Movies and TV shows set in south america

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in south america ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, exciting, melancholic, visually appealing and clever films and TV shows about / with jungle, adventure, storytelling, escapades, murder, catastrophe, dialogue, brutality, mentor and survival plots mostly in Adventure, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
south america
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south america movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as south america: The Green Inferno (2013), Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), The Lost City of Z (2016), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Up (2009), Romancing the Stone (1984), Jungle (2017), City of God (2002), Triple Frontier (2019), Where the River Runs Black (1986).

List of movies set in south america

The Green Inferno (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone… and that no good deed goes unpunished.
Style: bloody, scary, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, cannibal, torture, cannibalism, survival, violence, sadistic violence, suicide, amazon rainforest, amazon, ant, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: south america, peru, america, chile, latin america ...
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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who ...
Style: bleak, tense, atmospheric, surreal, philosophical ...
Plot: expedition, amazon, gold, legends and myths, jungle, insanity, treasure hunt, amazon river, conquistador, obsession, adventure, amazon rainforest ...
Time: 16th century
Place: south america, peru, spain, andes mountains, latin america
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The Lost City of Z (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilazation in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.
Style: inspirational, meditative, sexy, suspense, factual ...
Plot: explorer, jungle, archaeology, expedition, tribe, journey, conquistador, survival, travel, world war one, lost city, obsession ...
Time: 1920s, future, 20th century, 1910s, year 1954 ...
Place: south america, england, london, ireland, latin america ...
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 8.0
 35K
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: West Germany, Peru
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Fitzcarraldo, a dreamer who plans to bring opera and Enrico Caruso to the South American jungles. With limited funding, he must figure out how to finance the opera house, and ultimately decides to capitalize on South America's rubber ...
Style: cerebral, surreal, breathtaking, sexy, tense ...
Plot: jungle, amazon river, steamship, opera, boat, obsession, river, art, dreams, tribe, nature, amazon rainforest ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century
Place: south america, peru, latin america, brazil
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 8.3
 1.0M
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, touching, exciting, sweet, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: unlikely friendships, dog, loneliness, adventure, friendship, family, follow your dream, hopes, talking animals, friends, journey, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south america, latin america, mount everest, venezuela
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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: feel good, exciting, light, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, jungle, unlikely couple, escapades, opposites attract, gem, map, romance, treasure, stranded, chase ...
Time: 80s, future, year 1984, 20th century
Place: colombia, south america, latin america, central america, new york
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 6.7
 57K
Jungle (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A mysterious guide escorts an enthusiastic adventurer and his friend into the Amazon jungle, but their journey turns into a terrifying ordeal as the darkest elements of human nature and the deadliest threats of the wild force them to fight for ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: survival, jungle, amazon rainforest, adventurer, alone, rescue, river, raft, nature, israeli, hallucination, lost ...
Time: 20th century, year 1981, year 1980
Place: bolivia, south america, andes mountains
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 8.6
 747K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gang, crimes, coming of age, gang war, juvenile delinquency, society, drug dealing, urban ghetto life, photographer, organized crime, street gang, poverty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, 60s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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 6.4
 126K
Triple Frontier (2019)
Genre: Action, 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: captivating, tense, exciting, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, greed, drug lord, ex soldier, crimes, ex special forces, survival, theft, friendship, violence, murder, escapades ...
Time: 2010s
Place: south america, usa, peru, andes mountains, colombia ...
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Where the River Runs Black (1986)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An orphaned boy who was raised in the Amazon jungle is brought back to civilization by a priest who knows his father.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Plot: jungle, coming of age, river, feral child, priest, youth, child protagonist, loss of mother, murder of mother, revenge, escape, amazon ...
Time: 80s
Place: brazil, south america, latin america
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 7.1
 5K
Off the Map (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: La Ciudad de las Estrellas, a tiny town in the South American jungle, is home to an understaffed, understocked medical clinic where three idealistic doctors come looking for change.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nurse, doctors and patients, doctor, patient, starting over, fish out of water, idealism, workplace, medical, career, surgery, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south america, latin america
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 7.4
 61K
The Mission (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to ...
Style: epic, thought provoking, harsh, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: jungle, mission, clergy, jesuit, slavery, christian, christianity, slave trader, slave, ethnic conflict, native american, punishment ...
Time: 18th century
Place: brazil, south america, argentina, latin america, spain ...
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The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. Kuzco's advisor, Yzma, tries to poison Kuzco and accidentally turns him into a ...
Style: feel good, entertaining, fairy tale, witty, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: disney, talking animals, emperor, adventure, family, transformation, change of heart, human becoming an animal, friendship, breaking the fourth wall, partners, escapades ...
Time: 15th century
Place: peru, south america, latin america
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 6.9
 226K
Rio (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a ...
Style: touching, humorous, funny, entertaining, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, preschoolers ...
Plot: animals, bird, talking animals, adventure, parrot, happy ending, jungle, family, friendship, kids and family, good versus evil, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, minnesota, south america, latin america
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 5.1
 10K
Cannibal Ferox (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge.
Style: disturbing, slasher, macabre, brutal, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: jungle, cannibal, torture, eating human flesh, cannibalism, brutality, survival, native, anthropologist, zombie, murder, sexual torture ...
Time: 80s
Place: south america, colombia, new york, usa, latin america
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In Search of the Castaways (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In Search of the Castaways is a 1962 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier in a tale about a worldwide search for a shipwrecked sea captain. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson from a screenplay by ...
Style: humorous, scenic, entertaining, sweet, witty ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: adventure, treasure hunt, ship, disney, family, survival, pirate, stranded, fantasy world, heroic mission, rescue, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 1850s, victorian era
Place: australia, south america, argentina, new zealand, latin america ...
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River of Death (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An adventurer (Hamilton) decides to go in search of the lost city in the Amazon jungle. A motley crew of other people with reasons of their own decide to join him for the wealth of the lost city. But to their horror they find out that they have bit ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: jungle, mad scientist, adventurer, betrayal, investigation, chase, vengeance, heroic mission, daring rescue, rivalry, treasure hunt, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, year 1965, year 1945
Place: south america, usa, brazil
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Birds of Passage (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous Wayuu family get involved in a booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion ...
Style: political, psychological, captivating, thought provoking, factual ...
Plot: revenge, marijuana, murder, drug trade, marriage, wealth, corruption, death, baby, money, humiliation, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, year 1979, 80s, 70s, year 1968 ...
Place: south america, colombia
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 7.2
 74K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Czech Republic, Spain
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Henri "Papillon" Charrière is convicted in Paris for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he becomes obsessed with escaping. After planning and executing a series of treacherous ...
Style: suspense, factual, homoerotic, motivational, brutal
Plot: prison escape, prison, survival, island prison, prison life, escape, life sentence, human spirit, solitary, safecracker, friendship, jungle ...
Time: year 1931, 1930s, year 1969, year 1970
Place: south america, france, colombia, venezuela, paris france
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The House of the Spirits (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, Germany, Denmark, USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America.
Style: emotional, family saga, sexy, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: revolution, civil war, farm, justice, dysfunctional family, coup d'etat, dictatorship, family relations, generation gap, parents and children, family life, rape ...
Time: 1940s, 19th century, 1930s, 1920s, 50s ...
Place: south america, latin america, chile
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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A feature film based on the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis", which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.
Style: political, satirical, tricky, clever, inspirational ...
Audience: kids
Plot: election, idealism, conspiracy, manipulation, business, world politics, propaganda, political campaign, presidential campaign, politician, presidential candidate, rivals ...
Time: year 2002
Place: south america, bolivia, new jersey, california, new orleans ...
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 7.7
 22K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, political, emotional, talky, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dictatorship, politics, political conspiracy, military coup, conspiracy, military, missing person, corruption, character study, journalist, political intrigue, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, iraq, argentina ...
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A Twelve-Year Night (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Uruguay, Spain, Argentina, France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Uruguay, 1973. Having been crushed by the military dictatorship, surviving members of the Tupamaro guerillas are imprisoned and tortured. They must find a way to endure the coming 12 years.
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, tense, art house ...
Plot: prison, military dictatorship, politics, political prisoner, released from prison, violence, society, rivalry, violent, male objectification, latin american history, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: year 1973, 70s, 80s
Place: south america, uruguay, latin america
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 6.1
 199
A Son of Man (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Ecuador
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Pipe is invited to join his mysterious father on a quest for the lost Inca gold. But as they journey deeper into the jungle, he understands that they cannot escape the family demons that are traveling with them.
Plot: treasure hunter, mountain, jungle, nature, treasure, family values, survival, legend, magic, quest, conquistador, amazon ...
Place: south america
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Nature Unleashed: Volcano (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Bulgaria, Canada, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: While on assignment covering a volcanic eruption journalist Russell Woods' life is shattered when his wife is killed in the ensuing carnage. Grieving he travels to the small village in Italy where she was born. There he is followed by a curious ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense, scary
Plot: volcano, natural disaster, riddles and clues, forces of nature, adventure, destiny, small town, survival, disaster, mass death, catastrophe, ghost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south america, europe, italy
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 6.8
 17K
The River (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The River follows the story of wildlife expert and TV personality Emmet Cole. Emmet set course around the world with his wife, Tess, and son, Lincoln, while filming what would become one of the most popular shows in television. After he goes missing ...
Style: scary, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: jungle, missing person, research, adventure, amazon river, supernatural, mysterious place, expedition, adventurer, magical, mystery, disappearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, south america, latin america
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Shooting Heroin (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A small town community comes together to eradicate the heroin epidemic from its midst by whatever means necessary.
Style: exciting, disturbing
Plot: police, violence, revenge, murder, sibling relationship, police officer, conflict, crimes, suspect, child in peril, murder investigation, young adult ...
Place: south america
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My Mom is a Character 2 (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Brazil
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Dona Hermínia is back, but now rich and famous since she is the host of her own successful TV show. However, the overprotective character will have to deal with her children's departures, as Marcelina and Juliano decide to move out. In ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, funny, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: large family, brazilian, mother, parents and children, family life, kids and family, parent child relationship, family relations, grandmother granddaughter relationship, eccentric family, family problems, sisters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south america, brazil
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 6.3
 90K
Rio 2 (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music, Musical
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary ...
Style: exciting, colourful, funny, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: bird, adventure, parrot, happy ending, jungle, talking animals, family, animal life, music, travel, parents and children, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, rio de janeiro, south america, brazil
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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: "The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early ...
Style: road movie, touching, political, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, motorcycle, poverty, revolutionary, freedom, travel, road trip, young man, revolution, friendship, idealism, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1952, 60s
Place: latin america, argentina, south america, peru, chile ...
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