My Favorite Movies in Spanish

by leftbanker-1 | created - 02 Sep 2016 | updated - 09 Oct 2016 | Public

These aren't necessarily in order of preference but represent some to the films that I have thoroughly enjoyed in Spanish. The movies are from all over the Spanish-speaking world from Spain to Argentina to Puerto Rico.

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1. Tapas (2005)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

The small, everyday stories of a group of neighbours who live in a suburb of Barcelona, and the little secrets that they hide.

Directors: José Corbacho, Juan Cruz | Stars: Ángel de Andrés López, María Galiana, Elvira Mínguez, Rubén Ochandiano

Votes: 2,491

2. Volver (I) (2006)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo

Votes: 90,338 | Gross: $12.90M

3. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama

88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 109,949 | Gross: $13.62M

4. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 74,348 | Gross: $2.09M

5. Cell 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 61,021

6. Son of the Bride (2001)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco

Votes: 14,082 | Gross: $0.62M

7. Wolf (2004)

R | 125 min | Thriller

In the 1970s, Spanish dictatorship's secret service recruited a construction worker to infiltrate the Basque separatist underground and become a mole for the fascist state.

Director: Miguel Courtois | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Jose Coronado, Mélanie Doutey, Silvia Abascal

Votes: 3,308

8. La torre de Suso (2007)

95 min | Comedy

Cundo returns home after ten years' absence. The reason is the death of his best friend, Suso. Cundo's plans consist of having a binge to Suso's health with his old friends, pretending that... See full summary »

Director: Tom Fernández | Stars: Javier Cámara, Gonzalo de Castro, César Vea, José Luis Alcobendas

Votes: 836

9. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 179,375 | Gross: $6.39M

10. Bad Education (2004)

NC-17 | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Fele Martínez, Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 52,938 | Gross: $5.21M

11. The Noble Family (2013)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy

Three spoiled children who are cut off from their family fortune and forced to do the unthinkable - get a job.

Director: Gary Alazraki | Stars: Gonzalo Vega, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Karla Souza, Juan Pablo Gil

Votes: 8,522

12. Mondays in the Sun (2002)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

This is the story of those who live as if every day was a constant Sunday, those who spend their Mondays in the sun. The story of people who worked in a dockyard but are now unemployed.

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, José Ángel Egido, Nieve de Medina

Votes: 12,374 | Gross: $0.15M

13. Avellaneda's Moon (2004)

143 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

The story of a social and sports club in a Buenos Aires neighborhood and of those who try to save it from being closed.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Eduardo Blanco, Mercedes Morán, Valeria Bertuccelli

Votes: 4,779

14. Plenilune (1999)

119 min | Drama, Thriller

After a murder of a child, a cynical detective has a romance with the child's teacher.

Director: Imanol Uribe | Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Adriana Ozores, Juan Diego Botto, Fernando Fernán Gómez

Votes: 443

15. Wild Tales (2014)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

Director: Damián Szifron | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa, Diego Starosta

Votes: 159,438 | Gross: $3.11M

16. Salvador (Puig Antich) (2006)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

A profile of anarchist and bank-robber Salvador Puig Antich, whose 1974 execution under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco ushered in a period of unrest that helped Spain transition to democracy.

Director: Manuel Huerga | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Tristán Ulloa, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Joel Joan

Votes: 3,023

17. Sex and Lucía (2001)

R | 128 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Elena Anaya

Votes: 33,770 | Gross: $1.49M

18. Truman (2015)

TV-14 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation.

Director: Cesc Gay | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi, Troilo

Votes: 10,687 | Gross: $0.21M

19. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 93,191 | Gross: $16.76M

20. Crossing Borders (2006)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Spain 1960, the dawn of the country's economic development. Industrial "reorganization" means that many workers have lost their jobs and are forced to emigrate. Martin is one of them. ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Iglesias | Stars: Carlos Iglesias, Javier Gutiérrez, Nieve de Medina, Isabel Blanco

Votes: 1,096

21. Chinese Take-Out (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

A well-ordered hardware store owner in Buenos Aires will see his life turn upside down when he helps a stranded Chinese man who doesn't speak a word of Spanish find his uncle in the bustling city. But can this coexistence bear fruit?

Director: Sebastián Borensztein | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Muriel Santa Ana, Ignacio Huang, Enric Cambray

Votes: 16,164

22. Nine Queens (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra

Votes: 47,140 | Gross: $1.22M

23. Lovesickness (2007)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A three-part look at the ironies of love, with stories that involve a young boy, a hostage situation, and a divorced elderly couple caught in a love triangle.

Directors: Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz, Mariem Pérez Riera | Stars: Luis Guzmán, Teresa Hernández, Fernando Tarrazo, Norman Santiago

Votes: 571

24. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 83,617 | Gross: $8.26M

25. The Waiting List (2000)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Vladimir Cruz, Tahimi Alvariño, Jorge Perugorría, Noel García

Votes: 1,156

26. Lovesickness (2007)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A three-part look at the ironies of love, with stories that involve a young boy, a hostage situation, and a divorced elderly couple caught in a love triangle.

Directors: Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz, Mariem Pérez Riera | Stars: Luis Guzmán, Teresa Hernández, Fernando Tarrazo, Norman Santiago

Votes: 571

27. The Waiting List (2000)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Vladimir Cruz, Tahimi Alvariño, Jorge Perugorría, Noel García

Votes: 1,156



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