12 movies featuring Jamaica you should binge watch this week

For those who cannot escape to the Caribbean, through the magic of cinema, individuals can bring the tropical splendor and romance of Jamaica right into their living room. Jamaica has been a favorite location for the film industry since the 1930s. A wide range of film projects ranging from action and comedy to romance have been filmed in Jamaica or filmed there.

Jamaica even starred as a stand-in for Polynesia in the 1994 Oscar-winning historical drama Legends of the Fall starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond and Aiden Quinn. Here are 12 must-see movies starring Jamaica, available for binge-watching.

Based on the Jules Verne classic, the 1954 film stars Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre and Richard Fleischer. The Negril Caves feature prominently in the filming of the sci-fi adventure.

The Blue Lagoon

Filmed partly in Jamaica, the romantic coming-of-age and survival story starred Brook Shields and Christopher Atkins. The 1980 production contained significant sexual content, but was nominated for a number of film industry awards.


Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown star as bartenders aspiring to own their own bar. The 1988 film included Jamaican locations at Dunn’s River Falls, Dragon Bay Beach, Jamaican Inn in Ocho Rios, and Sandals Royal Plantation.

Cool Runnings - Walt Disney Studios

Filmed in Kingston and Discovery Bay, it is loosely based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1998 Winter Olympics. The comedy starred the late John Candy as Canada’s coach of the team.

dancehall queen

The 1997 film tells the story of a single mother and street vendor trying to protect her two daughters. She assumes the persona of a dancehall star and concocts a plan to pit the film’s villains against each other. Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer Beenie Man appears as himself and recorded the title track.

Dr. No - James Bond

Released in 1962, it stars Sean Connery as 007. The film features Laughing Waters Beach, the Blue Mountains, Montego Bay, White River, Kingston’s Grand Port Royal Hotel, the former resort town of San Souci and the Ocho Rios bauxite terminal. Jamaica is the secret lair of the fictional villain, Dr.

How Stella got her groove back

Starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs, 1998’s delightfully romantic filming locations included the Time-n-Place in Falmouth, the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, and Villa 11.

Live and Let Die

Roger Moore is James Bond in this 1973 film, with scenes shot at Jamaica’s famous Green Caves, Rose Hall Great House, J. Charles Swaby’s Black River Safari, Half Moon Resort and Sans Souci Resort.


Starring Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen, the 1973 film is a historical drama that follows the duo’s attempts to break out of prison. Scenes were filmed in Falmouth and in the coastal cliff of Negril.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Choose one of the five action/adventure films in the series starring Johnny Depp and let yourself be transported to the Caribbean. Port Royal is featured in most films and is based on the infamous pirate colony of Jamaica. Much of Port Royal sank under water in 1692 after an earthquake and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The more they come

Filmed in Kingston, Jimmy Cliff is the star of the 1972 film which is credited with bringing reggae music outside of Jamaica. The film follows Cliff as musician Ivanhoe Martin, from his rise to stardom to his descent as an outlaw.

The mighty Quinn

Filmed at the Golden Clouds villa and Port Antonio, Denzel Washington plays police chief Xavier Quinn, who tries to protect a childhood friend accused of murder. The title of the 1989 film was taken from the Bob Dylan song of the same name and a reggae cover version is heard in the film.

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