Best Spanish & South American Films Ever

by JuanGar | created - 14 Mar 2013 | updated - 04 May 2013 | Public

Best Spanish Films Ever in History. A guide to watch both Spanish and Southamerican Films.

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1. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 56,322 | Gross: $0.75M

2. 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: 563,401 | Gross: $37.63M

3. Talk to Her (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

86 Metascore

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling

Votes: 96,142 | Gross: $9.28M

4. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 169,918 | Gross: $6.39M

5. Celda 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 58,734

6. The Executioner (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Comedy

An undertaker marries an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez

Votes: 4,678

7. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 3,202

8. Los santos inocentes (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama

Spain, 1960s. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners...

Director: Mario Camus | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Terele Pávez, Belén Ballesteros, Juan Sachez

Votes: 2,865

9. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma

Votes: 30,528 | Gross: $7.18M

10. El día de la bestia (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 15,510 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Mama Turns 100 (1979)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Ana is alive and married with Antonio; they arrive in the manor in the countryside of Spain where she worked as a nanny many years ago, for the centennial birthday of the matriarch. In ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Amparo Muñoz, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Norman Briski

Votes: 952

12. La estanquera de Vallecas (1987)

106 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A couple of ruffians enters a tobacconist in the neighborhood of Vallecas to steal. Having failed in its intention they finish entrench themselves in the place, being surrounded by police.

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia | Stars: Emma Penella, José Luis Gómez, José Luis Manzano, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 832

13. Volver (I) (2006)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo

Votes: 86,813 | Gross: $12.90M

14. Solas (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in ... See full summary »

Director: Benito Zambrano | Stars: María Galiana, Ana Fernández, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Antonio Dechent

Votes: 3,095 | Gross: $0.37M

15. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 72,190 | Gross: $2.09M

16. Tesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 32,361

17. Open Your Eyes (1997)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez

Votes: 59,130 | Gross: $0.37M

18. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 79,712 | Gross: $8.26M

19. Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo

Votes: 19,394

20. Plácido (1961)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Cassen, José Luis López Vázquez, Elvira Quintillá, Manuel Alexandre

Votes: 2,213

21. Demonios en el jardín (1982)

R | 97 min | Drama

Juan is the handsome, irresponsible, best-loved second son. When his older brother, who runs the family's black-market business with their steel-willed mother, marries Juan's lover Ana, ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón | Stars: Ángela Molina, Ana Belén, Encarna Paso, Imanol Arias

Votes: 203

22. Death of a Cyclist (1955)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corrà, Carlos Casaravilla

Votes: 2,746

23. Camino (2008)

TV-14 | 138 min | Drama

A girl faces love and death.

Director: Javier Fesser | Stars: Nerea Camacho, Carme Elias, Mariano Venancio, Manuela Vellés

Votes: 4,291

24. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 136,059 | Gross: $7.16M

25. Los ojos de Julia (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Director: Guillem Morales | Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui, Francesc Orella

Votes: 28,522

26. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror

69 Metascore

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 151,207

27. [Rec] 2 (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror

52 Metascore

In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Jonathan D. Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra, Ariel Casas

Votes: 63,198 | Gross: $0.03M

28. [REC] 3: Genesis (2012)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A couple's wedding day turns horrific as some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness.

Director: Paco Plaza | Stars: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martín, Ismael Martínez, Àlex Monner

Votes: 30,329 | Gross: $0.01M

29. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 14,737

30. El Bola (2000)

88 min | Drama

70 Metascore

El Bola, a 12 year old boy a.k.a. "Pellet" is a 12 year old boy raised in a violent and sordid environment. Embarrassed by his family life, he avoids becoming close to classmates. The ... See full summary »

Director: Achero Mañas | Stars: Juan José Ballesta, Pablo Galán, Alberto Jiménez, Manuel Morón

Votes: 5,462

31. The Miracle of P. Tinto (1998)

106 min | Comedy

Wafer factory-owner P. Tinto and his wife Olivia want a child of their own more than anything else in the world. Years of trying, however, have left them with nothing but a pair of ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Fesser | Stars: Luis Ciges, Janusz Ziemniak, Pablo Pinedo, Pepe Viyuela

Votes: 3,291

32. Law of Desire (1987)

NC-17 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

A film maker's sexual disorientation jeopardizes his latest project.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Molina

Votes: 9,225

33. No habrá paz para los malvados (2011)

Not Rated | 114 min | Thriller

A corrupt policeman commits a crime when drinking late at night. While his colleagues are trying to investigate his murder, he tries to clean up the evidence.

Director: Enrique Urbizu | Stars: Jose Coronado, Rodolfo Sancho, Helena Miquel, Juanjo Artero

Votes: 4,232

34. Te doy mis ojos (2003)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Laia Marull, Luis Tosar, Candela Peña, Rosa Maria Sardà

Votes: 5,771 | Gross: $0.03M

35. Los lunes al sol (2002)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

This is the story of those who live as if every day was a constant Sunday, those who spend their Mondays in the sun. The story of people who worked in a dockyard but are now unemployed.

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, José Ángel Egido, Nieve de Medina

Votes: 11,850 | Gross: $0.15M

36. Burnt Money (2000)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Nene & Angel and their accomplice Cuervo participate in a botched bank robbery in 1965 Buenos Aires, then hide out from the police in Uruguay while the gang breaks down.

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Pablo Echarri, Leticia Brédice

Votes: 5,744 | Gross: $0.24M

37. Dark Blue Almost Black (2006)

105 min | Drama

Just as his childhood sweetheart Natalia returns, his infertile brother Antonio asks Jorge to impregnate Paula, Antonio's imprisoned girlfriend.

Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, Marta Etura, Antonio de la Torre

Votes: 7,383 | Gross: $0.00M

38. The Hunt (1966)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

Three men go hunting rabbits during a hot day. Heat and talking about events happened in the past make them angry, until they go totally crazy.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo, José María Prada, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 1,391

39. Nico and Dani (2000)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A Spanish coming of age story focusing on the antics of two 17 year olds, who have a posh beach house almost all to themselves one summer. This is also a summer of sexual awakenings.

Director: Cesc Gay | Stars: Fernando Ramallo, Jordi Vilches, Marieta Orozco, Esther Nubiola

Votes: 5,746 | Gross: $0.35M

40. Three Steps Above Heaven (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A privileged woman and a reckless man fall in love despite their different social classes.

Director: Fernando González Molina | Stars: Mario Casas, María Valverde, Álvaro Cervantes, Marina Salas

Votes: 20,652

41. ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Paulino and Carmela are husband and wife, troubadours touring the countryside during the Spanish Civil War. They are Republicans, and with their mute assistant, Gustavete, they journey into... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Carmen Maura, Andrés Pajares, Gabino Diego, Armando De Razza

Votes: 2,155 | Gross: $0.30M

42. What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

In Madrid, the housewife Gloria lives in a tiny apartment with her husband, the taxi driver and forger Antonio; her lunatic mother-in-law, who is addicted in bottled water and cupcakes; and... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Gonzalo Suárez, Luis Hostalot, Ryo Hiruma

Votes: 7,563

43. Sex and Lucía (2001)

R | 128 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Paz Vega, Tristán Ulloa, Najwa Nimri, Elena Anaya

Votes: 32,826 | Gross: $1.49M

44. Room in Rome (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Romance

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso, Najwa Nimri

Votes: 20,024

45. 7 Virgins (2005)

86 min | Crime, Drama

It is summertime in a blue-collar, marginal district of a city in the South of Spain. Tano, a teenager currently serving a sentence in a juvenile reform center, is given a 48-hour leave to ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Rodríguez | Stars: Juan José Ballesta, Iride Fontana, Javier Berger, Jesús Carroza

Votes: 1,749

46. Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

In Lapland Finland, under the eternal midnight sun, two ardent lovers will reunite once again after a long period apart, governed by a powerful and eloquent circular motif that is woven by destiny, faith and love.

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez, Nancho Novo, Maru Valdivielso

Votes: 16,938 | Gross: $0.50M

47. The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997)

101 min | Drama, Romance

Horty, a French foundry worker, wins a contest and is sent to see the sailing of the Titanic. In England, Marie, saying she is a chambermaid on the Titanic and cannot get a room, asks to ... See full summary »

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Olivier Martinez, Romane Bohringer, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Didier Bezace

Votes: 1,218 | Gross: $0.24M

48. La flaqueza del bolchevique (2003)

95 min | Drama

Based on a novel by Lorenzo Silva, this movie deals with the unusual and tragic relationship between a frustrated businessman and a 14-year-old student. After crashing into the rear of the ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Martín Cuenca | Stars: Luis Tosar, Mar Regueras, María Valverde, Rubén Ochandiano

Votes: 1,686

49. Los chicos (1959)

90 min | Drama

6.7