10 Best Cartel Movies That You Should Watching Update 05/2024

Best Cartel Movies

Netflix will air the second season of Narcos: Mexico. Ten movies on cartels are available for your enjoyment while you wait!

Netflix will now be able to stream Narcos: Mexico on February 13th after a long wait. To prepare for Valentine’s Day, why not watch narcotics traffickers plot, backstab and bash one another? There’s no doubt about that. In Narcos: Mexico, it’s fantastic. While Narcos focused on Colombian drug trafficking in its original season, Netflix’s show is a continuation of that story. In late 2018, the first season was released, thus it’s been a long time.

For the purposes of Narcos, let us use Mexico.

This film features Diego Luna as the head of the Guadalajara Cartel, Miguel Felix Gallardo. While Escobar was wreaking havoc in the 1980s, Miguel was hard at work in Mexic expanding his enterprise. As a result of his success in uniting the cartels and becoming their undisputed leader, he was given the nickname “El Padrino” (The Godfather). Since Narcos: Mexico is still a few weeks away, here are a few other films about cartels that you might enjoy in the meantime.

1. Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

Maria Full Of Grace (2004)

During the 2004 Academy Awards, Catalina Sandino Moreno from Colombia was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal in Maria Full of Grace. She portrays Maria Alvarez, a Colombian adolescent who joins the world of narcotics trafficking after learning about the lucrative opportunities it offers.

Before boarding an aircraft, she must swallow little sachets containing medications to carry them to the United States.

However, she makes a huge blunder that the drug lords don’t take too kindly to.

When individuals are desperate, as Maria Full Of Grace portrays, they might make the most terrible of choices.

2. The Last Stand (2013)

Schwarzenegger’s best work is here, and it’s sadly overlooked. Sadly, it arrived on the scene far too late, after the fact by several years. It would have been a huge smash if it was released in the 1980s or 1990s. Even iconic Schwarzenegger films like Commando and True Lies pale in comparison to the intensity of the action in The Last Stand. In addition, Narcos actors Forest Whitaker and Luis Guzman were in attendance.

So, what’s the big deal here? After a botched narcotics operation, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) quits the LAPD’s narcotics division. He relocates to Sommerton Junction, a border town, where he spends his time investigating minor crimes. However, Gabriel Corteze, a prominent drug lord who escaped from FBI detention, soon arrives in the town and wreaks havoc on his quiet existence.

3. Traffic (2000)

Traffic (2000)

At the 2000 Academy Awards, Traffic took home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. It was also up for Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Supporting Actor for Benicio del Toro, who is one of the most talented actors working today. Steven Soderbergh was also the director of this film (known for Oceans Eleven and Logan Lucky).

He plays Javier Rodriguez, a good Mexican cop who has committed his life to taking down the cartel’s top brass. This film’s violence is at the extreme end of the spectrum. During the war on drugs, people are killed on a near-daily basis. Michael Douglas (as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones) have supporting parts in the film.

4. No Country For Old Men (2007)

Chigurh, a cartel enforcer, is played by Javier Bardem, who played one of Bond’s most memorable villains in Skyfall. Llewelyn Moss is played by Josh Brolin, most known for his portrayal as Thanos. No Country For Old Men was nominated for 109 Oscars, and it took home 79 of them.

At one point in the movie, Chigurh is entrusted with finding Moss, who has discovered a bag full of cash from a botched heroin deal. As a result, they get into a game of cat and mouse. You can count on this movie to never have a dull moment. The Cohen brothers directed the film, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

5. Sicario (2015)

Sicario (2015)

The sequel to this franchise was a flop, but the original was a masterpiece of the cartel. An elite federal task force is tasked with bringing down the head of a Mexican drug cartel in this film starring Emily Blunt. Tomás Del Toro portrays the team’s leader.

The Mayor of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, advised people to boycott Sicario because it was so accurate. The Mayor’s name was Enrique Serrano Escobar, which was a cruel irony. Okay, I’ll let that go for the time being. Fortunately, there were no boycotts. Who would want to follow directions from a counterfeit Escobar.

6. Blow (2001)

When Johnny Depp’s career was on the rise, this picture was filmed. Depp plays the ruthless drug lord George Jung in this film. Blow describes his life from the time he was a child in Boston through the time he was most active on the west coast. In the role of George’s father, we get to see Ray Liotta, aka ‘the man who always wanted to be a mobster,’ in his element.

Having grown dissatisfied with his upbringing in the Midwest, George decides to leave for California in the late 1960s. A career in the marijuana industry begins for him while he is there. A man named Diego introduces him to the possibility of working for none other than Pablo Escobar himself as a source of cocaine in the United States. The rest of his life turns out to be a lot more complicated than he anticipated.

7. Miss Bala (2011)

Miss Bala (2011)

Films like Miss Bala were already changing the face of cinema before the popularity of Spanish-language films spread worldwide. This film will be remade in 2019. What gives? You don’t need to see it. In every regard, the original is far superior. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the remake has a 22% rating, whereas this original film has a 99% rating.

Miss Bala follows Laura, an aspiring model who, after witnessing a few tragedies, finds herself at a fork in the road with a violent cartel. However, the interactions with the cartel leave her feeling more dejected than triumphant after she wins a major beauty contest.

8. Savages (2012)

This film’s cinematography and choice of scenery are two of its most notable features. Everything appears to be in perfect order. Savages, on the other hand, is a brutal film. The late John Travolta also appears in a little role. Ex-90s action heroes are a joy to behold.

Two buddies, a Buddhist and a former Navy SEAL, are running an extremely successful business selling the best marijuana in the United States. They each have a crush on a woman named Ophelia, so they decide to share her with one other. What? Okay. Before the Mexican Baja Cartel discovers their operation and seeks a partnership, things are going well for them.

9. American Made (2017)

American Made (2017)

Does Tom Cruise’s role as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible become a familiar sight? Prepare yourself for something fresh. He’s a CIA pilot who decides to start smuggling cocaine from South America to the United States on his own dime. Because he’s so adept at what he does, these missions are a cinch for him.

Soon, he becomes a smuggler for the Medellin cartel run by Pablo Escobar. However, the DEA notices him and coerces him into becoming an informant. This is a given, since snitches get stitches, and snitches always die. Then he goes on some of the most bizarre journeys imaginable.

10. Desperado (1995)

In Desperado, Antonio Banderas was at the peak of his acting abilities. Pain and Glory and Genius: Picasso are two recent examples of his revival in the industry. However, back in the 1990s, there was no debate about his star power. By the way, when can we expect the next Zorro movie? It’s been much too long.

“El Mariachi” is a mysterious man who seeks to avenge the death of his sweetheart, a drug smuggler named Bucho, in Desperado. Danny Trejo as one of Bucho’s henchman in this film. Who can forget Quentin Tarantino’s cameo appearance? Banderas sings the popular Mexican folk tune Cancion Del Mariachi in the film’s opening sequence.