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 suspense, realistic, serious, captivating, tense and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with drug cartel, crimes, organized crime, murder, drugs, drug lord, drug dealing, gangsters, drug dealer and drug traffic 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: Narcos: Mexico (2018), Queen of the South (2016), Narcos (2015), Loving Pablo (2017), Ozark (2017), Triple Frontier (2019), Scarface (1983), The Lord of the Skies (2013), Sicario (2015), Breaking Bad (2008).

List of drug cartel movies

 8.4
 81K
Narcos: Mexico (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: See the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in 1980s Mexico.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, exciting, intense, suspense ...
Plot: drug cartel, marijuana, crimes, corruption, cocaine, business, drug dealing, undercover agent, drug dealer, drug lord, organized crime, tiger ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
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Queen of the South (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Spain, Malta
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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, cartel, crimes, murder, adventure, destiny, vengeance, chase, captivity, weapons, runaway, adaptation ...
Place: mexico, usa
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 8.8
 403K
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
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, drug dealer, drug dealing, cartel, smuggling, master criminal, rise to the top, crimes, illegal drugs, cia agent, politics ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: colombia, latin america, panama, mexico, miami ...
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 6.3
 20K
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 cartel, drug lord, cocaine, congress, journalist, assassination, husband wife relationship, drugs, murder, lovers, minister, prison ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1984, year 1981, year 1992 ...
Place: colombia, south america, latin america, florida, panama
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 8.5
 267K
Ozark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, family relations, crimes, rivalry, murder, teenage girl, violence, survival, law enforcement, teenage boy, investigation ...
Place: mexico, missouri, chicago illinois
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 6.4
 124K
Triple Frontier (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, 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, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, ex special forces, drug lord, greed, ex soldier, crimes, survival, friendship, violence, murder, theft, escapades ...
Time: 2010s
Place: peru, south america, usa, brazil, andes mountains ...
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 8.3
 810K
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, mafia, drug lord, cocaine, mob boss, drug cartel, drug dealing, criminal heroes, drug abuse, rise and fall, gunfight, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, usa, bolivia ...
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The Lord of the Skies (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Colombia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, rise to the top, master criminal, ambition, drug lord, gangsters, generosity, crimes, smuggling, drug dealing, gang war, money laundering ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 7.6
 416K
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, neo noir, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: drug cartel, black ops, tough girl, cia, mercenary, moral dilemma, swat team, drug smuggling, u.s. mexico border, fbi agent, special agents, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, texas, tucson arizona, phoenix arizona ...
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 9.5
 1.7M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
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: captivating, tense, serious, psychological, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, life is a bitch, crimes, drug lord, master criminal, family problems, double life, drug dealer, drug cartel, life turned upside down, ambition, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
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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: neo noir, suspense, surprise ending, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: black ops, drug cartel, cartel, warrior, cia, u.s. mexico border, brutality, terrorist, top secret, mission, gunfight, cia agent ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: sonora, kansas city, somalia, texas, mexico
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 7.0
 133K
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, exciting, serious, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, drug dealer, drug traffic, police officer, ex husband ex wife relationship, drugs, grandfather granddaughter relationship, male protagonist, deception, old man, driver, family relations ...
Time: year 2005, 2000s, year 1958, 2010s, year 2017
Place: mexico, el paso texas, chicago illinois, illinois, texas ...
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 7.1
 174K
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, cia agent, smuggler, cocaine, true crime, illegal drugs, cold war, arms smuggling, drug dealer ...
Time: 80s, year 1983, year 1981, year 1986, 70s ...
Place: colombia, usa, latin america, panama, arkansas ...
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 7.5
 255K
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: serious, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, drug addiction, drug abuse, drug dealing, rise and fall, drug cartel, drug use, gangsters, friendship, cocaine, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 60s, 50s, 90s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
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The Snitch Cartel: Origins (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia
TV show
Story: In Cali during the '60s and '70s, two brothers juggle family, romance and the joint pursuit of a burning ambition: to rule Colombia's drug industry.
Style: disturbing, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: drug cartel, drug lord, war on drugs, drug dealer, drug dealing, drugs, cartel, crime boss, criminal, organized crime, drug traffic, partners in crime ...
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El Dragón: Return of a Warrior (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A Tokyo business man returns to his home country of Mexico where he must battle rivals to replace his grandfather as the head of a cartel.
Style: captivating, exciting, disturbing, tense
Plot: drug cartel, japanese mafia, gangsters, martial artist, criminal syndicate, martial arts, crimes, drug dealing, fight, rivalry, adaptation, syndicate ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, mexico, tokyo
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 7.7
 10K
Hell (2010)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 149 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: realistic, humorous, semi serious, rough, cynical ...
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, drug dealing, politics, gang war, crimes, society, social relations, organized crime, mafia, violence, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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 7.6
 19K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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: twists and turns, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, policewoman, partners, police investigation, social problems, interrogation, corruption, mystery, mind game, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa
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 6.4
 64K
Peppermint (2018)
Genre: Action, 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, neo noir ...
Plot: vigilante, justice, drug cartel, corruption, loss of child, one woman army, police corruption, murder, fighting the system, female martial artist, revenge killing, female protagonist ...
Time: year 2012, year 2017, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.5
 1K
Kingpin (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Rule the family. Control the empire. A Change in power looms imminent in the drug cartel family.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, drug smuggling, crimes, drug dealing, family relations, police corruption, partners, rivalry, family life, addiction, drug abuse, working undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, mexico, usa, houston texas, michigan ...
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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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: drug cartel, rape, beauty pageant, blind ambition, follow your dream, physical appearance, ambition, hopes, crimes, gangsters, beauty queen, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico, tijuana mexico
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 5.4
 100K
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, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, cocaine, drug cartel, drug traffic, drug dealing, greed, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crimes, nothing goes right, disorder, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, london, el paso texas ...
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 8.2
 24K
ZeroZeroZero (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the book of the same name by bestselling author Roberto Saviano, ZeroZeroZero is an unforgettable exploration of the inner workings of the global cocaine trade.
Style: atmospheric, brutal, serious, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: italian mafia, drug cartel, cartel, cocaine, mafia, drugs, drug dealer, drug dealing, drug trade, drug smuggler, drug smuggling, brutality ...
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 5.6
 31K
The Marksman (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jim Hanson’s quiet life is suddenly disturbed by two people crossing the US/Mexico border – a woman and her young son – desperate to flee a Mexican cartel. After a shootout leaves the mother dead, Jim becomes the boy’s reluctant defender. He ...
Style: suspense, road movie, suspenseful, tense, psychological ...
Plot: drug cartel, mafia, u.s. mexico border, murder, ranch, chase, life is a bitch, death, boy, violence, organized crime, assassin ...
Time: 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, mexico, arizona, new 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: suspenseful, realistic, tense, stylized, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, family relations, gangsters, murder, forbidden love, siblings relations, crimes, young lovers, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1991
Place: colombia
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 6.4
 129K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Action, 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, rough, tense, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, rescue, marijuana, kidnapping, drug cartel, mob boss, friendship, ex military, woman in danger, drug lord, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: southern california, california, usa, 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, small town, urban ghetto life, society, kids in trouble, factory worker, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 5.7
 11K
Miss Bala (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.
Style: exciting, suspense, captivating, emotional, intense ...
Plot: female spy, mob boss, drug lord, drug cartel, cia agent, slave trade, beauty queen, sniper, corruption, undercover agent, bodyguard, beauty pageant ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, los angeles, california, san diego california, tijuana mexico ...
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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, factual, intense ...
Plot: money laundering, drug lord, drug cartel, federal agent, undercover, death, fear, investigation, drugs, secret agents, drug addiction, addiction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, 70s
Place: usa, latin america
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 6.3
 864
The Club (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Dealing with the pressure of his father and his need to be someone, Pablo decides to start a new shady, tricky business that will lead him to some happy but tragic experiences.
Style: captivating, disturbing, tense
Audience: date night, boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, criminal, rivalry, family relations, adaptation, escapades, family, youth, police, parents and children, society, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
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