Nice Brazilian movies (in which stories happen outside Rio, São Paulo or Northeast and that are not documentaries) - and foreign films about Brazil with the same descriptionby guisreis | created - 03 Sep 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Documentaries are not listed here. The best Brazilian documentaries are in this link.
There are other nice Brazilian movies in these lists: Great movies about/in Rio de Janeiro Great movies about/in São Paulo Movies about Northeastern Brazil
Indeed, the present list brings good Brazilian movies which stories are held neither in Rio nor in São Paulo or Northeast and that are not documentaries.
I have also made a list of Brazilian movies with up to three films representative of each state.
ADD: Dona Sílvia não gostava de música
To be added: short films: "O balãozinho azul" by Fáuston da Silva, "Os irmãos Mai", "Nó" (2014 - https://www.facebook.com/marcofilmescurtano/), and "Para chegar até a lua". http://curta-animacao.blogspot.com.br/2011/05/para-chegar-ate-lua.html I'd also like to add short film "A espera", from Ernesto Solis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAIoPmqd4aw Also to be added short film "A última crônica" by Jorge Monclar https://youtu.be/Bw0K2ISQ63I The short film "Zimbú", from Marcos Strassburger Souza. https://youtu.be/LwQlUWs5RZc Add: As Cobras, from Otto Guerra: portacurtas.org.br/filme/?name=as_cobras_o_filme The short film "Os três porquinhos". http://portacurtas.org.br/filme/?name=os_tres_porquinhos Add: animated short Égun: http://portacurtas.org.br/filme/?name=egun
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1. Batismo de Sangue (2006)
110 min | Drama
During the period of 1964 to 1985, Brazil lived a military dictatorship. In the 60s, the Dominican friars Tito, Betto, Fernando and Ivo help leftist organizations. However, they are ... See full summary »
3. Estômago (2007)
113 min | Drama
In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way, a life of his own: he cooks in order to survive and find a place ... See full summary »
4. Solidões (2013)
94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Solitudes goes from laugh to drama, from musical to documentary, from romantic comedy to mean satire, keeping loneliness focused in all its aspects at all times, in many stories that are linked to each other.
There are different stories in this film, and they're held in different parts of Brazil.
6. Lavoura Arcaica (2001)
163 min | Drama
Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »
7. Aquarela (2003)
5 min | Animation, Short
In this animation, the drawings of a child become gradually colorless, to the sound of the song "Aquarela" (by Maurizio Fabrizio, Guido Morra, Toquinho and Vinícius de Moraes), in a metaphor for the cycle of life and death.
9. Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2004)
87 min | Adventure, Comedy
Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has confessed the crime as a cover-up for his girlfriend, who was the wife of the dead man.... See full summary »
12. Serra Pelada (2013)
120 min | Drama, Western
1980s. Juliano and Joaquin are best friends who get excited when learning of Serra Pelada, the largest open pit gold mine decides to leave from St. Paul and to the local dreaming of wealth.... See full summary »
13. Friendly Fire (1998)
76 min | Drama
Brazil in the early 70s. Miguel, Eloi, Osvaldo and Paolo take part in armed attacks against the military dictatorship. They pay a heavy price with torture and arrest. Today the four friends... See full summary »
Part of the film happens in São Paulo and part of it in Minas Gerais.
14. The Man Who Copied (2003)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,896 | Gross: $0.02M
16. Faroeste Caboclo (2013)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Brazilian Western is an adaptation of the eponymous song by Renato Russo a famous Brazilian singer and composer who in the style of Bob Dylan knew how to delight crowds by telling stories ... See full summary »
17. Bye Bye Brasil (1980)
R | 110 min | Drama
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »
18. Houve Uma Vez Dois Verões (2002)
75 min | Comedy, Romance
A coming of age dramatic comedy dealing with the effect that two "summers" have on the lives of several teenagers. The main story involves an innocent teenage boy and a conniving teenage ... See full summary »
20. Xingu (2011)
Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
In the '40s, three brothers decide to live a great adventure and enlisting in the Roncador-Xingu Expedition, which has a mission to tame the Central Brazil. The Villas Boas brothers: ... See full summary »
22. Céu, Inferno e Outras Partes do Corpo (2011)
8 min | Animation, Short
A dog with a broken heart perceives his reality in a very peculiar way, inviting to a glance at his tragicomic routine.
Director: Rodrigo John
The gigs about dogs' behavior are hilarious. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/-oN8Tu40nd8
23. O Dia em Que Dorival Encarou a Guarda (1986)
14 min | Short
Dorival, a man in jail, has only one wish: to take a bath. To achieve his objective, he defies the private, the corporal, the sargeant and, finally, the lieutenant in charge of the prison.
Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/29268179
26. Rio 2 (2014)
G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law.
Votes: 65,847 | Gross: $131.54M
The story begins in Rio de Janeiro but, after a small part as a road movie, continues for most of the time in Amazon forest. This sequel is almost as good as the first Rio movie and also presents a brilliant animation work and nice jokes about Brazilian way of life. Though, producers were saupposed to know thst it is extremely uncommon to buy blueberries in the country!
27. O Menino e o Vento (1967)
104 min | Drama
Young engineer on holiday gets involved with a boy having a strange relationship with the wind. Their close friendship arouses suspicion in the small town. When the boy disappears, the ... See full summary »
28. Tainá: Uma Aventura na Amazônia (2000)
90 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A brave and bold indian girl, protector of her jungle and its wild life and guided by her shaman grandfather, pairs with a boy from the big city, against animal traffickers in the Amazon forest.
30. O Segredo dos Diamantes (2014)
Tree kids looking for diamonds wich is the only way to save Angelo's father life.
Great film aimed to youth.
31. Somos Tão Jovens (2013)
Biography, Drama, Music
The life of Renato Manfredini Júnior, Brazilian musician, from his first involvement with music, to his years in the punk rock band Aborto Alétrico, to the formation of Legião Urbana, in the rock scene of 70's/80's Brasilia.
34. A Lasanha Assassina (2002)
8 min | Animation, Short
A lasagna is left in a defective fridge, and the toxic gases together with the low temperature causes a mutation, turning it into a furious monster, whose only objective is to kill the people who had made it.
36. A Oeste do Fim do Mundo (2013)
When it has nothing, it may not be the end but a new beginning. Argentina. An old gas station lost in the immensity of the ancient transcontinental road is the refuge of introspective Leon ... See full summary »
A Brazilian-Argentine production.
37. Jean Charles (2009)
93 min | Biography, Drama
The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.
40. Caramuru: A Invenção do Brasil (2001)
85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Diogo Álvares, a Portuguese map illustrator, reaches the Brazilian coast, after his caravel sinks. He is saved by the Indian chief Itaparica and his two daughters, Paraguaçu and Moema. They... See full summary »
41. Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças (1970)
103 min | Drama
A Latin-American insurgent and a black leader join forces to free an African nation. But they'll have to face a German mercenary aided by an American agent and a Portuguese advisor, all working for a mysterious woman.
42. Terra Estrangeira (1995)
110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother's native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.
43. 2 Perdidos numa Noite Suja (2002)
100 min | Drama
Paco and Tonho are illegal Brazilian immigrants in New York. Shy Tonho dreams of being successful, but misses his family and Brazil. Pursued by Immigration Service and later arrested, he is... See full summary »
44. Until Sbornia Takes Us Apart (2013)
93 min | Animation, Comedy, Music
Sbórnia is an island with a rich but eccentric culture, separated from the rest of the world by a high wall. When the wall comes down, cultural change plays hilarious havoc on the lives of two traditional Sbórnian musicians.
45. Cabeça a Prêmio (2009)
104 min | Drama
The Menezes, a powerful family of animal breeders from the Mid-West, have always been at the helm of all illegal dealings in the region. In recent times, they've watched as the system that ... See full summary »
46. Até que a Casa Caia (2015)
A separated couple still share the same roof as a seemingly conventional family. The balance is broken with the arrival of the new ex-husband's girlfriend, highlighting the neuroses of the family's routine.
47. Monkey Joy (2008)
8 min | Documentary, Animation, Short
The arrival of a revolutionary product shakes the monotony of Amsterdam. Taking as a starting point images captured during six months of the Dutch daily life, the director and designer Amir... See full summary »
Director: Amir Admoni
48. Brichos (2007)
77 min | Animation
Tales, Jairzinho and Bandeira are crazy about video games and will come together to create a perfect fighter for the local video game championship. They went on a quest that will eventually revealing a secret in the forest where they live.
51. Tarântula (2015)
20 min | Short, Drama, Horror
In a distant mansion lives a religious and apparently incomplete family: a mother and her two daughters. Until the day which a new disturbing member comes to put things in their place.
100 min | Drama
The photographer Cauby moves and settles down in a small town in the countryside of Pará. When he meets the model Lavínia, who is the wife of Pastor Ernani, they have a torrid love affair. ... See full summary »
53. 3 Efes (2007)
Sissi, the young daughter of an unemployed widower, struggles to support her family, while dreams of sharing an apartment with her boyfriend, a soccer player. Martina, who has a more stable... See full summary »
54. Diário de Um Novo Mundo (2005)
94 min | Drama
In 1752, a ship arrives in Brazil, bringing doctor and writer Gaspar de Fróes. He keeps a diary about the dangerous trip, the diseases and hunger aboard, his impressions of the new country,... See full summary »
55. Engraçadinha (1981)
103 min | Drama
Engraçadinha is a sexy teenager, with whom every man wants to get involved, except her cousin Sílvio, the only man she loves. On Sílvio's engagement day, she seduces him at the party and ... See full summary »
I am not sure if the story is held/filmed in Rio de Janeiro or Espírito Santo state. If it happens in Rio de Janeiro, it must be moved to another list of mine.
57. Saneamento Básico, O Filme (2007)
112 min | Comedy
A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.
58. Benjamim (2003)
109 min | Drama
Benjamim Zambraia is a lonely man, a famous model with a tragic past. Some time in the past, he showed some officers the exact location where the woman he loved was hiding with her guerilla... See full summary »
60. Se Eu Fosse Você (2006)
108 min | Comedy
The publicist Claudio and the housewife and choral teacher Helena have been married for many years, but they do not understand and respect the feelings and view point of the partner. ... See full summary »
62. Menino Maluquinho: O Filme (1995)
83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The adventures of a little, nutty boy of unique personality and traits who finds comfort at his grandfather's farm, after his parents are divorced.
63. O Casamento de Louise (2001)
80 min | Comedy, Romance
Two women, from opposite worlds, Louise and her maid Luzia, both share a passion for music and finding the perfect man. What can happen during a luncheon where the tastes of both women ... See full summary »
66. Fofão - A Nave Sem Rumo (1988)
80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Very nice film for kids! Off course it is not complex and there are problems due low budget, but Fofão is extremely charismatic and there are many very funnny gags.
67. A Noite do Chupacabras (2011)
104 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
Death and blood are in the middle of a feud between two families. Something creepy rounds the Silva Farm and makes its victims. The Carvalho Family, stuck to their past and hatred, can't ... See full summary »
68. Ex isto (2016)
86 min | Drama
The famous philosopher and mathematician René Descartes (João Miguel) arrives in Brazil, where he travels in the tropics. An imaginary landing in which Descartes appears on the effect of ... See full summary »
Part of the film is held in Amapá and Brasília.
70. Deus é pai (1999)
After thousands of years living together, the relationship between God and his beloved son Jesus has suffered an inevitable deterioration. A therapist will have a hard time trying to reestablish their old connection.
71. Sweet Power (1997)
102 min | Comedy, Drama
A journalist is placed upon the management of a large broadcasting company to the capital of Brazil at the time of local elections. She must now face ideological and ethical questions, ... See full summary »
72. Mauá - O Imperador e o Rei (1999)
135 min | Drama
A movie about a Brazilian entrepreneur who rivalled American's richest man at his time, well-known Rockfeller. Irineu Evangelista de Souza in 1867 had $155.000 contos de reis, meanwhile the... See full summary »
132 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.
74. Manhã Cinzenta (1969)
40 min | Drama, Short
A couple is arrested and tortured after taking part in a political demonstration, being sentenced to death.
In this film made during Brazilian dictaroship (the director has been arrested and tortured because of the movie), the authoritarian military regime in a fictional Latin American country has a robot called Eletronic Brain who is able to detect the thoughts of the political convicts.
75. Matar ou Correr (1954)
87 min | Comedy
"High Noon" spoof. Kid Bolha and Ciscocada, two clumsy swindlers, arrive at a violent Old West town called Citydown where, by mistake, one of them is appointed Sheriff. They're intent on ... See full summary »
76. Cotidiano (2008)
18 min | Short, Drama, Family
Some call to live the period of time from the moment you wake up until the time you to go to bed. This film is about the ones to whom this period of time is not about living, but about seeing life goes by.
78. Faroeste (2015)
Tells the life of Brazillian bandit, Luís Garcia. His crimes against state and rage against part of the population and real murders commited by him against priests, that shocked part of the population, making him a wanted man.
Director: Abelardo de Carvalho
This is far from a definite opinion, as I could not even watch full film. I did not like narration and I considered the pace a little boring. The great qualities of this Brazilian Western are the excelent cinematography and the interesting appropriation of Sergio Leone style.
79. Anahy de las Misiones (1997)
107 min | War
Told by gauchos from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguai, the legend says that Anahy de las Missiones wandered around the Plata Basin during the time of Cisplatina War (1825-1828), stealing the dead.
80. Olympia 2016 (2016)
115 min | Documentary
A fictional and documental depiction of the city of Olympia, a place on the verge of hosting the Olympic Games. On the surface, the games bring a layer of beauty to the city. In reality, ... See full summary »
Fictional Olympia is obvious a spoof of Rio de Janeiro, but technically it is an other place.
81. Temporal (1984)
11 min | Short
83. Roberto Carlos a 300 Quilômetros Por Hora (1971)
99 min | Adventure
A mechanic who wants to become a race car pilot has his great opportunity when he has to take the place of another pilot who had suffered an accident.
An underdog car racing movie (the mechanic wants to win a car race and impress the girls he loves), full of clichés, merchandising and a pinch of sexism. The worst moment is not central, but politically important and unforgivable: Erasmo Calos shouts "Hail Brazil! Love it or leave it!"; "Love it or leave it" was the slogan of military dictatorship, which was in its most violent moment when the film was launched. Though, the movie is neither bad, nor as predictable as it seems at first sight (the end is not fantastic but surprisingly interesting). Some of the actors - Raul Cortez, who portrays the boss and pilot, Reginaldo Faria, the owner of the broken car, and Flávio Miggliacio, who plays the truck driver - were among the best in the country.
85. O Preço da Paz (2003)
103 min | Drama
Fantastic costumes and cinematography, but poor dialogs and, quote often, bad acting.
86. Dang kou (2008)
118 min | Thriller
Yuda, a feared Chinese outlaw, and his adopted son Kirin, an impulsive young dreamer, together rule the pirated goods racket in an ultra-liberal Brazilian metropolis. The magnate and his ... See full summary »
It is a Brazil/China/Hong Kong/Japan production. The story happens in São Paulo (but begins in Oiapoque, northernmost region in the country). If you ignore the ridiculous last 40 minutes, the film is nice.
88. Amor em Sampa (2016)
In this upbeat musical, the city of São Paulo is the setting for five love stories, in which everyone seeks their dreams in a different way.
Lots of ups and downs, but the ups do exist.
89. Brasil Animado (2011)
78 min | Animation
The story is a road movie which passes through Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Ceará, São Paulo, Paraná, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Brasília.
90. Um Assalto de Fé (2011)
96 min | Comedy
I have not watched the film until the end, as I felt asleep before (not because of the film, which is not boring). Anyway, I could notice that the film has ups and downs, with some good action and filmmaking, but some prejudice and not always very good dialogs.
91. Simone (2013)
Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Drama
SIMONE has made a decision: after years of relationships with women, she decides to be with a man for the first time. The film broaches sexual freedom issues through the experiences of its ... See full summary »
92. Hans Staden (1999)
92 min | Biography, Drama, History
On the eve of his return to Europe after an extended involuntary stay in 16th-century Brazil, the German sailor Hans Staden is captured by a hostile cannibal Indian tribe. In order to ... See full summary »
93. A Super Fêmea (1973)
101 min | Comedy
Beautiful model is hired to star a campaign to sell a new product: the male contraceptive pill. But it isn't easy to win the confidence of its target market, since people believe it causes impotence.
Among the many Brazilian sexist sexploitation movies known as "chanchadas" this one worth be mentioned because it is very innovative, in spite of its silliness.
94. Didi, o Cupido Trapalhão (2003)
86 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
A clumsy angel is sent away from heaven by God Himself. He may only return after he becomes a good Cupid. But the first couple he tries to connect is a real challenge: the man is poor, and ... See full summary »
95. Sexo às Avessas (1982)
96 min | Drama
This could have been a revolutionary movie, as it innovates by exchanging the conventional roles and behaviors of men and women in Brazilian patriarchal society. Though, as they wanted to make fun of them, it is more a charicature than an effective critic of prejudices and of lack of rights and opportunities. Besides that, as naked women bodies are shown all the time, portraying them in dominant positions does not really helps to change gender mismatch. Bad overacting is perhaps the worst problem of this film with a high erotic trait as it was common in Brazilian cinema in those times. There are some minor details which are the best elements of the movie, as they reproduce the often unnoticed ways sexism operates in society. Therefore, the final outcome is bad, but the movie does worth mention.