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Top 5 Best Reggae Movies Ever Made

Updated on November 7, 2012

Must See Reggae Films

Reggae Music is popular around the globe. I think one reason so many people relate to Reggae Music is because of its common message of positivity and faith in the face of adversity. That's what I relate to the most, anyway... Maybe it's just good music... who knows. Let's not over-think this.

If you love (or just like) Reggae Music, for any reason, you should really check out these 5 awesome movies!

Marley (2012)


This fantastic film was just released on DVD. This year, this is best possible gift for Bob Marley fans. Period.

#5 Rebel Music - The Bob Marley Story(2001)


When you think of Reggae music, you most likely think of Bob Marley first. Musical genius, innovator, cultural icon, inspiration to millions... Bob Marley means so much to so many people, but how much do you really know about his life?

This is an excellent documentary that explores Bob Marley's life, from his humble beginnings to his tragic death, providing a new perspective of the people and events that made Bob the man he became.

It's a truly fascinating story and for me it definitely enhanced my appreciation, enjoyment and emotional connection to his music.

I strongly recommend this film for reggae music fans and documentary film buffs alike.

Watch it!

#4 Peter Tosh - Captured Live (1984) - Concert Film

Beautifully shot Peter Tosh concert. Mandatory watching for every Reggae fan.

#3 The Harder They Come (1972) - Jimmy Cliff

Starring Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff as a rising reggae musician in 1970s era Kingston, Jamaica, this film is a priceless time-capsule of early reggae history.

Buy the DVD or rent it on Amazon!

#2 Bob Marley and the Wailers Live at the Rainbow (1977) - Concert Film

After I saw this movie for the first time, I didn't listen to anything but Bob Marley for months. There's something so uplifting about this performance, it reminds me of exactly why I fell in love with reggae music to begin with.

#1 Rockers (1978) - Burning Spear

The first time I saw Rockers it completely blew my mind. Not only did it introduce me to the music of Burning Spear, but it was the most colorful, fascinating portrayal of Jamaican life I'd ever seen. The music in this film is fantastic, the story is great, and it's truly the best reggae movie of all time!

Whats your favorite Reggae Movie?

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      irie hayley 2 years ago

      Add Dub Echoes!

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      deanoflloyd101 4 years ago

      great lens, I remember watching the harder they come when i was younger

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I think the reggae beat is awesome. I saw Peter Tosh live in 1980, I think it was.

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      vkumar05 6 years ago

      Nice Music. Great Lens.

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      My sister is a HUGE reggae fan and thanks to her I was introduced to some great music. Very cool lens.

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      GrowlinRock 6 years ago

      Rockers is my favourite also. I had to watch it with subtitles the first couple of times!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      There are many really good Reggae bands in Sweden. Each year there are Reggae festivals. I attend now and then.

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      3 out of 5. not bad. I have to check out the 2 I haven't seen. Great idea for a lens. I'm a sucker for a good behind-the-scenes documentary, especially about MUSIC. thanks for writing it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The videos of these movies are quite impressive.