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, suspenseful, exciting, intense and clever films and TV shows about / with murder, danger, jungle, brutality, storytelling, catastrophe, river, escapades, violence and survival plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as south america: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), The Lost City of Z (2016), The Mission (1986), Off the Map (2011), Jungle (2017), River of Death (1989), In Search of the Castaways (1962), The Green Inferno (2013), A Twelve-Year Night (2018), A Son of Man (2018).

List of movies set in south america

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Mexico, Peru
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: tense, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: expedition, legends and myths, amazon, insanity, treasure hunt, gold, obsession, treasure, slavery, adventure, jungle, power struggle ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: south america, peru, latin america, spain, andes mountains
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The Lost City of Z (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
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: meditative, suspense, inspirational, exciting, factual ...
Plot: expedition, archaeology, explorer, tribe, journey, jungle, world war one, lost city, obsession, courage, survival, travel ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, year 1916, 1910s, 1900s ...
Place: south america, england, london, bolivia, ireland ...
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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, realistic, harsh, based on true events ...
Plot: slavery, mission, jungle, clergy, native americans, punishment, interracial relations, peaceful mission, hopes, wilderness, religions or cults, murder ...
Time: 18th century
Place: south america, argentina, brazil, portugal, latin america ...
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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, touching, emotional, serious, medical drama ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: nurse, doctors and patients, doctor, patient, starting over, idealism, fish out of water, workplace, love and romance, career, surgery, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south america, latin america
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Jungle (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, Colombia, 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: jungle, survival, adventurer, river, amazon rainforest, raft, alone, rescue, israeli, ends with biographical notes, hallucination, cross country trip ...
Time: 20th century
Place: bolivia, south america
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River of Death (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK, South Africa, Israel
Duration: 107 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, adventurer, betrayal, mad scientist, chase, investigation, vengeance, heroic mission, daring rescue, treasure hunt, deadly, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1940s, 60s, year 1945 ...
Place: south america, usa
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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, semi serious, scenic, entertaining, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, pirate, treasure hunt, ship, family, survival, missing person, heroic mission, rescue, friendship, young heroes, danger ...
Time: 60s, 1850s, victorian era, 19th century
Place: australia, south america, new zealand, latin america, chile ...
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The Green Inferno (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: USA, Spain
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, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, torture, cannibal, survival, amazon rainforest, brutality, violence, gory, cannibalism, confined, extreme violence, escape attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: south america, peru, latin america, chile, new york ...
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A Twelve-Year Night (2018)
Genre: 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: captivating, realistic, psychological, tense, based on true events
Plot: politics, prison, political prisoner, military dictatorship, released from prison, violence, society, rivalry, chess, latin american history, letter writing, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: year 1973, 70s, 80s
Place: uruguay, south america, latin america
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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: mountain, treasure hunter, nature, jungle, survival, family values, treasure, magic, legend, quest, conquistador, legacy ...
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, catastrophe, danger, riddles and clues, forces of nature, deadly, adventure, destiny, small town, disaster film, survival, ghost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south america, europe, italy
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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, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids
Plot: jungle, unlikely couple, treasure hunt, adventure, escapades, opposites attract, map, gem, danger, stranded, romance, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: colombia, south america, latin america, central america, new york
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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, brutal
Plot: prison escape, solitary, prison, prison life, survival, safecracker, friendship, human spirit, jungle, island prison, escape plan, escape ...
Time: year 1970, year 1969, 1930s
Place: south america, colombia, venezuela, france, paris france
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Revolution. Crossing the Andes (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 1880, Buenos Aires. In a lost pension, a journalist interviews one of the last living men who crossed the Andes with San Martín. Manuel Esteban Corvalan was 15 years old then, and literacy was one of his secretaries.Your account will allow us to ...
Plot: national hero, latin american history, fight for freedom, revolution, soldier, colonel, independence
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1810s
Place: south america, spain, chile, argentina, andes mountains
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Deadly Weapon (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: International criminals try to obtain a revolutionary new gun made for the U.S. government.
Plot: cia, explosion, revolution, blown to pieces, scandal, dictator, strongman, rebellion, chase, cia agent, murder, murder of a woman ...
Place: south america
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Quito 2023 (2013)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Ecuador
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Is the year 2023. Quito has been walled by Leonardo Ponce, a military dictator that took control of the city in the early 2010's. A group of revolutionaries led by Marcos and Santiago are on the verge of giving a coup d'état. Just hours ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: revolutionary, coup d'etat, revolution, military, dictatorship, power struggle, war, distopia, subversion, underground, dystopic future
Time: future, near future
Place: south america
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Salt and Fire (2016)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Germany, France, Mexico, Bolivia, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, touching
Plot: ecology, boy, stranded, kidnapping, brother brother relationship, interracial friendship, hostage, intergenerational friendship, scientist, blindness, breaking the fourth wall, airport ...
Place: south america
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Daughter of the Sun God (1962)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This adventure chronicles the exploits of an author/explorer on a trip to Peru to hunt for the missing uncle of his pretty young companion. Her archaeologist uncle disappeared while searching for a lost Incan city that he found upon an ancient map. ...
Style: serious
Plot: jungle, adventure, crimes, gang, escapades, adventurer, inventions and discoveries, treasure hunt, heroes, rivalry, mountain, danger ...
Time: 60s
Place: south america, peru, latin america
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The Plague (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK, Argentina
Duration: 122 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, isolation, terminal illness, disease, quarantine, doctor, danger, deadly, journalism, female reporter, martial law, medical profession ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: south america, buenos aires argentina
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Love & Money (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An investment planner, bored with his job and his girlfriend, is given the opportunity to help open a new firm in South America. Once in the new country, he finds himself dealing with dictators and revolutionaries during a time of intense political ...
Plot: adultery, dictator, grandfather, jeep, fired from the job, sex, bank, office, grandfather grandson relationship, banker, execution, billionaire ...
Place: south america, los angeles
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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.
Style: brutal, banned film, disturbing, scary, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: amazon rainforest, cannibalism, jungle, torture, film within a film, missing person, atrocity, rape, insanity, gory, sadism, survival ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south america, latin america, usa, new york, north america
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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, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, stylized ...
Plot: jungle, missing person, adventure, research, amazon river, expedition, adventurer, search, magical, supernatural, mysterious place, disappearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, south america, latin america
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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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: jungle, dolphins, priest, feral child, legends and myths, murder, adoption, culture clash, americana, society, adventure, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
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, murder investigation, child in peril, conflict, suspect, firearm, crimes, police officer ...
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, touching, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: brazilian, mother, parent child relationship, family life, kids and family, parents and children, grandmother granddaughter relationship, family relations, large family, children, grandmother, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, south america
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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, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, patriotism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago 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, harsh ...
Audience: kids
Plot: political campaign, presidential campaign, rivals, presidential candidate, election, politician, humiliation, debate, sabotage, conspiracy, world politics, dialogue ...
Time: year 2002
Place: bolivia, south america, california, latin america, new orleans ...
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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, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, crimes, gang war, urban ghetto life, street gang, society, social decay, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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Elite Squad (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA, Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting crime, police brutality, drug lord, police corruption, squad, law enforcement, slum, drug traffic, crimes, crime, leader, team ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, berlin germany
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Colombiana (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Mexico, USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Zoe Saldana plays a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: female assassin, female killer, tough girl, vigilante, vengeance, hitman, latinos, vigilantism, crimes, obsessive quest, danger, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: colombia, usa, south america, latin america, chicago illinois ...
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