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Movies about Jamaica

Jamaica is famous across the globe as the Reggae Kingdom, a must-see travel and tourist destination, and the home of some of the world's most delectable cuisines. With International Reggae Day (July 1) as the emphasis, we showcase films that transcend beyond the beauty of Jamaica through these Movies about Jamaica.

Movies about Jamaica

Almost Heaven
  • Heike Makatsch, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Wotan Wilke Möhring (Actors)
  • Ed Herzog (Director)

Almost Heaven (2005)

A terminally ill woman (Heike Makatsch) becomes an unwilling tourist in Jamaica.

Johnny Was
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin, Eriq La Salle (Actors)

Johnny Was (2006)

Johnny, trying to escape a violent past, hides out in the world's least-safe safe house. When Johnny's former comrade escapes from prison, Johnny faces being dragged back into violence and away from his new love.

Third World Cop
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Paul Campbell, Mark Danvers, Carl Bradshaw (Actors)

Third World Cop (1999)

A police officer (Paul Campbell) fights gunrunners until he realizes an old friend (Mark Danvers) is involved.

Holding On To Jah
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Roger Landon Hall (Director)

Holding On To Jah

Holding On To Jah is the story of Roots Reggae music and the Rastafarian movement as told by musicians and people who brought it to the world

Made in Jamaica
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Toots and the Maytals, Gregory Isaacs, Capleton (Actors)

Made in Jamaica

The story of how a small island nation of only three million people took their pain and turned those deep collective emotions into songs, which continue to resonate around the world.

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A couple crash-lands on a Caribbean island and is rescued from paranoid politicians by a mystical fisherman-philosopher.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (Actor)

Rockers (1978)

Starring Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace and Richard “DirtyHarry” Hall, Rockers is a story of oppressed Jamaican musicians getting even with the “mafia types” in the business. Featuring Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Kiddus I, Junior Murvin. Rockers includes acting roles and appearances by Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear,

The Harder They Come
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley (Actors)

The Harder They Come (1972)

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring singer who leaves his rural village for the big city of Kingston, hoping to make a name for himself. Newly restored from the original 16mm negative.

Cool Runnings
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis (Actors)

Cool Runnings (1993)

Four Jamaican bobsledders dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dale Elliott, Lorraine Toussaint, David Alan Grier (Actors)

Sprinter (2018)

A Jamaican teen who is burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother, who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade. Executive produced by Jada Pinkett and Will Smith.

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Bob Marley: One Love

This film celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. Produced in partnership with the Marley family and starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary musician and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita, in theatres on January 12, 2024.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy. Marley (Actors)


Born into poverty in rural Jamaica, Bob Marley became a prophet for the world's oppressed, preaching peace, love, and understanding with a universal language – song.

On what would have been Marley's seventy-fifth birthday, Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald combines unheard tracks, unseen footage, and intimate interviews to paint a definitive portrait of the legendary artist.

Dancehall Queen
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Audrey Reid, Carl Davis, Paul Campbell (Actors)

Dancehall Queen

Marcia (Audrey Reid) has a tough life in Kingston, Jamaica, where she's the sole provider for her teenage daughter, Tanya (Mark Danvers).

Her business as a street vendor is threatened by thug Priest (Pauline Stone-Myrie), and Marcia makes matters worse when she accepts money from Larry (Paul Campbell), who has eyes for her daughter. To get out of her problems, Marcia devises a plan that involves entering a dance contest in disguise, winning the top prize and pitting both men against each other.

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