Here are links to reviews, ratings and purchase information for movies about the Amazon. Fiction and non-fiction (documentary) films are included. Please note: the listed movies are suitable for children, but read the reviews to judge appropriate age groups. Movies are available for VHS and DVD unless otherwise indicated. Movies available for purchase are listed in our on-line store Jungle Shopping. or click on the links below.
Documentaries | Fiction
Purchase Amazon rainforest movies:
• Amazon: The Invisible People (1998)
Documentary on an isolated tribe in Ecuador. (VHS only)
• Animals of the Amazon (Animal Safari, Vol. 2)
Natural history documentary. (VHS only)
• Creatures of the Amazon (1996)
Natural history documentary by Bill Burrud. (VHS only)
• Cousteau Collection, Vol 6-9 (1982-84)
Series of films by acclaimed scientist Jacques Cousteau. (VHS only) Volumes 6-9 include Vol. 6 Snowstorm in the Jungle and Rigging for the Amazon Vol. 7 The New Eldorado, Invaders & Exiles Vol. 8. Journey to a Thousand Rivers Vol. 9 River of the Future Highly recommended.
• Environmental Media Collection
These videos, mostly filmed in the Peruvian Amazon, are often broadcast on the PBS network.
101: A Walk in the Rain Forest with Dr. Jim Duke
An introduction to the sustainable use of rain forest plants. Filmed along the Amazon and Napo rivers near Iquitos, Peru
104: Tropical Medicine in the Rain Forest
See the adaptive approaches of a medical practice in the Amazon. Dr. Linnea Smith takes you to her clinic located on the bank of the Amazon River and shares her experiences and insights into healthcare in the Amazon
103: Nutrition and the Amazon Food Pharmacy
Discover the foods in our diet that are derived from tropical sources and provide us with multiple health benefits. Dr. Duke traces the origins of introduced and native tropical "food farmaceuticals"
101: The Aceer Useful Plant Trail Video Guide
Go through one of the most diverse rain forest in the world. Discover the Useful Plant Trail of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER) with your guide, Shaman Don Antonio Montero, vetted by Dr. James Duke, internationally recognized ethnobotanist.
106: Ethnomedical Field Research in the Amazon
Share the challenges of drug discovery strategies as related to research amonth the Jivaro Amerindians of the western Amazon. Gain insight into the current methodology of ethnomedical field research.
• Forest Family Forever
Story of a thousand year old tree who shares his knowledge of rainforests with his sapling grandson. Nature footage and 3D computer animation encourages young people to take an interest in saving the world"s rain forests.
• Land of the Flooded Forest (1990)
National Geographic documentary emphasizing wildlife and ecology of flooded forest areas along the Amazon. (VHS only)
• Quest: PeruSpirits of the Amazon (1998)
Documentary on shamanism and native beliefs.
• Sacha Runa: Spirits of the Rainforest
Documentary about use of ayahuasca and Peruvian Amazon shamanism.
• Warriors of the Amazon (1996)
PBS NOVA documentary about life among the Yanomamo Indians. Highly recommended.
• Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1973)
Dark, powerful account based on the true story of the second-ever full length Amazon journey, led by the mad "Wolf of the Amazon." Starring Klaus Kinski, from director Werner Herzog who also directed Fitzcarraldo.
(Related reviews: UK Times | Rotten Tomatoes)
• At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
Starring Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Kathy Bates, Daryl Hannah: Missionaries travel to the Brazilian rainforest to convert Indianswith mixed results.
• Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon (1993)
From a Jules Verne novel. Set in the 19th Century, depicts the adventures of a journey down the Amazon by raft.
• Emerald Forest (1985)
True story of an America boy kidnapped by Indians and adopted into their tribe. Highly recommended.
• Fire on the Amazon (2000)
Starring Sandra Bullock, Craig Sheffer: an environmentalist and photo journalist are drawn together against the back drop of saving the rainforest
• Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Starring Klaus Kinski. Strange but compelling 19th century story of a German opera-lover's quest to build an opera house in Iquitos. Directed by Werner Herzog. Highly recommended. Burden of DreamsMaking Fitzcarraldo is the only movie about making a movie which is nearly as good as the movie itself. (VHS only)
• Medicine Man (1992)
Sean Connery, Lorraine Bracco: a research scientist finds a cure for cancer in the Amazon. Highly recommended.
• The Mission (1986)
Robert de Niro, Jeremy Irons: A Jesuit priest establishes a remote mission station in the jungles of 18th Century Brazil, and is confronted by political challenges. Highly recommended.
• The Rundown (2003)
A critic writes "A quick-to-the-point, man for hire is sent to the Amazon jungle to locate someone and bring him back to Los Angeles. Starring The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken." Movie was shot in Hawaii not the Amazon.