New Mexican Cinema & TV (1990-2018)

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1. Deep Crimson (1996)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Regina Orozco, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sherlyn, Giovanni Florido

Votes: 1,396

2. La otra conquista (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama, History

It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the ... See full summary »

Director: Salvador Carrasco | Stars: Damián Delgado, José Carlos Rodríguez, Elpidia Carrillo, Iñaki Aierra

Votes: 1,076 | Gross: $0.89M

3. Violanchelo (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Romance, Thriller

A pair of strangers become subconsciously connected after their recurring dreams turn into reality.

Director: Alfonso Pineda Ulloa | Stars: Bárbara Mori, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Marina de Tavira, Joaquín Cosio

Votes: 344

4. Fecha de caducidad (2012)

111 min | Drama, Thriller

Ramona's compulsive life becomes a wreck when she finds out, after a long search that Osvaldo, her only son, has died.

Director: Kenya Marquez | Stars: Damián Alcázar, Marisol Centeno, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Marta Aura

Votes: 132

5. Eco de la montaña (2014)

92 min | Documentary, Biography

A portrait of the great Wixarika (Huichol) artist Santos de la Torre who lives in near anonymity in the Western Sierra Madre.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Star: Santos de la Torre

Votes: 134

6. Qué le dijiste a Dios? (2014)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Musical

Unforgettable songs by Mexico's beloved Juan Gabriel highlight this irresistible musical comedy about two housekeepers who risk it all for love.

Director: Teresa Suarez | Stars: Juan Gabriel, Mark Tacher, Erika de la Rosa, Mar Contreras

Votes: 340

7. El héroe (1994)

5 min | Short, Animation, Drama

In a subway station, a man watch a girl acting strange. He realizes that she may be attempting to commit suicide and tries to stop her, but the girl accuses him of being a molester.

Director: Carlos Carrera

Votes: 367

8. Down to the Bone (2002)

10 min | Animation, Short

A dead man follows the path from his burial site to the underworld. Refuses his status until he embraces his own death.

Director: René Castillo | Stars: Bruno Bichir, Daniel Cubillo, Eugenia León, Claudia Prado

Votes: 332

9. Hilda (I) (2014)

TV-14 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

When Hilda, the new housemaid arrives, Mrs. Lemarchand's obsessions are irreversibly triggered.

Director: Andres Clariond | Stars: Marco Antonio Aguirre, Fernando Becerril, Anna Cetti, María Luisa Coronel

Votes: 268

10. Como agua para chocolate (1992)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Mario Iván Martínez

Votes: 15,364 | Gross: $21.67M

11. Retorno a Aztlán (1991)

90 min | Drama, History

A very hard drought devastates an ancient Mexican empire. Warriors and priests fight for power while people are dying. A group of priests return to Aztlan, the mythological place where ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Mora Catlett | Stars: Rodrigo Puebla, Rafael Cortes, Amado Sumaya, Socorro Avelar

Votes: 66

12. Eréndira la indomable (2006)

Not Rated | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman fights Spanish Conquistadors to protect her people.

Director: Juan Mora Catlett | Stars: Carlos Enrique Alarcón, Édgar Alejandre, Erandini Catalina Alvarado Villegas, Rubén Bautista

Votes: 112

13. 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: 11,416 | Gross: $0.56M

14. El baile de San Juan (2010)

120 min | Drama, History

During the final decade of 18th century in Mexico City, capital of the vice-royalty of New Spain, the official choreographer publicly complains of the abusive and unjust methods of the ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Athié | Stars: José María de Tavira, Marcello Mazzarella, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

Votes: 42

15. Mi vida dentro (2007)

120 min | Documentary

Teenage immigrant, Rosa Jimenez, is accused of committing murder in a Texas.

Director: Lucía Gajá

Votes: 98

16. Presunto culpable (2008)

87 min | Documentary

Two young Mexican attorneys attempt to exonerate a wrongly convicted man by making a documentary. In the process, they expose the contradictions of a judicial system that presumes suspects guilty until proven innocent.

Directors: Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith

Votes: 1,265

17. Fraude: México 2006 (2007)

110 min | Documentary

Documentary on the 2006 Mexican presidential elections.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Guillermina Campuzano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Carlos Salinas de Gortari

Votes: 360 | Gross: $0.00M

19. Aro Tolbukhin - En la mente del asesino (2002)

95 min | Drama

Aro Tolbukhin is a hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in a Mission in Guatemala, the movie traces back to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary.

Directors: Isaac-Pierre Racine, Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carmen Beato, Zóltán Józan, Mariona Castillo

Votes: 420

20. Los Rollos Perdidos (2012)


This is the first documentary that breaks the silence on two issues that directly involve the craft and the mexican film legacy: the first related to the filming of the massacre of students... See full summary »

Director: Gibran Bazan | Stars: Susana López Aranda, Jorge Ayala Blanco, Nicolás Echevarría, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 14

21. La maleta mexicana (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, History

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase that were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of WWII, contained many of the Spanish Civil War ... See full summary »

Director: Trisha Ziff | Stars: Ernest Alós, Juan Diego Botto, Antonio de la Fuente Ferraz

Votes: 204

22. Rabia (2009)

89 min | Romance, Thriller

43 Metascore

A romantic thriller about a construction worker in hiding for killing his foreman who hides in the mansion where his girlfriend works as a maid.

Director: Sebastián Cordero | Stars: Martina García, Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Tanya De Roberto, Karlos Aurrekoetxea

Votes: 1,020 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Miroslava (1993)

100 min | Drama

Mexico, 1955. A beautiful and popular movie star, Miroslava Sternova (Dombasle) is depressed tonight. Sad memories fill her mind: her childhood in the pre-war Prague, one failed marriage, ... See full summary »

Director: Alejandro Pelayo | Stars: Arielle Dombasle, Claudio Brook, Milosh Trnka, Arleta Jeziorska

Votes: 95

24. Gritos de muerte y libertad (2010– )

22 min | Biography, Drama, History

A mini series that shows Mexico's Independence movement.

Stars: Alejandro Tommasi, Alberto Estrella, Arturo Ríos, Julio Bracho

Votes: 75

25. El encanto del águila (2011– )


El encanto del águila is a Mexican television series based in the history of Mexico that shows in thirteen chapters the events that marked the Mexican revolution.

Stars: Carlos Corona, Emilio Echevarría, Enoc Leaño, Tenoch Huerta

Votes: 48

26. Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla (2013)

R | 125 min | Drama, History, War

On May 5th, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world's largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico.

Director: Rafa Lara | Stars: Christian Vazquez, Angélica Aragón, Liz Gallardo, Kuno Becker

Votes: 789 | Gross: $0.17M

27. Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo (2008)

83 min | Documentary, Crime, Family

My grandmother??s lodging house situated at the corner of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo streets in Mexico City. When I was ten years old I met one of them. His name was Jorge Riosse. My grand... See full summary »

Director: Yulene Olaizola | Stars: Regina Cardo, Florencia Vega Moctezuma

Votes: 199

28. Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Sistach | Stars: Ximena Ayala, Nancy Gutiérrez, Arcelia Ramírez, María Rojo

Votes: 864

29. Guten Tag, Ramón (2013)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

Ramon, a young Mexican boy, tries to cross the border for the fifth time but fails. His friend tells him about his aunt living in Germany and that she has a better life over there. Ramon then goes to Germany to find his friend's aunt.

Director: Jorge Ramírez Suárez | Stars: Kristyan Ferrer, Ingeborg Schöner, Adriana Barraza, Arcelia Ramírez

Votes: 2,541 | Gross: $0.10M

30. Morirse en domingo (2006)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

Carlo's uncle died on a Sunday morning, and the only funeral home working on Sundays is managed by a very suspicious character.

Director: Daniel Gruener | Stars: Silverio Palacios, Humberto Busto, Maya Zapata, Rafael Simón

Votes: 284

31. Cantinflas (2014)

PG | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Director: Sebastian del Amo | Stars: Óscar Jaenada, Michael Imperioli, Ilse Salas, Bárbara Mori

Votes: 3,466 | Gross: $6.37M

32. E pur si muove (2003)

4 min | Drama, Short

In his very own way, a boy discovers what faith means in the Catholic religion. However, what he finds out is not exactly what his grandmother had in mind.

Director: Agustín Calderón | Stars: Mario Bueno, Evangelina Elizondo

Votes: 7

33. Ponchada (1994)

14 min | Short, Crime, Thriller

A car with a flat tire in the middle of a lonely road. A chain-smoking woman is waiting in the driver's seat. Suddenly, a car approaches. The driver (a somber menacing man) offers to help ... See full summary »

Director: Alejandra Moya | Stars: Lisa Owen, Jesús Ochoa, Adriana Olivera, Jesús Pérez

Votes: 39

34. 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: 553,615 | Gross: $37.63M

35. The Attempt Dossier (2010)

120 min | Drama, History, War

Tells the story behind an assassination attempt perpetrated in 1897, by a dipsomaniac man, against the President of the Mexican Republic, General Porfirio Diaz.

Director: Jorge Fons | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, José María Yazpik, Julio Bracho, Irene Azuela

Votes: 153

36. Cabeza de Vaca (1990)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 969 | Gross: $0.79M

37. La zona (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

Residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico DF are shocked by a violent crime, and for one resident in particular, young Alejandro, the drama is ratcheted up when he encounters the lone kid who escaped the event and is hiding out within the neighborhood's borders.

Director: Rodrigo Plá | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Daniel Tovar, Alan Chávez, Carlos Bardem

Votes: 4,969

38. Sultanes del Sur (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A band of thieves steal from a Mexican bank and travel to Argentina to launder the money. Upon their arrival the plan goes south and it's up to them to figure out what went wrong.

Director: Alejandro Lozano | Stars: Tony Dalton, Ana de la Reguera, Silverio Palacios, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 1,039

39. Silent Light (2007)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall

Votes: 5,182 | Gross: $0.05M

40. Heli (2013)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.

Director: Amat Escalante | Stars: Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara, Linda González, Juan Eduardo Palacios

Votes: 4,248

41. Colosio: El asesinato (2012)

100 min | Thriller

In 1994, Mexico's ruling party's presidential candidate is brutally murdered. Nobody knows who's behind this event, it all points to a conspiracy. Andrés Vázquez, an intelligence expert, is commissioned to lead a secret investigation.

Director: Carlos Bolado | Stars: José María Yazpik, Emiliano Carrillo, Kate del Castillo, Marco Pérez

Votes: 1,137

42. 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 »

Director: Luis Estrada | Stars: Damián Alcázar, Joaquín Cosio, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, María Rojo

Votes: 6,969

43. La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas (2012)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In the Mexican-Guatemalan border, young teenage lovers, Sabina and Jovany, both Hondurans, accidentally meet again after some years without seeing each other. She plans to get to the United... See full summary »

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Joaquín Cosio, Greisy Mena, Fernando Moreno, Angelina Peláez

Votes: 802

44. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 28,940 | Gross: $2.53M

45. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 7,583

46. La jaula de oro (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S.

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez | Stars: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez, Carlos Chajon

Votes: 3,892

47. A Better Life (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Demián Bichir, José Julián, Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo, Joaquín Cosio

Votes: 14,377 | Gross: $1.76M

48. Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.

Director: Marc Silver | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charles Harding, Lorena Ivón Ton Quevedo, Alejandro Solalinde

Votes: 461

49. Mezcal (2006)

90 min | Drama