The 50 Most Popular Brazilian Telenovelas

by tbell1826 | created - 22 Sep 2011 | updated - 22 Sep 2011 | Public

A list of some of the most popular telenovelas from Brazil.

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1. The Clone (2001–2002)

60 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A young man, who has been secretly cloned by his godfather scientist, falls in love for a Moroccan girl from a rigorous family.

Stars: Murilo Benício, Giovanna Antonelli, Vera Fischer, Reginaldo Faria

Votes: 2,126

2. Escrava Isaura (1976– )

26 min | Drama, History, Romance

The difficulties faced by a young, sweet-hearted white slave targeted by the obsession of her lord in the Brazilian colonial time period.

Stars: Rubens de Falco, Lucélia Santos, Gilberto Martinho, Markus Konká

Votes: 481

3. Terra Nostra (1999–2000)

60 min | Drama, Romance

The love story of two Italian young immigrants who first meet on their way to Brazil at the end of the 18th century, but are separated after their ship docks.

Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Raul Cortez, Ana Paula Arósio, Thiago Lacerda

Votes: 511

4. Terra Speranza (2002–2003)

60 min | Drama, Romance

The story of two young Italian lovers of different, rival families who are separated after he moves to Brazil and falls for another woman, while she is forced to marry a fascist.

Stars: Paulo Goulart, Reynaldo Gianecchini, Ana Paula Arósio, Raul Cortez

Votes: 223

5. Sinhá Moça (2006– )

Drama, History, Romance

Monarchists and republicans meet in Araruna, a small fictional town in the interior of São Paulo, in 1886. The novel portrays the love story of the beautiful and wealthy Sinhá Moça - ... See full summary »

Stars: Débora Falabella, Danton Mello, Osmar Prado, Patricia Pillar

Votes: 146

6. Caminho das Índias (2009– )

Adventure, Drama, Romance

The daughter of a traditional, rich Indian family falls in love for a Dalit, an "untouchable" man.

Stars: Juliana Paes, Laura Cardoso, Christiane Torloni, Tony Ramos

Votes: 496

7. Vale Tudo (1988– )

50 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Fátima Accioly is a young, callous woman who wants to be rich and successful at any price. After selling her family's house in the country, she heads to Rio and gets to know dress man César... See full summary »

Stars: Regina Duarte, Antônio Fagundes, Glória Pires, Carlos Alberto Riccelli

Votes: 238

8. O Rei do Gado (1996– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The enmity between two rancher families in territorial dispute, and the forbidden love between a drover and a landless, mysterious woman with no past.

Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Glória Pires, Patricia Pillar, Fábio Assunção

Votes: 417

9. A Favorita (2008–2009)

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The friendship of two women is torn apart as one, supposedly innocent, is accused of murdering the other one's husband.

Stars: Patricia Pillar, Cláudia Raia, Mariana Ximenes, Glória Menezes

Votes: 447

10. Alma Gêmea (2005– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

After she dies, a ballerina reincarnates in a beautiful, sweet-hearted indian and returns to her past family and the man she loved and had left.

Stars: Eduardo Moscovis, Flávia Alessandra, Priscila Fantin, Mauricio Machado

Votes: 186

12. América (2005– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Sol, a dreamy young woman from the carioca suburbs, attempts to emigrate to the United States, believing in a better life with better opportunities.

Stars: Deborah Secco, Murilo Benício, Christiane Torloni, Edson Celulari

Votes: 280

13. O Profeta (2006–2007)

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A countryside young man gifted with precognitive powers moves to the big city, where he meets some unscrupulous people interested in his gift, and the girl he knows is the woman of his life.

Stars: Thiago Fragoso, Fernanda Souza, Dalton Vigh, Paolla Oliveira

Votes: 112

14. Celebridade (2003–2004)

45 min | Drama, Romance

A prominent producer is approached by an ambitious woman who becomes her assistant, but actually intends to own everything that is hers.

Stars: Malu Mader, Cláudia Abreu, Fábio Assunção, Deborah Evelyn

Votes: 316

15. Da Cor do Pecado (2004– )

50 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A Maranhense young woman and a carioca tourist photographer fall for each other and get separated by destiny and a woman obsessed with his family's fortune.

Stars: Reynaldo Gianecchini, Giovanna Antonelli, Taís Araújo, Rosi Campos

Votes: 387

17. Duas Caras (2007–2008)

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young woman vows revenge on a tricky, unscrupulous man after he fools and abandons her pregnant with their child.

Stars: Antônio Fagundes, Dalton Vigh, Marjorie Estiano, Susana Vieira

Votes: 170

18. Páginas da Vida (2006–2007)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

After a young woman gives birth to twins and dies precociously, her cold-hearted mother keeps her grandson but rejects his sister with Down syndrome, who is adopted by their sweet-hearted surgeon.

Stars: Regina Duarte, Lília Cabral, Ana Paula Arósio, José Mayer

Votes: 307

21. Beleza Pura (2008– )

Comedy, Drama

Guilherme is a jumbled and womanizing aeronautical engineer, who at the moment is in love with his neighbor, the beautician Sônia, but lives to enjoy life and women with the money earned by... See full summary »

Stars: Edson Celulari, Regiane Alves, Carolina Ferraz, Isis Valverde

Votes: 56

22. O Cravo e a Rosa (2000–2001)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A short tempered, feminist rich woman notable for her aversion to marriage and her aggressive behavior gradually falls in love for a rough and lowly farmer.

Stars: Adriana Esteves, Eduardo Moscovis, Suely Franco, Leandra Leal

Votes: 272

23. Chocolate com Pimenta (2003–2004)

45 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

A humble girl who rises to become a wealthy, vengeful widow returns to the small town that humiliated her and to the man she loved, bringing their young son.

Stars: Mariana Ximenes, Murilo Benício, Drica Moraes, Priscila Fantin

Votes: 332

24. Cobras & Lagartos (2006– )

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A rascal, leery man assumes the place of a namesake honest young worker as the heir of a important businessman's wealth.

Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Carolina Dieckmann, Daniel de Oliveira, Mariana Ximenes

Votes: 273

25. Xica da Silva (1996– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

In the Colonial Brazil, a smart, sassy and sensual slave rises to become a queen as an important contractor falls for her, all for the anger of a woman obsessed with him.

Stars: Taís Araújo, Drica Moraes, Victor Wagner, Carlos Alberto

Votes: 274

26. A Próxima Vítima (1995– )

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young law student starts to work as a detective, decided to uncover the identity behind a series of murders, as well as who is next.

Stars: José Wilker, Tony Ramos, Susana Vieira, Aracy Balabanian

Votes: 278

31. Senhora do Destino (2004–2005)

50 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

From a poor background, a mother of five has her baby daughter kidnapped and fights for having her back, as time goes by and she rises to a better life with her remaining sons.

Stars: Susana Vieira, Renata Sorrah, José Wilker, José Mayer

Votes: 492

32. Passione (2010– )

Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The rough efforts of an ambitious young woman of poor origin, a she enters the life of an Italian man, son of a wealthy Brazilian family.

Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Mariana Ximenes, Tony Ramos, Reynaldo Gianecchini

Votes: 148

33. Laços de Família (2000– )

45 min | Drama, Romance

The unconditional love a mother has for her daughter, even after they fall in love for the same man.

Stars: Paulo Caruso, Vera Fischer, Reynaldo Gianecchini, Andrey Linhares

Votes: 437

34. Mulheres de Areia (1993– )

45 min | Drama, Romance

Mulheres de areia (sand women) was a Brazilian soap opera that tells the story of the twin sister Rute and Raquel. I the classic thing...one twin is good and the other devilish. It's a very... See full summary »

Stars: Glória Pires, Guilherme Fontes, Marcos Frota, Vivianne Pasmanter

Votes: 274

38. Floribella (2005–2006)

Musical, Family, Fantasy

The Brazilian version of "Floricienta" tells the modern fairy tale of Maria Flor, a Cinderella-in-sneakers. She is a sweet-hearted young girl, who delivers vegetebles and is also the lead ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Juliana Silveira, Roger Gobeth, Maria Carolina Ribeiro, Bruno Miguel

Votes: 45

39. Torre de Babel (1998–1999)

55 min | Drama, Thriller, Romance

Clementino planned to revenge against powerful Mr. Toledo. But someone just did it before him.

Stars: Glória Menezes, Tarcísio Meira, Tony Ramos, Adriana Esteves

Votes: 157

42. Essas Mulheres (2005– )

Drama, Romance

"Essas Mulheres" (These Women) is a soap opera set in the 19th century's Rio de Janeiro, freely inspired on José de Alencar's novels "Senhora", "Diva" and "Lucíola". It tells the story of ... See full summary »

Stars: Christine Fernandes, Carla Regina, Miriam Freeland, Adriana Garambone

Votes: 58

44. Pantanal (1990– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The love between a young man, newcomer from the city to the inland Brazilian Pantanal, and a brave and mysterious inhabitant woman who happens to be a shapeshifter.

Stars: Claudio Marzo, Jussara Freire, Cristiana Oliveira, Marcos Palmeira

Votes: 171

45. Malhação (1995– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Long-running soap that depicts the lives of a group of teens as they struggle in the midst of life choices, love, ambition, disappointment, family and relationship issues.

Stars: Edvana Carvalho, Leo Jaime, Jéssica Lobo, Odilon Wagner

Votes: 515

46. Mulheres Apaixonadas (2003– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

The series surrounds the damaged relationship between a saxophonist and a woman who falls in love for a former boyfriend, whom she had left to marry him.

Stars: Christiane Torloni, José Mayer, Tony Ramos, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 361

47. Amor e Intrigas (2007– )

Drama

Love and Conspiracy is a story of lust, sin, forgiveness, trials and errors. It is about two sisters, the ambitious Valquíria (Renata Dominguez), and the hard worker Alice (Vanessa ... See full summary »

Stars: Heitor Martinez, Vanessa Gerbelli, Luciano Szafir, Renata Dominguez

Votes: 16

49. Água na Boca (2008– )

Romance

"Água na Boca" is a beautiful love story inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It is still reminded by the audience for its tenderness. This TV Series shows a very soft and happy point of view about loving and living.

Stars: Gustavo Goulart, Claudio Jaborandy, Renato Góes, Priscila Sol

Votes: 96

50. Uga Uga (2000–2001)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy