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All the Best Reggae Movies

Jamaica is regarded across the globe as the Reggae Mecca, a must-see vacation and tourist destination, and the location of some of the Western Hemisphere’s best meals that have been featured in a lot of Movies about Jamaica.

With Reggae Month as a focus, here are All the Best Reggae Movies to binge-watch that go beyond the perception of Jamaica.

Reggae Movies

Marley
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley (Actors)
  • Kevin Macdonald (Director) - Ziggy Marley (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Marley

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.

ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff

In 1976, reggae icon Bob Marley survived an assassination attempt as rival political groups battled in Jamaica. But who exactly was responsible? | Stream on Netflix

Wah Do Dem
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sean Bones, Norah Jones, Carl Bradshaw (Actors)
  • Ben Chace (Director) - Ben Chace (Writer) - Ben Chace (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Wah Do Dem

When he is dumped by his girlfriend, Max goes on a cruise alone. Upon his arrival in Jamaica, things go from bad to worse when all his stuff is stolen and the cruise ship leaves without him.

Babylon
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Brinsley Forde, M.B.E., Karl Howman, Trevor Laird (Actors)
  • Franco Rosso (Director) - Franco Rosso (Writer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Babylon

Babylon is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering reggae and lovers rock soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.

Reggae in a Babylon
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Steel Pulse, Jimmy Lindsay (Actors)
  • Wolfgang Buld (Director) - Wolfgang Buld (Writer) - Wolfgang Buld (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Reggae in a Babylon

The young, gifted, and black generation of the ’70s who started the British Reggae movement is captured in this unique documentary. Groove to the smooth sounds and see rare footage.

The Story of Lovers Rock
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Maxi Priest, Dennis Bovell, Paulette Harris-German (Actors)
  • Menelik Shabazz (Director) - Menelik Shabazz (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Story of Lover’s Rock

Lovers Rock, often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’ is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems.

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Babymother
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Anjela Lauren Smith, Wil Johnson, Caroline Chikezie (Actors)
  • Julian Henriques (Director) - Julian Henriques (Writer) - Parminder Vir (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Babymother

A single mother determined to make it as a singer puts together an all-girl reggae group named Neeta, Sweeta, & Nastie with her friends. Living in a housing project with little support, the odds are obviously against her. With the help of a female agent, the group starts to get some exposure and rises above their setting.

Rockers
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (Actor)
  • Ted Bafaloukas (Director) - Ted Bafaloukos (Writer) - Patrick Hulsey (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Rockers

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. 

Cool Runnings
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leon, John Candy, Paul Coeur (Actors)
  • Jon Turteltaub (Director) - Lynn Siefert (Writer) - Jeffrey Bydalek (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Cool Runnings

Based on a true story of four Jamaican athletes.

The Harder They Come
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley (Actors)
  • Perry Henzell (Director) - Perry Henzell (Writer) - Perry Henzell (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Harder they Come

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.

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One Love

Bought together through their mutual love of music, young Rasta and reggae musician Kassa and the gospel singing daughter of a Pentecostal preacher fall in love. | Stream on Apple TV+
 
Kla$h
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jasmine Guy, Giancarlo Esposito, Stafford Ashani (Actors)
  • Bill Parker (Director) - Bill Parker (Writer) - Karolyn Ali (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Kla$h

Combing the hard-edged style of The Harder They Come with a sultry intrigue of film noir. Stoney, a world-weary photographer past his prime, comes to Kingston to photograph the Klash, an electrifying battle of the world’s best Reggae & Dancehall performers he believes this to be a routine assignment.

Shottas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ky-Mani Marley, Spragga Benz, Louie Rankin (Actors)
  • Cess Silvera (Director) - Cess Silvera (Writer) - Cess Silvera (Producer)
  • English, Spanish (Playback Language)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)

Shottas

In the tradition of Scarface and The Harder, They Come, Shottas is an unapologetic raw urban drama about two young men, Wayne and Biggs, who grow up together on the tough and dangerous streets of Kingston, Jamaica.

Eventually moving to the U.S., they begin a ruthless climb to the top of a criminal enterprise in Miami as they aggressively take control of the Jamaican underworld.

Better Mus Come
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sheldon Shepherd, Sky Nicole Grey, Ricardo Orgil (Actors)
  • Storn Saulter (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Better Mus’ Come

Jamaican drama set in the late 1970s and inspired by actual events. A Kingston community leader and single father get caught up in a politically-motivated gang war while falling hopelessly in love with a girl from a rival faction.

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