Top Films From Hispania/Iberia

The best films from Spain and Portugal
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1.
A Divina Comédia (1991)
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Patients in a mental institution see themselves as Adam and Eve, Sonia and Raskolnikov, a Philosopher and a Prophet, Alyosha and Ivan Karamazov, Jesus, Lazarus, Martha, Mary and St Teresa of Avila. (140 mins.)
 
2.
Abraham's Valley (1993)
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Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr... (187 mins.)
 
3.
Cria Cuervos (1976)
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Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother will have to acclimatise to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments and eventually, grow up. (105 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
4.
Take My Eyes (2003)
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One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"... (109 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
 
5.
Aniki Bóbó (1942)
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The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member... (71 mins.)
 
6.
Bad Education (2004)
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An examination on the effect of Franco-era religious schooling and sexual abuse on the lives of two longtime friends. (106 mins.)
 
7.
A Caixa (1994)
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Stories of various individuals living in a poor district of Lisbon are intertwined with the sad life of a blind street vendor whose only means of support is his elm box. (93 mins.)
 
8.
Live Flesh (1997)
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After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun... (103 mins.)
Director: Pedro Almodovar
 
9.
A Talking Picture (2003)
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Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations. (96 mins.)
 
10.
Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (2009)
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A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down. (64 mins.)
 
11.
Recollections of the Yellow House (1989)
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Lisbon, 1989. A middle-aged poor idiot, tormented by an illness, lives in a cheap room in a family boarding house, in the old section of the city's waterfront. (122 mins.)
 
12.
As Bodas de Deus (1999)
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After receiving a visit from a messenger of God, a man (Joao Cesar Monteiro) wins his buddy's girlfriend (Joana Azevedo) through a roll of the dice. (150 mins.)
 
13.
Trails (1978)
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(120 mins.)
 
14.
God's Comedy (1995)
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João de Deus is the manager of an ice-cream shop owned by an ex-prostitute, Paraíso dos Gelados (Ice-Cream Paradise)... (170 mins.)
 
15.
Blood (1989)
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Vicente, seventeen, lives with brother Nino, ten-years-old, and his ailing father in a derelict house on the outskirts of the capital... (95 mins.)
Director: Pedro Costa
 
16.
Disquiet (2010)
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A room in Lisbon. A man dreams and establishes a theory to make it come true. This film is based on The Book of Disquiet ... (90 mins.)
Director: João Botelho
 
17.
Conversa Acabada (1981)
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The film was to be a documentary, but evolved during production to a fictional film. It nevertheless... (100 mins.)
Director: João Botelho
 
18.
Fantasia Lusitana (2010 Documentary)
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Images and sounds expose the duality of Portugal during the days of WW2: a peaceful, god-loving, rural country... (65 mins.)
Director: João Canijo
 
19.
Blood of My Blood (2011)
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A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week. (131 mins.)
Director: João Canijo
 
20.
Law of Desire (1987)
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A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project. (102 mins.)
Director: Pedro Almodovar
 
21.
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
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The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime. (89 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
22.
The Green Years (1963)
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Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives... (91 mins.)
Director: Paulo Rocha
 
23.
O Lugar do Morto (1984)
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Alvaro, a divorced journalist with a complicated love life, watches someone he doesn't know killing... (120 mins.)
 
24.
Goodbye, Father (1996)
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For a 13-year-old boy like Filipe, the prospect of a summer vacation in the Azores with his father is like a dream come true. But dreams are sometimes just a way to avoid facing reality... (85 mins.)
 
25.
Rapture (1979)
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A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse. (105 mins.)
Director: Iván Zulueta
 
26.
'Non', ou A Vã Glória de Mandar (1990)
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Episodes from entire military history of Portugal are told through flashbacks as a professorish soldier... (110 mins.)
 
27.
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
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An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. (101 mins.)
 
28.
All About My Mother (1999)
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Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. (101 mins.)
 
29.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
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In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein, a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
30.
Thesis (1996)
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While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty... (125 mins.)
 
31.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
32.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
 
33.
Volver (2006)
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After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. (121 mins.)
 
34.
Open Your Eyes (1997)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured. (117 mins.)
 
35.
Viridiana (1961)
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Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
36.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
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A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
37.
The Grandfather (1998)
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After his son dies, an elderly man comes back to Spain from the US and hopes to find out which of his granddaughters is true, and which one is bastard. (151 mins.)
 
38.
El Sur (1983)
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The movie tells a melancholic story of a little girl who is living in a city in the north. She is fascinated... (95 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
39.
Anna and the Wolves (1973)
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The young but traveled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three... (102 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
40.
¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)
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Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War... (102 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
41.
Veneno Cura (2008)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Raquel Freire
 
42.
Elisa, My Life (1977)
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Elisa has not seen her father Luis for nine years, but she receives a telegram from her sister Isabel... (125 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
43.
Libertarias (1996)
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At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel... (125 mins.)
Director: Vicente Aranda
 
44.
April Captains (2000)
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Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it. (123 mins.)
 
45.
Agora (2009)
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A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. (127 mins.)
 
46.
Silvestre (1981)
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The daughters of a nobleman give shelter to a stranger. After that visit ends with a severed hand, the pilgrim takes on different identities to seek revenge. The nobleman goes missing and his youngest has to pose as a knight to save him. (120 mins.)
 
47.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
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Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
48.
The Murmuring Coast (2004)
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Based on the novel by Lidia Jorge. (120 mins.)
 
49.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
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A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
50.
Rending (2001)
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A philosophy-obsessed serial rapist stalks a university campus in broad daylight. (93 mins.)
Director: Raquel Freire
 
51.
Belle de Jour (1967)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (100 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
52.
Trance (2006)
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Sonia, a girl from St Petersburg, decides to seek a better life in western Europe. She first gets a job at a car dealer in Germany... (126 mins.)
 
53.
The Others (2001)
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A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
 
54.
Jaime (1974 Documentary)
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(35 mins.)
Director: António Reis
 
55.
Mondays in the Sun (2002)
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This is the story of those who live as if every day was a constant Sunday, those who spend their Mondays in the sun. The story of people who worked in a dockyard but are now unemployed. (113 mins.)
 
56.
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
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In Lapland, under the midnight sun, Otto and Ana reunite once again after a long period of time apart, in the hope of rekindling their unrequited teenage love. (112 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
57.
Flamenco (1995 Documentary)
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As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
58.
Jamón, Jamón (1992)
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Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor... (95 mins.)
Director: Bigas Luna
 
59.
Labyrinth of Passion (1982)
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A camp melodrama/comedy about Sexilia (a nymphomaniac), Sadec (a gay Islamic terrorist), Riza Niro (the son of the emperor of Tiran)... (100 mins.)
 
60.
Blood Wedding (1981)
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Group of dancers put Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' on stage, the tragic play about a married man who is still in love with his ex girlfriend, and tries to get back to her despite her planned wedding. (72 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
61.
Get a Life (2001)
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During one winter night, a Portuguese teenager, Alvaro, loses his life in a fight between a youth gang and the cops in a suburb of Paris... (115 mins.)
Director: João Canijo
 
62.
Down to Earth (1994)
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The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama. (110 mins.)
Director: Pedro Costa
 
63.
The Mutants (1998)
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(113 mins.)
 
64.
Matador (1986)
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An ex-bullfighter who gets turned on by killing, a lady lawyer with the same fetish and a young man driven insane by his religious upbringing... (110 mins.)
 
65.
Hovering Over the Water (1986)
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Laura Rossellini, a widow from Rome, vacations on the Algarve coast one hot summer. One day while sunbathing... (143 mins.)
 
66.
José and Pilar (2010 Documentary)
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"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature... (117 mins.)
 
67.
The Holy Innocents (1984)
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Spain, 1960's. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners... (107 mins.)
Director: Mario Camus
 
68.
Alatriste (2006)
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Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars. (145 mins.)
 
69.
The Blind Sunflowers (2008)
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Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo... (98 mins.)
 
70.
Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013)
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In Spain in 1966, an English teacher picks up two hitchhikers on his quest to meet John Lennon. (108 mins.)
Director: David Trueba
 
71.
The Sleeping Voice (2011)
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Madrid, post-Spanish Civil War. Sisters Hortensia and Pepita are involved with an underground guerrilla movement... (128 mins.)
Director: Benito Zambrano
 
72.
Magical Girl (2014)
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The father of an ill girl tries to obtain her daughter last wish, the dress of the main character of a Japanese TV series. Because of this last wish he will meet a disturbed girl and a retired professor. (127 mins.)
Director: Carlos Vermut