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by Gonzalo_Garcia | created - 14 Sep 2013 | updated - 05 Dec 2015 | Public

Spanish films recommended for non-Spaniards to watch

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1. La noche de los girasoles (2006)

123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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The discovery of a young girl's dead body in a field of sunflowers near a small Spanish village will lead to a tragic string of events.

Director: Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Judith Diakhate, Celso Bugallo, Manuel Morón

Votes: 2,305

2. Agora (2009)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.2
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 57,467 | Gross: $0.62M

3. Primos (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy

6.7
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Three cousins travel to the village where they spent summer vacations as kids.

Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Inma Cuesta, Raúl Arévalo, Antonio de la Torre

Votes: 3,788

4. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Thriller

7.6
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73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 162,701 | Gross: $19.02M

5. El mundo es nuestro (2012)

83 min | Comedy, Crime

6.6
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Sevilla 2012. El Culebra y el Cabesa, dos raterillos chandaleros del tres al cuarto cercanos a la treintena, deciden dar su gran gol¬pe: atracar una sucursal bancaria y huir a Brasil ... See full synopsis »

Director: Alfonso Sánchez | Stars: Alfonso Sánchez, Alberto López, Alfonso Valenzuela, Joserra Leza

Votes: 981

6. Traumalogía (2007)

22 min | Short, Drama

6.1
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Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Natalia Mateo, Héctor Colomé, Raúl Arévalo

Votes: 79

7. The Miracle of P. Tinto (1998)

106 min | Comedy

7.2
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Wafer factory-owner P. Tinto and his wife Olivia want a child of their own more than anything else in the world. Years of trying, however, have left them with nothing but a pair of ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Fesser | Stars: Luis Ciges, Janusz Ziemniak, Pablo Pinedo, Pepe Viyuela

Votes: 3,037

8. Planet 51 (2009)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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39 Metascore

An alien civilization is invaded by Astronaut Chuck Baker, who believes that the planet was uninhabited. Wanted by the military, Baker must get back to his ship before it goes into orbit without him.

Directors: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martínez | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, Justin Long

Votes: 44,155 | Gross: $42.09M

9. Dark Blue Almost Black (2006)

105 min | Drama

7.3
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Just as his childhood sweetheart Natalia returns, his infertile brother Antonio asks Jorge to impregnate Paula, Antonio's imprisoned girlfriend.

Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, Marta Etura, Antonio de la Torre

Votes: 7,080 | Gross: $0.00M

10. El día de la bestia (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 14,129 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Airbag (1997)

124 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner ... See full summary »

Director: Juanma Bajo Ulloa | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Alberto San Juan, Manuel Manquiña

Votes: 3,748

12. Arrebato (1979)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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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.

Director: Iván Zulueta | Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, Marta Fernández Muro

Votes: 1,490

13. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

8.2
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After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 2,904

14. Numbered Days (1994)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A member of the ETA terrorist organization belongs to a commando which is preparing an outrage in Madrid. But he sets other priorities when he meets a girl who is addicted to drugs and for ... See full summary »

Director: Imanol Uribe | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Ruth Gabriel, Javier Bardem, Karra Elejalde

Votes: 1,298

15. Los santos inocentes (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama

8.2
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Spain, 1960s. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners...

Director: Mario Camus | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Terele Pávez, Belén Ballesteros, Juan Sachez

Votes: 2,672

16. The Hidden Face (2011)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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Shattered by the unexpected news, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance.

Director: Andrés Baiz | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Martina García, María Soledad Rodríguez, Jose Luis Garcia

Votes: 25,395

17. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 52,437 | Gross: $0.75M

18. Sex and Lucia (2001)

R | 128 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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65 Metascore

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Elena Anaya

Votes: 31,373 | Gross: $1.49M

19. Planes para mañana (2010)

96 min | Drama

6.5
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Three stories intertwined which occur in a single day. The day Ines discovers she is pregnant, Antonia decides to abandon her family and Marian realizes she is going to die. PLANS FOR ... See full summary »

Director: Juana Macías | Stars: Carme Elias, Ana Labordeta, Goya Toledo, Aura Garrido

Votes: 208

20. Piedras (2002)

135 min | Drama

7.1
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"In life, we first organize large stones (Piedras) such as love, friendship, family, and a career." In this way, we will find space between these to fit smaller stones, our small ... See full summary »

Director: Ramón Salazar | Stars: Antonia San Juan, Najwa Nimri, Vicky Peña, Ángela Molina

Votes: 1,389

21. Los peores años de nuestra vida (1994)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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Alberto lives with his parents and his brother Roberto, quite attractive, who tells him there are lots of girls. Alberto is a romantic guy, and doesn't find a girl for his own. He knew he ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Martínez Lázaro | Stars: Gabino Diego, Ariadna Gil, Jorge Sanz, Agustín González

Votes: 528

22. La gran familia (1962)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Carlos Alonso and Mercedes Cebrián are parents of fifteen children of different ages. They all live with the grandfather and depend exclusively on Carlos work (moonlighting rigger) as the ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernando Palacios, Rafael J. Salvia | Stars: Alberto Closas, Amparo Soler Leal, José Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez

Votes: 341

23. El bosque animado (1987)

107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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In the fantastic world of the "bosque animado" meet some people who have been transported to this place by a magic force. Now their histories cross one another.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Alejandra Grepi, Tito Valverde, Paco Cambres

Votes: 811

24. After (I) (2009)

116 min

5.7
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Three friends searching for a way out of their overwhelming loneliness and dissatisfaction set off on a journey of excessive partying.

Director: Alberto Rodríguez | Stars: Valeria Alonso, Pablo Baena, Ricardo de Barreiro, Jesús Carroza

Votes: 432

25. Atraco a las tres (1962)

92 min | Comedy

7.5
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Galindo works in a bank. One day he convinces the other employees in the bank to plan a hold-up in the bank they are working. They prepare everything carefully. However, real robbers come ... See full summary »

Director: José María Forqué | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Cassen, Gracita Morales, Katia Loritz

Votes: 844

26. Las bicicletas son para el verano (1984)

103 min | Drama

7.3
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The story of a boy and his family during the Spanish Civil War.

Director: Jaime Chávarri | Stars: Amparo Soler Leal, Agustín González, Victoria Abril, Alicia Hermida

Votes: 570

27. Patrimonio nacional (1981)

112 min | Comedy

7.2
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Second installment of the saga of the Leguineche's preceded by "The National Shotgun" and completed by "National III". After the death of Franco (1975) and the restoration of the monarchy, ... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Luis Ciges, Luis Escobar, Agustín González, José Luis López Vázquez

Votes: 475

28. Opera Prima (1980)

94 min | Comedy

6.5
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Boy meets girl. Matias meets Violeta, his cousin ("prima") one morning in Madrid at the Plaza de Opera. He is twenty-five. She is 18. He's a divorced journalist trying to write a thriller. ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Óscar Ladoire, Paula Molina, Antonio Resines, Luis González Regueral

Votes: 357

29. Epílogo (1984)

92 min | Drama

6.2
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For many years Rocabruno and Ditirambo signed their novels together, worked together and were in love with the same woman, but came a time when they separated. Ten years later, Ditirambo ... See full summary »

Director: Gonzalo Suárez | Stars: José Sacristán, Francisco Rabal, Charo López, Manuel Zarzo

Votes: 104

30. Frágil (2004)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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A modern fairy-tale about a girl and a movie star who fall in love.

Director: Juanma Bajo Ulloa | Stars: Muriel, Julio Perillán, Violaine Estérez, Lidia Navarro

Votes: 400