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, suspenseful, suspense, serious, captivating and exciting films and TV shows about / with drug cartel, murder, crimes, drugs, drug lord, violence, gun, corruption, gangsters and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres shot in USA, Mexico, France 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), Triple Frontier (2019), Ozark (2017), The Lord of the Skies (2013), The Mule (2018), American Made (2017), El Narco (2010).

List of drug cartel movies

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, crimes, cartel, drugs/alcohol, shooting, murder, adventure, danger, destiny, vengeance, chase, captivity ...
Place: mexico, usa
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 8.8
 359K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia, Mexico
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, smuggling, master criminal, cartel, crimes, rise to the top, politics, criminal heroes, illegal drugs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 70s
Place: colombia, latin america, mexico, south america, miami ...
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 8.4
 61K
Narcos: Mexico (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, 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: based on true events, captivating, atmospheric, intense, exciting
Plot: drug cartel, marijuana, crimes, business, undercover agent, corruption, cocaine, drug dealing, investigation, heroin, drug lord, male protagonist ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 6.3
 18K
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, assassination, husband wife relationship, drugs, murder, minister, lovers, congress ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1989, year 1993 ...
Place: colombia, south america, latin america, panama, florida
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 6.4
 109K
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, drug lord, greed, ex special forces, ex soldier, crimes, survival, friendship, danger, violence, murder, 15 year old ...
Time: 2010s
Place: colombia, usa, peru, andes mountains, south america ...
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 189K
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, suspenseful, serious, bleak
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, crimes, family relations, danger, rivalry, murder, violence, law enforcement, teenage girl, teenage boy, crime ...
Place: mexico, missouri, chicago illinois
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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, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, master criminal, rise to the top, ambition, drug lord, crimes, generosity, gangsters, smuggling, gang war, drug dealing, corruption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: latin america, mexico
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 7.0
 114K
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, money, old man, drugs, pickup truck, police officer, ex husband ex wife relationship, male protagonist, veteran ...
Time: year 2005, 2000s, year 1958, 2010s, year 2017
Place: mexico, chicago illinois, texas, new mexico, illinois ...
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 7.2
 159K
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, exciting, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: drug cartel, drug trafficking, cia, bare ass, money laundering, cia agent, true crime, cocaine, pilot, drug smuggling, illegal drugs, united states of america ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1978, 70s, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, colombia, latin america, panama, nicaragua ...
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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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, rough, cynical ...
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, drug dealing, politics, violence, mafia, gang war, crimes, anti heroes, society, social relations, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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 7.6
 18K
The Bridge (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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: tense, atmospheric, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, drug cartel, serial killer, social problems, policewoman, police investigation, partners, corruption, riddles and clues, marital problem, murder, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico
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 8.3
 745K
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, mafia, cocaine, mob boss, drug dealing, criminal heroes, rise and fall, gunfight, drug cartel, drug abuse, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: miami, cuba, miami beach, usa, bolivia ...
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 9.5
 1.5M
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, psychological, serious, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, drug lord, life is a bitch, master criminal, drugs/alcohol, life turned upside down, unlikely partners, family problems, peril, ambition, desperation ...
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: suspense, surprise ending, bleak, disturbing
Plot: black ops, cia, neo noir, cartel, drug cartel, gunfight, u.s. mexico border, warrior, cia agent, rescue, corruption, terrorist ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, somalia, kansas city, sonora, texas
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 57K
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, female martial artist, corruption, police corruption, murder, drug cartel, fighting the system, justice, loss of child, female protagonist, one woman army, revenge ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, year 2017
Place: united states, usa, los angeles
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 687
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, escapades, family relations, family, rivalry, adaptation, cartel, life is a bitch, police, danger, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 9K
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: captivating, suspense, exciting, emotional, intense ...
Plot: mob boss, drug cartel, female spy, slave trade, drug lord, beauty queen, sniper, cia agent, corruption, prostitution, danger, bodyguard ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, los angeles, tijuana mexico, san diego california, usa
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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
 373K
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, serious, suspense, dark ...
Plot: moral dilemma, black ops, tough girl, cia, mercenary, drug cartel, special agents, u.s. mexico border, cia agent, drug smuggling, drug dealing, neo noir ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, texas, tucson arizona, phoenix arizona ...
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 7.6
 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: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, drug smuggling, crimes, drug dealing, family relations, police corruption, rivalry, partners, working undercover, siblings relations, family life, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas, houston texas, mexico ...
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Earth and Blood (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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: suspense, suspenseful, serious, emotional, brutal ...
Plot: drug cartel, teenage daughter, danger, crime boss, murder, escape, chase, death, netflix, revenge, criminal, gunfight ...
Time: 2020s
Place: france
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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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, touching, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, family relations, gangsters, murder, forbidden love, siblings relations, young lovers, crimes, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, uncle niece relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, 1990s, 90s
Place: colombia
Is relevant ?
 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, tense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, mole, working undercover, criminal heroes, crimes, betrayal, law enforcement, recruit, whistleblower, dishonesty, undercover, drug traffic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
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 5.0
 2K
Maria (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Philippines
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a former BlackRose cartel assassin deliberately betrays them by refusing to complete her mission, the cartel orders her execution. Unbeknownst to them, she fakes her own death and is able to create a new life of her own. When the cartel ...
Style: exciting, brutal, tense, captivating
Plot: one woman army, drug cartel, torture, hitman, sniper, revenge, assassin, murder, gunfight, vengeance, betrayal, chase ...
Time: contemporary
Place: the philippines
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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, exciting, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: drug cartel, smuggling, hitman, race against time, police, rescue, chase, hostage, crimes, danger, track down, murder ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 5.3
 97K
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, danger, drug smuggling, crime gone awry, life turned upside down, crimes, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, texas, usa, el paso texas, chicago illinois ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 241K
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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, rise and fall, drug addiction, drug dealing, drug abuse, cocaine, drug use, friendship, gangsters, drug cartel, blind ambition, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: colombia, california, latin america, usa, mexico ...
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 123K
Savages (2012)
Genre: Crime, 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, dark humor, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: drug dealing, crimes, rescue, kidnapping, drug lord, marijuana, crime, friendship, ex military, drug cartel, woman in danger, mob boss ...
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: rape, drug cartel, blind ambition, follow your dream, physical appearance, gangsters, ambition, crimes, hopes, beauty queen, beauty pageant, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico
Is relevant ?
 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, gang, drug dealing, corrupt law enforcer, kids in trouble, factory worker, urban ghetto life, small town, society, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america
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