SOMOS Magazine's 100 Best Mexican Films

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1. Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, War

The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide to join Pancho Villa's army and help end the suffering in their community by ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Antonio R. Frausto, Domingo Soler, Manuel Tamés, Ramón Vallarino

Votes: 408

2. The Young and the Damned (1950)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others...

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán

Votes: 14,961

3. El compadre Mendoza (1934)

85 min | Drama, War

During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Bustillo Oro, Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Alfredo del Diestro, Carmen Guerrero, Antonio R. Frausto, Luis G. Barreiro

Votes: 314

4. Aventurera (1950)

101 min | Drama, Musical

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. Believing he's a friend, Elena goes to ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Gout | Stars: Ninón Sevilla, Tito Junco, Andrea Palma, Rubén Rojo

Votes: 423

5. Una familia de tantas (1949)

130 min | Drama

Rodrigo Catano seeks to impose in his family a Porfirian order. One day a door to door salesman, Roberto del Hierro, comes into the house to sell an American vacuum cleaner from the "Bright... See full summary »

Director: Alejandro Galindo | Stars: Fernando Soler, David Silva, Martha Roth, Carlos Riquelme

Votes: 175

6. Nazarin (1959)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 4,171

7. El (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Romance

A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalates to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Delia Garcés, Aurora Walker, Carlos Martínez Baena

Votes: 4,420

8. The Woman of the Port (1934)

76 min | Drama

Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her ... See full summary »

Directors: Arcady Boytler, Raphael J. Sevilla | Stars: Andrea Palma, Domingo Soler, Joaquín Busquets, Consuelo Segarra

Votes: 255

9. Hell Without Limits (1978)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Roberto Cobo, Fernando Soler, Lucha Villa, Ana Martín

Votes: 716

10. You're Missing the Point (1940)

G | 112 min | Comedy

The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Álvarez

Votes: 832

11. Campeón sin corona (1946)

111 min | Action, Drama

"Champion without a crown". Quick rise and fall of a boxer filled with talent and psychological complexes.

Director: Alejandro Galindo | Stars: David Silva, Amanda del Llano, Carlos López Moctezuma, Fernando Soto

Votes: 91

12. Enamorada (1946)

99 min | Drama, Romance, War

During the Mexican Revolution, a macho rebel general falls in love with the independent-minded daughter of an aristocrat in the town he is occupying.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, Fernando Fernández, José Morcillo

Votes: 430

13. Pueblerina (1949)

105 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Columba Domínguez, Roberto Cañedo, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Dondé

Votes: 139

14. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)

Not Rated | 115 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest accuses them of being communist agitators on the run from an army crack-down against ... See full summary »

Director: Felipe Cazals | Stars: Enrique Lucero, Salvador Sánchez, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Roberto Sosa

Votes: 688

15. My Son, the Hero (1961)

95 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Reynaldo and Martín Del Hierro are witnesses of the murder of their father by Pascual Velazco, as they grow up they're poisoned by the desire of vengeance by their mother, but once they get it it'll change their lifes forever.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Antonio Aguilar, Julio Alemán, Columba Domínguez, Patricia Conde

Votes: 157

16. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, Claudio Brook

Votes: 22,957

17. Cadena perpetua (1979)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A former felon is blackmailed by a corrupt policeman and forced to commit a crime.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Narciso Busquets, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Angélica Chain

Votes: 160

18. The King of the Neighborhood (1950)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

A small-time con artist gets more for what he bargained for when one of his would-be victims falls in love with him.

Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares | Stars: Germán Valdés, Silvia Pinal, Marcelo Chávez, Famie Kaufman

Votes: 289

19. Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960)

92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.

Director: Rogelio A. González | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Amparo Rivelles, Elda Peralta, Guillermo Orea

Votes: 537

20. Víctimas del pecado (1951)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Crime

In México City, a Cuban dancer from "Cabaret Changó" rescues a baby from a garbage can and decides to raise him, but her pachuco pimp gets in her way.

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Ninón Sevilla, Tito Junco, Rodolfo Acosta, Rita Montaner

Votes: 149

21. Tiburoneros (1963)

100 min | Drama

Aurelio is a shark fisherman who works on the coast of Tabasco, Mexico. He works hard and sends money to his wife and children that live in Mexico City. He seems very happy in the coast --... See full summary »

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Julio Aldama, Dacia González, Tito Junco, Amanda del Llano

Votes: 122

22. Another Dawn (1943)

108 min | Drama, Thriller, Romance

The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she... See full summary »

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Andrea Palma, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Narciso Busquets

Votes: 149

23. Hidden River (1948)

99 min | Drama

Called by the Mexican President himself, and in spite of a heart condition, young teacher Rosaura Salazar travels to the deserted town of Rio Escondido to accomplish the mission of bringing... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: María Félix, Carlos López Moctezuma, Fernando Fernández, Agustín Isunza

Votes: 119

24. La oveja negra (1949)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

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.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Fernando Soler, Pedro Infante, Andrés Soler, Dalia Íñiguez

Votes: 277

26. Reed, México insurgente (1973)

124 min | Biography, Drama, War

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.

Director: Paul Leduc | Stars: Claudio Obregón, Eduardo López Rojas, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Juan Ángel Martínez

Votes: 131

27. Nosotros, los pobres (1948)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

Two kids take a book from a trash can. They begin to read the story of a poor neighborhood in Mexico City. Carpenter Pepe "El Toro" (Infante) lives with his daughter Chachita (Munoz) and ... See full summary »

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Pedro Infante, Evita Muñoz 'Chachita', Carmen Montejo, Blanca Estela Pavón

Votes: 747

28. Salón México (1949)

95 min | Crime, Drama

Mercedes (Marga Lopez) dances for money with the clients of Salon Mexico, a famous cabaret in Mexico City. Her younger sister Beatriz (Derbez) studies in an expensive private school, paid ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Marga López, Miguel Inclán, Rodolfo Acosta, Roberto Cañedo

Votes: 305

30. Flor silvestre (1943)

TV-PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance, War

One of the gratest love stories ever told!!

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Emilio Fernández, Miguel Ángel Ferriz

Votes: 141

31. The Passion of Berenice (1976)

107 min | Drama, Thriller

Berenice (Navarro) is a woman with a mysterious past. A scar crosses her face and nightmares of fire and horses fill her lonely nights. She maybe killed her husband but nobody can be sure. ... See full summary »

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo | Stars: Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Martha Navarro, Blanca Torres, Emma Roldán

Votes: 154

32. La sombra del Caudillo (1960)

129 min | Drama, History, Romance

The movie situated in post-revolutionary Mexico describes the way politics were done in those times. Ignacio Jimenez is chosen as the candidate of the Partido Radical Progresista, but he ... See full summary »

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Tito Junco, Roberto Cañedo, Tito Novaro, Tomás Perrín

Votes: 117

33. Calabacitas tiernas (1949)

101 min | Comedy, Musical

"Tin Tan" plays a broke man, who is trying to put a musical show to pay his debts.

Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares | Stars: Germán Valdés, Rosita Quintana, Nelly Montiel, Jorge Reyes

Votes: 176

34. Dos tipos de cuidado (1953)

111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two best friends clash when one marries the girlfriend of the other.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Carmelita González, Yolanda Varela

Votes: 541

35. El vampiro (1957)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Horror

A pretty young Mexican girl returns to her hometown to make funeral arrangements for her beloved aunt, who has just died. Soon she begins to hear disturbing stories about the town being ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Méndez | Stars: Abel Salazar, Ariadne Welter, Carmen Montejo, José Luis Jiménez

Votes: 591

37. María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)

Approved | 76 min | Romance, Drama

In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them. Maria Candelaria is segregated for being a prostitute's child and the couple ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Margarita Cortés

Votes: 770

39. La diosa arrodillada (1947)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A artist model who leads the ever hapless Arturo de Córdova away from the arms of his innocent, blue-eyed wife and down, down, down into the ecstatic depths of degradation which include a stop at seedy Panamanian nightclub.

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: María Félix, Arturo de Córdova, Rosario Granados, Fortunio Bonanova

Votes: 152

41. The Golden Cockerel (1964)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A poor, but very lucky man in the cock fighting, is hired by a rich man, but both are in love with the same woman

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Lucha Villa, Narciso Busquets, Carlos Jordán

Votes: 176

42. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 21,234

43. Sensualidad (1951)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Saloon singer Aurora is sentenced to two years in prison for a prostitution conviction. When she gets out of prison, she gets romantically involved with Alejandro Luque, the respected judge... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Gout | Stars: Fernando Soler, Ninón Sevilla, Domingo Soler, Andrea Palma

Votes: 89

44. El grito (1968)

120 min | Documentary

A documentary on the student movement in Mexico, 1968, made by film students

Director: Leobardo López Aretche

Votes: 61

45. Danzón (1991)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

Julia (Rojo) is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday ... See full summary »

Director: María Novaro | Stars: María Rojo, Carmen Salinas, Tito Vasconcelos, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 441 | Gross: $0.36M

46. Susana (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly nice and decent family. Little by little, ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Rosita Quintana, Fernando Soler, Víctor Manuel Mendoza, María Gentil Arcos

Votes: 1,527

47. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Ernesto Alonso, Miroslava, Rita Macedo, Ariadne Welter

Votes: 3,845

48. Tlayucan (1962)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

A man becomes a thief out of desperation. If his identity becomes known, his neighbors might lynch him. The only friendly face in town is the local priest.

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Julio Aldama, Norma Angélica, Andrés Soler, Anita Blanch

Votes: 112

49. The Body Snatcher (1957)

80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A wrestler and a detective team up to stop a mad scientist who is kidnapping athletes and replacing their brains with those of animals to make them stronger and live longer.

Director: Fernando Méndez | Stars: Columba Domínguez, Crox Alvarado, Wolf Ruvinskis, Carlos Riquelme

Votes: 110

50. Frida Still Life (1983)

108 min | Biography, Drama

The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Leduc | Stars: Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola, Max Kerlow, Claudio Brook

Votes: 417

51. Los tres huastecos (1948)

120 min | Comedy, Drama