Best Amazon Rain Forest Moviesby slipcat555 | created - 15 Apr 2011 | updated - 17 Feb 2016 | Public
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1. The Emerald Forest (1985)
R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him.
Votes: 8,076 | Gross: $24.47M
Exciting true story about a boy kidnapped by Indians. Great action and cinematography.
2. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
Votes: 14,584 | Gross: $1.33M
3. Medicine Man (1992)
PG-13 | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
An eccentric scientist working for a large drug company is working on a research project in the Amazon jungle. He sends for a research assistant and a gas chromatograph because he's close ... See full summary »
Votes: 18,727 | Gross: $45.50M
A scientist (Sean Connery) finds a cure for cancer in the rain forest, but loggers threaten to destroy his discovery.
4. Jericó (1991)
90 min | Adventure, Drama
At early 16th century a priest joins the spanish conquerros in order to bring christianity to the indios. The expedition is murdered by the indios, only the priest is sparred. Santiago, the... See full summary »
In the 16th century a priest is sent to Venezuela to convert the Indians to Christianity, but he ends up falling in love and marrying one of them.
5. Ya Koo (1985)
An orphaned Yanomami boy escapes from a Catholic mission in the Venezuelan jungle to live on his own. He meets a nun who is lost in the jungle and he uses his knowledge of the environment to help her find her way back. A beautiful film full of warmth, pathos and humor.
6. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
In 1560 Lope de Aguirre sails down the Amazon river in search of El Dorado. He slowly goes mad and drives his crew to doom. One of Werner Herzog's greatest films.
7. El Dorado (1988)
149 min | Drama, History
The film tells the epic story of an expedition that took place between 1560 and 1561, headed by Pedro de Ursúa, in search of "El Dorado." The territory they explored subsequently became ... See full summary »
Based on the same historical figure as the Aguirre of Herzog's film, but told in a more conventional style.
8. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
PG | 158 min | Adventure, Drama
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle.
Werner Herzog returns to the Peruvian Amazon for another tale of obsession. A rubber baron dreams of building an opera house in the rain forest, and in order to finance his grandiose plan he concocts even stranger plans for expanding his business.
9. How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971)
Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy
In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the French and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portuguese. A Frenchman (Arduíno Colassanti) is captured by the ... See full summary »
In 1557 a French trader is captured by the Tupinamba Indians to be ceremonially eaten. Candid male and female nudity throughout the film.
10. Hans Staden (1999)
92 min | Biography, Drama, History
On the eve of his return to Europe after an extended involuntary stay in 16th-century Brazil, the German sailor Hans Staden is captured by a hostile cannibal Indian tribe. In order to ... See full summary »
Based on the same true story as Como Era Gostoso o Meu Frances.
11. The Mission (1986)
PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Votes: 48,596 | Gross: $17.22M
Colonial Spain and Portugal fight over ownership of territory where the Guarani Indians live. Robert De Niro plays a former slave trader who changes his ways and allies himself with the Guarani. Gorgeous cinematography.
12. End of the Spear (2005)
PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
Two people come to the end of a spear in order to realize that the divisions between them are not real.
Votes: 4,576 | Gross: $11.97M
In the 1950s several American missionaries are killed by Waorani Indians in the Ecuadorian jungle while trying to befriend them. Years later, the wives and children of the slain missionaries once again try to reach out to the Waorani and succeed in establishing peace.
13. Yai Wanonabalewa: The Enemy God (2008)
100 min | Drama
Shake is a powerful shaman of the Yanomami people. He wields his power to heal and to protect his people against their enemies in this world and beyond. Tracing his life and the life of his... See full summary »
A young Yanomami chief in Venezuela must deal with warring tribes.
14. Birdwatchers (2008)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama
When a tribe of indigenous Guarani Indians attempts to re-inhabit their ancestral land, which lies on the border of a wealthy landowner's fields, tensions escalate.
Guarani Indians in Brazil attempt to reclaim their ancestral lands from the white landowner. Intense.
15. Brava Gente Brasileira (2000)
104 min | Drama, War
A young Portuguese cartographer in the 18th century finds new forms of love, war and a wild new world in an expedition into South American heart.
In 1778, a young Guaicuru Indian seeks revenge on the Spanish men who attacked and raped Guaicuru women. An artistic, subtle, fascinating film.
16. El grito de la selva (2008)
95 min | Drama
A logging company enters the indigenous community of Beni in Bolivia and begins logging. They hire local people make promises of the benefits they will receive, but the Indians gradually ... See full summary »
A Moxe village in the Bolivian rain forest is divided by the arrival of a logging company that tries to bamboozle them with promises of jobs and development.
17. A Lenda de Ubirajara (1975)
90 min | Drama
In order to earn a warrior name, the son of Araguaia chief wanders the forest, falls in love with a girl from the Tocantins tribe, and defeats their bravest warrior. When his true identity ... See full summary »
A young man sets out on a journey to establish his reputation as a warrior. One of the few films set in the Pre-Columbian Americas, and filmed entirely in the native language of Macro-Gê Karaja. Based on the classic Brazilian novel by Jose de Alencar.