Latin American cinema in 130 films

América Latina en 130 películas.

Esta lista esta basada en el libro del mismo título de Jorge Ruffinelli.

El libro es una selección de 130 películas del territorio latinoamericano que abarcan desde el periodo mudo hasta la actualidad.

Una de las reglas del autor fue no poner más de una película por director (eso explica la ausencia de más películas de la etapa mejicana de Buñuel o probablemente, de otras de autores más desconocidos).

Se trata de una selección cuidada, completa y diversa, un recorrido por todos los países con predominancia de Argentina, Brasil y Méjico (aquellos con industria más fuerte) y por todas las miradas que contiene grandes películas desconocidas (sobre todo para extranjeros) y supone una genial guía de estudio para introducirse en este cine.


Latin American cinema in 130 films

This list is based on the book by Jorge Ruffinelli.

This book is a selection of 130 latin american movies that goes from the silent cinema until today.

One of the rules of the author was not to select more than one film by each filmmaker (that explains the absence of more movies from Buñuel's mexican period or probably from another more unknown movies)

It's a focused, complet and diverse selection, a walkthrough around all the countries but mainly Argentina, Mexico and Brazil (those with a bigger industry) and around all the styles and gazes that includes very rare and unknown films (especially to foreigners) and suposses a great guide to study and get into this cinema.
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Limite (1931)
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Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past. (114 mins.)
Director: Mario Peixoto
 
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Ganga Bruta (1933)
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A man kills his wife on their wedding night, after discovering she had been unfaithful. After being acquitted, he moves to the country, where he falls in love with an innocent girl. (82 mins.)
Director: Humberto Mauro
 
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Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936)
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The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide... (92 mins.)
 
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Outside the Law (1937)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Manuel Romero
 
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La vuelta al nido (1938)
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(77 mins.)
 
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Prisioneros de la tierra (1939)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Mario Soffici
 
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You're Missing the Point (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog... (112 mins.)
 
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La guerra gaucha (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of the irregular forces on the north of Argentina, fighting against the Spanish Crown for the independence. (90 mins.)
Director: Lucas Demare
 
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Pueblerina (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Aurelio Rodríguez is released from jail, and tries to start a new life marrying Paloma and working his land. But the local landowners, the brothers González, interfere with his plans. (111 mins.)
 
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Una familia de tantas (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Rodrigo Catano seeks to impose in his family a Porfirian order. One day a door to door salesman, Roberto del Hierro... (130 mins.)
 
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Hardly a Criminal (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A bank employee utilizes a legal loophole to conduct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement following a six-year prison sentence. (88 mins.)
Director: Hugo Fregonese
 
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La oveja negra (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Trevino family tries to overcome the irresponsible behavior of Don Cruz, an erratic father with numerous defects that contrast with his son Silvano, a young kid man that is incapable of passing judgment on his own father. (104 mins.)
 
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Aventurera (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Left alone after her mother runs off with another man and her father kills himself, Elena attempts to make a new life for herself in a new city... (101 mins.)
Director: Alberto Gout
 
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The Young and the Damned (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
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La escalinata (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(75 mins.)
 
21.
Beyond Oblivion (1956)
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(93 mins.)
Director: Hugo del Carril
 
22.
Alias Big Shot (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Lautaro Murúa
 
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Flooded Out (1962)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Fernando Birri
 
24.
La mano en la trampa (1961)
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A woman uncovers the secret of her aunt's withdrawal from the world and arranges a confrontation with the man who jilted her. (85 mins.)
 
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The Old Young People (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(106 mins.)
Director: Rodolfo Kuhn
 
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The Shark Hunters (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Aurelio is a shark fisherman who works on the coast of Tabasco, Mexico. He works hard and sends money... (100 mins.)
Director: Luis Alcoriza
 
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Barren Lives (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children... (103 mins.)
 
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Black God, White Devil (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism... (120 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
29.
Paula cautiva (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Fernando Ayala
 
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The Guns (1964)
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In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit. (80 mins.)
Director: Ruy Guerra
 
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Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
CHRONICLE OF A BOY ALONE, is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens... (79 mins.)
Director: Leonardo Favio
 
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The Hour and Turn of Augusto Matraga (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Augusto Matraga is a violent agressive farmer who after being betrayed by his wife and trapped by several enemies is bitten up and left for dead... (109 mins.)
Director: Roberto Santos
 
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São Paulo, Sociedade Anônima (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man lives in conflict as he deals with his friends and love interests against the backdrop of São Paulo. (107 mins.)
 
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The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The metamorphoses of Juan Quin Quin, in turns bullfighter, guerrilla fighter and sacristan. (112 mins.)
 
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Todas as Mulheres do Mundo (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Womanizer suddenly finds a woman who makes him change the way he looks at women. He falls in love, and believes she is in fact all women in one... (86 mins.)
 
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Lucía (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (160 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
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Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Sergio (Sergio Corrieri - Soy Cuba), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident... (97 mins.)
 
38.
Invasion (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(123 mins.)
Director: Hugo Santiago
 
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Killed the Family and Went to the Movies (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
There are many concurrent plots in this film. The main one being the one in which a desperate guy kills... (78 mins.)
Director: Júlio Bressane
 
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Jackal of Nahueltoro (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1960, José del Carmen Valenzuela Torres, from the small town of Nahueltoro in Chile, brutally murdered Rosa Rivas Acuña and her five children... (95 mins.)
Director: Miguel Littín
 
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Macunaima (1969)
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Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown... (110 mins.)
 
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The Red Light Bandit (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims. (92 mins.)
 
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Reed, México insurgente (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of John Reed's newspaper accounts of the Mexican Revolution. Considered the first real film in Mexican cinema to be made on the Mexican Revolution. (124 mins.)
Director: Paul Leduc
 
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The Castle of Purity (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years... (110 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
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Little White Dove (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young working class girl falls in love with an upper class boy who is part of the plot to assassinate General Schneider... (125 mins.)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
 
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All Nudity Shall Be Punished (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rich, spoiled youngman encounters a prostitute, and gets confused about the nature of his feelings for her; he can't decide between attraction, and repulsion. (102 mins.)
Director: Arnaldo Jabor
 
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The Truce (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man has to come to terms with his wasted youth, estranged family and grim prospects for the future. (108 mins.)
Director: Sergio Renán
 
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Canoa (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of students take a bus to go to a small town, in order to finish a professional practice. All of them are friends... (115 mins.)
Director: Felipe Cazals
 
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The Passion of Berenice (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Berenice (Navarro) is a woman with a mysterious past. A scar crosses her face and nightmares of fire and horses fill her lonely nights... (107 mins.)
 
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Hallelujah Gretchen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A German family moves to a small town in the interior of the state of Paraná, Brazil, and buys a hotel there, which soon becomes sort of a meeting point for Nazi sympathizers. (118 mins.)
Director: Sylvio Back
 
52.
One Way or Another (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Film about Miraflores, a housing development built in 1962. (78 mins.)
Director: Sara Gómez
 
53.
Sea of Roses (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Woman runs away having the company of her daughter, the ultimate brat, in a journey full of bizarre events. (99 mins.)
Director: Ana Carolina
 
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The Smoking Fish (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A handsome young man is released from jail and goes to "El Pez Que Fuma", a bordello in the outskirts of Caracas... (120 mins.)
Director: Román Chalbaud
 
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Colonel Delmira Gouveia (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the beginning of the 20th Century, in the Northeast of Brazil, one of the first Brazilian industrialists is persecuted because he refuses to sell his business to a British company. (90 mins.)
Director: Geraldo Sarno
 
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Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In a small city of Brazil, Flor (a very good looking woman) marries Vadinho, a very handsome and erotic man... (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
 
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Sargento Getúlio (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the 40s, sergeant is ordered to escort a political prisoner from Paulo Afonso to Aracaju, Brazil... (85 mins.)
Director: Hermanno Penna
 
59.
A Intrusa (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The film follows the parallel lives of two brothers of Danish ancestry in the "Pampas" of the Brazilian-Argentine-Uruguayan rural area... (100 mins.)
 
60.
El Super (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Slice of life look at Roberto and Aurelia, Cuban exiles living in New York City with their 17-year-old daughter Aurelita... (90 mins.)
 
61.
Retrato de Teresa (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Teresa is overwhelmed: with a husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a textile factory... (103 mins.)
Director: Pastor Vega
 
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Bye Bye Brasil (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Diegues
 
63.
El zapato chino (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(72 mins.)
 
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Gaijin, a Brazilian Odyssey (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Based on fact, this is the story of the struggles of Japanese immigrants who traveled to and settled in Brazil looking for a better life. (112 mins.)
Director: Tizuka Yamasaki
 
65.
They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism. (120 mins.)
Director: Leon Hirszman
 
66.
Pixote (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with little crimes, prostitution, etc (128 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
67.
Time for Revenge (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A union organizing demolition worker and a friend of his decide to blackmail the corrupt company they work for setting up a fake accident... (112 mins.)
 
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Camila (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1840's Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful young socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao... (107 mins.)
 
69.
El Norte (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better. (141 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
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Inocência (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the 19th century, a country girl is seduced by a young doctor who's staying at her house for a few days, caring for her, and tries to hide the forbidden romance from her father, who disapproves of the relationship. (118 mins.)
Director: Walter Lima Jr.
 
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The Official Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is. (112 mins.)
Director: Luis Puenzo
 
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A Man of Principle (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Colombia, from the second half of the nineteenth century, two political parties; The traditional... (90 mins.)
 
73.
The City and the Dogs (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four angry cadets have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom... (135 mins.)
 
74.
Oriana (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young girl is sent to a South American hacienda, where she learns about the life of her reclusive aunt, Oriana (88 mins.)
Director: Fina Torres
 
75.
Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Some Argentinians, exiled in Paris, decide to put on a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star. (119 mins.)
 
76.
A King and His Movie (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Buenos Aires movie director, very fond of the legend of the King of Patagonia and Araucania, decides to make a movie about it... (107 mins.)
Director: Carlos Sorin
 
77.
Hour of the Star (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist... (96 mins.)
Director: Suzana Amaral
 
78.
Man Facing Southeast (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right? (105 mins.)
Director: Eliseo Subiela
 
79.
Imagen latente (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Pablo Perelman
 
80.
Macu, the Policeman's Woman (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The true story of a jealous policeman and his young wife living in a shanty-town in South America. (90 mins.)
 
81.
Milagro en Roma (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man's seven-year-old daughter dies and his grief is overwhelming. After twelve years he finds the... (90 mins.)
 
82.
La bella del Alhambra (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
 
83.
The Secret Nation (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(128 mins.)
Director: Jorge Sanjinés
 
84.
Papeles secundarios (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(117 mins.)
Director: Orlando Rojas
 
85.
The Moon in the Mirror (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An aged former sailor, ill and confined in his bed, maintains his firm grip on his house and his son... (75 mins.)
Director: Silvio Caiozzi
 
86.
Rodrigo D: No futuro (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Rodrigo and his friends are bored teenagers living in Medellin. Rodrigo wants to start a punk band. The youths mainly loaf around the hillside shanty towns and, for kicks, steal a bike or car, or shoot someone. (93 mins.)
Director: Víctor Gaviria
 
87.
Cabeza de Vaca (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico. (112 mins.)
 
88.
Adorables mentiras (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(108 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
 
89.
La mujer de Benjamín (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Old bachelor Benjamin (Lopez Rojas) still lives with his sister Micaela (Doria) in the boredom of a small town... (90 mins.)
Director: Carlos Carrera
 
90.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life... (105 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Arau
 
91.
Danzón (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and... (120 mins.)
Director: María Novaro
 
92.
La frontera (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A high school teacher runs afoul of the government and is sentenced to internal exile. (120 mins.)
Director: Ricardo Larrain
 
93.
Cronos (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. (94 mins.)
 
94.
Johnny One Hundred Pesos (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young low-class student gets involved with the wrong people and takes part in a non successful video rental robbery. (90 mins.)
 
95.
La estrategia del caracol (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A lot of people live in an ocupated house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out... (116 mins.)
Director: Sergio Cabrera
 
96.
Amnesia (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
97.
Midaq Alley (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown... (140 mins.)
Director: Jorge Fons
 
98.
El silencio de Neto (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A boy struggles against his stifling family life during the 1954 Guatemala coup. (106 mins.)
Director: Luis Argueta
 
100.
Bienvenido-Welcome (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During a business trip a married man has an affair with a blonde who leaves him the message "Welcome to the world of sida". (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Retes