Los cien caminos del cine cubano: 112 significant Cuban films

by PeacefulAnarchy | created - 25 May 2012 | updated - 01 Jun 2012 | Public

In their book "Los cien caminos del cine cubano" published by ICAIC, the Cuban film institute, Marta Diaz and Joel del Rio highlight 112 Cuban films that demonstrate the depth, breadth and quality of Cuban cinema, from the silent era to the present.

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1. El parque de palatino (1906)

1 min | Documentary, Short

4.4
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Director: Enrique Díaz Quesada

Votes: 9

2. La virgen de la Caridad (1930)

72 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Young man who had lost his father falls in love with the local Chieftain's daughter, who opposes the romance. Only a miracle can save the couple's love affair and Our Lady of Charity intervenes in the name of justice.

Director: Ramón Peón | Stars: Julio Gallo, Diana Marde, Matilde Maun, Sergio Miro

Votes: 35

3. It Happened in Havana (1938)

113 min | Comedy

6.6
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Director: Ramón Peón | Stars: Luana Alcañiz, Juan Torena, Rita Montaner, Carlos Orellana

Votes: 10

4. Siete muertes a plazo fijo (1950)

88 min | Comedy, Thriller

7.4
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On New Year's Eve, a banker and his wife invite several friends to have dinner in their apartment. Suddenly, an astrologer makes an appearance and predicts seven of the present people will die in the next weeks.

Director: Manolo Alonso | Stars: Enrique Alzugaray, Rolando Barral, Armando Bianchi, Bellita Borges

Votes: 14

5. Casta de roble (1954)

91 min | Drama

8.7
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A young woman from the country has a son from a young man of a rich family. The rich grandfather of the man, owner of the farm, takes the child away to educate him. A few years later the ... See full summary »

Directors: Manolo Alonso, Manuel Alonso | Stars: Paco Alfonso, Xonia Benguría, Agustín Campos, Ángel Espasande

Votes: 10

6. El mégano (1955)

25 min | Documentary, Short

6.7
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Directors: Julio García Espinosa, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

Votes: 30

7. Esta tierra nuestra (1959)

19 min | Documentary, Short

8.0
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Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Julio García Espinosa | Star: Francisco Forcades

Votes: 12

8. La Vivienda (1959)

21 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Julio García Espinosa

9. Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano (1960)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Santiago Álvarez

10. Cuba baila (1961)

87 min | Drama, Musical

6.6
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Director: Julio García Espinosa | Stars: Tete Blanco, Vivian Gude, Alfredo Perojo, Raquel Revuelta

Votes: 7

11. Historias de la revolución (1960)

87 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Bertina Acevedo, Enrique Fong, Miriam Gómez, Francisco Lago

Votes: 35

12. El joven rebelde (1961)

82 min | Drama

7.4
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Director: Julio García Espinosa | Stars: Blas Mora, Wember Bros, José Yedra, Carlos Sessano

Votes: 7

13. Historia de una batalla (1962)

Documentary

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Director: Manuel Octavio Gómez

14. Historia de un ballet (1962)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: José Massip | Star: Luis Carbonell

15. En un barrio viejo (1963)

9 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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Director: Nicolás Guillén Landrián

Votes: 7

16. Ciclón (1963)

22 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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Director: Santiago Álvarez

Votes: 16

17. Tránsito (1964)

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A doctor committed against the revolution decides to escape in a boat. A criminal friend introduced him to a modest revolutionary family to cover it up. During the events aspects of a society in transition are reflected.

Director: Eduardo Manet | Stars: René de la Cruz, Ofelia González, Miñuca Naredo, Assenech Rodriguez

18. Nosotros, la música (1964)

66 min | Documentary

7.6
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A rare panorama of Cuban music and dance from the 1960s. Featuring legendary Cuban musicians as well as vibrant spontaneous performances, We Are the Music captures the mood and vitality of ... See full summary »

Director: Rogelio Paris

Votes: 15

19. Ociel del Toa (1965)

17 min | Documentary, Short

8.2
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Director: Nicolás Guillén Landrián

Votes: 6

20. Desarraigo (1965)

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Director: Fausto Canel | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Raúl Eguren, Yolanda Farr, Sofía Iduate

21. Vaqueros del cauto (1967)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Miriam Talavera, Oscar Valdés

22. Now (1965)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

6.7
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A documentary short about racism in the United States

Director: Santiago Álvarez | Star: Lena Horne

Votes: 520

23. Manuela (1966)

41 min | Short, Drama

7.1
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During the last days of the struggle against dictator Fulgencio Batista, a young peasant woman joins the guerrilla in the Sierra Maestra.

Director: Humberto Solás | Stars: Adela Legrá, Adolfo Llauradó, Olga González, Luis Alberto García

Votes: 14

24. La muerte de un burócrata (1966)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy

7.8
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A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Salvador Wood, Silvia Planas, Manuel Estanillo, Omar Alfonso

Votes: 821

25. Hanoi, martes 13 (1968)

38 min | Short, Documentary

6.5
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A short film which documents the lives of the people of Hanoi which took place on March 13.

Director: Santiago Álvarez

Votes: 128

26. The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (1967)

112 min | Comedy

6.5
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The metamorphoses of Juan Quin Quin, in turns bullfighter, guerrilla fighter and sacristan.

Director: Julio García Espinosa | Stars: Júlio Martínez, Erdwin Fernández, Adelaida Raymat, Enrique Santisteban

Votes: 88

27. Tulipa (1967)

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Director: Manuel Octavio Gómez | Stars: Idalia Anreus, Alicia Bustamante, Raúl Eguren, Daisy Granados

28. David (1967)

135 min | Documentary

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Director: Enrique Pineda Barnet

29. For the First Time (1969)

9 min | Documentary, Short

7.1
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A traveling film projectionist brings the film Modern Times (1936) to a secluded village that has never seen a motion picture before.

Director: Octavio Cortázar

Votes: 196

30. Lucía (1968)

160 min | Drama

7.3
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Traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: the Cuban war of independence (with Spain), the 1930's, and the 1960's.

Director: Humberto Solás | Stars: Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Núñez, Adela Legrá, Eduardo Moure

Votes: 552

31. Coffea Arábiga (1968)

18 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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'Coffea arábiga' was sponsored as a propaganda documentary to show how to sow coffee around Havana. In fact, Guillén Landrián made a film critical of Castro, exhibited but banned as soon as the coffee plan collapsed.

Director: Nicolás Guillén Landrián

Votes: 46

32. Escenas de los muelles (2012)

29 min | Short

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Director: Oscar Valdés | Stars: Marta Cartalla, Humberto Molina, Edwin Moore, Ramon Ponce

33. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

97 min | Drama

7.8
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Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the ... See full summary »

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés

Votes: 2,644

34. LBJ (1968)

18 min | Short, Documentary

6.8
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A montage of 1960s America, all focused on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.

Director: Santiago Álvarez | Star: Lyndon Johnson

Votes: 225

35. La primera carga al machete (1969)

84 min | Drama

6.8
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Director: Manuel Octavio Gómez | Stars: Adolfo Llauradó, José Rodríguez, Idalia Anreus, Eslinda Núñez

Votes: 73

36. 79 primaveras (1969)

25 min | Short, Documentary

6.8
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An agit-prop documentary marking the death of Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chí Minh, using found footage to link his work to worldwide political movements including the Cuban revolution and resistance within the USA to the Vietnam war.

Director: Santiago Álvarez

Votes: 345

37. Los días del agua (1971)

110 min | Drama

7.4
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Director: Manuel Octavio Gómez | Stars: Idalia Anreus, Raúl Pomares, Adolfo Llauradó, Mario Balmaseda

Votes: 10

38. Muerte y vida en el Morrillo (1971)

32 min | Short

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Director: Oscar Valdés

39. A Cuban Fight Against Demons (1972)

120 min | Drama

6.7
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In 1672 Cuban revolutionaries launch an uprising against the Spanish who are occupying the country.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: José Antonio Rodríguez, Raúl Pomares, Silvano Rey, Olivia Belizaires

Votes: 26

40. ¡Viva la república! (1972)

100 min | Documentary

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Director: Pastor Vega

41. Un día de noviembre (1976)

110 min

7.4
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Director: Humberto Solás | Stars: Eslinda Núñez, Raquel Revuelta, Gildo Torres, Silvia Planas

Votes: 5

42. Giron (1972)

120 min

6.8
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Director: Manuel Herrera

Votes: 6

43. El extraño caso de Rachel K (1973)

90 min

6.2
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Director: Oscar Valdés | Stars: Rafael Alonso, Mario Balmaseda, Norberto Blanco, Micheline Calvert

Votes: 6

44. The Man from Maisinicu (1973)

124 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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Director: Manuel Pérez | Stars: Mario Balmaseda, Miguel Benavides, Rogelio Blain, Iván Colas

Votes: 26

46. De cierta manera (1977)

78 min | Drama

6.8
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Film about Miraflores, a housing development built in 1962.

Director: Sara Gómez | Stars: Mario Balmaseda, Yolanda Cuéllar, Mario Limonta, Isaura Mendoza

Votes: 121

47. El otro Francisco (1974)

97 min | Drama

7.0
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Based on the novel Francisco by Anselmo Suárez y Romero, "The Other Francisco" is a socio-economic analysis of slavery and class struggle through the retelling of the original novel. The ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Giral | Stars: Margarita Balboa, Miguel Benavides, Armando Bianchi, Alden Knight

Votes: 60

48. The Last Supper (1976)

120 min | Drama

7.5
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A pious plantation owner attempts to teach Christianity to 12 of his slaves by inviting them to participate in a reenactment of the Last Supper.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Nelson Villagra, Silvano Rey, Luis Alberto García, José Antonio Rodríguez

Votes: 453

49. The Teacher (1978)

113 min | Drama

7.0
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In the early years of the Cuban revolution, a young Havana student volunteers to go to a poor rural region to teach peasants how to read and write; he's sent to the Ciénega de Zapata zone, ... See full summary »

Director: Octavio Cortázar | Stars: René de la Cruz, Javier González, Adela Legrá, Luis Rielo

Votes: 31

50. Los sobrevivientes (1979)

130 min | Drama

7.1
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Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Enrique Santisteban, Juanita Caldevilla, Germán Pinelli, Ana Viña

Votes: 84

51. Retrato de Teresa (1979)

103 min | Drama

7.2
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Teresa is overwhelmed: with a husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a textile factory, and volunteer commitments as cultural leader of her union. Her husband, Ramón, wants ... See full summary »

Director: Pastor Vega | Stars: Idalia Anreus, Miguel Benavides, Samuel Claxton, Elsa Gay

Votes: 110

52. Wifredo Lam (1979)

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Director: Humberto Solás

53. Elpidio Valdés (1981)

70 min | Animation

7.5
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Elpidio Valdés (ICAIC, 1979). It tells the birth of Elpidio, the death of his father and the beginnings of the War of Independence; as he knows María Silvia and how he becomes a scourge for... See full summary »

Director: Juan Padrón

Votes: 35

54. Pedro cero por ciento (1980)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Luis Felipe Bernaza

55. Polvo rojo (1982)

105 min | Drama

4.3
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Director: Jesús Díaz | Stars: Rogelio Blain, René de la Cruz, Miguel Gutiérrez, Tito Junco

Votes: 7

56. A veces miro mi vida (1982)

79 min

6.7
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Director: Orlando Rojas | Star: Harry Belafonte

Votes: 7

57. Cecilia (1982)

127 min | Drama

6.6
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In 1830s Havana, amidst the Cuban independence movement, social climber Cecilia Valdés uses santería to conquer Leonardo Gamboa, the son of a rich colonialist family.

Director: Humberto Solás | Stars: Daisy Granados, Imanol Arias, Raquel Revuelta, Miguel Benavides

Votes: 99

58. Crónica de una infamia (1983)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Miguel Torres

59. Hasta cierto punto (1983)

68 min | Drama

6.9
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A theater director and script-writer falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo, social and working conflicts, and the Cuban woman's condition interfere with their ... See full summary »

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Óscar Álvarez, Mirta Ibarra, Omar Valdés, Coralia Veloz

Votes: 91

60. Mujer ante el espejo (1983)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Rosario Suárez, Marisol Trujillo | Star: Rosario Suárez

61. Se permuta (1985)

103 min | Comedy

7.4
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Gloria, Yolanda's mother, exchanges their old house in Guanabacoa for a modern apartment in Vedado to keep Yolanda away from her boyfriend, but her plans soon backfire.

Director: Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Mario Balmaseda, Rine Cruz, Rosita Fornés, Mirta Ibarra

Votes: 63

62. Los pájaros tirándole a la escopeta (1984)

90 min | Comedy

7.2
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A young couple find out that their parents (her father end his mother) are having a romance. All the problems begin here because the young couple can't accept this relationship.

Director: Rolando Díaz | Stars: Reynaldo Miravalles, Consuelo Vidal, Silvia Planas, Alberto Pujol

Votes: 26

63. Estética (1984)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Enrique Colina

64. Una novia para David (1985)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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The story of students of a high school in Havana in the 60's, where love, politics, and moral contradictions appeared.

Director: Orlando Rojas | Stars: Jorge Luis Álvarez, María Isabel Díaz, Francisco Gattorno, Edith Massola

Votes: 44

65. Vecinos (1985)

16 min | Short

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Director: Enrique Colina

66. Parting of the Ways (1985)

90 min

5.0
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The life of a Cuban worker is confronted when his mother, who flew to Miami abandoning him when he was an adolescent, announces her arrival and intention to stay with him, in her old apartment in La Habana.

Director: Jesús Díaz | Stars: Verónica Lynn, Jorge Trinchet, Isabel Santos, Beatriz Valdés

Votes: 10

67. Yo soy la canción que canto (1985)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Mayra Vilasis

68. ¡Vampiros en La Habana! (1985)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

7.0
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A vampire family from Cuba is preparing for a showdown between the USA vampires and the Eastern European vampires. But with the aid of a scientist, they need a type of vaccination where they can live in daylight.

Director: Juan Padrón | Stars: Frank González, Manuel Marín, Irela Bravo, Carlos González

Votes: 1,036

69. Un hombre de éxito (1986)

116 min | Drama

6.8
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Javier Argüelles, an opportunistic young man from Cuban middle class, survives all kind of political changes in Havana, from 1932 to 1959, while his brother Darío is persecuted and killed ... See full summary »

Director: Humberto Solás | Stars: César Évora, Raquel Revuelta, Daisy Granados, Jorge Trinchet

Votes: 70

70. Ella vendía coquitos (1986)

13 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Gerardo Chijona

71. Kid Chocolate (1987)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Gerardo Chijona

72. Clandestinos (1987)

98 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.4
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Before the military coup in Cuba, a group of people have a clandestine printing press, used to print subversive pamphlets against the government.

Director: Fernando Pérez | Stars: Luis Alberto García, Isabel Santos, René Losada, Amado Del Pino

Votes: 67

73. Chapucerías (1987)

11 min | Short

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Director: Enrique Colina

74. Demasiado miedo a la vida o Plaff (1988)

90 min | Comedy

7.3
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A superstitious middle-aged woman falls in love with a taxi driver, while trying to learn the identity of the unseen person tossing eggs at her.

Director: Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Daisy Granados, Thais Valdés, Raúl Pomares, Jorge Cao

Votes: 91

75. La bella del Alhambra (1989)

108 min | Musical, Drama

7.5
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Story shows the genesis of the career and the rise of Esther the most beloved actress of most popular theater in Havana at the turn of the 19th century.

Director: Enrique Pineda Barnet | Stars: Beatriz Valdés, Omar Valdés, César Évora, Carlos Cruz

Votes: 79

76. Papeles secundarios (1989)

117 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Orlando Rojas | Stars: Paula Ali, Leonor Arocha, Fernándo Bermudez, Leonor Borrero

Votes: 34

77. El Fanguito (1990)

12 min | Short

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Director: Jorge Luis Sánchez

78. Oscuros rinocerontes enjaulados... muy a la moda (1990)

18 min | Short

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In a Havana public office, the charwoman discovers the sexual activities among the workers.

Director: Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti | Stars: Paula Ali, Elier González, Sandra Ibarra, Charles Nettey

79. Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1991)

90 min | Comedy

6.7
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A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas", which is itself an exaggerated, but very ingenious reflection of the real ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Díaz Torres | Stars: Thais Valdés, Vanessa Carballido, Carlos Cruz, Idalmis Del Risco

Votes: 106

81. María Antonia (1990)

111 min | Drama

7.4
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The plot is situated in Cuba during the early '50s, before the cuban revolution. A prostitute gets in love with a boxer to whom she devotes her life. As the boxer progresses in his career, ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Giral | Stars: Alina Rodríguez, Alexis Valdés, Roberto Perdomo, José Antonio Rodríguez

Votes: 14

82. Hello Hemingway (1990)

90 min | Drama

7.0
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A young girl's academic asperation conflict with her family's struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in their home town just outside Havana.

Director: Fernando Pérez | Stars: Laura De la Uz, Raúl Paz, Herminia Sánchez, Caridad Hernandez

Votes: 75

84. Adorables mentiras (1992)

100 min | Comedy

5.6
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Director: Gerardo Chijona | Stars: Isabel Santos, Luis Alberto García, Mirta Ibarra, Thais Valdés

Votes: 30

85. Le siècle des lumières (1993 TV Movie)

247 min

7.7
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Director: Humberto Solás | Stars: François Dunoyer, Jacqueline Arenal, Rustam Urazaev, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 21

86. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno

Votes: 4,610 | Gross: $2.08M

87. Madagascar (1995)

50 min

7.5
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Director: Fernando Pérez | Stars: Elena Bolaños, Zaida Castellanos, Laura De la Uz, Jorge Molina

Votes: 61

88. Reina y Rey (1994)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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Reina is an old and lonely widow whose only companion is a little black dog called Rey. When the dog disappears, Reina begins to question her own existence. Suddenly, her old patrons (who ... See full summary »

Director: Julio García Espinosa | Stars: Consuelo Vidal, Coralia Veloz, Rogelio Blain, Miriam Socarras

Votes: 23

89. La ola (1995)

70 min

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Director: Enrique Álvarez | Star: Kendra Casals

90. Guantanamera (1995)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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It is a satire about life in Cuba. The members of a funeral procession and some truckdrivers who have to take the same route begin to talk about god and the world ending up in discovering ... See full summary »

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Carlos Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Jorge Perugorría, Raúl Eguren

Votes: 1,285 | Gross: $0.75M

91. From Son to Salsa (1996)

100 min | Documentary, Music

8.0
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Director: Rigoberto López | Stars: Rubén Blades, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz, Isaac Delgado

Votes: 19

92. Amor vertical (1997)

100 min | Comedy

6.7
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The architecture student Estela (Silvia Aguila) makes a suicide attempt after her plans for solving Havana's housing shortage are rejected. This brings her into contact with earthy, cynical... See full synopsis »

Director: Arturo Sotto Díaz | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Sílvia Águila, Susana Pérez, Manuel Porto

Votes: 90

93. Life is to Whistle (1998)

106 min | Drama

6.8
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Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Pérez | Stars: José Andrade, Maudelet Badia, Elena Bolaños, Rolando Brito

Votes: 645 | Gross: $0.06M

94. Lista de espera (2000)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is, it never shows up. While a number of busses pass by the station, and others ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Vladimir Cruz, Tahimi Alvariño, Jorge Perugorría, Noel García

Votes: 1,099

95. Con todo mi amor, Rita (2000)

58 min | Documentary

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A profile of legendary Cuban singer and actress Rita Montaner.

Director: Rebeca Chávez | Stars: Amalia Aguilar, Luis Carbonell, Antonia Fernandez, Rosita Fornés

96. La epoca y el encanto de fin de siglo (2003)

27 min | Short

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Director: Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti

97. Nada (2001)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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In Havana, a post office branch is more than a place of bureaucratic rules and regulations to ensure effective public services. This is where Carla Perez works. A young dreamer, this ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti | Stars: Thais Valdés, Nacho Lugo, Daisy Granados, Paula Ali

Votes: 289

98. Video de familia (2001)

47 min

8.4
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Director: Humberto Padrón | Stars: Elsa Camp, Verónica Lynn, Enrique Molina, Yipsia Torres

Votes: 17

99. Las manos y el ángel (2002)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Esteban García Insausti

100. Suite Habana (2003)

80 min | Documentary

7.5
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Dawn breaks in La Habana, and as the day advances we follow the simple lives of ten ordinary Cubans, with only sounds and images accompanied by music.

Director: Fernando Pérez | Stars: Francisquito Cardet, Francisco Cardet, Norma Pérez, Waldo Morales

Votes: 543