The Best Movies From/About Cuba

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1.
The Twelve Chairs (1962)
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When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can't bear to give up all... (94 mins.)
Director: Tomás G. Alea
 
2.
Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)
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A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape. (85 mins.)
 
3.
The Last Supper (1976)
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A pious plantation owner attempts to teach Christianity to 12 of his slaves by inviting them to participate in a reenactment of the Last Supper. (120 mins.)
 
4.
Retrato de Teresa (1979)
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Teresa is overwhelmed: with a husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a textile factory... (103 mins.)
Director: Pastor Vega
 
5.
¡Vampiros en La Habana! (1985)
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A vampire family from Cuba is preparing for a showdown between the USA vampires and the Eastern European vampires. But with the aid of a scientist, they need a type of vaccination where they can live in daylight. (69 mins.)
Director: Juan Padrón
 
6.
Hasta cierto punto (1983)
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A theater director and script-writer falls for a female worker from the Havana docks, but his machismo... (68 mins.)
 
7.
Clandestinos (1987)
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Before the military coup in Cuba, a group of people have a clandestine printing press, used to print subversive pamphlets against the government. (98 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
8.
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
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This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other. (108 mins.)
 
9.
Guantanamera (1995)
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It is a satire about life in Cuba. The members of a funeral procession and some truckdrivers who have... (105 mins.)
 
10.
Life is to Whistle (1998)
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Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs... (106 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
11.
The Waiting List (2000)
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A desperate group of people wait at a rundown Cuban transit station for the next bus to arrive. The problem is... (105 mins.)
 
12.
Havana Suite (2003 Documentary)
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Dawn breaks in La Habana, and as the day advances we follow the simple lives of ten ordinary Cubans, with only sounds and images accompanied by music. (85 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
13.
Habana Blues (2005)
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Two cuban friends play in a blues band in La Habana. When a spanish music producer offers them a contract... (115 mins.)
Director: Benito Zambrano
 
14.
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
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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.)
 
15.
Un rey en La Habana (2005)
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Mr. Arturo, an old rich Spanishman who arrives to Havana to marry Yoli, dies suddenly in bed. Yoli's family... (102 mins.)
Director: Alexis Valdés
 
16.
Un paraíso bajo las estrellas (2000)
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Like her mother before her, beautiful Sissy wants to be a dancer at the Tropicana, Havana's famous cabaret... (90 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
 
17.
Bitter Sugar (1996)
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Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague... (105 mins.)
Director: Leon Ichaso
 
18.
Cecilia (1982)
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In 1830s Havana, amidst the Cuban independence movement, social climber Cecilia Valdés uses santería to conquer Leonardo Gamboa... (127 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
19.
I Am Cuba (1964)
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
 
20.
Juan of the Dead (2011)
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A group of slackers face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government. (92 mins.)
 
21.
The Adventures of Juan Quin Quin (1967)
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The metamorphoses of Juan Quin Quin, in turns bullfighter, guerrilla fighter and sacristan. (112 mins.)
 
22.
Alice in Wondertown (1991)
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A satire about the life of the Cuban people. Alicia, a culture instructor, is sent to a small town "Maravillas"... (90 mins.)
 
23.
Lucía (1968)
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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
 
24.
Personal Belongings (2006)
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Young Doctor Ana lives alone because she couldn't bear to leave Cuba when her family sailed away on a raft to the US... (95 mins.)
 
25.
Nothing More (2001)
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In Havana, a post office branch is more than a place of bureaucratic rules and regulations to ensure effective public services... (90 mins.)
 
26.
Love by Mistake (2004)
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Six Cuban intellectuals begin a game of musical beds. (94 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
 
27.
Madrigal (2007)
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"Not everything is what it seems". This is the motto of Fernando Pérez's Madrigal, an esoteric fable built... (112 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
29.
Barrio Cuba (2005)
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Over several years, we follow three households and their emotions in a barrio of Havana. Magalis is a nurse... (105 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
30.
Things I Left in Havana (1997)
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Tres hermanas cubanas llegan a madrid en busca de una situación mejor. En Madrid encuentran a una tía... (110 mins.)
 
31.
Hormigas en la boca (2005)
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Hormigas en la Boca follows Martin from a 10 year stint in a Spanish prison for robbery to pre-Castro Cuba to recover the loot from his ex-girlfriend...
Director: Mariano Barroso
 
32.
7 Days in Havana (2012)
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A lesbian, an aspiring actor, an aspiring singer, a low-class marriage, a neighborhood community and 2 renowned directors have memorable less-than-24-hour-long experiences while living in/visiting the capital of Cuba. (129 mins.)
 
33.
Boleto al paraíso (2010)
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Eunice is a teenage girl who is running away from her father's sexual harassment. Alejandro is a young... (88 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Chijona
 
34.
Hello Hemingway (1990)
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A young girl's academic asperation conflict with her family's struggle against poverty. Both these aspects are made all the more potent by the clear view they have of Ernest Hemingway's mansion in their home town just outside Havana. (90 mins.)
Director: Fernando Pérez
 
35.
A Successful Man (1986)
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Javier Argüelles, an opportunistic young man from Cuban middle class, survives all kind of political changes in Havana... (116 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
36.
Amor crónico (2012)
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The flamboyant Cuban-born / New York based singer CuCu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. It is an independent Cuban/ U.S... (80 mins.)
 
37.
Maluala (1979)
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(84 mins.)
Director: Sergio Giral
 
38.
Amada (1985)
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In 1914, during World Ward I, Amada, a bourgeois wife, falls in love with her cousin Marcial, a young... (105 mins.)
 
39.
Who the Hell Is Juliette? (1997 Documentary)
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Cinematographer Carlos Macovich met Yuliet Ortega, a young "jinetera" (prostitute) from Havana, when he shot a video in Cuba... (91 mins.)
 
40.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999 Documentary)
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Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers. (105 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
41.
Red Cockroaches (2003)
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First of a Trilogy: In a New York ravaged with acid rains, a man in his twenties meets a mysterious, yet familiar young woman who disrupts the banality of his day-to-day existence. Together, they will embark on a surreal journey with a devastating climax. (82 mins.)
Director: Miguel Coyula
 
42.
Salsa (2000)
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At age 24, Rémi Bonnet, brilliant pianist, abandons Chopin and Toulouse to play the music he has secretly loved for years - Salsa... (100 mins.)
 
43.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
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In November 1958, the American teenager Katey Miller moves with her parents and her younger sister to Havana... (86 mins.)
Director: Guy Ferland
 
44.
Week-End in Havana (1941)
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Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend. (81 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
45.
Original Sin (2001)
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A woman along with her lover, plan to con a rich man by marrying him and on earning his trust running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she actually begins to fall in love with him. (116 mins.)
 
46.
Chico & Rita (2010)
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Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. (94 mins.)
 
47.
Havana (1990)
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Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her... (144 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
48.
The Lost City (2005)
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In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent night-club owner... (144 mins.)
Director: Andy Garcia
 
49.
Man of Two Havanas (2007 Documentary)
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Okay, here's the situation. I was born in Havana. That makes me Cuban. But, I was raised in little Havana... (93 mins.)
 
50.
Sons of Cuba (2009 Documentary)
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The Havana Boxing Academy is a Cuban boarding school that takes 9-year-old boys, and turns them into the best boxers in the world... (88 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lang
 
51.
Before Night Falls (2000)
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Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood... (133 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
52.
Guys and Dolls (1955)
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In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. (150 mins.)
 
53.
The Mambo Kings (1992)
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Musician brothers Cesar and Nestor leave Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene... (104 mins.)
Director: Arne Glimcher
 
54.
Blame it on Fidel (2006)
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A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris. (99 mins.)
Director: Julie Gavras
 
55.
Che: Part One (2008)
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In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista. (134 mins.)
 
56.
Viva Cuba (2005)
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In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences... (80 mins.)
 
57.
Fidel (2002 TV Movie)
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Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba. (206 mins.)
Director: David Attwood
 
58.
Che: Part Two (2008)
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In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America. (135 mins.)
 
59.
Barrio Cuba (2005)
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Over several years, we follow three households and their emotions in a barrio of Havana. Magalis is a nurse... (105 mins.)
Director: Humberto Solás
 
60.
Conducta (2014)
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Aging teacher Carmela has a special heart for pupils from broken families, is challenged by the headmaster for this. The poor 12 year old Chala and Yeni, in which he is infatuated has both severe troubles on home ground. (108 mins.)
Director: Ernesto Daranas
 
61.
La bella del Alhambra (1989)
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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.)