations, young lovers, crimes, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, 1990s, 90s
Place: colombia
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The Infiltrator (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.
Style: suspense, tense, realistic, based on true events, factual ...
Plot: money laundering, drug lord, drug cartel, undercover, money, death, fear, investigation, secret agents, drug addiction, addiction, federal agent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, 70s
Place: usa, latin america
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 7.6
 1K
Kingpin (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Rule the family. Control the empire. A Change in power looms imminent in the drug cartel family.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, drug smuggling, crimes, drug dealing, family relations, police corruption, partners, rivalry, addiction, family life, drug abuse, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, mexico, thailand ...
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 6.5
 49K
Peppermint (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A grieving mother transforms herself into a vigilante following the murders of her husband and daughter, eluding the authorities to deliver her own personal brand of justice.
Style: exciting, brutal, rough, suspense, psychotronic ...
Plot: vigilante, fighting the system, corruption, justice, murder, drug cartel, loss of child, police corruption, female protagonist, female martial artist, revenge, corrupt official ...
Time: 2010s, year 2012, year 2017
Place: los angeles
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Beast of Burden (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Sean Haggerty only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. An hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong. An hour to make sure his wife survives. And he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, exciting
Plot: drug cartel, smuggling, hitman, rescue, race against time, track down, crimes, danger, chase, hostage, conspiracy, police ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Ecuador, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, financial problem, juvenile delinquency, crimes, crime, drugs/alcohol, new job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
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 7.0
 9K
Drug War (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The taciturn police commander Zhang leads an undercover drugs team and in his continuous battle against the ubiquitous drug barons, takes up arms against his arch enemy, Timmy Choi. When he gets hold of Choi, he makes a deal with him: in exchange ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, mole, working undercover, criminal heroes, betrayal, law enforcement, crimes, recruit, whistleblower, dishonesty, undercover, drug traffic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
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 5.3
 95K
The Counselor (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A lawyer finds himself in far over his head when he attempts to get involved in drug trafficking.
Style: cynical, talky, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cocaine, femme fatale, drug cartel, drug traffic, drug dealing, greed, nihilism, danger, drug smuggling, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, el paso texas, chicago illinois ...
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 6.5
 120K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Style: twists and turns, tense, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, rescue, kidnapping, crime, drug cartel, mob boss, woman in danger, violence, organized crime, marijuana, drug lord ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, mexico, usa, afghanistan ...
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 6.5
 9K
Miss Bala (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of a young woman clinging on to her dream to become a beauty contest queen in a Mexico dominated by organized crime.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: drug cartel, rape, beauty queen, follow your dream, blind ambition, physical appearance, crimes, hopes, gangsters, ambition, father daughter relationship, beauty pageant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, mexico, tijuana mexico
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 6.8
 5K
Heli (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: drug cartel, crimes, cocaine, drug dealing, gang, corrupt law enforcer, kids in trouble, urban ghetto life, small town, society, factory worker, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 7.6
 361K
Sicario (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Hong Kong
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young female FBI agent joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, intense, bleak ...
Plot: moral dilemma, cia, tough girl, black ops, drug cartel, neo noir, swat team, u.s. mexico border, special agents, fbi, mercenary, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, texas, arizona, el paso texas ...
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Earth and Blood (2020)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A sawmill owner and his teenage daughter become tangled in a deadly feud when a drug dealer stashes stolen cocaine on their remote property.
Style: suspenseful, serious, emotional, brutal, suspense ...
Plot: drug cartel, drugs, sawmill, father and daughter, teenage daughter, single father, danger, crime boss, cartel, criminal gang, smuggling, gang ...
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 5.7
 58K
Sabotage (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, drug cartel, swat team, police investigation, crime scene, vengeance, brutality, crimes, gory, dishonesty, deadly, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014
Place: mexico, georgia, usa, atlanta georgia, california ...
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 7.6
 193K
Traffic (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Germany
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs from multiple perspectives. For the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the war becomes personal when he discovers his well-educated daughter is abusing cocaine ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: drug lord, addiction, marijuana, drug cartel, drug abuse, organized crime, drug traffic, drug dealer, drug dealing, profanity, family problems, fighting crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: mexico, ohio, washington d.c., latin america, usa ...
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