Film critic Mr.Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) recommends 25 important films to teach Spanish language.

by FilmCriticLalitRao | created - 18 Jul 2015 | updated - 05 Aug 2015 | Public
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1. Héctor (2004)

107 min | Drama

Adolescent Hector faces a major lifestyle change after moving into his aunt's flat in a blue-collar suburb of Madrid.

Director: Gracia Querejeta | Stars: Adriana Ozores, Nilo Zimmerman, Joaquín Climent, Unax Ugalde

Votes: 597

2. The Holy Innocents (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama

Spain, 1960s. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners...

Director: Mario Camus | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Terele Pávez, Belén Ballesteros, Juan Sachez

Votes: 2,955

3. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 125 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: 73,439 | Gross: $2.09M

4. Solas (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in ... See full summary »

Director: Benito Zambrano | Stars: María Galiana, Ana Fernández, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Antonio Dechent

Votes: 3,154 | Gross: $0.37M

5. Death of a Cyclist (1955)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corrà, Carlos Casaravilla

Votes: 2,845

6. Thesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Mystery, Thriller

While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 33,163

7. The Day of the Beast (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast, a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner. Is there still hope?

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 15,936 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Nine Letters to Bertha (1966)

90 min | Drama

Lorenzo is a young man who has just returned to Salamanca (Spain) from England, where he fell in love with Berta, a girl daughter of exiled parents who have never seen Spain. Lorenzo tries ... See full summary »

Director: Basilio Martín Patino | Stars: Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Mary Carrillo, Elsa Baeza, José María Resel

Votes: 163

9. Cría Cuervos (1976)

PG | 105 min | Drama

In the twilight of Francisco Franco's dictatorship, an eight-year-old orphan and her two sisters find shelter in the house of their stern aunt, trying their best to acclimatise to a new reality. Will they summon up the courage to grow up?

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ana Torrent, Conchita Pérez, Mayte Sanchez, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 8,203

10. The Butterfly Effect (1995)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

Luis, a Spanish student,goes to London to get a course in Economics. He lives at a house the neighbour of her aunt, but when she broke up with her husband, Luis goes to live with her.

Director: Fernando Colomo | Stars: Coque Malla, María Barranco, Rosa Maria Sardà, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 340

11. Voyage to Nowhere (1986)

134 min | Comedy, Drama

The movie tells the story of a family of comedians that work in the towns of Spain during the 40's and 50's. Life gets very tough for them since they cannot compete any longer with cinema. ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez | Stars: José Sacristán, Laura del Sol, Juan Diego, María Luisa Ponte

Votes: 1,190

12. Flowers from Another World (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

En el pequeño pueblo de Santa Eulalia los solteros organizan una fiesta a la que acude un autocar de mujeres casaderas. Damián, Alfonso y Carmelo buscarán establecer relación con Patricia, ... See full summary »

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: José Sancho, Luis Tosar, Lissete Mejía, Chete Lera

Votes: 756

13. Un asunto privado (1996)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

Alex is a famous singer who lives in a big mansion. One quiet night, a hooded stranger comes into his home, shoots the butler and then takes the mask out. Surprisingly, it's a woman. At the... See full summary »

Director: Imanol Arias | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Antonio Valero, Pastora Vega, Fabián Vena

Votes: 28

14. Things I Never Told You (1996)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ann's boyfriend calls her from Prague. Twenty-five days after leaving her at the airport, he confesses he does not love her any more and that he is with another girl. Ann calls a telephone ... See full summary »

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Lili Taylor, Peggy West, Leslie Mann

Votes: 1,193

15. El nido (1980)

PG | 97 min | Drama

In a town near Salamanca, an eccentric widower, aged 60, is captivated by an imp, a precocious 13 year old. Alejandro is wealthy and alone, passing time with music, chess, and his shotgun. ... See full summary »

Director: Jaime de Armiñán | Stars: Héctor Alterio, Ana Torrent, Luis Politti, Agustín González

Votes: 397

16. The Nameless (1999)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5 years after a mom's 6 y.o. girl is murdered, she gets a phone call from someone claiming to be the daughter. An ex cop and a reporter help. A secret group called The Nameless may be behind it all.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristán Ulloa, Toni Sevilla

Votes: 6,759

17. Butterfly (1999)

R | 96 min | Drama

69 Metascore

For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte

Votes: 7,541 | Gross: $2.09M

18. In the City of Sylvia (2007)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama

A man returns to a city to try to track down a lovely woman he met six years earlier.

Director: José Luis Guerín | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Xavier Lafitte, Laurence Cordier, Tanja Czichy

Votes: 2,249

19. Cows (1992)

96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Emma Suárez, Carmelo Gómez, Ana Torrent, Karra Elejalde

Votes: 3,239

20. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 3,349

21. Secrets of the Heart (1997)

105 min | Drama

Javi and his friend Carlos snoop around an old house on the way home from school. According to his brother Juan this is a haunted house and one can hear the voices of the dead. Later he is ... See full summary »

Director: Montxo Armendáriz | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Charo López, Silvia Munt, Vicky Peña

Votes: 1,622

22. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma

Votes: 32,026 | Gross: $7.18M

23. Prince of Shadows (1991)

109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Madrid, 1962. More than twenty years after the civil war has finished, a communist comes back to Spain to kill a traitor.

Director: Pilar Miró | Stars: Terence Stamp, Patsy Kensit, José Luis Gómez, Geraldine James

Votes: 210

24. To Die (Or Not) (2000)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

Seven individual stories ending with each character meeting their doom are replayed with alternate endings, showing how one slight shift of events can change their fate.

Director: Ventura Pons | Stars: Carme Elias, Lluís Homar, Roger Coma, Marc Martínez

Votes: 294

25. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 15,261



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