What Are Some Jamaican Movies?


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Movies filmed in Jamaica include "The Harder They Come," "Third World Cop," "Rockers" and "One Love." Other movies that use Jamaica as its setting include "Cool Runnings," "Cocktail" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

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"The Harder They Come" is a 1972 crime film starring reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, who portrays a poor Jamaican who gets caught up in city life and ends up becoming the nation's most wanted criminal. The movie is known today for being one of the first Jamaican films to achieve international success, as well as exposing foreign audiences to the reggae music genre.

"Third World Cop" is a 1999 Jamaican action film that portrays a cop returning to his Kingston roots to help the local police fight illegal gun importation. "Rockers" is a 1978 film that follows a musician who tries to sell his own records. This film starred several notable reggae artists of the era, including Burning Spear and Dillinger. "One Love" is a 2003 romance following the love between a preacher's daughter and a Rasta musician. Notably, this film had one of Idris Elba's first film roles.

"Cool Runnings" is a 1993 sports film produced by Disney, starring John Candy, Leon and Doug E. Doug. The movie, filmed partly in Jamaica, is based on the Jamaica national bobsleigh team's exploits at the 1988 Winter Olympics. "Cocktail," a 1988 Tom Cruise film, has scenes set in Jamaica. "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" uses Port Royal, a Jamaican town, as a chief setting, although the film was primarily filmed on St. Vincent.

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