Spanish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1. Tarde de toros (1956)

75 min | Drama

7.3
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Sellout in the bullring of Las Ventas in Madrid. A luxury poster is about to deal a cattle from Antonio Pérez Tabernero. A spontaneous jumps into the ring, the wife of one of those ... See full summary »

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Domingo Ortega, Antonio Bienvenida, María Asquerino, Marisa Prado

Votes: 103

2. Main Street (1956)

99 min | Drama

8.0
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A couple of friends decide to have a good time and play a trick on an unmarried woman. Therefore one of them has to pretend to fall in love with her.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Betsy Blair, José Suárez, Yves Massard, Luis Peña

Votes: 945

3. La venganza (1958)

122 min | Drama

7.4
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In rural Spain, sister of an ex con convinces him to take revenge against the local who tipped off the authorities about the man's whereabouts, which led to his subsequent arrest. Unfortunately, she soon falls in love with the snitch.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Carmen Sevilla, Raf Vallone, Jorge Mistral, José Prada

Votes: 188

4. At Five in the Afternoon (1960)

103 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Enrique Diosdado, Núria Espert, Germán Cobos

Votes: 66

5. Plácido (1961)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Cassen, José Luis López Vázquez, Elvira Quintillá, Manuel Alexandre

Votes: 1,961

6. Girl from La Mancha (1962)

94 min | Drama

8.0
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Director: Vicente Escrivá | Stars: Millie Perkins, Folco Lulli, Walter Santesso, Vittoria Prada

Votes: 63

7. Los tarantos (1963)

83 min | Drama

7.7
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A boy and a girl from two rival Gypsy families fall in love.

Director: Francisco Rovira Beleta | Stars: Carmen Amaya, Sara Lezana, Daniel Martín, Antonio Gades

Votes: 223

8. La niña de luto (1964)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Rocío, daughter of a humble Andalusian family, is very happy because the end of the mourning that she has to save for the death of her grandmother arrives. At last she will be able to marry... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Summers | Stars: María José Alfonso, Alfredo Landa, Pilar Gómez Ferrer, Vicente Llosa

Votes: 105

9. La tía Tula (1964)

109 min | Drama

7.8
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The film is a picture of Tula a woman being single and repressed who believes that she has to help her brother-in-law Ramiro forgetting that she is a woman.

Director: Miguel Picazo | Stars: Aurora Bautista, Carlos Estrada, Irene Gutiérrez Caba, Laly Soldevila

Votes: 324

10. Bewitched Love (1967)

103 min | Drama

7.4
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A violent man and a passionate man are dueling for the heart of the pretty young country girl.

Director: Francisco Rovira Beleta | Stars: Antonio Gades, La Polaca, Rafael de Córdoba, Morucha

Votes: 101

11. España otra vez (1968)

108 min | Drama

7.6
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Dr. Foster (Stevens) returns to Spain for the first time since serving as a doctor for the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War three decades earlier. He meets the daughter (Vargas) of an old... See full summary »

Director: Jaime Camino | Stars: Manuela Vargas, Mark Stevens, Marianne Koch, Enrique Giménez 'El Cojo'

Votes: 82

12. La Celestina (1969)

123 min | Drama

7.7
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In the last years of the Middle Ages, the Corpus Christi procession takes place in the Spanish city of Toledo. There, the young Calixto meets the beautiful lady Melibea, and he falls in ... See full summary »

Director: César Fernández Ardavín | Stars: Julián Mateos, Elisa Ramírez, Amelia de la Torre, Gonzalo Cañas

Votes: 65

13. Tristana (1970)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

7.6
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93 Metascore

Shortly after her mother's death, an innocent and youthful woman will find refuge into the household of her middle-aged aristocratic guardian, who will submit her to his sexual advances.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero, Lola Gaos

Votes: 8,061 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Marta (1971)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A wealthy landowner haunted by the spectre of his dead mother has a fling with a beautiful fugitive who bears a striking resemblance to his missing wife, who may have been murdered.

Director: José Antonio Nieves Conde | Stars: Marisa Mell, Stephen Boyd, Jesús Puente, Nélida Quiroga

Votes: 119

15. Mi querida señorita (1972)

80 min | Romance, Drama

7.4
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A 43-year-old woman discovers she is actually a man...

Director: Jaime de Armiñán | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Julieta Serrano, Antonio Ferrandis, Enrique Ávila

Votes: 323

16. Habla, mudita (1973)

88 min | Drama

7.6
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Grandfather Ramiro is on vacation at a mountain inn in the company of his family. He decides to send his people to Madrid and stay in a shelter, saying that his health needs it. But the reason is another one.

Director: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Kiti Mánver, Francisco Algora, Hanna Haxmann

Votes: 97

17. Cousin Angelica (1974)

107 min | Drama

7.4
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When the single middle-aged Luis travels from Barcelona to bury the remains of his mother in the vault of his family in Segovia, he is lodged by his aunt Pilar in her old house where he ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Lina Canalejas, Fernando Delgado, María Clara Fernández de Loaysa

Votes: 619

18. Furtivos (1975)

82 min | Drama

7.7
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Angel is a poacher who lives in the forest with his domineering mother. One day he goes to the city and meets Milagros, an escapee from a reform school and the lover of a known criminal so he takes her to his house in the mountains.

Director: José Luis Borau | Stars: Lola Gaos, Ovidi Montllor, Alicia Sánchez, Ismael Merlo

Votes: 566

19. Cria Cuervos (1976)

PG | 105 min | Drama

8.1
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Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother will have to acclimatise to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments, and in the process, grow up.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Mónica Randall, Florinda Chico, Ana Torrent

Votes: 7,134

20. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Votes: 16,475 | Gross: $0.06M

21. Sonámbulos (1978)

96 min | Drama

7.5
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Ana, who works on the Committee for the release of some suspected terrorists sentenced to death, suffers a faint. Her uncle Norman, a former doctor who was withdrawn from the drug smuggling... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón | Stars: Ana Belén, Norman Briski, María Rosa Salgado, Lola Gaos

Votes: 66

22. Mama Turns 100 (1979)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.5
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Ana is alive and married with Antonio; they arrive in the manor in the countryside of Spain where she worked as a nanny many years ago, for the centennial birthday of the matriarch. In ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Amparo Muñoz, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Norman Briski

Votes: 862

23. El nido (1980)

PG | 97 min | Drama

7.4
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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: 335

24. Patrimonio nacional (1981)

112 min | Comedy

7.2
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Second installment of the saga of the Leguineche's preceded by "The National Shotgun" and completed by "National III". After the death of Franco (1975) and the restoration of the monarchy, ... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Luis Ciges, Luis Escobar, Agustín González, José Luis López Vázquez

Votes: 475

25. Volver a empezar (1982)

PG | 87 min | Drama

7.2
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A Nobel prize winner returns to his natal city looking for his home.

Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Antonio Ferrandis, Encarna Paso, José Bódalo, Agustín González

Votes: 972

26. Carmen (I) (1983)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.7
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A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Paco de Lucía, Marisol

Votes: 2,453

27. Sesión continua (1984)

115 min | Drama

7.1
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The film tells the story of the relationship and friendship of two men who are both very much affected by the cinema: Both of them are writers, one of books the other of screenplays.

Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Adolfo Marsillach, Jesús Puente, María Casanova, José Bódalo

Votes: 175

28. La hora bruja (1985)

105 min | Drama, Romance

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Director: Jaime de Armiñán | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Concha Velasco, Victoria Abril, Sancho Gracia

Votes: 118

29. La mitad del cielo (1986)

127 min | Drama

7.2
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Rosa is an cantabrian woman who travel to Madrid after the Civil War. With the help of Don Pedro, a chief supplies, she opens a restaurant that transforms in a political and intelectual center.

Director: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón | Stars: Ángela Molina, Margarita Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Antonio Valero

Votes: 269

30. Asignatura aprobada (1987)

94 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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A writer is having a midlife crisis. He recollects his life and it makes him feel even worse. Only a love affair or two helps him take his mind off things.

Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Jesús Puente, Victoria Vera, Teresa Gimpera, Eduardo Hoyo

Votes: 146

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

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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85 Metascore

Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 28,124 | Gross: $7.18M

32. Montoyas y Tarantos (1989)

96 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Director: Vicente Escrivá | Stars: Cristina Hoyos, Sancho Gracia, Juan Paredes, Esperanza Campuzano

Votes: 93

33. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.2
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Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Carmen Maura, Andrés Pajares, Gabino Diego, Armando De Razza

Votes: 1,860 | Gross: $0.30M

34. High Heels (1991)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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51 Metascore

A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends. They try to mend their broken mother/daughter relationship and deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé, Anna Lizaran

Votes: 11,109 | Gross: $1.71M

35. El maestro de esgrima (1992)

88 min | History, Thriller

7.2
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A fencing master in pre-revolution Spain is hired to teach fencing to teach fencing to a beautiful young woman. Although he has never taught a woman before he is fascinated by her and ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Olea | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Assumpta Serna, Joaquim de Almeida, José Luis López Vázquez

Votes: 475

36. Belle Epoque (1992)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer's four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Jorge Sanz, Penélope Cruz, Miriam Díaz-Aroca

Votes: 7,982 | Gross: $5.97M

37. Canción de cuna (1994)

101 min | Drama

7.0
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In this latest Spanish-language remake of Gregorio Martinez Sierra's classic sentimental drama, a group of nuns find an abandoned baby girl at the doorstep of their convent.

Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Fiorella Faltoyano, Amparo Larrañaga, Maribel Verdú, Alfredo Landa

Votes: 294

38. The Flower of My Secret (1995)

R | 103 min | Drama

7.1
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75 Metascore

Leo Macias writes sentimental novels with great success but hidden under a pseudonym, Amanda Gris. She is unhappy with her professional life and with her husband, a soldier working in ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Juan Echanove, Carme Elias, Rossy de Palma

Votes: 8,510 | Gross: $1.16M

39. Bwana (1996)

90 min | Drama

6.7
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Antonio, a taxi driver, his wife, and two chidren arrive one fine afternoon at a solitary beach, looking for sea-shells. However, they will find more than expected: namely, Ombasi and Yambo... See full summary »

Director: Imanol Uribe | Stars: Andrés Pajares, María Barranco, Emilio Buale, Alejandro Martínez

Votes: 249

40. Secrets of the Heart (1997)

105 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 1,476

41. The Grandfather (1998)

PG | 151 min | Drama

7.5
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57 Metascore

After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard.

Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Rafael Alonso, Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, Agustín González

Votes: 1,462 | Gross: $0.05M

42. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 75,524 | Gross: $8.26M

43. You're the one (una historia de entonces) (2000)

111 min | Drama

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Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Lydia Bosch, Julia Gutiérrez Caba, Juan Diego, Ana Fernández

Votes: 590

44. Mad Love (2001)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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55 Metascore

The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "the Mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political motive behind.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma

Votes: 3,294 | Gross: $0.28M

45. Los lunes al sol (2002)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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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: 10,916 | Gross: $0.15M

46. Soldados de Salamina (2003)

119 min | Drama

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When the professor and writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil War, she researches and finds for the first time about the shooting of ... See full summary »

Director: David Trueba | Stars: Ariadna Gil, Ramon Fontserè, Joan Dalmau, María Botto

Votes: 1,353

47. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

8.0
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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: 69,039 | Gross: $2.09M

48. Obaba (2005)

100 min | Drama

6.6
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A rural drama set in Obaba, a mythical region in northern Spain, where a young filmmaker struggled to capture the feel of the area, which in turn leads to a wealth of self-discovery.

Director: Montxo Armendáriz | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Juan Diego Botto, Bárbara Lennie, Eduard Fernández

Votes: 873

49. Volver (I) (2006)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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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: 82,716 | Gross: $12.90M

50. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 129,486 | Gross: $7.16M

51. Los girasoles ciegos (2008)

98 min | Drama

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Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, Roger Príncep

Votes: 1,167

52. The Dancer and the Thief (2009)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

6.3
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With the advent of democracy in Chile, a general amnesty for prisoners of non violent crime is enacted. Angel Santiago, a young man determined to avenge the abuse he suffered in prison, ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Abel Ayala, Miranda Bodenhofer, Ariadna Gil

Votes: 1,044

53. También la lluvia (2010)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, History

7.5
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69 Metascore

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Votes: 10,838 | Gross: $0.56M