Our Picks: Top 10 Jamaican Movies of All Time

Here are our picks of the top 10 movie picks of all times based on popularity and  world market penetration.  Be sure to add your favorites to this list. During the year leading up to Jamaica’s 50th Independence on August 6, 2012, each week we’ll be compiling a list of things celebrating Jamaican foods, music, culture, people and more.

Here are our picks of Top 10 Jamaican Movies of All Time:

The Harder They Come
Vista Film Production JA – 1972
Director: Perry Henzel
Producer: Perry Henzel
Stars: Jimmy Cliff


Cool Runnings
Walt Disney Studios/Blue Maaga Films Inc. – 1993
Producer: Dawn Steel
Executive Producer: Susan Landau
Director: Jon Turtletaub
UPM-Jamaica: Natalie Thompson
Stars: John Candy, Leon


Smile Orange
Nuts Production – 1973
Executive: Eddie Knight
Director: Trevor Rhone
Stars: Carl Bradshaw, Glen Morrison


Blue Sun Film Company – 1978
Director: Theodoros Bafaloukos
Producer: Theodoros Bafaloukos
Stars: Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace and Richard “DirtyHarry” Hall


Island Pictures – 1984
Executive: Chris Blackwell
Director: Dicky Jobson
Stars: Carl Bradshaw


Third World Cop
Island Jamaica – 1998
Director: Chris Browne
Producer: Carolyn Ffieffer
UPM-Jamaica: Natalie Thompson
Stars: Paul Campbell


Dancehall Queen
Island Pictures – 1996
Director: Rick Elwood & Don Letts
Producer: Carl Bradshaw & Carolyn Pfieffer
Executive Producer: Chris Blackwell
UPM-Jamaica: Peter Packer
Stars: Audrey Reid, Paul Campbell, Carl Davis


Access Pictures –  2002
Director: Cess Silvera
Writer: Cess Silvera
Production Companies: Access Pictures,  Emmett/Furla Films, Jean Silvera Films
Stars: Ky-Mani Marley, Spragga Benz, Paul Campbell (IV), Louie Rankin, Wyclef Jean


Better Mus’ Come
Release:  2011
Director: Storm Saulter
Producer: Paul Bucknor
Writer: Storm Saulter
Stars: Sheldon Shepherd, Nicole Grey, Ricardo Orgill, Everaldo Creary, Roger Guenveur Smith


Island In The Sun

TCF GB – 1957
Director: Robert Rosen
Producer: Daryl F. Zanuck
Stars: James Mason, Joan Fontaine, Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Joan Collins

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