Latin American movies (excluded Argentine and Brazilian ones)

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1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 538,039 | Gross: $37.63M

2. 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: 6,740 | Gross: $0.16M

A Soviet-Cuban masterpiece.

3. También la lluvia (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, History

69 Metascore

As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Votes: 11,105 | Gross: $0.56M

4. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 197,000 | Gross: $5.38M

5. Maracaná (2014)

75 min | Documentary, Sport

Maracaná football stadium was built to the World Cup finals in 1950, when everyone in Brazil was certain they would win. They lost 1-2 to Uruguay and went into a national depression. Then ... See full summary »

Directors: Sebastián Bednarik, Andrés Varela | Stars: Milton Barreto, Luis Batlle Berres, Rafael Bayce, Gerardo Caetano

Votes: 90

6. Tinta roja (2000)

121 min | Crime, Drama

Alfonso wants to be a writer, but he decides to practice as a journalist. When he is assigned to the crime section of a newspaper, he will witness the dirty world of Peruvian tabloids.

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Gianfranco Brero, Giovanni Ciccia, Fele Martínez, Lucía Jiménez

Votes: 370

7. Gods (2008)

120 min | Drama

Elisa--the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist--is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiancé's elite lifestyle. To her dismay, she soon ... See full summary »

Director: Josué Méndez | Stars: Maricielo Effio, Sergio Gjurinovic, Anahí de Cárdenas, Edgar Saba

Votes: 260

8. Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (2000)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Angie Cepeda, Salvador del Solar, Mónica Sánchez, Pilar Bardem

Votes: 2,107

9. M.A.M.O.N. (Monitor Against Mexicans Over Nationwide) (2016)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

United States have elected a racist and xenophobic man as a president and he uses high technology to expel Latin immigrants to the other side of the wall built on the border. How may Latins resist?

Director: Alejandro Damiani | Stars: Guillermo Villegas, Angelina Peláez, Rafael Anduaga, Hector Villalobos

Votes: 102

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10. No (I) (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 20,571 | Gross: $2.34M

11. Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 9,837

12. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 100,403 | Gross: $13.62M

13. Che: Part One (2008)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac, Pablo Guevara

Votes: 40,901 | Gross: $1.73M

This is a France/Spain/USA production, but it would bizarre not to include it in this list, as the story is about Cuban Revolution, most of the movie has been filmed in Mexico and Puerto Rico, and many important actors come from Latin America.

14. Dawson Isla 10 (2009)

117 min | Drama

After the 1973 coup that deposed Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile, the former members of his cabinet are imprisoned on Dawson Island, the world's southernmost concentration ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Littin | Stars: Benjamín Vicuña, Bertrand Duarte, Pablo Krögh, Cristián de la Fuente

Votes: 286

15. Babel (I) (2006)

R | 143 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

Votes: 263,471 | Gross: $34.30M

16. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Music

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González, Eliades Ochoa

Votes: 14,645 | Gross: $7.00M

17. Sigo siendo (2013)

120 min | Documentary, Musical

A trip through the diversity of black and native Peruvian music.

Director: Javier Corcuera

Votes: 60

18. 7 Boxes (2012)

TV-14 | 105 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

Víctor receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content through the Market Number 4 but things get complicated along the way.

Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori | Stars: Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa, Lali Gonzalez, Nico García

Votes: 4,390

19. El baño del Papa (2007)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A small South American village is in a flurry over the Pope's 1988 visit.

Directors: César Charlone, Enrique Fernández | Stars: César Troncoso, Virginia Méndez, Mario Silva, Virginia Ruiz

Votes: 2,409

20. Cuchillo de palo (2010)

93 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Of all my uncles, Rodolfo was the only one who didn't want to be a blacksmith like my grandfather: He wanted to be a dancer. The search for the traces of his life leads to the discovery ... See full summary »

Director: Renate Costa | Stars: Miguel Auad Petunia, Nancy Baruja, Renate Costa, Manuel Cuenca

Votes: 102

The film is Catalan, but has been directed by a Paraguayan director in Assunción.

21. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno

Votes: 4,685 | Gross: $2.08M

22. El crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho Gracia, Angélica Aragón

Votes: 11,781 | Gross: $5.71M

23. En la cama (2005)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama

Can strangers connect? Can casual sex become something else? In Santiago, Daniela and Bruno, both about 30, meet at a party, go to another and end up in a hotel. We join them there as ... See full summary »

Director: Matías Bize | Stars: Blanca Lewin, Gonzalo Valenzuela

Votes: 2,837

24. Pelo malo (2013)

93 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.

Director: Mariana Rondón | Stars: Samuel Lange Zambrano, Samantha Castillo, Beto Benites, Nelly Ramos

Votes: 1,658

25. Los colores de la montaña (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos César Arbeláez | Stars: Hernán Mauricio Ocampo, Nolberto Sánchez, Genaro Aristizábal, Hernán Méndez

Votes: 1,257

26. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 15,003 | Gross: $1.33M

27. Marcelino Pan y Vino (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Family

The friars of a poor war-ravaged monastery find an infant abandoned on their doorstep.

Director: Jose Luis Gutierrez Arias | Stars: Alejandro Tommasi, Jorge Lavat, Teresa Ruiz, Mark Hernández Mosqueda

Votes: 133

28. The Violin (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Music

In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Vargas | Stars: Ángel Tavira, Gerardo Taracena, Dagoberto Gama, Mario Garibaldi

Votes: 2,107 | Gross: $0.07M

29. Ojos que no ven (2003)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Through out six different and yet parallel stories that take place during the corrupted goverment during the 90s in Peru, Lombardi tells the moral decomposition that ran through all classes and generations of the peruvian society.

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Gianfranco Brero, Gustavo Bueno, Patricia Pereyra, Paul Vega

Votes: 243

30. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza

Votes: 32,029 | Gross: $6.52M

31. ¡Vampiros en La Habana! (1985)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Horror

A vampire family from Cuba is preparing for a showdown between the USA vampires and the Eastern European vampires. But with the aid of a scientist, they need a type of vaccination where they can live in daylight.

Director: Juan Padrón | Stars: Frank González, Manuel Marín, Irela Bravo, Carlos González

Votes: 1,050

32. El embajador de la India (1987)

85 min

Jaime Florez, an astute provincial, and malicious, is involved in a misunderstanding: the notable people of a Colombian city confuse it with the diplomatic representative of India. Without ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Ribero Ferreira | Stars: Hugo Gómez, Olga Lucía Alvira, José María Arzuaga, Martha Arévalo

Votes: 86

33. Sebastian's Voodoo (2008)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death.

Director: Joaquin Baldwin

Votes: 1,328

Although being a production from USA, it has been made by Paraguayan Joaquín Baldwin.

35. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 70,040 | Gross: $25.89M

An USA/Canada/Mexico production.

36. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.

Directors: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío | Stars: Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Francisco Gattorno

Votes: 4,685 | Gross: $2.08M

37. Sofía y el Terco (2012)

74 min | Drama

An old couple living in the Colombian countryside has been planing a trip to sea for years in order to break the monotony of their life. He just wants to live the routine, she wants to see the world and is not able to keep waiting.

Director: Andrés Burgos | Stars: Carmen Maura, Gustavo Angarita, Julián Arango, Sofía Cartio

Votes: 221

38. La dictadura perfecta (2014)

143 min | Comedy, Drama

TV MX, the most powerful Mexican Television Corporation, discloses a scandalous story involving Governor Carmelo Vargas in serious crimes and illicit business. Governor Vargas worried about... See full summary »

Director: Luis Estrada | Stars: Damián Alcázar, Alfonso Herrera, Joaquín Cosio, Osvaldo Benavides

Votes: 3,491

39. Tony Manero (2008)

TV-MA | 97 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A man is obsessed with John Travolta's disco dancing character from Saturday Night Fever (1977).

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Amparo Noguera, Héctor Morales, Paola Lattus

Votes: 2,734

40. Cocalero (2007)

86 min | Documentary

A documentary centered on the union formed by Bolivian farmers in response to their government's (which was urged by the U.S.) effort eradicate coca crops, and the man who would come to represent them, Evo Morales.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Alex Contreras, Javier Escalas, Adriana Gil, Alvaro García Lineras

Votes: 238

41. Whisky (2004)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something, looks to scrounge up a wife. He turns to Marta, an employee at his sock factory, with ... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll | Stars: Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani, José Pedro Bujaruz

Votes: 4,368

42. Historia de un oso (2014)

G | 11 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

An old, lonesome bear tells the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.

Director: Gabriel Osorio Vargas

Votes: 2,620

43. Rudo y Cursi (2008)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

67 Metascore

Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

Director: Carlos Cuarón | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Guillermo Francella, Dolores Heredia

Votes: 7,386 | Gross: $1.83M

44. Conducta (2014)

108 min | Drama

Aging teacher Carmela has a special heart for pupils from broken homes and is challenged by the headmaster to follow up 12 year old Chala which is infatuated in Yeni. They are both poor, and has severe home troubles.

Director: Ernesto Daranas | Stars: Alina Rodríguez, Yuliet Cruz, Armando Miguel Gómez, Miriel Cejas

Votes: 1,060

45. El hombre nuevo (2015)

79 min | Documentary

Stephania is a transvestite born in Nicaragua. As a boy, he was adopted by a couple of Uruguayan leftist activists in the midst of the Sandinista revolution. At the moment, Stephania earns ... See full summary »

Director: Aldo Garay | Star: Stephania Mirza Curbelo

Votes: 34

47. Las Tetas de mi Madre (2015)

TV-MA | 81 min | Drama

A young boy discovers he's moms night job in a local bar as an exotic dancer so he decides to find the money to take her to Disney.

Director: Carlos Zapata | Stars: Alejandro Aguilar, Joseph Barrios, Angelica Blandon, Héctor García

Votes: 109

48. A Movie of Eggs (2006)

TV-PG | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A small egg named Toto decides that he doesn't want to become the breakfast and starts an adventure to become a chicken.

Directors: Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste, Rodolfo Riva Palacio Alatriste | Stars: Bruno Bichir, Carlos Espejel, Angélica Vale, Rodolfo Riva Palacio Alatriste

Votes: 703

49. Fiesta Patria (2008)

100 min

As two families celebrate the engagement of their children, one of the lovers unearths a family secret.

Director: Luis R. Vera | Stars: Adela Secall, Nelson Brodt, Tiago Correa, Marcela Osorio

Votes: 78

50. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones

Votes: 35,998 | Gross: $5.02M

This is a USA/France production, but there are many Mexican actors talking in Spanish and the second part of the story is held in Mexico (the first part happens in Texas close to the border with Mexico).

51. October (2010)

83 min | Drama