Mexican submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Filmby kingwilson | created - 27 May 2011 | updated - 27 May 2011 | Public
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1. Torero (1956)
75 min | Documentary, Drama
The life of the famed Mexican bullfighter Luis Procuna, from his boyhood through his training and the triumphs that followed as Procuna rose to the peak of his profession.
3. Macario (1960)
91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »
4. Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1961)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
Animas Trujano is a colorful but irresponsible Indian in a small Mexican village. He hopes above all things someday to be chosen mayordomio of his village, a place of great honor usually ... See full summary »
6. The Paper Man (1963)
110 min | Drama
A deaf and mute vagabond finds a large denomination bill in a Mexico City dump, and while he tries to buy something with it, others try to con him into giving it away.
7. Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos) (1965)
105 min | Drama
A worker of the Mexican Indigenist Institute tries to help the Tarahumara Indians to protect and keep their lands, but he must face corrupt landowners and politicians.
11. Reed, México insurgente (1973)
124 min | Biography, Drama, War
A dramatization of John Reed's newspaper accounts of the Mexican Revolution. Considered the first real film in Mexican cinema to be made on the Mexican Revolution.
13. Letters from Marusia (1975)
110 min | Drama, History
It is 1925 and working conditions in Chile are abysmal. The miners of Marusia go on strike, but the mine owners and the Government use the Chilean Army crush them.
15. Pafnucio Santo (1977)
100 min | Drama, History
The controversial, sexy, surreal story of a messenger and his journey and encounters with many historical events and people like Auschwitz, the Ku Klux Klan, Frida Kahlo, Cortés and ... See full summary »
16. Hell Without Limits (1978)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »
18. Eréndira (1983)
103 min | Drama
While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in ... See full summary »
19. Frida Still Life (1983)
108 min | Biography, Drama
The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible ... See full summary »
20. El imperio de la fortuna (1986)
130 min | Drama
A very poor and handicaped man, lives in a small town in Mexico with his mother. He works announcing things along the town ("The priest lost his cow, if someone sees it ..."). He is very ... See full summary »
23. Cabeza de Vaca (1991)
R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.
Votes: 894 | Gross: $0.79M
24. La tarea (1991)
Unrated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
Virginia is taking a class at film school, and has decided on her solo project for the class. She will secretly film herself and her ex-husband Marcelo with a candid camera while they make love.
25. Como agua para chocolate (1992)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
Votes: 14,737 | Gross: $21.67M
26. Cronos (1993)
R | 94 min | Horror
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.
Votes: 22,279 | Gross: $0.62M
27. Principio y fin (1993)
188 min | Drama
The film tells the story of the Boteros, a middle-class Mexican family struggling against poverty after their father's death. Ignacia (Egurrola) is the Boteros mother, a desperate woman who... See full summary »
28. El Callejón de los Milagros (1995)
Unrated | 140 min | Drama
Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ... See full summary »
29. Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (1996)
87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, History
Gina (Diana Bracho) is a modern business woman in her late forties, she has a lover named Adrian, who she sees once in a while just to have sex; they are both atracted to the historic ... See full summary »
30. Deep Crimson (1996)
114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him.
32. El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1999)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama
Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. ... See full summary »
33. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.
Votes: 191,245 | Gross: $5.38M
34. Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama
A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent ... See full summary »
35. El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.
Votes: 11,670 | Gross: $5.71M
36. Aro Tolbukhin - En la mente del asesino (2002)
95 min | Drama
Aro Tolbukhin is a hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in a Mission in Guatemala, the movie traces back to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary.
37. Innocent Voices (2004)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller, War
A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.
Votes: 6,598 | Gross: $0.84M
39. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 523,382 | Gross: $37.63M
41. Arráncame la vida (2008)
R | 107 min | Drama
Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife.
42. El Traspatio (2009)
122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery?