10 Netflix TV Shows and Movies Filmed in Morocco (May 2019)

Heading to Morocco? These Netflix TV shows and movies filmed in Morocco will help you prepare for your trip from the comfort of your couch. Note that the historical dramas tend to be from Spain, since Morocco was partially under Spanish rule during the first half of the twentieth century.

Here are 10 TV shows and movies set in Morocco on Netflix streaming in the US as of June 1, 2019; many are also available in other countries. Watch them while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.

Also, don’t miss the bonus section below on TV shows and movies made in Morocco on Amazon Prime.

1. Morocco: Love in Times of War (Tiempos de Guerra)

Morocco: Love in Times of War - Netflix TV series

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Historical drama chronicling the adventures and romantic entanglements of upper-class Spanish volunteer nurses in war-torn Spanish Morocco in the 1920s. Enjoyable but soapy. Disclaimer: While the series is set in the tiny Spanish enclave of Melilla on Morocco’s northern coast, it was actually filmed in Spain’s Canary Islands.

2. Close

Close | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

This female-driven thriller shot in Morocco and the UK stars Noomi Rapace of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as a lone security expert who must protect an heiress from highly trained kidnappers while striving to stay alive.

3. Babel

This international co-production directed by Mexico’s Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros) follows an American couple vacationing in Morocco who falls victim to a random act of violence, triggering a series of events across four countries.

4. La Reina del Sur

La Reina del Sur [Telemundo 2011 | HD Trailer]

This addictive edge-of-your-seat telenovela, an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte, chronicles the rise to power of a young Mexican woman who becomes the most powerful drug trafficker in southern Spain. Beautiful filming locations on the Moroccan coast and in Mexico, Spain, and Colombia.

5. Much Loved

MUCH LOVED Trailer | Festival 2015

Heartfelt French-Moroccan drama about four female sex workers in Marrakech dealing with the dangers and stigma that come with their profession. The film’s themes of prostitution, extramarital sex, and homosexuality caused a scandal in Morocco, and it was banned.

The controversy resulted in death threats to the cast, and lead actress Loubna Abidar had to flee the country after being violently attacked. The censorship backfired, however, bringing the film worldwide attention.

6. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Trailer

In Season 1, Episode 6, Bourdain channels his hero William S. Burroughs in Tangier, Morocco, where he drinks mint tea, explores the souk, and discovers the strange and the colorful.

RIP to someone who inspired so many with his curiosity, empathy, and humility. 🙁

7. Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Super dedicated General Manager – Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby | Episode 4 – BBC Two

Episode 4 of this fascinating BBC Two series takes us behind the scenes of the stunning Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech, built with a limitless budget at the command of Morocco’s king. Guest quarters consist of a complex of luxurious riads serviced by private butlers who appear as if by magic from the hotel’s labyrinth of underground tunnels. The show hosts also take interesting side trips outside the hotel walls.

8. Cooked

Cooked | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

This enlightening docu-series based on the best-selling book by food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world.

About half of Season 1, Episode 3 is filmed in Morocco, starting with a lovely scene of a mother explaining the ancient traditions of baking to her son. The viewer is then transported to a Moroccan communal bakery, a wheat farm, and a traditional water-powered stone mill to learn about the sacred art of bread making. You’ll never view bread the same way again.

9. Cannabis

Cannabis - Netflix Morocco TV show

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When a boatload of cannabis belonging to Moroccan drug lord El Feo is hijacked, the robbery has repercussions stretching across three countries. Entertaining and suspenseful series about the Mediterranean hashish trade set in Morocco, Spain, and France.

10. Scam City

Scam City – Opening Theme (Season 1)

Season 1, Episode 2 of this rather sensationalist investigative show visits Marrakech to expose common scams perpetuated on unsuspecting tourists.

Bonus: TV Shows and Movies Shot in Morocco on Amazon Prime

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If you’re an Amazon Prime member, don’t miss these TV shows and films made in Morocco available to stream for free. These shows are available in the US as of May 12, 2019; many may also be available in other countries.

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Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders (Trailer)

Inspiring documentary that follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “The Other,” discover themselves.

Catch The Wind

Catch The Wind / Prendre le large (2017) – Trailer (English Subs)

Edith, a 45-year-old French textile factory worker, sees her life turned upside down by the company’s downsizing measures. Estranged from her son and without any other ties, rather than go into unemployment, she decides to leave her life in France behind and relocate to the factory in Tangier.

Razzia

Razzia – Movie Trailer | France | Morocco | Belgium – 22nd IFFK

In this mesmerizing drama set in Casablanca, five Moroccans from different social and religious strata are pushed to the fringe by their extremist government. Spanning three decades and several storylines, director Nabil Ayouch weaves an intricate tale of lost loves, forbidden desires, and fragile dreams in modern-day Morocco.

Moroccan entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Morocco: Quest for the Kasbah

Richard Bangs' Adventure With Purpose: Morocco (Trailer)

Join Richard Bangs, known as the father of modern adventure travel, as he seeks a new meaning for the Kasbah in a country where men from all nations have sought refuge through the ages.

The journey begins in Marrakesh, dips down to Essaouria, travels over the Atlas Mountains, and to the desert on the eastern border, then goes north to Fès, Tangier, Rabat, and Casablanca.

Life is Waiting

Life is Waiting | Trailer | Available now

Forty years after its people were promised freedom by departing Spanish rulers, Western Sahara remains Africa’s last colony. This sobering documentary chronicles the everyday violence experienced by Sahrawis living under Moroccan occupation and voices the aspirations of a desert people for whom the era of colonialist never ended.

Hideous Kinky

Hideous Kinky Trailer

Disenchanted with the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia (Kate Winslet) heads for Morocco with her children, six-year-old Lucy and precocious eight-year-old Bea. After the girls match their mother with gentle Moroccan acrobat and con man Bilal, sexual gears are set in motion, and he moves in, serving as a surrogate father.

The Child of the Sahara

After the death of his parents, a French teenager learns he is actually adopted and that his real mother and father are the Moroccan couple he had believed were his aunt and uncle. He decides to join them at their home on the edge of the Sahara, but isolation, culture shock, and a jealous little brother soon lead him to question whether he’s made the right choice.

Beautiful cinematography of the desert Moroccan landscape.

Adios Carmen

In this sweet and engaging film set in a gossip-prone Moroccan village in the summer of 1975, an abandoned boy develops a life-changing bond with Carmen, the Spanish woman working at the local cinema. Official selection of the prestigious Global Lens Collection.

Have more Netflix recommendations for TV series or films set in Morocco? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Photo credits:
– Banner image from Cooked: Netflix
– Cannabis: Netflix
– Morocco: Love in Times of War: Antena 3
– Pinterest image: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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