Brazilian Cinema at its best

I want to share with you my love for Brazilian films, Brazil is a country that for me has one of the best track records for producing quality films (specifically in the past decade). They are at times intense, striking, and above all passionate pieces of cinema. It is a crime that their latest films are not getting the international distribution they deserve.

*I apologize if any crucial films were left out, I either forgot about them or haven't seen them yet.
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1.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ Let's start off with the pinnacle Brazilian favela film that basically put modern Brazilian filmmaking on the map. While I believe there are better Brazilian films, it definitely deserves it's over-hyped accolades. ” - dr.gonzo-4
 
2.
House of Sand (2005)
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A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it. (115 mins.)
“ Andrucha Waddington's mesmerizing tale of 3 generations of women forced to live a secluded life in a remote desert town. This stands as my pick for the best Brazilian film ever made and one of my all time favorites period. It's that good. ” - dr.gonzo-4
 
3.
Behind the Sun (2001)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
4.
Elite Squad (2007)
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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. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
5.
Carandiru (2003)
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Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo... (145 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
6.
Central Station (1998)
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An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew. (113 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
7.
City of Men (2007)
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Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas. (106 mins.)
Director: Paulo Morelli
 
8.
The Middle of the World (2003)
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A man and his family travel 3200km (1984 miles) by bicycle, from the State of Paraíba to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in search of a job. (85 mins.)
Director: Vicente Amorim
 
9.
The Man of the Year (2003)
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Maiquel has lost a bet and dyed his hair blond. This little event triggers a head-on collision with destiny in which Maiquel goes from nobody to hero to outlaw--all in 24 hours. (105 mins.)
 
10.
Almost Brothers (2004)
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The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer... (102 mins.)
Director: Lúcia Murat
 
11.
Waste Land (2010 Documentary)
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives. (99 mins.)
Stars: Vik Muniz
 
12.
Linha de Passe (2008)
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A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams. (113 mins.)
 
13.
Last Stop 174 (2008)
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A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000. (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
14.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
15.
The Assailant (2009)
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Based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, "Besouro" spins a fantastic tale of a young Brazilian man of African descent in search of his mission. (94 mins.)
 
16.
Drained (2006)
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A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control. (112 mins.)
Director: Heitor Dhalia