19-South American Films

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1. La mujer sin cabeza (2008)

Unrated | 87 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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81 Metascore

After hitting something with her car, a bourgeois Argentine woman's life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: María Onetto, Claudia Cantero, Inés Efron, César Bordón

Votes: 3,255 | Gross: $0.10M

2. The Holy Girl (2004)

R | 106 min | Drama

6.7
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75 Metascore

16-year-old Amalia looks to save the soul a middle-aged doctor.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Mercedes Morán, Carlos Belloso, Alejandro Urdapilleta, María Alche

Votes: 2,972 | Gross: $0.30M

3. La Ciénaga (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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75 Metascore

The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Leonora Balcarce

Votes: 3,868 | Gross: $0.10M

4. The Maid (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro

Votes: 5,025 | Gross: $0.55M

5. Tony Manero (2008)

TV-MA | 97 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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72 Metascore

A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever (1977).

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera, Héctor Morales, Paola Lattus

Votes: 2,671

6. Karen Cries on the Bus (2011)

98 min | Drama

6.7
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Karen discovers, after 10 years of marriage, she has left behind her dreams devoting herself to home chores and realizes it has been a mistake that cost her her youth. She decides then to ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Rojas Vera | Stars: Edgar Alexen, Emerson Rodríguez, Margarita Rosa Gallardo, Luz Mary Arias

Votes: 297

7. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

8.1
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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 González Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 189,817 | Gross: $5.38M

8. Babel (I) (2006)

R | 143 min | Drama

7.5
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69 Metascore

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

Votes: 259,367 | Gross: $34.30M

9. 21 Grams (2003)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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70 Metascore

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu | Stars: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Danny Huston

Votes: 201,912 | Gross: $16.25M

10. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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 González Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 75,212 | Gross: $5.10M

11. Abril Despedaçado (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.7
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73 Metascore

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 6,082 | Gross: $0.06M

12. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 87,854 | Gross: $16.76M

13. Linha de Passe (2008)

113 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams.

Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas | Stars: Sandra Corveloni, João Baldasserini, Vinícius de Oliveira, Geraldo Rodrigues

Votes: 2,380

14. Batalla en el cielo (2005)

Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

5.7
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56 Metascore

A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz, Bertha Ruiz, David Bornstein

Votes: 5,206 | Gross: $0.07M

15. Baixio das Bestas (2006)

80 min | Drama

6.3
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A man gets obsessed by a teenage girl, who is exploited by her own grandfather, who sometimes takes her to a gas station to show her naked to whomever pays him some money.

Director: Cláudio Assis | Stars: Fernando Teixeira, Caio Blat, Matheus Nachtergaele, Dira Paes

Votes: 822

16. La teta asustada (2009)

94 min | Drama, Music

6.7
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68 Metascore

Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. ... See full summary »

Director: Claudia Llosa | Stars: Magaly Solier, Susi Sánchez, Efraín Solís, Bárbara Lazón

Votes: 5,915 | Gross: $0.01M

17. The Burning Plain (2008)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.8
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45 Metascore

A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood.

Director: Guillermo Arriaga | Stars: Charlize Theron, John Corbett, José María Yazpik, Robin Tunney

Votes: 16,515 | Gross: $0.20M

18. Pixote (1981)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Votes: 5,225

19. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

R | 120 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy

Votes: 11,934 | Gross: $17.04M

20. Cidade Baixa (2005)

R | 98 min | Drama

6.6
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61 Metascore

Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered.

Director: Sérgio Machado | Stars: Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, Lázaro Ramos, Maria Menezes

Votes: 3,344 | Gross: $0.13M

21. Leonera (2008)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.1
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An incarcerated woman struggles to raise her son from prison.

Director: Pablo Trapero | Stars: Martina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Rodrigo Santoro, Laura García

Votes: 2,651 | Gross: $0.01M

22. El niño pez (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.9
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A desperate love story between two young girls of extremely different social backgrounds who, unable to find a place for their love in the world they live in, are pushed to commit a crime.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Inés Efron, Mariela Vitale, Pep Munné, Diego Velázquez

Votes: 1,858

23. XXY (2007)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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67 Metascore

The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti

Votes: 11,374 | Gross: $0.05M

24. La puta y la ballena (2004)

120 min | Drama

6.7
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A Spanish writer finds an old coffer with photographs of an Argentine man who fought and died in the Spanish Civil War, and of a woman. Her quest for answers brings Vera to the Argentine ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Puenzo | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Pep Munné, Mercè Llorens

Votes: 864

25. Dot the I (2003)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.8
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39 Metascore

Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems.

Director: Matthew Parkhill | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Natalia Verbeke, James D'Arcy, Tom Hardy

Votes: 7,731 | Gross: $0.31M

26. El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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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: 11,618 | Gross: $5.71M

27. Elite Squad (2007)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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33 Metascore

1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 87,434 | Gross: $0.01M

28. 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: 129,427 | Gross: $7.16M

29. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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79 Metascore

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 586,820 | Gross: $7.56M

30. Blindness (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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45 Metascore

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 62,759 | Gross: $3.07M

31. Los bastardos (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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A 24 hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day another task, each day the same pressure to find money. They go about their daily ... See full summary »

Director: Amat Escalante | Stars: Jesus Moises Rodriguez, Rubén Sosa, Nina Zavarin, Kenny Johnston

Votes: 1,150

32. Perro come perro (2008)

106 min | Thriller

6.7
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In the crime world of Colombia, there is an unwritten code. When Víctor and Eusebio, two hoods who bungle a shake-down job, break that code, they unwittingly sign their own death sentence.

Director: Carlos Moreno | Stars: Marlon Moreno, Óscar Borda, Álvaro Rodríguez, Blas Jaramillo

Votes: 1,445 | Gross: $0.00M

33. Violanchelo (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Romance, Thriller

6.4
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A pair of strangers become subconsciously connected after their recurring dreams turn into reality.

Director: Alfonso Pineda Ulloa | Stars: Bárbara Mori, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Marina de Tavira, Joaquín Cosio

Votes: 337

34. Paraiso Travel (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

7.1
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Love drives two young lovers from Medellin, Colombia to seek fortune in New York City, only to find a harsh reality that will put to test their true love for one another.

Director: Simon Brand | Stars: Louis Arcella, Angelica Blandon, Pedro Capo, Raúl Castillo

Votes: 1,879

35. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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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: 518,233 | Gross: $37.63M

36. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.9
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84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 395,766 | Gross: $35.55M

37. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 98,446 | Gross: $13.62M

38. El mural (2010)

110 min | Biography, Drama

6.3
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While in Argentina, renowned Mexican muralist David Siqueiros paints the mural "Ejercicio plástico" at the country home of newspaper owner Natalio Botana. Set in the 1930's, this lovely ... See full summary »

Director: Héctor Olivera | Stars: Luis Machín, Carla Peterson, Ana Celentano, Bruno Bichir

Votes: 135

39. Lake Tahoe (2008)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

6.7
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72 Metascore

A story of a teenager and the strange events that take place in his small town.

Director: Fernando Eimbcke | Stars: Diego Cataño, Hector Herrera, Daniela Valentine, Juan Carlos Lara II

Votes: 1,512 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Machuca (2004)

121 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 9,693

41. Los viajes del viento (2009)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Music

7.4
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A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Marciano Martínez, Yull Núñez, Agustin Nieves, Jose Luis Torres

Votes: 1,747

42. Año bisiesto (2010)

Unrated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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71 Metascore

Laura's personal life consists of one affair after another. She meets Arturo, and the pair enter into an intense, violent sexual relationship. As days go by, Laura crosses out the days on a calendar, revealing her secret past to her lover.

Director: Michael Rowe | Stars: Mónica Del Carmen, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Armando Hernández, Diego Chas

Votes: 2,070

43. Silent Light (2007)

136 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 4,885 | Gross: $0.05M