Movies and TV shows set in central america

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in central america ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, cult film and suspense films and TV shows about / with danger, jungle, adventure, heroes, murder, chase, gun, escapades, storytelling and machine gun plots mostly in Action, Adventure and Drama genres shot in USA, Mexico, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as central america: Apocalypto (2006), Relentless (2018), Exiled in America (1992), Treasure of the Moon Goddess (1987), The Wrath of God (1972), Walker (1987), Monsters (2010), Firewalker (1986), Caribe (1987), Viva Maria! (1965).

List of movies set in central america

Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, adventure, slavery, tribe, chase, jungle, manhunt, ancient history, ancient civilization, solar eclipse, warrior, sacrifice ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: central america, mexico
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Relentless (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, El Salvador
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An American mother searches for her daughter who was kidnapped by human traffickers in Central America.
Style: captivating, suspense, suspenseful, serious
Plot: human trafficking, kidnapping, gang, rescue, anger, female protagonist, determination, child in peril, track down, chase, single mother, little boy ...
Place: central america
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Exiled in America (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A Central American revolutionary is captured and tortured by government forces. He escapes and flees to the US, hiding out in a rural area where he is sheltered by a Christian sanctuary movement. His wife gets a job at a local diner run by one of ...
Style: political
Plot: torture, exile, revolutionary, liberation theology, cia, diner, hiding place, butt naked, mooning
Place: central america, usa
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Treasure of the Moon Goddess (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A minor jungle adventure in which a singer (Linnea Quigley) is held captive by whitewashed Central American natives who worship her because she looks like their idol. Or maybe it's because she also looks a little like Goldie Hawn. At any rate, ...
Plot: lost treasure, island, kidnapping, pop singer, goddess, jungle, tarantula, boat, flashback, gangsters, ship captain, captured ...
Place: central america
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The Wrath of God (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the 1920s, several foreigners held by a South American military group are offered possible freedom if they accept to topple a local crazed military leader.
Style: humorous, cynical, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mexican revolution, bandit, revolution, graphic violence, battles, partners, misfit partners, escapades, adventurer, rebellion, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: central america, latin america, mexico
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Walker (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 94 min.
Story: William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d'etat.
Style: political, indie film, serious, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: mercenary, deaf, horse, small town, gunfight, sword, mexican standoff, mogul, battles, civil war, journalism, soldier ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: central america, latin america, nicaragua
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Monsters (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Mexico
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was ...
Style: suspense, stylized, breathtaking, futuristic, meditative ...
Audience: date night
Plot: monster, alien, alien invasion, distopia, post apocalypse, infected, alien encounter, quarantine, end of the world, jungle, apocalypse, military ...
Time: future
Place: mexico, central america, austin texas, latin america, usa
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Firewalker (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache horde of gold.
Style: buddy comedy, semi serious, humorous, surprise ending, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, martial arts, adventurer, curse, treasure hunter, treasure hunt, archaeologist, sarcasm, disguise, temple, gold, soldier ...
Time: 80s
Place: central america
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Caribe (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Prepare to get tangled in the jungles of Belize when an arms smuggler loses her partner in a deadly shootout and finds herself on the run in the tropics of Central America. Helen is an amateur, making her money as an illegal arms trader to Central ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, smuggling, on the run, crimes, special agents, adventure, undercover, stalking, heroes, espionage, chase, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: central america
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Viva Maria! (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Western
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Traveling players invent the strip tease while mixed up in a Central American revolution.
Style: sexy, funny, political, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: revolution, anarchist, circus, woman with a gun, striptease, artist, strong female presence, silly humor, righting the wronged, friends, injustice, partners ...
Time: victorian era, 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era
Place: mexico, central america, latin america
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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, captivating, exciting, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: money laundering, pilot, cia, drug cartel, drugs, smuggler, cocaine, fbi, drug traffic, drug smuggling, money, true crime ...
Time: 80s, year 1978, year 1985, year 1982, year 1980 ...
Place: colombia, latin america, usa, panama, central america ...
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Toy Soldiers (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: While on a vacation in Central America, some American teenagers are kidnapped by terrorists. A rescue mission is sent after them, but they manage to escape and join up with a mercenary fighting the terrorists.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: woman with a gun, exploitation, kidnapping, basic training, political unrest, friendship, jungle, officers and cadets, heroic mission, missing person, college, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, beverly hills
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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, survival, jungle, military, creature, deadly creature, hunting, predator, squad, chase, alien encounter ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1987
Place: latin america, south america, central america
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The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Allie Fox, an American inventor exhausted by the perceived danger and degradation of modern society, decides to escape with his wife and children to Belize. In the jungle, he tries with mad determination to create a utopian community with disastrous ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, harsh, intense, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: jungle, adventure, utopia, nature, survival, village, obsessive quest, mental illness, immigrants, father son relationship, missionary, inventor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: latin america, central america, usa, south america, baltimore ...
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The In-Laws (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures ...
Style: funny, witty, humorous, affectionate, buddy movie ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spy, screwball, armored car robbery, dentist, car chase, gunfight, chase, identity, crazy, insanity, runaway, divorce ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: latin america, new york, new jersey, washington d.c., central america ...
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Hulk (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers massive radiation exposure in his laboratory that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.
Style: exciting, serious, intense, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, genetics, experiment gone awry, superhuman powers, mutant, chase, mad scientist, transformation, military, adventure, repressed memory, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 60s, 80s, 70s ...
Place: san francisco, california, central america, new york, south america
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Active Stealth (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Action, Crime, War
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After Captain Murphy lost some of his men on his last mission to Mexico to bring back a US Senator, he has been plagued with unhappiness and bad dreams. When Murphy is given orders to go back to Mexico to help Mexican people slaving for Salvatore, a ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: aircraft carrier, fighter plane, drug lord, empire, alien, navy, pilot, missile, rescue, revolutionary, helicopter, hostage situation ...
Time: 90s
Place: central america
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The Golden Dream (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain, Guatemala
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of Central-American teen-agers depart from the slums of Guatemala City escaping poverty and violence, towards the promised land of California.
Style: road movie, serious, touching, sincere, rough ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mexican american border, u.s. mexico border, coming of age, friendship, follow your dream, on the road, leaving home, hopes, border crossing, slaughterhouse, communication problem, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, guatemala, central america, latin america
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Mad Dogs (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
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Story: When a group of underachieving 40-something friends gather in Belize to celebrate the early retirement of an old friend, a series of wild, comedic events unfold, exposing dark secrets and a web of lies, deception and murder.
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, light, humorous ...
Plot: murder, group of friends, friendship, crimes, dark humor, disorder, dishonesty, celebration, drug lord, friendship between men, conspiracy, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: central america, latin america
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Romancing the Stone (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Though she can spin wild tales of passionate romance, novelist Joan Wilder has no life of her own. Then one day adventure comes her way in the form of a mysterious package. It turns out that the parcel is the ransom she'll need to free her ...
Style: exciting, feel good, light, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, jungle, unlikely couple, opposites attract, chase, escapades, romance, map, stranded, gem, treasure map ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, future, 20th century
Place: south america, colombia, central america, new york, latin america
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Jurassic Park (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. ...
Style: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, breathtaking, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: dinosaur, adventure, survival, scientist, animal attack, dangerous animal, creature feature, island, child in peril, research, children, experiment ...
Time: 20th century, prehistoric times, 90s
Place: central america, costa rica, dominican republic
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Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dracula and the Wolf Man (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Mystery
Country: Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After facing defeat at the hands of Cristaldi the magician, Dracula is back to seek revenge and rule the world. With the help of Wolfman and his legion of followers, victory seems eminent. Professor Cristaldi, a descendant of the magician, is warned ...
Plot: werewolf, wrestling, vampire, superhero, wrestler, dracula, mixed martial arts, male male relationship, cyclops
Time: 16th century, 70s
Place: mexico, central america
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Clinton and Nadine (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Andy Garcia plays Clinton, who is eager to find his brother's murderer. To do so, he enlists the aid of Nadine, an expensive call girl. Clinton and Nadine get sucked into a plot to smuggle guns to the Contra forces in Nicaragua.
Style: sexy, tense, realistic, erotic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, murder, manipulation, graphic violence, reluctant partners, partners, law enforcement, rivalry, drug dealing, investigation, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, miami, central america, costa rica
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The Firing Line (1988)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An American military advisor becomes disillusioned by the brutality and corruption of the Central American government which hired him. When his shift in sympathies becomes known, he's arrested and tortured but soon escapes, along with a ...
Style: political, cult film
Plot: woman with a gun, rebel army, shock treatment, governor, rape, helicopter, rebel, disguise, torture, traitor, bazooka, burned alive ...
Place: central america
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Latino (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The fighting between the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and the Contra rebels backed by U.S. money and expertise is the focus of this pro-Sandinista film by Haskell Wexler. On a secret mission to help the U.S. Special Forces train Contra rebels ...
Style: political, suspense, thought provoking, biting, serious ...
Plot: spy, military, torture, revolution, battles, jungle, political unrest, idealism, anti war, rebelliousness, politics, rebellion ...
Time: 80s
Place: nicaragua, vietnam, latin america, asia, central america
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The Evil That Men Do (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Professional killer Holland is forced out of retirement to break a Central American government's political torture ring when one of his friends, a Latin American journalist, is killed. The murderer, Doctor Clement Molloch, is the master sadist ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, tough guy, serial killer, torture, martial arts, vigilante, killer, violent, villain, hitman, good versus evil, chase ...
Time: 80s
Place: holland, europe, latin america, central america
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Down Twisted (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Maxine (Cary Lowell) is a waitress with big dreams who inadvertently gets mixed up with a gang of smugglers who are trying to get their hands on a stolen artefact called 'The Crucible Of San Lucas'.
Style: exciting, semi serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: killer, disorder, on the run, dishonesty, crimes, betrayal, criminal heroes, adventure, heist, mistaken identity, kidnapping, woman in danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: central america
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Coronado (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An american woman, in search of her fiance', becomes involved in a revolution of a central-american country.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing person, rebelliousness, daring rescue, obsessive quest, rebellion, political unrest, political intrigue, political conspiracy, intrigue, journalism, undercover, race against time ...
Time: contemporary
Place: switzerland, beverly hills, europe, usa, central america
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The Blue Butterfly (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a true story, The Blue Butterfly tells the story of a terminally ill 10-year-old boy whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on Earth, the mythic and elusive Blue Morpho. His mother persuades a renowned entomologist to take ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: butterfly, jungle, adventure, parents and children, family life, family relations, child illness, tragic hero, single parent, disability, child in peril, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, latin america, costa rica, central america
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Balls of Fury (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Randy Daytona was a child ping pong prodigy who lost his chance at Olympic gold when his father is murdered by the mysterious Feng over a gambling debt. 15yrs later he's down on his luck and scraping a living doing seedy back room shows in ...
Style: humorous, stylized, funny, parody, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, rivalry, redemption, prodigy, athlete and trainer, ambition, talent, contests and competitions, hopes, ping pong, underdog, satire ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: german democratic republic, central america, seoul, latin america
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