Top 200 Latin American Films

by minalex | created - 19 Sep 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

The best films from South and Central America. Films from Brazil (62), Mexico (44), Argentina (37), Cuba (20), Chile (17), Colombia (6), Bolivia (3), Haiti (2), Peru (2), Uruguay (2), Curacao, El Salvador, Jamaica, Martinique and Venezuela.

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1. El fusilamiento de Dorrego (1908)

Short, History

The director Mario Gallo made the first film with an argument from Argentina, although the opinions of scholars are not coincident as to their temporal order.

Director: Mario Gallo | Stars: Salvador Rosich, Eliseo Gutiérrez, Roberto Casaux

2. Nobleza gaucha (1915)

60 min | Drama, History, Western

A licentious patron takes a beautiful stand to his palace in Buenos Aires, after abducting her. When the gaucho who wants to go to rescue her, the field owner uses a corrupt commissary to falsely accuse him of a thief.

Directors: Humberto Cairo, Ernesto Gunche, Eduardo Martinez de la Pera | Stars: Arturo Mario, María Padín, Celestino Petray, Orfilia Rico

Votes: 42

3. Santa (1918)

40 min | Drama, Short

First version of Gamboa's novel about a young and innocent girl who is betrayed by the man she loves and has to become a prostitute because her family rejects her.

Director: Luis Peredo | Stars: Elena Sánchez Valenzuela, Alfonso Busson, Ricardo Beltri, Clementina Pérez de Rebolledo

Votes: 5

4. The Grey Automobile (1919)

111 min | Action, Crime

A gang terrorizes Mexico City's high society on 1915. Murder, kidnaping and robbery are their trademarks. One police inspector (Cabrera) follows the gang crimes and eventually send them to ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique Rosas | Stars: Joaquín Coss, Juan de Homs, Manuel de los Ríos, María Tereza Montoya

Votes: 106

5. Limite (1931)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past.

Director: Mario Peixoto | Stars: Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, Raul Schnoor, Brutus Pedreira

Votes: 1,330

6. Ganga Bruta (1933)

82 min | Drama

A man kills his wife on their wedding night, after discovering she had been unfaithful. After being acquitted, he moves to the country, where he falls in love with an innocent girl.

Director: Humberto Mauro | Stars: Durval Bellini, Dea Selva, Lu Marival, Décio Murilo

Votes: 255

7. 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

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. 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: 409

10. Out on the Big Ranch (1936)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The owner and the general manager of a ranch (Rancho Grande), two good friends, fall in love with the same girl at the same time. The owner tries to 'buy' the girl without knowing she is in... See full summary »

Director: Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Tito Guízar, René Cardona, Esther Fernández, Lorenzo Barcelata

Votes: 103

12. Prisioneros de la tierra (1939)

85 min | Drama

By 1915, a contractor traveling to Posadas looking for new staff. Among the music and drinks in a bar and shipped to the mill. He is accompanied by a drunken doctor and his daughter. In the mill, injustices and cruelties are accentuated.

Director: Mario Soffici | Stars: Homero Cárpena, Raúl De Lange, Roberto Fugazot, Elisa Galvé

Votes: 77

13. La guerra gaucha (1942)

90 min | Drama, History, Western

The story of the irregular forces on the north of Argentina, fighting against the Spanish Crown for the independence.

Director: Lucas Demare | Stars: Enrique Muiño, Francisco Petrone, Ángel Magaña, Sebastián Chiola

Votes: 109

14. 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

15. 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.

Directors: John Ford, Emilio Fernández | Stars: Henry Fonda, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 1,713

16. The Great Madcap (1949)

92 min | Comedy

Buñuel's first "comeback" film since "L'Age d'Or" in 1930 (he made only a few musicals in the interim), "El Gran Calavera" concerns a family's attempts to change the patriarch's somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Soler, Rosario Granados, Andrés Soler, Rubén Rojo

Votes: 908

17. 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: 14,960

18. 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

19. Siete muertes a plazo fijo (1950)

88 min | Comedy, Thriller

On New Year's Eve, a banker and his wife invite several friends to have dinner in their apartment. Suddenly, an astrologer makes an appearance and predicts seven of the present people will die in the next weeks.

Director: Manolo Alonso | Stars: Enrique Alzugaray, Rolando Barral, Armando Bianchi, Bellita Borges

Votes: 14

20. 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

21. 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

22. Cangaceiro (1953)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Drama, History

Brazilian movie inspired by American westerns (but losing none of its cultural integrity) about Cangaceiro (bandit) Teodoro who falls in love with a small town school teacher who his gang ... See full summary »

Director: Lima Barreto | Stars: Alberto Ruschel, Marisa Prado, Milton Ribeiro, Vanja Orico

Votes: 417

23. Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)

82 min | Comedy, Adventure, Drama

Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro, Fernando Soto, Agustín Isunza

Votes: 1,081

24. 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: 3,844

25. Rio 40 Graus (1955)

100 min | Drama

A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão, Ana Beatriz

Votes: 384

26. Rio Zona Norte (1957)

90 min | Drama, Music

A talented songwriter of sambas is forced to face the social injustices of the city around him.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Grande Otelo, Jece Valadão, Malu Maia, Maria Petar

Votes: 179

27. La casa del ángel (1957)

76 min | Drama

The House of the Angel focuses on the ruling class in 1920s Argentina, a deeply repressive society where political arguments were often settled by duels, and young women were expected to be totally ignorant of sex.

Director: Leopoldo Torre Nilsson | Stars: Elsa Daniel, Lautaro Murúa, Berta Ortegosa, Bárbara Mújica

Votes: 246

28. 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

29. Black Orpheus (1959)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

81 Metascore

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus | Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

Votes: 8,089

30. Tire dié (1960)

33 min | Documentary, Short

Everyday the children of the neighborhood known as "Tire Dié", in the city of Santa Fe, wait for the train to ask for money, shouting "Tire dié!" (toss me a dime!) to the passengers. ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Birri | Stars: Guillermo Cervantes Luro, María Rosa Gallo, Francisco Petrone

Votes: 161

31. 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: 22,959

32. 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?

Director: Anselmo Duarte | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo, Geraldo Del Rey

Votes: 2,056

33. Barravento (1962)

78 min | Drama

In the State of Bahia, Brazil, an educated black man returns to his home fishing village to try and free people from mysticism, in particular the Candomblé religion, which he considers a ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Antonio Pitanga, Luiza Maranhão, Lucy de Carvalho, Aldo Teixeira

Votes: 437

34. 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 »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares

Votes: 1,742

35. Soy Cuba (1964)

108 min | Drama, History, War

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 6,735 | Gross: $0.16M

36. 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 »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle

Votes: 3,189

37. Os Fuzis (1964)

80 min | Drama

In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit.

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Átila Iório, Nelson Xavier, Maria Gladys, Leonidas Bayer

Votes: 301

38. Valparaiso (1964)

28 min | Documentary, Short

A travelogue of Valparaiso, Chile, a city built on steep hills. Life is a constant struggle against geography. Neighbourhoods are reached by series of ramps, staircases, and funicular ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens | Star: Roger Pigaut

Votes: 407

39. Simón del desierto (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.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 7,821

40. The Hour and Turn of Augusto Matraga (1971)

109 min | Drama

Augusto Matraga is a violent agressive farmer who after being betrayed by his wife and trapped by several enemies is bitten up and left for dead. He is rescued by a couple of humble small ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Santos | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Joffre Soares, Maria Ribeiro, Maurício do Valle

Votes: 105

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41. Now (1965)

5 min | Documentary, Short, Music

A documentary short about racism in the United States

Director: Santiago Álvarez | Star: Lena Horne

Votes: 526

42. La muerte de un burócrata (1966)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy

A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Salvador Wood, Silvia Planas, Manuel Estanillo, Omar Alfonso

Votes: 851

43. Ukamau (1966)

75 min | Drama

While her husband is on his way to the market, a peasant woman is raped and murdered. Her widower carefully plans his revenge.

Director: Jorge Sanjinés | Stars: Elsa Antequera, Néstor Cárdenas, Benedicta Huanca, Benedicta Mendoza

Votes: 139

44. 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 »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy, Glauce Rocha

Votes: 1,998

45. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

97 min | Drama

Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the ... See full summary »

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés

Votes: 2,748 | Gross: $0.03M

46. 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.

Director: Humberto Solás | Stars: Raquel Revuelta, Eslinda Núñez, Adela Legrá, Eduardo Moure

Votes: 579

47. 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 »

Directors: Octavio Getino, Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: María de la Paz, Fernando E. Solanas, Edgardo Suárez, Fidel Castro

Votes: 729

48. 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.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla | Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo Villaça, Pagano Sobrinho, Luiz Linhares

Votes: 871

49. Tres Tristes Tigres (1968)

100 min | Drama

The drunken nights of several listless chancers in Chile's capital city build inexorably to violence.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Shenda Román, Nelson Villagra, Luis Alarcón, Jaime Vadell

Votes: 166

50. LBJ (1968)

Not Rated | 18 min | Short, Documentary

A montage of 1960s America, all focused on the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.

Director: Santiago Álvarez | Star: Lyndon Johnson

Votes: 227

51. For the First Time (1969)

9 min | Documentary, Short