Mexican submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

by kingwilson | created - 27 May 2011 | updated - 27 May 2011 | Public
 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords



IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »




Reset



Reset
Release year or range to »




































































































1. Torero (1956)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Carlos Velo | Stars: Luis Procuna, Consuelo Procuna, Ángel Procuna, Antonio Sevilia

Votes: 54

2. Nazarin (1959)

94 min | Drama

8.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 4,096

3. Macario (1960)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

8.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

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 »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero, Mario Alberto Rodríguez

Votes: 1,746

4. Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Columba Domínguez, Flor Silvestre, Pepe Romay

Votes: 315

5. Tlayucan (1962)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man becomes a thief out of desperation. If his identity becomes known, his neighbors might lynch him. The only friendly face in town is the local priest.

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Julio Aldama, Norma Angélica, Andrés Soler, Anita Blanch

Votes: 109

6. The Paper Man (1963)

110 min | Drama

7.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Alida Valli, Susana Cabrera, Guillermo Orea

Votes: 157

7. Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos) (1965)

105 min | Drama

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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.

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Jaime Fernández, Aurora Clavel, Eric del Castillo

Votes: 67

8. Viento negro (1965)

127 min | Drama, Adventure

8.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Add a Plot

Director: Servando González | Stars: José Elías Moreno, David Reynoso, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Fernando Luján

Votes: 160

9. Los adolescentes (1967)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Add a Plot

Director: Abel Salazar | Stars: Luis Aragón, Sandra Boyd, Ismael Camacho, Elizabeth Dupeyrón

10. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 20,808

11. Reed, México insurgente (1973)

124 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Paul Leduc | Stars: Claudio Obregón, Eduardo López Rojas, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Juan Ángel Martínez

Votes: 129

12. Inspector Calzonzin (1974)

90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A humble peasant is mistaken by a federal government inspector in a small town.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Alfonso Arau, Pancho Córdova, Virma González, Héctor Ortega

Votes: 118

13. Letters from Marusia (1975)

110 min | Drama, History

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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.

Director: Miguel Littin | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Diana Bracho, Claudio Obregón, Eduardo López Rojas

Votes: 191

14. Longitud de guerra (1976)

142 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Add a Plot

Director: Gonzalo Martínez Ortega | Stars: Bruno Rey, Narciso Busquets, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Aarón Hernán

Votes: 23

15. Pafnucio Santo (1977)

100 min | Drama, History

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Rafael Corkidi | Stars: Juan Barrón, Pablo Corkidi, Susana Kamini, Gina Morett

Votes: 51

16. Hell Without Limits (1978)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Roberto Cobo, Fernando Soler, Lucha Villa, Ana Martín

Votes: 701

17. Mojado Power (1981)

108 min | Comedy

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Add a Plot

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Alfonso Arau, Blanca Guerra, Pedro Damián, Priscilla Garcia

Votes: 25

18. Eréndira (1983)

103 min | Drama

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Irene Papas, Claudia Ohana, Michael Lonsdale, Oliver Wehe

Votes: 493

19. Frida Still Life (1983)

108 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Paul Leduc | Stars: Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola, Max Kerlow, Claudio Brook

Votes: 410

20. El imperio de la fortuna (1986)

130 min | Drama

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Blanca Guerra, Alejandro Parodi, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez

Votes: 242

21. Lo que importa es vivir (1987)

113 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Add a Plot

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Gonzalo Vega, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, María Rojo, Loló Navarro

Votes: 51

22. El último túnel (1987)

110 min | Adventure, Drama

6.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Add a Plot

Director: Servando González | Stars: David Reynoso, Gerardo Zepeda, Enrique Lucero, Ignacio Guadalupe

Votes: 6

23. Cabeza de Vaca (1991)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 894 | Gross: $0.79M

24. La tarea (1991)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo | Stars: María Rojo, José Alonso

Votes: 464

25. Como agua para chocolate (1992)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
86 Metascore

When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Mario Iván Martínez

Votes: 14,737 | Gross: $21.67M

26. Cronos (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror

6.7
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
70 Metascore

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 22,279 | Gross: $0.62M

27. Principio y fin (1993)

188 min | Drama

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Ernesto Laguardia, Julieta Egurrola, Blanca Guerra, Verónica Merchant

Votes: 315

28. El Callejón de los Milagros (1995)

Unrated | 140 min | Drama

7.6
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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 »

Director: Jorge Fons | Stars: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, María Rojo, Salma Hayek, Bruno Bichir

Votes: 2,361

29. Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (1996)

87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, History

6.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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 »

Directors: Sabina Berman, Isabelle Tardán | Stars: Diana Bracho, Arturo Ríos, Jesús Ochoa, Delia Casanova

Votes: 125

30. Deep Crimson (1996)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Regina Orozco, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sherlyn, Giovanni Florido

Votes: 1,316

31. Un embrujo (1998)

130 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in Mexico during the 30's, a young boy falls in love with his elementary school teacher.

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Blanca Guerra, Mario Zaragoza, Daniel Acuña, Luis Fernando Peña

Votes: 193

32. El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1999)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Fernando Luján, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek, Rafael Inclán

Votes: 920

33. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

8.1
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
83 Metascore

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.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 191,245 | Gross: $5.38M

34. Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

7.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
74 Metascore

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 »

Director: Marisa Sistach | Stars: Ximena Ayala, Nancy Gutiérrez, Arcelia Ramírez, María Rojo

Votes: 808

35. El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
60 Metascore

Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho Gracia, Angélica Aragón

Votes: 11,670 | Gross: $5.71M

36. Aro Tolbukhin - En la mente del asesino (2002)

95 min | Drama

6.8
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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.

Directors: Isaac-Pierre Racine, Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carmen Beato, Zóltán Józan, Mariona Castillo

Votes: 411

37. Innocent Voices (2004)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller, War

7.9
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
66 Metascore

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.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 6,598 | Gross: $0.84M

38. Al otro lado (2004)

90 min | Drama

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three separate stories of children from different places seeking to find their missing fathers.

Director: Gustavo Loza | Stars: Carmen Maura, Héctor Suárez, Vanessa Bauche, Susana González

Votes: 351

39. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 523,382 | Gross: $37.63M

40. Silent Light (2007)

136 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
79 Metascore

In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall

Votes: 4,929 | Gross: $0.05M

41. Arráncame la vida (2008)

R | 107 min | Drama

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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.

Director: Roberto Sneider | Stars: Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho, José María de Tavira, Mariana Peñalva

Votes: 1,797

42. El Traspatio (2009)

122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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?

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Asur Zagada, Marco Pérez, Ivan Cortes

Votes: 1,302

43. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 75,663 | Gross: $5.10M