Immigrant Border Films 101+by LlllPppp | created - 14 Oct 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
All genres; in no particular order...
Most relate to Mexico-US border, but some Canada-US border related as well.
Not available here for this list is "The Border Film Project" [please do an internet search]; provides dynamic pictorial perspectives...
Also consider searching for "Animas Perdidas", or "Lost Souls", depicting two brothers, both U.S. military veterans, raised in the U.S. since childhood, whom are deported from the only country they knew, and subsequently abandoned by their country, and their former brothers-in-arms, only to suffer tragic consequences...
'La Ciudad' [1998, David Riker] [UPDATE:no longer missing]
'The 800 Mile Wall' 
'Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness' [2009?]
'One Border, One Body' [?]
'Strangers No Longer' [?]
'The Invisible Chapel' [?]
'Frontier Youth' [?]
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1. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
R | 121 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.
Votes: 36,458 | Gross: $5.02M
2. Lone Star (1996)
R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery
When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Votes: 25,585 | Gross: $13.27M
3. Una vida mejor (2008)
74 min | Crime, Drama
Welcome to America. The U.S. government has mandated the construction of a 2,000-mile long wall along the U.S./Mexico border and many Americans sport bumper stickers on their vehicles with ... See full summary »
4. Under the Same Moon (2007)
PG-13 | 106 min | Adventure, Drama
A young Mexican boy illegally travels to the U.S. to find his mother (who is illegally in the U.S.) after his grandmother passes away.
Votes: 6,086 | Gross: $12.59M
5. Santitos (1999)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama
When St. Jude appears to her to tell her that her daughter is still alive, Esperanza goes on a search to find her daughter.
Votes: 492 | Gross: $0.01M
8. Sangre de mi sangre (2007)
TV-MA | 110 min | Drama, Thriller
A Mexican boy smuggles himself to Brooklyn to meet his long-lost father - only to have his identity stolen upon arrival by an impostor who seeks to steal the fathers' fortune.
Votes: 1,029 | Gross: $0.05M
10. El Traspatio (2009)
122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery?
11. Return to Sender (II) (2008)
10 min | Documentary, Short
Imagine, three thousand boats, filled with 125,000 people, sailing over a small 90-mile patch of sea that might as well have spanned thousands of miles. On this sea, refugees sailed between... See full summary »
12. Los jornaleros (2003)
88 min | Drama
Los Jornaleros presents the interwoven stories of three young Hispanic men who come to this country to pursue te American dream and instead end up struggling as day-laborers.
13. The Mexican Dream (2003)
28 min | Short, Comedy
The Mexican Dream, is a Tragic comedy about the longings and delusions that lure so many illegal immigrants to this country. It's a fractured story about a naive, impulsive, but above all ... See full summary »
14. Maria Del Norte (2012)
80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An ironic story that takes a Border Patrol Agent, Angela Rubio through many obstacles and challenges to avoid Immigration. Angela gets hit on the head by a couple of drug smugglers and and ... See full summary »
15. Illegal (2010)
R | 107 min | Drama
Tells the stories of a group of people in Ciudad de Juarez with one thing in common: they are all looking for a better life for them and their families. For many, that better life waits just a short walk away in the United States.
16. Coyote (2007)
Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After their Mexican friend gets deported, two young Americans decide to begin smuggling illegal immigrants into Arizona for profit.
18. Sugar (I) (2008)
R | 114 min | Drama, Sport
Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.
Votes: 4,344 | Gross: $1.08M
Latino athlete in Iowa...
19. Historias y testigos: ¡Ni una muerta mas! (2004 TV Movie)
120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As a young reporter, Valentina (Fabiola Campomanes) finds out that one of her childhood friends has been killed, her investigation leads to the unsolved murders of more than 300 women in the city of Juarez, Mexico.
20. Salt of the Earth (1954)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History
Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.
"The Only Blacklisted American Film"...
21. Sin Nombre (2009)
R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.
Votes: 28,952 | Gross: $2.53M
22. America 101 (2005)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy
Two Mexican brothers get smuggled over the border to try and find their "America Dream".
23. Northless (2009)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
Andres reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United Sates. There between each attempt, he discovers that Tijuana is a troubled city. As he waits there, Andres is not only confronted ... See full summary »
25. Walking the Line (2005)
57 min | Documentary
Walking the Line offers a harrowing view of the chaos along the U.S.-Mexico border through private citizens who are taking the law into their own hands. Following a growing movement of ... See full summary »
26. Those Who Remain (2008)
96 min | Documentary
An intimate and discerning depiction of the impact of migration on families and villages left behind by loved ones who have traveled North for work.
27. Born in East L.A. (1987)
R | 85 min | Comedy
When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home.
Votes: 4,866 | Gross: $17.36M
28. A Day Without a Mexican (2004)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
When a mysterious fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Mexicans disappear, affecting the economy and the state stops working missing the Mexican workers and dwellers.
Votes: 2,939 | Gross: $4.18M
29. One Man's Hero (1999)
R | 121 min | Action, Drama, History
"One Man's Hero" tells the little-known story of the "St. Patrick's Battalion" or "San Patricios," a group of mostly Irish, and other immigrants of the Catholic religion, who deserted to ... See full summary »
Votes: 996 | Gross: $0.23M
Unique historical look at border immigration and the "San Patricios" during the The War of 1847...highly recommended!
30. Escuadrón 201 (1945)
107 min | Drama, War
Fictional story about the Escuadron 201 de Caza (201st Mexican Fighter Squadron), which participated in military campaigns in the Phillipines during WWII. It focuses primarily on two ... See full synopsis »
WWII film depicting lives of Mexican Air Force mustering, training in Texas, serving and and fighting in the Pacific theatre of war; potential remake has been rumored... Highly recommended!
32. El infierno (2010)
NC-17 | 145 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Benjamin Garcia, Benny, is deported from the United States. Back home and against a bleak picture, Benny gets involved in the narco business, in which has for the first time in his life, an... See full summary »
33. A tiro de piedra (2010)
97 min | Adventure
A shepherd leaves behind his life in Mexico after coming across a mysterious key chain. Will the key chain lead him to his own paradise or will the journey be all for nothing?
36. Bordertown (2016)
TV-14 | 21 min | Animation, Comedy
Follow two families living in a Southwest desert town on the United States-Mexico border and how these two families inevitably cross and are bound by friendship and conflict.
37. Spanglish (2004)
PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.
Votes: 72,425 | Gross: $42.04M
38. Under Strange Flags (1937)
Approved | 64 min | Action, History, Romance
In 1914 Mexico, the revolution, led by Pancho Villa, is preventing many Americans from getting their mined-in-Mexico silver across the American border. Tom Kenyon, American manager of the ... See full summary »
39. Como agua para chocolate (1992)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
Votes: 15,371 | Gross: $21.67M
41. BorderLine (2012)
90 min | Documentary, History
BorderLine explores the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as experienced by ordinary people living and working along the Canada-U.S. border. The film follows award-winning documentary... See full summary »
44. Border Wars (2007 Video)
85 min | Drama
A marine just back from the Middle East, reunites with two high school buddies to form a de facto militia and travel to the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona to attempt to "guard" the country from the "invaders" from the south.
40 min | Documentary, Short, News
Dying to Get In provides an intimate perspective of border crossing and the people who cross. The U.S./Mexican border, dubbed a "gauntlet of death" by documentarian Brett Tolley, is ... See full summary »
Director: Brett Tolley
47. Quinceañera (2006)
R | 90 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 3,878 | Gross: $1.69M
48. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
In the tiny town of Milagro, New Mexico, where the local water is a premium resource, shady developer Ladd Devine has conceived a glitzy resort that will ultimately siphon off all the water... See full summary »
Votes: 5,452 | Gross: $13.83M
49. Border Patrol (1943)
Approved | 65 min | Western