SOMOS Magazine's 100 Best Mexican Films

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1.
Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide... (92 mins.)
 
2.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
3.
Godfather Mendoza (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions... (85 mins.)
 
4.
Aventurera (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Left alone after her mother runs off with another man and her father kills himself, Elena attempts to make a new life for herself in a new city... (101 mins.)
Director: Alberto Gout
 
5.
Una familia de tantas (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rodrigo Catano seeks to impose in his family a Porfirian order. One day a door to door salesman, Roberto del Hierro... (130 mins.)
 
6.
Nazarin (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 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. (94 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
7.
El (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalates to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums. (92 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
8.
The Woman of the Port (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman... (76 mins.)
 
9.
Hell Without Limits (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich... (110 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
10.
You're Missing the Point (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog... (112 mins.)
 
11.
Campeón sin corona (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
"Champion without a crown". Quick rise and fall of a boxer filled with talent and psychological complexes. (111 mins.)
 
12.
Enamorada (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During the Mexican Revolution, a macho rebel general falls in love with the independent-minded daughter of an aristocrat in the town he is occupying. (99 mins.)
 
13.
Pueblerina (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Aurelio Rodríguez is released from jail, and tries to start a new life marrying Paloma and working his land. But the local landowners, the brothers González, interfere with his plans. (111 mins.)
 
14.
Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest... (115 mins.)
Director: Felipe Cazals
 
15.
My Son, the Hero (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Reynaldo and Martín Del Hierro are witnesses of the murder of their father by Pascual Velazco, as they grow up they're poisoned by the desire of vengeance by their mother, but once they get it it'll change their lifes forever. (95 mins.)
 
16.
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. (95 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
17.
Life Sentence (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A former felon is blackmailed by a corrupt policeman and forced to commit a crime. (95 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
18.
The King of the Neighborhood (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A small-time con artist gets more for what he bargained for when one of his would-be victims falls in love with him. (100 mins.)
 
19.
Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage. (92 mins.)
 
20.
Victims of Sin (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In México City, a Cuban dancer from "Cabaret Changó" rescues a baby from a garbage can and decides to raise him, but her pachuco pimp gets in her way. (90 mins.)
 
21.
The Shark Hunters (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Aurelio is a shark fisherman who works on the coast of Tabasco, Mexico. He works hard and sends money... (100 mins.)
Director: Luis Alcoriza
 
22.
Another Dawn (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover... (108 mins.)
Director: Julio Bracho
 
23.
Hidden River (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Called by the Mexican President himself, and in spite of a heart condition, young teacher Rosaura Salazar... (110 mins.)
 
24.
La oveja negra (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Trevino family tries to overcome the irresponsible behavior of Don Cruz, an erratic father with numerous defects that contrast with his son Silvano, a young kid man that is incapable of passing judgment on his own father. (104 mins.)
 
25.
The Other One (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(98 mins.)
 
26.
Reed, México insurgente (1973)
    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. (124 mins.)
Director: Paul Leduc
 
27.
Nosotros, los pobres (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two kids take a book from a trash can. They begin to read the story of a poor neighborhood in Mexico City... (128 mins.)
 
28.
Salón México (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mercedes (Marga Lopez) dances for money with the clients of Salon Mexico, a famous cabaret in Mexico City... (95 mins.)
 
29.
Doña Perfecta (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(97 mins.)
 
30.
Flor silvestre (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
One of the gratest love stories ever told!! (94 mins.)
 
31.
The Passion of Berenice (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Berenice (Navarro) is a woman with a mysterious past. A scar crosses her face and nightmares of fire and horses fill her lonely nights... (107 mins.)
 
32.
La sombra del Caudillo (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The movie situated in post-revolutionary Mexico describes the way politics were done in those times... (129 mins.)
Director: Julio Bracho
 
33.
Calabacitas tiernas (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
"Tin Tan" plays a broke man, who is trying to put a musical show to pay his debts. (101 mins.)
 
34.
Two Careful Fellows (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two best friends clash when one marries the girlfriend of the other. (111 mins.)
 
35.
El vampiro (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A pretty young Mexican girl returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt... (95 mins.)
 
36.
La barraca (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(110 mins.)
 
37.
María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them... (102 mins.)
 
38.
El Suavecito (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(89 mins.)
 
39.
The Kneeling Goddess (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A artist model who leads the ever hapless Arturo de Córdova away from the arms of his innocent, blue-eyed wife and down, down, down into the ecstatic depths of degradation which include a stop at seedy Panamanian nightclub. (107 mins.)
 
41.
The Golden Cockerel (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A poor, but very lucky man in the cock fighting, is hired by a rich man, but both are in love with the same woman (105 mins.)
 
42.
El Topo (1970)
    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. (125 mins.)
 
43.
Sensualidad (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Saloon singer Aurora is sentenced to two years in prison for a prostitution conviction. When she gets out of prison... (96 mins.)
Director: Alberto Gout
 
44.
El grito (1968 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A documentary on the student movement in Mexico, 1968, made by film students (120 mins.)
 
45.
Danzón (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and... (120 mins.)
Director: María Novaro
 
46.
Susana (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds... (86 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
47.
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime. (89 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
48.
Tlayucan (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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. (105 mins.)
Director: Luis Alcoriza
 
49.
The Body Snatcher (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A wrestler and a detective team up to stop a mad scientist who is kidnapping athletes and replacing their brains with those of animals to make them stronger and live longer. (80 mins.)
 
50.
Frida Still Life (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood... (108 mins.)
 
51.
Los tres huastecos (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This is the story of three brothers (a priest, a soldier and an outlaw) that are raised separately by their godfathers once their mother dies... (120 mins.)
 
52.
El bulto (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After being in a comma for 20 year, Lauro (Retes) wakes up in a very different Mexico than the one he lived on... (114 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Retes
 
53.
María de mi corazón (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A very fantastic story about a robber (Hector) and a magitian (Maria). Once they were lovers, but he left her... (137 mins.)
 
54.
Night Falls (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(85 mins.)
 
55.
A.T.M.: ¡¡A toda máquina!! (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A drifter lands a job as an officer in México City's elite motorcycle police unit and gets home with a mate of this unit... (120 mins.)
 
56.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a forgotten Mexico village Tita and Pedro fall in love, but their marriage is forbidden as to traditions... (105 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
 
57.
My Memories of Mexico (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Chucho Flores, a bohemian composer writes a waltz "Carmelita" dedicated to the wife of president Diaz... (91 mins.)
 
58.
The Outsiders (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A rich aristocratic couple (Julissa, Enrique Alvarez Felix) abandon a dinner party to enjoy a night on the town with a urban gang... (95 mins.)
Director: Juan Ibáñez
 
59.
Macario (1960)
    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... (91 mins.)
 
60.
The Heist (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In Mexico city, the most infamous jail "Lecumberri" three prisoners make a plan to introduce drugs. (83 mins.)
Director: Felipe Cazals
 
61.
Cabeza de Vaca (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico. (112 mins.)
 
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Dona Herlinda and Her Son (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Rodolfo (Trevino) is a young bachelor doctor who has a love affair with a younger music student, Ramon (Meza)... (90 mins.)
 
66.
Torero (1956 Documentary)
    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... (75 mins.)
Director: Carlos Velo
 
67.
Santa (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Santa (Tovar) is a beautiful and very humble young girl living in Chimalistac, a small and quiet spot south of the 1930's Mexico City... (81 mins.)
Director: Antonio Moreno
 
68.
Gángsters contra charros (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Gangster Johnny Carmenta must confront the "Charro of the Slums" Pancho Domínguez, who has control over the city, but their rivalry gets worse when rumba dancer Rosa befriends both men. (79 mins.)
Director: Juan Orol
 
69.
La mujer de Benjamín (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Old bachelor Benjamin (Lopez Rojas) still lives with his sister Micaela (Doria) in the boredom of a small town... (90 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
70.
In the Palm of Your Hand (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A fortune teller blackmails a beautiful widow whose husband has recently died. (90 mins.)
 
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73.
Doña Diabla (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Angela "Doña Diabla" is a beautiful and rude woman who after her divorce swore to hate men. He also forbids the romance of his daughter Angelica with a ruffian named Adrian. (95 mins.)
Director: Tito Davison
 
74.
National Mechanics (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A mechanic takes his family to a car race and a series of events occur which brings problems, betrayals, violence and the unexpected death of an elderly person. (105 mins.)
Director: Luis Alcoriza
 
75.
Doña Bárbara (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young lawyer and owner of a great property in the interior of Venezuela tríes to recover its control in the name of the law... (138 mins.)
 
76.
Los motivos de Luz (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Luz is in jail, accused of murdering her own children. Her husband and her mother-in-law say she killed them in cold blood... (96 mins.)
Director: Felipe Cazals
 
77.
Cronos (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. (94 mins.)
 
78.
Ángel de fuego (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In a miserable circus, a young trapeze artist seduces her father, gets pregnant and decides to have her baby, so she leaves the circus and joins a group of puppeteers who make shows from passages of the Bible. (95 mins.)
Director: Dana Rotberg
 
79.
Luponini de Chicago (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(79 mins.)
Director: José Bohr
 
80.
The Pearl (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Quino is a Mexican diver who discovers a pearl at the bottom of the sea. He and his wife Juana, and... (85 mins.)
 
81.
Nocaut (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(109 mins.)
 
82.
Santa (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young and innocent girl is betrayed by the man whom she loves and has to become a prostitute because her family rejects her. (111 mins.)
 
83.
Los tres García (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Ruled by a tough grandma (Sara García), the Garcías (Infante, Salazar and Mendoza) are three charro... (118 mins.)
 
84.
Águila o sol (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(78 mins.)
Director: Arcady Boytler
 
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Janitzio (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(56 mins.)
Director: Carlos Navarro
 
87.
Sólo con tu pareja (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Yuppie and womanizer Tomas is caught in a trap when falsely diagnosed with A.I.D.S. by Silvia, a nurse who finds herself cheated by the young Casanova... (94 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
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Out on the Big Ranch (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The owner and the general manager of a ranch (Rancho Grande), two good friends, fall in love with the same girl at the same time... (95 mins.)
 
90.
Historia de un gran amor (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(155 mins.)
Director: Julio Bracho
 
91.
School for Tramps (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Alberto Medina is a very famous composer and is on a field trip when his car runs out of gas and goes downhill... (99 mins.)
 
92.
La malquerida (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the ranch of El Soto lives Raymunda (Dolores del Río) and her daughter, Acacia (Columba Domínguez)... (86 mins.)
 
93.
The Abandoned (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young woman, abandoned by her womanizing fiancé, is forced to provide for the upbringing of her son... (103 mins.)
 
94.
Two Monks (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a Gothic-styled monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly... (85 mins.)
 
95.
Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned... (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
96.
The Soldiers of Pancho Villa (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The Cucaracha is a brave woman soldier who leads a group of similar women into the fray against the forces of the Villa colonel, Zeta. (97 mins.)
 
97.
Espaldas mojadas (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mexican worker Rafael Améndola runs from the police and cross the Mexican-American border, helped by Frank Mendoza... (116 mins.)
 
98.
The Grey Automobile (1919)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A gang terrorizes Mexico City's high society on 1915. Murder, kidnaping and robbery are their trademarks... (111 mins.)
Director: Enrique Rosas
 
99.
A Letter of Love (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Moments before he will be executed by the French Intervention Army, the liberal leader (Negrete) reads a love letter by his girlfriend (Marín). His memories provide the poetic pictures of this romantic historical drama. (117 mins.)
 
100.
Naufragio (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
One woman (Murguía) lives waiting for his son (Alonso) who is a sailor. She hasn't seen him for years although he writes to her a lot... (101 mins.)