Top 100 Latin American Filmsby minalex | created - 19 Sep 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
The best films from South and Central America. Films from Brazil (27), Mexico (27), Argentina (16), Chile (13), Cuba (9), Colombia (5), Martinique, Peru and Uruguay.
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2. 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 »
3. The Fugitive (1947)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, History
Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest.
4. 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.
5. 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.
10. The Given Word (1962)
98 min | Drama
A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?
11. Barren Lives (1963)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »
13. Black God, White Devil (1964)
120 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of ... See full summary »
15. Simon of the Desert (1965)
Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Comedy, Drama
Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.
17. Entranced Earth (1967)
111 min | Drama
Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins ... See full summary »
18. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama
A Cuban man cycles through his repressed opinions and memories as the threat of foreign invasion intensifies and the rest of his family retreats to Miami.
Votes: 2,961 | Gross: $0.03M
19. Lucía (1968)
160 min | Drama
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.
20. The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)
Unrated | 260 min | Documentary
Divided into three segments, namely 1 Neocolonialism, 2 Act for liberation, 3 Violence and liberation, the documentary lasts more than 4 hours this deals with the defense of the revolution ... See full summary »
21. O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (1968)
92 min | Crime, Thriller
The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.
23. Antonio das Mortes (1969)
100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio ... See full summary »
24. 79 primaveras (1969)
Not Rated | 25 min | Short, Documentary
An agit-prop documentary marking the death of Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chí Minh, using found footage to link his work to worldwide political movements including the Cuban revolution and resistance within the USA to the Vietnam war.
Director: Santiago Álvarez
26. The Holy Mountain (1973)
R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.
Votes: 29,822 | Gross: $0.06M
27. The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975)
Not Rated | 191 min | Documentary
The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.
28. Il pleut sur Santiago (1975)
112 min | Drama, Thriller
A semi-fictional account on the fatidic September 11, 1973, when the military commanded by General Pinochet took over the power from socialist president Salvador Allende, initiating a ... See full summary »
29. The Last Supper (1976)
120 min | Drama
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.
30. Bye Bye Brasil (1980)
R | 110 min | Drama
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »
31. The Age of the Earth (1980)
140 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
Four Third-World Christs try to stop the American industrialist John Brahms in Glauber Rocha's experimental film inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini's murder.
33. Eles Não Usam Black-Tie (1981)
120 min | Drama
Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.
34. Rue cases nègres (1983)
PG | 103 min | Drama, History
Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living. The overseer can fine a worker for ... See full summary »
35. Cóndores no entierran todos los días (1984)
90 min | Drama
In Colombia, from the second half of the nineteenth century, two political parties; The traditional liberal and conservative ¸ fought a series of civil wars for almost one hundred years of ... See full summary »
36. Cabra Marcado Para Morrer (1984)
119 min | Documentary
Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »
38. Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)
Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Musical
Some Argentinians, exiled in Paris, decide to put on a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star.
39. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 12,539 | Gross: $17.04M
40. The Official Story (1985)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, History, War
After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Votes: 6,293 | Gross: $0.03M
41. Hour of the Star (1985)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »
42. The South (1988)
R | 127 min | Drama
The movie starts while Floreal, the main protagonist, was being released from the prison when the military coup ended in 1983. He is estranged to his former life because of his last few ... See full summary »
43. Cien niños esperando un tren (1988)
55 min | Documentary
"Tells the story of a group of Chilean children who discover a larger reality and a different world through the cinema. Each Saturday, Alicia Vega transforms the chapel of Lo Hermida into a... See full summary »
44. Santa Sangre (1989)
NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".
45. At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
R | 189 min | Drama, Romance
Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,858 | Gross: $1.34M
46. 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: 15,364 | Gross: $21.67M
47. A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance
A married soldier returning from World War II poses as a pregnant woman's husband to save her from her father's anger and honor.
Votes: 28,113 | Gross: $50.01M
48. Central Station (1998)
R | 113 min | Drama
An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Votes: 31,766 | Gross: $5.60M
49. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
G | 105 min | Documentary, Music
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.
Votes: 14,977 | Gross: $7.00M
50. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller