Cintas de oro: The 50 Best Spanish films

This list comes from a survey of critics, actors and directors for the Spanish cinema centenary in 1996 and appeared the newspaper El Mundo on Dec 17 1995.
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1.
Viridiana (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
2.
The Executioner (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An undertaker gets married to an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement. (87 mins.)
 
3.
The Holy Innocents (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Spain, 1960s. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners... (107 mins.)
Director: Mario Camus
 
4.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein, a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
5.
Placido (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor... (85 mins.)
 
6.
Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (78 mins.)
 
7.
The Hunt (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Three men go hunting rabbits during a hot day. Heat and talking about events happened in the past make them angry, until they go totally crazy. (91 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
8.
El Sur (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north of Spain.... (95 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
9.
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Madrid, the housewife Gloria lives in a tiny apartment with her husband, the taxi driver and forger Antonio; her lunatic mother-in-law... (101 mins.)
Director: Pedro Almodovar
 
10.
Voyage to Nowhere (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The movie tells the story of a family of comedians that work in the towns of Spain during the 40's and 50's... (134 mins.)
 
11.
Main Street (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (99 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bardem
 
12.
Aunt Tula (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The film is a picture of Tula a woman being single and repressed who believes that she has to help her... (109 mins.)
Director: Miguel Picazo
 
13.
Tristana (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope... (99 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
14.
Bilbao (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A disturbed middle-aged man is obsessed by a dancer and prostitute and abducts her, with tragic consequences. (89 mins.)
Director: Bigas Luna
 
15.
Surcos (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The struggles of a Spanish family as it emigrates from the country to Madrid circa 1950. (104 mins.)
 
16.
Death of a Cyclist (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed. (88 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bardem
 
17.
El cochecito (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Seventy-something Don Anselmo, a retired minister, becomes obsessed with owning a motorized wheelchair and fakes infirmity to get it. (85 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
 
18.
Atraco a las tres (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Galindo works in a bank. One day he convinces the other employees in the bank to plan a hold-up in the bank they are working... (92 mins.)
 
19.
Poachers (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (82 mins.)
Director: Jose L. Borau
 
20.
Strange Voyage (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia... (92 mins.)
 
21.
Lovers: A True Story (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set in '50s Spain, a young man (Sanz) leaves the army and looks for a job so he and his fiancée (Verdu) can get married... (103 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
 
22.
Belle Epoque (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (109 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
 
23.
Historias de la radio (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three different stories whose central axis are radio listeners: several contestants have to get to a radio station studio dressed as Eskimo... (95 mins.)
 
24.
Mi querida señorita (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A 43-year-old woman discovers she is actually a man... (80 mins.)
 
25.
La colmena (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As in the novel of the same title from Camilo Jose Cela, "La Colmena" is a sad composition with the stories of many people in the Madrid of 1942... (112 mins.)
Director: Mario Camus
 
26.
In a Glass Cage (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However... (110 mins.)
 
27.
Law of Desire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project. (102 mins.)
Director: Pedro Almodovar
 
28.
Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Escaping gangsters trying to kill her because of being witness to a crime, Gloria (Victoria Abril), a young woman of lower class... (104 mins.)
 
29.
The Cursed Village (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In an impoverished Castilian village live Juan, his wife Acacia, their son and Juan's blind father.... (57 mins.)
Director: Florián Rey
 
30.
Fast, Fast (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Angela begins to hang around with Pablo and his gang of young robbers. (99 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
31.
Vida en sombras (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love... (90 mins.)
 
32.
Después de tantos años (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Twenty years after having talked about death, the world and their problems in "El desencanto", the Panero...
Director: Ricardo Franco
 
33.
La vida por delante (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Finished their careers of Law and Medicine, respectively, Antonio Redondo and Josefina Castro, a pair of young Spanish newlyweds... (90 mins.)
 
34.
Trout (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In a restaurant they're preparing a grand banquet in honor of a sports association of anglers, but several circumstances seem to have conspired to boycott the event. (99 mins.)
 
35.
Rapture (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse. (105 mins.)
Director: Iván Zulueta
 
36.
Blood Wedding (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Group of dancers put Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' on stage, the tragic play about a married man who is still in love with his ex girlfriend, and tries to get back to her despite her planned wedding. (72 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
37.
Mater amatísima (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Clara- an attractive- sophisticated and unmarried woman- and the autistic child who transforms and absorbs... (110 mins.)
Director: J.A. Salgot
 
38.
Demonios en el jardín (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Juan is the handsome, irresponsible, best-loved second son. When his older brother, who runs the family's... (97 mins.)
 
39.
Padre nuestro (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
On the day he learns he has a year to live, a Spanish Cardinal who has lived in the Vatican for 30 years learns he has a granddaughter... (105 mins.)
 
40.
Tasio (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The childhood, love adventures, and ordinary life of Tasio, a coal maker in rural Navarre. (95 mins.)
 
41.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván... (88 mins.)
 
42.
Vacas (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set in the Basque region, a story of the rivalry of two families, period 1870-1935 (96 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
43.
Numbered Days (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A member of the ETA terrorist organization belongs to a commando which is preparing an outrage in Madrid... (93 mins.)
Director: Imanol Uribe
 
44.
Canciones para después de una guerra (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This documentary is frame in the spanish hyper realism. A journey through the legendary songs of Franco dictatorship. With the colaboration of the wonderful singer Imperio Argentina. (115 mins.)
 
45.
The Disenchantment (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
This film is a documentary about the poet 'Leopoldo Panero'. His widow and his sons talk about death... (97 mins.)
Director: Jaime Chavarri
 
46.
Maravillas (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Maravillas, a teenager of fifteen, lives with her father, an old unemployed photographer who steals... (95 mins.)
 
47.
Rowing with the Wind (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron... (126 mins.)
Director: Gonzalo Suárez
 
48.
Amanece, que no es poco (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A village and the crazy situations encountered by its citizens. (110 mins.)
 
49.
Twisted Obsession (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
American writer in Paris is hired to do a script for an edgy young director he can't stand. When he falls in love with the director's cold and manipulative pretty sister, his life starts to unravel and he realizes that he's been used. (101 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
 
50.
Alas de mariposa (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Ami is a 6 year old girl, extremely sensitive. Her mother, Carmen, lives with the obsession of giving a son to her husband... (108 mins.)