Chicano Films

Films that deal with Chicano themes/issues or have main characters with a Mexican background!
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1.
My Family (1995)
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This epic film traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs... (128 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
2.
Under the Same Moon (2007)
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A young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother after his grandmother passes away. (106 mins.)
Director: Patricia Riggen
 
3.
Stand and Deliver (1988)
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The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. (103 mins.)
Director: Ramon Menendez
 
4.
Mi vida loca (1993)
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Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood... (92 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
5.
El Mariachi (1992)
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A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him. (81 mins.)
 
6.
Frida (2002)
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A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
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Selena (1997)
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The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. (127 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
8.
La Bamba (1987)
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (108 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
 
9.
Machete Kills (2013)
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The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. (107 mins.)
 
10.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
 
11.
Traffic (2000)
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A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
 
12.
Maria Full of Grace (2004)
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
13.
Fools Rush In (1997)
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After a one night stand with Alex, Isabel realizes that she is pregnant and they decide to get married. However, along with the marriage comes compromise of one's own cultural traditions. (109 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
14.
Bordertown (2006)
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A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso. (112 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
15.
Quinceañera (2006)
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As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Sleep Dealer (2008)
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The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates. (90 mins.)
Director: Alex Rivera
 
17.
A Better Life (2011)
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A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. (98 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
 
18.
American Me (1992)
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A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle. (125 mins.)
 
19.
Machete (2010)
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After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. (105 mins.)
 
20.
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
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This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman... (90 mins.)
 
21.
Barrio Tales (2012)
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Two American teenagers in search of cheap drugs, trespass into the seedy town of Barrio, Mexico. What they find instead is a disturbed story teller and three tales filled with blood, witches and a cannibalistic taco chef. (84 mins.)
Director: Jarret Tarnol