Our Favorite Elizabeth Peña films

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1.
El Super (1979)
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Slice of life look at Roberto and Aurelia, Cuban exiles living in New York City with their 17-year-old daughter Aurelita... (90 mins.)
“ a 1979 Spanish-language comedy-drama film directed by Leon Ichaso and Orlando Jiménez Leal, based on a stage play by Iván Acosta. The film is a look at life in the U.S. from the perspective of frustrated Cuban exiles.
Elizabeth Peña is 17 year old Aurelita, who is having trouble with her parents, who don't understand her lifestyle. ” - dcoji
 
2.
Crossover Dreams (1985)
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Salsa singer screws over everybody on his way to the top; when his latest record flops, his career starts doing downhill. (86 mins.)
Director: Leon Ichaso
“ a 1985 film, the film follows singer Rudy Veloz (played by Ruben Blades) on his rise to fame.
Elizabeth Peña plays his loyal girlfriend Liz. ” - dcoji
 
3.
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
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A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool. (103 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
“ Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux.
Elizabeth Peña stars as Carmen the live-in maid for the Whiteman family.
This is considered by many to be the "Break Out Role" for her... ” - dcoji
 
4.
La Bamba (1987)
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (108 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
“ a 1987 American biographical film, based on the real life events that affected the lives of rock star Ritchie Valens, his half-brother Bob Morales, his girlfriend Donna Ludwig and the rest of their families.
Elizabeth Peña plays Ritchie's ex-girlfriend, Rosie, who marries Ritchie's half-brother Bob Morales. ” - dcoji
 
5.
*batteries not included (1987)
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Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition. (106 mins.)
Director: Matthew Robbins
“ is a 1987 family-science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins about small extraterrestrial living machines that save an apartment block under threat from property development. The story was originally intended to be featured in the TV series Amazing Stories, but Steven Spielberg liked the idea so much that he decided to make it a theatrical release.
Elizabeth Peña is Marisa Esteval: A pregnant woman who patiently waits for the return of her boyfriend Hector, the father of her child. As the story progresses, she falls in love with artist and fellow boarder Mason. ” - dcoji
 
6.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
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Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ a 1990 American psychological thriller/horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, based on a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.
For the role of Jezzie, Elizabeth Peña, who beat out roughly 300 women, including Julia Roberts, Andie MacDowell, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. She was the very first person who auditioned. ” - dcoji
 
7.
Lone Star (1996)
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When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
“ an American mystery film written and directed by John Sayles and set in a small town in Texas. It deals with a sheriff's investigation into the murder of one of his predecessors.
Elizabeth Peña plays Pilar Cruz, high school sweetheart of current Sheriff Sam Deeds. (Chris Cooper)
She won both A Independent Spirit Award, and a NCLR Bravo Award for this role. ” - dcoji
 
8.
Rush Hour (1998)
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Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter. (98 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ A 1998 American action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour film series.
Elizabeth Peña is Detective and bomb expert Tania Johnson. She won The ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film. ” - dcoji
 
9.
The Incredibles (2004)
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A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ 2004 American computer-animated action comedy superhero film about a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers.
She was the voice of Mirage, Syndrome's agent that lures Supers to the island. ” - dcoji
 
10.
Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)
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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together. (98 mins.)
“ a 2008 film about a Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago facing what may be their last Christmas together.
She plays Anna Rodriguez, mother of the Rodriguez family. ” - dcoji
 
11.
Suburban Madness (2004 TV Movie)
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Based on the real story of Clara Harris, the Houston, Texas dentist who made headlines in July 2002 when she killed her adulterous husband by repeatedly running over him with her car. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Dornhelm
“ A TV film based based on the true story of 44 year old Clara Harris a successful Texas dentist and mother of young twins, who hired private investigator Bobbi Bacha, played by actress Sela Ward, to spy on her philandering orthodontist husband. Instead Bobbi Bacha ends up videotaping her client Clara Harris running over her cheating husband with her Mercedes Benz in the parking lot of a posh hotel and killing him.
Elizabeth Peña played Clara Harris. ” - dcoji
 
12.
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)
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Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer. (128 mins.)
Director: Georgina Riedel
“ a 2005 American movie, the plot concerns three generations of Garcia women in a sleepy Arizona town who experience a sexual awakening during the course of a summer.
America Ferrera is the teenage Blanca Garcia, Elizabeth Peña is Blanca's mother and Lucy Gallardo is her grandmother. ” - dcoji