List of Dominican Republic films

A list of films produced in, set in, or related to the Dominican Republic, in chronological order.

1920s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1923
Leyenda de Nuestra Señora de Altagracia, La[1]Francisco Arturo Palau
1924
Emboscadas de Cupido, La[1]Francisco Arturo PalauDocumentary
República Dominicana, La[1]Francisco Arturo PalauDocumentary

1930s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1930

1940s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1940

1950s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1951
Excursión de José de Diego en Santo DomingoRafael Colorado

1960s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1961
Gesta Libertadora del 30 de Mayo, LaHugo MateoDocumentary
1963
Silla, La[1]Franklin DomínguezCamilo CarrauDocumentary

1970s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1973
Serpiente de la luna de los piratas, LaJean-Louis JorgeSylvia Morales, Sahdji and Jean-Phillippe Carso ewnDramaJean-Louis Jorge film won an award at a film festival in Toulon, France.[1]
1974
Godfather: Part II, TheFrancis Ford CoppolaAl Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Robert DuvallCrime DramaScenes from Cuba were filmed in the Dominican Republic.[2]
1975
Clan de los Inmorales, ElJosé Gutiérrez MaessoHelmut Berger, Sydne Rome, and Kevin McCarthyDrama
Pantaleón y las visitadorasJosé María Gutiérrez Santos and Mario Vargas LlosaJosé Sacristán, Rafaela Aparicio, and Rosa Carmina
1977
SorcererWilliam FriedkinRoy Scheider, Bruno Cremer and Francisco RabalThrillerThe movie was filmed in the Dominican Republic at the request of Charles Bluhdorn, whose Gulf+Western conglomerate owned Paramount.
1979
Apocalypse NowFrancis Ford CoppolaMartin Sheen, Marlon Brando, and Robert DuvallWar DramaSeveral scenes from the movie were filmed in the Dominican Republic.[3]

1980s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1983
GuaguasiJorge UllaOrestes Matacena, Marilyn Pupo, and Raimundo Hidalgo-GatoWar DramaAbout a love story during the Cuban revolution.
1985
Tras las huellas de PalauRené FortunatoFrancisco Arturo PalauDocumentary/ShortThe history of the first Dominican filmmaker Francisco Palau, (18791937).
1988
Abril: La trinchera del honorRené FortunatoDocumentaryHistorical documentary of the Dominican revolt in Santo Domingo against occupying North American forces. Winner of the best Caribbean documentary in the 1990 San Juan Film Festival.[4]
Pasaje de Ida, UnAgliberto MeléndezCarlos Alfredo, Ángel Muñiz and Ángel HachéDramaThe film was submitted to the 61st Academy Awards.
1989
Cat ChaserAbel FerraraPeter Weller and Kelly McGillisDramaA former American paratrooper and veteran of the Dominican Republic intervention, searches for a Dominican woman named Luci Palma who saved his life in 1965 (and gave him the nickname "Cat Chaser"). He begins a relationship with Mary DeBoya, the wealthy, unhappy wife of a former Dominican general who continues to use sadistic methods to get what he wants. The film was also shot in the Dominican Republic.

1990s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1990
CaribeRené Fortunato
1991
Trujillo: El Poder del JefeRené FortunatoRené AlfonsoDocumentary
1993
Fuga o MuerteJosé (Pinky) Pintor
1994
Trujillo: El Poder del Jefe IIRené FortunatoRené AlfonsoDocumentary
1995
Nueba Yol: ¡Por Fin Llegó Balbuena!Ángel MuñizLuisito Marti, Caridad Ravelo and Raúl CarbonellComedy
Victor Freddy Vargas Short - Mockumentary Student Short made while the director studied Communication Arts at St. John's University. Winner of the 1995 St. John's University Film and Video Student Competition: Best Film, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Director. Film went on to win the GOLD PLAQUE AWARD for Student Film at the 1995 Chicago International Film Festival and was invited to the 1995 Telluride Film Festival section titled "Filmmakers of Tomorrow", sponsored by Steven Spielberg.
1996
Azúcar amargaLeon Ichaso
Cuatro Hombres y Un AtaúdPericles MejíaCuquín Victoria, Géraldine Danon and Rafael VillalonaComedy
Para Vivir o MorirPepe Romay and Radel VillalonaMiguel Bucarelly, María Castillo and Giovanny CruzDrama
Trujillo: El Poder del Jefe IIIRené FortunatoRené AlfonsoDocumentary
1997
Buscando Un SueñoJoseph MedinaVictor Checo, Rafael Decen, Lauren Vélez, and Kamar De Los ReyesDramaScreenplay by Freddy Vargas and Joseph Medina.
Nueba Yol 3: Bajo la Nueva LeyÁngel MuñizLuisito Marti, Raúl Carbonell, Graciela Mas, Jorge PupoComedy
1998
Balaguer: La Herencia del TiranoRené FortunatoDocumentary

2000s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
2001
In the Time of the ButterfliesMariano BarrosoSalma Hayek, Lumi Cavazos, Marc Anthony, and Edward James OlmosDramaInspired by a true story, In Time of the Butterflies, tells the struggle of the Mirabal sisters, who were a part of an underground plot to overthrow Rafael Leónidas Trujillo.[5]
PiñeroLeon IchasoBenjamin Bratt, Giancarlo Esposito and Talisa SotoDrama
2002
Washington HeightsAlfredo De VillaTomas Milian, Manny Pérez, and Danny HochDramaWinner of several awards including the Feature Film Award at the Austin Film Festival.[6]
2003
Círculo Vicioso, ElNelson PeñaRafael Decena, Felix Solis and Mickey Albuquerque
Dreaming of JuliaJuan GerardHarvey Keitel, Gael García Bernal, Iben Hjejle and Diana BrachoDramaA film about the Cuban Revolution centered on Che Guevara. The movie is filmed in the Dominican Republic.
Éxito Por IntercambioMiguel VásquezRafael Alduey, Anthony Alvarez and Georgina DulucDrama
Galindez File, TheGerardo HerreroSaffron Burrows, Harvey Keitel, Eduard Fernández, Reynaldo Miravalles, Guillermo Toledo, Robert Tinkler, Chete Lera, Gerard Barray, Ben Temple and Txema BlascoPolitical DramaThis film portrays the story of Jesús de Galíndez a known critic of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, that mysteriously disappeared in 1956.
Luis Vargas: Santo Domingo BluesAlex WolfeLuis VargasDocumentaryThis documentary traces the roots of Bachata, and the trajectory of both bachata's and Luis Vargas's rise to fame.
Pasaporte RojoAlbert XavierJosé Alvarez, Sharon Angela, and Leila AriasDramaBased on an original story by Freddy Vargas
Perico RipiaoÁngel MuñizRaymond Pozo, Manolo Ozuna and Phillip RodríguezComedy
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl[7][8]Gore VerbinskiJohnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando BloomAction/Adventure
2004
Cárcel de La Victoria: El Cuarto Hombre, LaJosé Enrique PintorMiguel Bucarelly, Ramsés Cairo and Fausto CepedaDrama
Different Man, AAlbert XavierAmarfis, Michelle Méndez and Kelvin VargasComedy
Negocios Son NegociosJorge De BernardiIrving Alberti, Nuryn Sanlley and Karina LarrauriComedy
Quarter to TenAlbert XavierMariluz Acosta, David Matos and Frank PerozoDrama
Ruta, LaDavid Cavada OruñaPablo Ferrer, Henry Mercedes and Johnie MercedesShort
Soy: Johnny VenturaGuillermo CorderoJohnny VenturaMusic
2005
Andrea: The Revenge of the SpiritRogert BencosmeFrankeli Bencosme, Priamo A. Bencosmo and Anny FerreirasHorror
Delivery, El[9]Juan CastilloChayanne Rodriguez, Marilyn Beck and Francesca AlvarezDrama/ShortHBO aired this short 134 times.
Feast of the Goat, TheLuis LlosaTomas Milian, Isabella Rossellini and Paul FreemanDrama
Locos también piensan, Los Humberto CastellanosLuisito Marti, Celines Toribio, and Felipe PolancoAction
Maldición del Padre Cardona, LaFélix GermánAnthony Alvarez, Pedro Abreu and Lidia ArizaRomance
PrincesasFernando Leon de AranoaCandela Peña, Mariana Cordero, Micaela Nevárez, Llum Barrera, Violeta Pérez, Mònica Van Campen, Flora Álvarez, María Ballesteros, Alejandra Llorente, Luis CallejoDramaA drama about the sex trade in Spain involving a Dominican prostitute.
Secreto de Neguri, ElLuis Arambilet, Pedro Guzman and Esteban MartinLuis Arambilet, Patricia Ascuasiati and Esperanza De AlvarezDrama
SecuestroJuan CastilloOrestes Amador, Leidi Luna and Elvis NolascoShortNew York University graduate film program awards: writing, producing, editing, acting and directing.
Universidad de Santo Domingo, Primada de AméricaAngel Ruiz BazanDocumentary
Where There Is No WaterJonathan MullerDocumentary
2006
Good Shepherd, TheRobert De NiroMatt Damon, Angelina Jolie, William Hurt, Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon, Timothy Hutton, and Joe PesciDrama/ThrillerA spy film about the United States and Cuba, several scenes were shot in the Dominican Republic.
Luciérnagas, LasGabriel Stagnaro
Macho de Mujer, UnAlfonso RodríguezRoberto Angel Salcedo, Anabell Alberto and Tania BáezComedy
Miami ViceMichael MannColin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and Gong LiDramaMiami Vice is a 2006 American crime drama film about two Miami police detectives, Crockett and Tubbs, who go undercover to fight drug trafficking operations. The film is an adaptation of the 1980s TV series of the same name, written, produced, and directed by Michael Mann. The film was shot on location in the Dominican Republic.[10]
Patricia y El Regreso del SueñoRené FortunatoJuan Maria Almonte, Augusto Feria and Miguel Pérez SantanaDrama
Sofa, ElNathalie PérezAmauta Di Marco, Lorraine Ferrand and Esar SimoShort
Tragedia llenas: Un código 666, LaElias AcostaOrestes Amador, Yorlla Lina Castillo and Josue GuerreroDrama
ValsLuis ArambiletMusicalOfficial Selection Rainier International Film Festival (RIFF) 2007.
Suerte, LaLuis ArambiletDramaOfficial Selection and Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the San Fernando Valley International Film Festival(VIFFI) 2007.
ViajerosCarlos BidóSonia Alfonso, Carlos Alfredo and Fifi AlmonteDrama
2007
Angel of Death 2Andreas BethmannErich Amerkamp, Christian Bau and Heiko BenderHorror
Chocolate CountryRobin BlotnickDocumentaryPoor cacao farmers seek organic certification so they can more profitably market their product directly to the United States and in so doing improve their standard of living. Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Love WreckedRandal KleiserAmanda Bynes, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Bennett and Jamie-Lynn SiglerRomantic ComedyIt is a romantic comedy about a girl getting stranded with a rock idol on a beach in the Dominican Republic.
Mi Novia Está De MadreArchie LopezRoberto Angel Salcedo, Patricia Manterola and Cuquín VictoriaComedy
Sanky PankyJosé Enrique PintorFausto Mata, Zdenka Kalina and Tony PascualComedyThe film was shown at the 24th Chicago Latino Film Festival in 2008.[11]
YuniolAlfonso RodríguezShalim Ortiz, Frank Perozo and Hemky MaderaDrama
Hispaniola Freddy Vargas Sharlene Taule, Sergio Bosi, Jhonmerie Marion, Henssy Pichardo Drama - Short Winner of the 2007 HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition. Showed on HBO Latino for 1 year after its original run on HBO on Demand.
La Mujer de Columbus Circle Freddy Vargas Romi Dias, Fidel Vicioso, Mateo Gomez Supernatural Thriller - Featurette Based on Dominican writer Franklin Gutierrez's gothic short story.
2008
Al Fin y Al CaboAlfonso RodríguezMarcos Bonetti, Miguel Céspedes and Francisco Cruz
Brigada Explosiva: Misión PirataRodolfo LedoMystery
Caballero de la Media Noche, El[12]Jimmy SierraGeorges Frederick Ambroise, Odalis Bergés and Luís De Los SantosMystery
EnigmaRobert CornelioFifi Almonte, Iliá Aponte and Nashla BogaertHorror
ExcexosJosé María CabralCésar León López, Laura García and Henry HidalgoDrama
Ladrones a Domicilio[13]Ángel MuñizRafael Alduey, Juan Maria Almonte and Miguel BucarellyAdventure
Pinchos y Rolos Freddy Vargas Laura Gomez, Fidel Vicioso, Mateo Gomez, Anthony Alvarez, Sandie Luna Comedy-Musical Short film version of the feature film the director is working on as his debut.
PlayballAlfonso RodríguezLuis Jose Lopez, Marlene Favela and Hemky MaderaSports DramaA story of Dominican baseball players trying to make it to the Major Leagues.[14]
Road to the Big LeaguesJared GoodmanDavid Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jesús AlouDocumentaryThis film follows children from the Dominican Republic who rely on baseball as a way out of poverty. The film has been recognized at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the New York Latino International Film Festival.
Santi CloJosé Enrique PintorAquiles Correa, Manolo Ozuna and Elisa AbreuComedy
SugarAnna Boden and Ryan FleckAlgenis Pérez Soto, Rayniel Rufino and Andre HollandSports DramaThe story of a young pitcher from the Dominican Republic and his journey through the farm system before making it to the Major Leagues.[15]
2009
Cristiano de la SecretaArchie LópezRaymond Pozo, Nashla Bogaert and Luis José GermánComedy
Bandoleros, LosVin DieselVin Diesel, Sung Kang, Michelle Rodriguez, F. Valentino Morales, and Celines ToribioAction/ShortThis 20-minute film, directed by Vin Diesel, was filmed entirely in the Dominican Republic and served as a prequel to Fast & Furious.[16]
Extraordinary WomenYildalina Tatem BracheGladys Gutiérrez, Josefina Padilla, Sina Cabral, Dedé Mirabal, Mary Marranzini, Ivelisse Prats and Rosaflor TatemDocumentaryA historical documentary of several key Women figures from the Dominican Republic.[17][18]
Fast & FuriousJustin LinVin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, and Laz AlonsoActionThe film is set in the Dominican Republic and the two protagonists, played by Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, are living in the Dominican Republic. The film is the fourth installment in The Fast and Furious film series. Its plot involves hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic.
Soga, LaJosh CrookManny Pérez, Denise Quiñones and Juan FernándezCrimeAbout a cop who works against his country's corrupt government in order to find justice on a case.[19]

2010s

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
2010
Hija Natural, La[20]Leticia TonosFrank Perozo, Kalent Zaiz and Héctor SierraDrama
Trópico de SangreJuan DelancerMichelle Rodriguez, Juan Fernández and Sergio CarloHistorical Drama
Cristo ReyLeticia Tonos
2014
Sand Dollars Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas Geraldine Chaplin Drama - Fiction Directed by Dominican and Mexican filmmakers. Set in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic.
El Seno de la Esperanza Freddy Vargas Cheddy Garcia Drama - Short Cheddy Garcia plays Sonia Marmolejos, a young Dominican mother of five, who helped several orphan Haitian babies after Haiti's 2010 earthquake in such a tender and unselfish way that it touched the hearts of everyone in the nation of the Dominican Republic and the world. Based on a true story.
2015
Los ParacaidistasArchie LópezFausto Mata, Irving Alberti, Cheddy Garcia and Daniel SarcosComedy

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