Third world movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant third world movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, touching, suspenseful and disturbing films and TV shows about / with third world, society, politics, friendship, nude, family relations, suspense, female nudity, african and existentialism plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as third world: Beyond Borders (2003), Sanctuary Population One (2018), Ego Trip (2015), State of Siege (1972), The Constant Gardener (2005), Land of Smiles (2016), Determinism (2012), The March (1990), Slave Warrior: The Beginning (2007), Monday's Child (1967).

List of third world movies

Beyond Borders (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in ...
Style: touching, emotional, romantic, thought provoking, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: charity, un, war, abroad, corruption, survival, brutality, love, surgery, starvation, life & death, life philosophy ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1989, year 1984, year 1995 ...
Place: africa, london, cambodia, england, europe ...
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Sanctuary Population One (2018)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A young idealist, Ethan, is left searching for his family while fighting the infected, Med-Ex militia and bloodthirsty marauders, and the ghosts of his past.
Style: captivating, exciting, disturbing, touching
Plot: colonization, mutant, third world, mission, society, lovers apart, vaccination, new life, allies, mars, elite, suspense ...
Time: distant future
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Ego Trip (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Talk show host Marc Morin is at a crossroads in his career and in his personal life. The ratings of his show are failing and he is losing touch with his family. In an effort to regain the love and respect of his audience, Marc’s agent decides to ...
Plot: abduction, hypocrisy, third world, ransom demand, humanitarian, talk show host, egoism, egocentrism
Place: haiti
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State of Siege (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Like most of Costa-Gavras' political thrillers, the French State of Siege is based on a true story. The incident dramatized herein is the kidnapping of a U.S. official somewhere in Latin America. The director's sympathies clearly lie with ...
Style: political, social, captivating, talky, tense ...
Plot: politics, torture, martial law, kidnapping, spy, political intrigue, curfew, political election, fictional history, rebellion, protest, prison ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: latin america, france, uruguay, santiago chile, south america
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Kenya, France, USA, Switzerland
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: suspenseful, thought provoking, tense, political, captivating ...
Plot: spy, conspiracy, investigation, corruption, murder, death, politics, marriage, idealism, suspense, obsession, cover up ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, germany, sudan, kenya, london ...
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Land of Smiles (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Austria, Thailand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young backpacker is lured through the third world paradise of Thailand searching for her kidnapped best friend and unknowingly she becomes the object of a sociopath's obsession.
Style: tense, disturbing, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic
Plot: killer clown, found footage, investigation, uncover truth, cold case, abduction, obsession, crime investigation, female protagonist, suspense, evil clown, porn ...
Place: thailand
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Determinism (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A lonely South Asian American college student, who desperately attempts to escape his fate, unwittingly descends into a world of crime and violence.
Style: neo noir, post modern
Plot: latin, african american, third world, asian, hip hop, asian american
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The March (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of several thousand Africans migrate westward across northern Africa and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to Europe. Their message is: "We are poor because you are rich."
Plot: migration, poverty, immigration, politics, european union, third world, wandering, hunger, nationalism, global warming, desert, apartheid ...
Place: africa
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Slave Warrior: The Beginning (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Nigeria, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man travels back in time to fight slavery.
Style: tense, captivating, romantic, neo noir, student film
Plot: african, african american, warrior, slavery, love and romance, social problems, fight, society, romantic relationship, saving a life, captivity, battles ...
Place: africa
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Monday's Child (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A married couple uproot their entire family and move to Puerto Rico where the familial tree promptly dies in the face of relentless poverty and depression in this down-beat drama, the directorial debut of Argentine filmmaker Torre-Nilsson.
Style: political
Plot: bigotry, politics, natural disaster, tragedy, third world, prostitution, evil child, insanity, war, ugly american
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The Red Pearl (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Stealing is a crime. Getting away with it is an art.
Style: student film
Plot: african american, latin, asian, buddhist, native american, third world, african, asian american
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I Love You Too (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Have you ever been tempted to fall in love with your best friend? Well meet Whitney. When she is down on her luck with guys she turns to the one person who understands her, Dawson. His advice wasn't doing nothing but taking her heart. For ...
Style: post modern, student film
Plot: satire, urban setting, jewish, african american, marriage, friendship, love, african, spirituality, christian, coming of age, hip hop ...
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Devil's Gold (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Venezuela, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Devil Gold is director José Novoa's third collaboration with producer Elia Schneider, and like the previous two films, Huelepega (or Glue Sniffer, which Schneider directed in 2000) and Sicario (1994), the film is a thriller-melodrama that ...
Plot: male nudity, female nudity, gold, third world, prostitution, river, amazon, prospector, sex, violence, pubic hair
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The Chimp (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Kyrgyzstan, Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Chimp is the nickname of a teenage boy (with large ears) who lives in the small town of Balyktchy, Kirghizstan, a former part of the USSR in central Asia. His family is being torn apart by his dad's alcoholism, his emotions are being torn ...
Plot: teenager, father son relationship, friend, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friendship, family relations, autobiography, flirting, adolescence, brother sister relationship, youth, buddy ...
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Better Mus Come (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Jamaica
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The film follows warring political factions in 1970s Jamaica as they enlist the support of gangs to enforce their policies, and advance their political agenda. It is a fictionalized dramatization of real historical events, specifically, the Green ...
Style: underground film
Plot: african american, reggae, blaxploitation, gunfight, secret police, marijuana, ambush, burglar, attempted rape, gang violence, terrorism, third world ...
Time: 70s
Place: africa, jamaica
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Mother Earth (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 62 min.
Story: TIERRA MADRE is based on the true story of Aidee Gonzalez, a woman determined to raise her children with her female partner in the Mexican border town of Tecate. Aidee works hard as an exotic dancer providing for her family. One day her girlfriend ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, family relations, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, society, gays and lesbians, friendship, friends, couples, gay parent, lesbian mother, husband wife relationship, friend ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mexico, tijuana mexico
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Black Shack Alley (1983)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Martinique
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living. The overseer can fine a worker for the smallest infraction. The way to advance is to do well in ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: youth, boy, blaxploitation, woman, racial issues, grandmother, women of color, school, poverty, family relations, friends, injustice ...
Time: 1930s
Place: africa, europe, france
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Black God, White Devil (1964)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: Brazil
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in the drought-plagued Brazilian badlands of the 1940s, Black God, White Devil explores the climate of superstition, physical and spiritual terrorism, and fear that gripped the country. The central characters, Manuel and Rosa, are on the run, ...
Style: political, surreal, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: desert, religion, religious fanatic, anarchist, anti christianity, revolution, sex crime, protest, nihilism, religious sect, couples, religions or cults ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america
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Hour of the Star (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens to time Radio Station; on Sundays she likes to ride the ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: existentialism, food, rich and poor, city life, working class, countryside, social decay, urban ghetto life, down on your luck, social misfits, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: sao paulo brazil, brazil
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SubUrbia (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A group of suburban teenagers try to support each other through the difficult task of becoming adults.
Style: talky, realistic, poignant, philosophical, art house ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: punk, teenager, slacker, high school, drug addiction, friendship, college, suburbs, alienation, marijuana, mental illness, melancholy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas, usa, new york, los angeles
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The Legend of Rita (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens ...
Style: melancholic, captivating, tense, suspenseful, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, politics, terrorism, berlin wall, runaway, loneliness, existentialism, starting over, state affairs, lesbian sex, activist, spy ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, latin america, new jersey ...
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Will Our Heroes Be Able to Find Their Friend Who Has Mysteriously Disappeared in Africa (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A rich businessman is fed up with work, family, society, and goes with a friend to Africa, in search of another friend who had vanished there in mysterious circumstances. They will find him alright - as a tribal chief, surrounded with lots of ...
Style: surprise ending, parody
Plot: female nudity, odd couple, family relations, on the road, pagan cult, nude, odyssey, friendship, soldier, third world, family crisis, entrepreneur ...
Place: africa, portugal, kenya
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The Plague (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK, Argentina
Duration: 148 min.
Story: In a city in South America an outbreak of bubonic plague occurs. While people try to flee and the military close the city an idealistic doctor decides to stay and help the sick. In the ever changing circumstances he puts up a brave fight, being ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: plague, disease, isolation, doctor, quarantine, journalism, epidemic, apocalypse, medical profession, martial law, female reporter, deadly virus ...
Time: 90s
Place: south america, buenos aires argentina
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The Kidnapping of the President (1980)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript armored truck, crudely yet somehow elaborately rigged with ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, hostage, armored car, kidnapping, race against time, rescue, head of state, law enforcement, secret agents, suspense, truck, politics ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, south america
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Barcelona (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: During the 1980s, uptight Ted Boynton is a salesman working in the Barcelona office of a Chicago-based company. He receives an unexpected visit from his cousin Fred, a naval officer who has come to Spain on a public relations mission for a U.S. ...
Style: talky, clever, humorous, witty, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: cold war, culture clash, hospital, writers, cousin cousin relationship, distopia, runaway, relationships, obsession, mentor, philosophy, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, barcelona, europe, madrid, pentagon ...
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Cooking with Stella (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, India
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman cooks for clients and tries to keep her thefts of food and money from being discovered.
Style: realistic, clever, semi serious, humorous, feel good ...
Plot: food, power relations, dishonesty, cons and scams, cooking and food, couples, family relations, unlikely criminals, society, master and servant, couple relations, satire ...
Time: 21st century
Place: asia, new delhi, india
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Empire of Silver (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Romance
Country: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In 1899, Lord Kang must decide which of his three sons will take over his family's Chinese banking empire. When circumstances dictate that he appoint his unreliable youngest son, family bonds are pushed to the limit as father and son clash in a ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, sexy ...
Plot: banking, parents, forbidden love, family business, family relations, love and romance, dishonesty, society, impossible love, parents and children, dysfunctional family, love triangle ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, china
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Dog Sweat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Intertwines the lives of six young Iranians as they struggle to satisfy their private desires in the face of conservative Islamic society.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, underground film
Plot: forbidden love, love and romance, young lovers, society, youth, injustice, bittersweet, infidelity, repression, muslim, hijab, islam ...
Time: 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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Stolen Dreams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jessica, Sabrina and Daiane have dreams, just like all young people of any social class or place in the world. They live in a low-income neighborhood in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro and find in prostitution a way to survive and satisfy their ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, friends, society, lifestyle, prostitution, friendship, rivalry, troubled youth, teenage pregnancy, teenage sex, urban ghetto, family problems ...
Time: 21st century
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, suspenseful, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, boys' night
Plot: disaster, catastrophe, natural disaster, post apocalypse, end of the world, apocalypse, climate change, environmental, nature, scientist, stranded, global warming ...
Time: future, 2000s, 21st century
Place: new york, los angeles, washington d.c., antarctica, california ...
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