TCM RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: LATINO IMAGES IN FILM

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A list of films featuring positive and negative portrayals of Latinos on screen from Turner Classic Movies on May 2009.

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1. Ramona (1910)

17 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Ramona is a little orphan of the great Spanish household of Moreno. Alessandro, the Indian, arrives at the Camulos ranch with his sheep-shearers, showing his first meeting with Ramona. ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Mary Pickford, Henry B. Walthall, Francis J. Grandon, Kate Bruce

Votes: 332

2. The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Director: Fred Niblo | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim, Noah Beery

Votes: 2,058

3. Old San Francisco (1927)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

In San Francisco, a villainous land owner with underworld connections seeks to steal the property of an old Spanish family.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Dolores Costello, Josef Swickard, Anders Randolf, Charles Emmett Mack

Votes: 284

4. Big Stakes (1922)

61 min | Western

Chasing a steer across the border a cowboy meets a senorita and stays on making the Mexican Captian jealous. When the Captain plans to have the cowboy killed, the cowboy gets the Captain to... See full summary »

Director: Clifford S. Elfelt | Stars: J.B. Warner, Elinor Fair, Les Bates, Willie Mae Carson

Votes: 65

5. In Old Arizona (1928)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Warner Baxter, Dorothy Burgess, Henry Armetta

Votes: 840

6. The Gay Desperado (1936)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Musical

Chivo, a singer who works in a movie theater providing live entertainment, is and apprehended by a music-loving Mexican bandit Braganza who wants to make Chivo part of his band. Braganza, who admires American gangsters, also kidnaps Jane and her rich boyfriend, Bill. to become more like the American movie gangsters he admires.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Nino Martini, Ida Lupino, Leo Carrillo, Harold Huber

Votes: 248

7. Viva Villa! (1934)

Passed | 115 min | Biography, Western

After enacting revenge on the overseer who murdered his father, Pancho Villa becomes a bandit, earning the respect of the poor by brutally attacking the wealthy.

Directors: Jack Conway, Howard Hawks, William A. Wellman | Stars: Wallace Beery, Fay Wray, Leo Carrillo, Donald Cook

Votes: 1,093 | Gross: $1.11M

8. Bordertown (1935)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Drama

In Mexico, a former lawyer becomes the invaluable second-in-command to a casino owner, whose wife begins to fall for him.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 1,434

9. Border Incident (1949)

Passed | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell

Votes: 2,056

10. Right Cross (1950)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Sport

Prizefighter Johnny is in love with his promoter O'Malley's daughter Pat. His best friend, sports reporter Rick, is also in love with her but knows that she loves Johnny. Lonely Rick takes ... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges | Stars: June Allyson, Dick Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 356

11. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Sport

Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris

Votes: 3,688

12. Knockout (1941)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A prize-fighter falls under the nefarious influence of an unscrupulous boxing promoter-manager, to the detriment of his marriage.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Olympe Bradna, Virginia Field, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 130

13. California Conquest (1952)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, History, Romance

In the 1840s, most Californians want their state to break-away from Mexico and possibly join the USA but Russia, Britain and France aim to grab California for themselves.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Teresa Wright, Alfonso Bedoya, Lisa Ferraday

Votes: 153

14. Tortilla Flat (1942)

Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield, Frank Morgan

Votes: 1,377

16. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An accidental breakdown of a valve on the irrigation ditch launches a hot confrontation between local farmers and corrupt authorities.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sônia Braga, Julie Carmen

Votes: 5,740 | Gross: $13.83M

17. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,825

18. The Garment Jungle (1957)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The struggle of a lady's garment workers' organization to unionize a New York clothing sweat shop; the owner of which is determined to keep the union out of his business at any cost.

Directors: Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Mathews, Gia Scala, Richard Boone

Votes: 503

19. Mexican Spitfire (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy

Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Lupe Velez, Leon Errol, Donald Woods, Linda Hayes

Votes: 284

20. My Man and I (1952)

99 min | Drama

Chu Chu Ramirez is an American of Mexican decent farm laborer in California, with lofty ideals, who is very proud of his new American citizenship. During his time off, he tries to befriend ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Shelley Winters, Ricardo Montalban, Wendell Corey, Claire Trevor

Votes: 269

21. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 32,252 | Gross: $35.00M

22. The Texican (1966)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Romance, Western

A former Texas sheriff, living in Mexico, goes to Arizona to investigate the murky circumstances under which his brother, a peaceful newspaperman, was killed.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Audie Murphy, Broderick Crawford, Diana Lorys, Aldo Sambrell

Votes: 623

23. The Lawless (1950)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A newspaper editor in a small agricultural town finds himself going against the people in the town when he gets involved in the plight of the area's fruit pickers, who are mostly Mexican.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Gail Russell, Johnny Sands, Lee Patrick

Votes: 373

24. Trial (1955)

Passed | 105 min | Drama

Courtroom drama set in 1947 and underlying post-WW2 acute problems facing the USA such as stormy race relations and the growing threat of local communism.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy, John Hodiak

Votes: 879

25. Cry Tough (1959)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama

Puerto Rican ex-con tries to go straight, but is tempted back to his old life by his former gang.

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: John Saxon, Linda Cristal, Joseph Calleia, Harry Townes

Votes: 93

26. The Young Savages (1961)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A D.A. investigates 3 white teenagers accused of murdering a blind Puerto Rican kid.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan

Votes: 1,962

27. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes

Votes: 7,703

28. Greenwich Village (1944)

Approved | 82 min | Musical

In 1922, a would-be classical composer gets involved with people putting on a musical revue.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche, William Bendix, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 318

29. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 91,349 | Gross: $43.66M

30. La Bamba (1987)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 26,530 | Gross: $54.22M

31. The Mambo Kings (1992)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music

Two Cuban brothers bring a new music to the 1950s USA. They are as different as the problems that await them.

Director: Arne Glimcher | Stars: Armand Assante, Antonio Banderas, Pablo Calogero, Scott Cohen

Votes: 4,880 | Gross: $6.74M

32. Cuba (1979)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Romance, Thriller

A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train General Batista's Army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 2,312 | Gross: $0.53M

33. Stand and Deliver (1988)

PG | 103 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

Director: Ramón Menéndez | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris

Votes: 15,227 | Gross: $13.99M

34. Walk Proud (1979)

PG | 102 min | Drama

A young Chicano gang member in Los Angeles comes to realize that the gang life is not what he really wants but doesn't know how to get out.

Director: Robert L. Collins | Stars: Robby Benson, Sarah Holcomb, Henry Darrow, Pepe Serna

Votes: 229

35. Boulevard Nights (1979)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Kid brother Chuco (Danny De La Paz) is a sullen low-rider still caught up in the life. Despite their differences, their family bond is strong. But that bond is violently tested when rivals ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Richard Yniguez, Danny De La Paz, Marta DuBois, James Victor

Votes: 501

36. Badge 373 (1973)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After his suspension for a Puerto Rican falling off a roof he was chasing , a New York City cop vows to keep the streets clean after his ex-Partner is Murdered, any way he can.

Director: Howard W. Koch | Stars: Robert Duvall, Verna Bloom, Henry Darrow, Eddie Egan

Votes: 536

37. Strangers in the City (1962)

83 min | Drama

A father loses his job, which puts his family in a crisis situation. So the son goes out to find work as a delivery boy and the daughter eventually lapses into prostitution. Trouble brews ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Carrier | Stars: Robert Gentile, Camilo Delgado, Rosita De Triano, Greta Margos

Votes: 54

38. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

PG | 106 min | Western

After he is accused of murdering a lawman in 1901 Texas, a Mexican-American farmer flees and manages to elude a large posse for two weeks before he is finally captured.

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower, Bruce McGill

Votes: 311

39. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 26,918 | Gross: $13.27M

40. Popi (1969)

G | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

Abraham is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Alan Arkin, Rita Moreno, Reuben Figueroa, Miguel Alejandro

Votes: 687

41. My Family (1995)

R | 128 min | Drama

A man makes his way from Mexico to L.A. in the 1920s, gets married and raises a big family there. The movie follows the children until they, too, get married and have children in the 1960s.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos, Rafael Cortes

Votes: 3,548 | Gross: $11.08M

42. Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Western

A Swedish whaler is out for revenge when he finds out that a greedy oil man murdered his father for their land.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly, Eugene Mazzola

Votes: 1,640



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