Thursday, January 19, 2023

Jamaican Top Ten Movies - A 2023 List

Jamaica has a rich and diverse film industry, producing a wide range of films that explore the country's culture, history, and politics. Not like this list hasn't been done all over there internet, and even on this blog,! However for some reason I feel compelled to do it again for 2023. So here is another top ten list of notable Jamaican films:

  1. "The Harder They Come" (1972) - This iconic film stars Jimmy Cliff as a young man who moves to Kingston to become a musician and ends up becoming a notorious outlaw. It is widely considered a classic of Jamaican cinema and is credited with introducing reggae music to a worldwide audience.

    The Harder They Come movie poster
  2. "Rockers" (1978) - This film is a classic roots reggae movie that tells the story of a group of musicians in Kingston, Jamaica who are trying to make a living in the music industry. It stars Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, a real-life reggae drummer and actor, and features an all-star cast of Jamaican musicians.

    Rockers movie poster
  3. "Third World Cop" (1999) - This is a crime action film that follows a young police officer in Jamaica as he struggles to fight against the drug trade and corruption in his community. It stars Jamaican actor Paul Campbell and features a memorable performance by the late legendary Jamaican DJ and actor, Carl Bradshaw.

  4. "Dancehall Queen" (1997) - This film is a romantic comedy that tells the story of a poor Jamaican woman who becomes a popular dancehall queen. It stars Audrey Reid and is directed by Don Letts.

  5. "One Love" (2003) - This film is a romantic drama that tells the story of a young man who falls in love with a woman from a rival community and must navigate the cultural differences and conflicts that arise as a result. It stars Ky-Mani Marley, the son of Bob Marley, and is directed by Rick Elgood.

  6. "Cool Runnings" (1993) - This is a American sports comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, it is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team's debut in competition during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The film stars Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy.

  7. "Shottas" (2002) - A crime film that tells the story of two young men who grow up in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica and become involved in the world of organized crime. The film stars Ky-Mani Marley and Spragga Benz, and is directed by Cess Silvera.

  8. "Countryman" (1982) - A film that tells the story of a fisherman who becomes a local hero in Jamaica after discovering a valuable underwater treasure. It stars Winston Ntshona and is directed by Dickie Jobson.

  9. "The Lunatic" (1992) - this is a Jamaican drama film directed by Chris Browne and starring Paul Campbell and Carl Bradshaw. The film tells the story of a man who is released from a mental institution and returns home to Jamaica, where he faces numerous challenges and struggles to rebuild his life.

  10. "Smile Orange" (1976) - a Jamaican film directed by Perry Henzell, is a satire about a struggling Jamaican resort hotel, as seen through the eyes of the hotel's staff and guests. The film is considered a classic and a cult film of the Jamaican cinema, it stars Carl Bradshaw and Raymond St. Jacques.

  11. Other noteworthy mentions include "Jamaica, Jamaica" (2020), "Kingston Paradise" (2012), "Better Mus' Come" (2011), "No Place Like Home" (2001), "