Most Iconic Jamaican Movies Made!

  • Thursday, August 28th, 2014

We all have our favourites with lines that we recite once the name of the movie is mentioned. We watch them so often that the characters become almost like our family members and we can even relate to some of the stories and scenarios, with a few hitting very close to home at times.

Listed below are just a few of the most popular or iconic movies made in Jamaica or that portray that Jamaican experience. Some are hilariously funny while others are so dramatic that your tear ducts will get a good work out. Overall, it showcases different aspect of what it means to be Jamaica, whether you are a child of the inner-city, a county boy or girl or from the landed gentry. Good, bad or just plain crazy, we are all from this melting pot and the movies reflect that.

The Harder They Come (1972). This Rhone/Henzell classic is a must see as not only was Jimmy Cliff a break out star in this film but his outfit in the poster sell off!

Smile Orange (1976). Funny beyond belief, this comedy about a smooth talker in the hotel industry is a bonafide classic. “H-enjoy de meal mam…”

Countryman (1982). A perfect example of how the more things change, the more they remain the same and how ‘Babylon system a still sheggery!’

Milk & Honey (1988). This film shows us that sometimes people go away because life outside of Jamaica is seem as having the greener grass everyone craves but things are not always as they appear.

The Lunatic (1991). Anthony C. Winkler is a literary genius and the film adaptation of his book was a hit as Aloysius and his friends, whether real or imagined are hilarious.

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Klash (1995). The reviews were not good but any film where big name artists come here and try to assume our native tongue and act like us, is worth watching, even if for the laughs.

Dancehall Queen (1997). Hands down one of my favourite. The cast was excellent and the sound track still shot!

Belly (1998). Urban drama that will get your adrenaline going.

Third World Cop (1999). Another masterful portrayal by Paul Campbell. I could watch this again and again.

Shottas (2002). It was nice to see so many Jamaicans showing off their acting chops here. Loved the story line too.

One Love (2003). Who doesn’t love a good story about strong black love? I know I do.

Glory to Glorianna (2006). The storyline was a bit convoluted but I applaud this woman’s tenacity and her desire to get her story told.

Better Mus’ Come (2010). Gripping drama that is well worth watching.

Ghetta Life (2011). Everybody loves a story where the protagonist battles the odds to be successful.