Spanish thillers that I've seen

by juanpbotha | created - 05 Jan 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

I have only recently discovered Spanish thrillers and I am an absolute fanatic. There are soooooo many talented Spanish filmmakers. I wish I could understand Spanish, but I have to watch the films with subtitles.

Included is a list of Spanish-language thrillers. If you know of any similar type Spanish films please let me know.

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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: 572,741 | Gross: $37.63M

My rating: 9/10

2. The Hidden Face (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Shattered by the unexpected news of their irreversible break-up, an aspiring orchestra conductor is puzzled by his girlfriend's mysterious and seemingly inexplicable case of disappearance. But, can he look beyond the facts?

Director: Andrés Baiz | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Martina García, María Soledad Rodríguez, Jose Luis Garcia

Votes: 32,019

My rating: 9/10

3. The Skin I Live In (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes

Votes: 123,546 | Gross: $3.19M

My rating: 8/10

4. Sleep Tight (2011)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Petra Martínez

Votes: 33,743

My rating: 5/10

5. Julia's Eyes (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: 29,300

My rating: 7/10

6. Shiver (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

Santi, a young high-school student with a serious physical reaction to sunlight, is forced by his health to move with his single mother to a shadowy, isolated village in the mountains of ... See full summary »

Director: Isidro Ortiz | Stars: Junio Valverde, Francesc Orella, Mar Sodupe, Jimmy Barnatán

Votes: 3,151

My rating: 7/10

7. 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: 137,769 | Gross: $7.16M

My rating: 8/10

8. Fermat's Room (2007)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

4 mathematicians are invited to solve an enigma. Once there, they're locked in a mechanically shrinking room and given 1 minute to solve each puzzle via cellphone while also figuring out why they're there.

Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña | Stars: Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lluís Homar, Santi Millán

Votes: 17,607

My rating: 7/10

9. Timecrimes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 52,425 | Gross: $0.04M

My rating: 7/10

10. Kidnapped (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos

Votes: 6,736

My rating: 8/10

11. Cell 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: 59,556

My rating: 7/10

12. 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: 173,189 | Gross: $6.39M

My rating: 9/10

13. The Aura (2005)

Not Rated | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

A deluded taxidermist plans the perfect crime.

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Manuel Rodal, Dolores Fonzi, Pablo Cedrón

Votes: 12,496 | Gross: $0.06M

My rating: 6/10

14. The Uninvited Guest (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In the dark corridors of Félix's house, an intruder is hiding. Is he real, or is he a manifestation inside the obscure maze of his mind?

Director: Guillem Morales | Stars: Andoni Gracia, Mónica López, Francesc Garrido, Agustí Villaronga

Votes: 5,087

My rating: 6/10

15. The End (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A group of old friends gets together for a weekend in a mountain cabin. Years have gone by and yet nothing seems to have changed between them. But lurking behind the laughter and stories is... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Torregrossa | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Grao, Clara Lago, Carmen Ruiz

Votes: 3,211

My rating: 7/10

16. The Body (2012)

108 min | Mystery, Thriller

A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

Director: Oriol Paulo | Stars: Jose Coronado, Hugo Silva, Belén Rueda, Aura Garrido

Votes: 44,490

My rating: 5/10

17. The Last Days (2013)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

2013. A mysterious epidemic spreads across the planet; humanity develops an irrational fear of open spaces which causes death within seconds. Soon, the entire global populace is trapped ... See full summary »

Directors: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Jose Coronado, Marta Etura, Leticia Dolera

Votes: 7,063

My rating: 6/10

18. Thesis on a Homicide (2013)

106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Roberto Bermudez, a specialist in criminal law, is convinced that one of his students committed a brutal murder. It leads him to start an investigation that becomes his obsession.

Director: Hernán Goldfrid | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Natalia Santiago, Alberto Ammann, Calu Rivero

Votes: 6,658

My rating: 6/10

19. Here Comes the Devil (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

50 Metascore

A married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they ... See full summary »

Director: Adrián García Bogliano | Stars: Laura Caro, Francisco Barreiro, Michele Garcia, Alan Martinez

Votes: 3,588 | Gross: $0.00M

My rating: 5/10

20. Hierro (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

After her son goes missing, a broken mother returns months later to the island of El Hierro to identify a body. She finds out her son is not the only one missing.

Director: Gabe Ibáñez | Stars: Elena Anaya, Bea Segura, Mar Sodupe, Andrés Herrera

Votes: 3,068

My rating: 5/10

21. Palabras encadenadas (2003)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A mild-mannered psychopath plays mind-games with a woman he has tied to a chair in his basement.

Director: Laura Mañá | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Goya Toledo, Fernando Guillén, Eric Bonicatto

Votes: 2,106

My rating: 7/10

22. Cannibal (2013)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

69 Metascore

Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he's also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life and love awakens.

Director: Manuel Martín Cuenca | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Olimpia Melinte, María Alfonsa Rosso, Florin Fildan

Votes: 2,931

My rating: 4/10

23. 7th Floor (2013)

R | 88 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A father gets into a desperate search to find his children who disappeared while going down stairs from their apartment in the seventh floor.

Director: Patxi Amezcua | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Belén Rueda, Abel Dolz Doval, Charo Dolz Doval

Votes: 4,784

My rating: 5/10

24. The Night of the Sunflowers (2006)

123 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The discovery of a young woman's dead body in the middle of a sunflower field near a quiet village will lead to a tragic string of events, and a vicious cycle of violence, deception and greed. Who has the courage to get to the bottom of it?

Director: Jorge Sánchez-Cabezudo | Stars: Carmelo Gómez, Judith Diakhate, Celso Bugallo, Manuel Morón

Votes: 2,502

My rating: 8/10

25. The Dark Hour (2006)

92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The eight year old boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war: the leader Maria and her lover Pablo; the gays... See full summary »

Director: Elio Quiroga | Stars: Silke, Omar Muñoz, Pepo Oliva, Carola Manzanares

Votes: 1,663

My rating: 5/10

26. No Rest for the Wicked (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: 4,351

My rating: 6/10

27. 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: 57,140 | Gross: $0.75M

My rating: 8/10

28. Marshland (2014)

TV-MA | 105 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Two cops lost in the deep south of Spain. One serial killer to catch. A lot of secrets and lies of discover.

Director: Alberto Rodríguez | Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, María Varod, Perico Cervantes

Votes: 26,405

My rating: 6.5/10

29. Retribution (2015)

102 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A bank executive receives an anonymous phone call informing him he has just a few hours to obtain a large amount of money or a bomb under his seat will explode.

Director: Dani de la Torre | Stars: Luis Tosar, Javier Gutiérrez, Elvira Mínguez, Fernando Cayo

Votes: 7,541

My rating: 3/10

30. Shrew's Nest (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless ... See full summary »

Directors: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel | Stars: Macarena Gómez, Nadia de Santiago, Hugo Silva, Luis Tosar

Votes: 5,361

My rating: 6/10

31. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

A hard-working single mother and wife of a getaway driver who is about to be released is approached by an unassuming and gentle man, completely unaware though of his inscrutable and utterly impelling motives.

Director: Raúl Arévalo | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Luis Callejo, Ruth Díaz, Raúl Jiménez

Votes: 7,850

My rating: 7.5/10

32. Boy Missing (2016)

105 min | Crime, Thriller

When her boy's alleged kidnapper is released for lack of solid evidence, a reputable and well-known attorney takes matters into her own hands with unintended and spectacularly disastrous consequences.

Director: Mar Targarona | Stars: Blanca Portillo, Antonio Dechent, Vicente Romero, Marc Domènech

Votes: 5,347

My rating: 4/10

33. May God Save Us (2016)

TV-MA | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer. This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they'd never thought about: neither one of them is that different from the killer.

Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Álamo, Javier Pereira, Luis Zahera

Votes: 7,201

My rating: 6.5/10

34. The Invisible Guest (2016)

106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

While the clock is ticking, with the aid of a witness preparation expert, a successful entrepreneur accused of murder has less than three hours to come up with an impregnable defence.

Director: Oriol Paulo | Stars: Mario Casas, Ana Wagener, Jose Coronado, Bárbara Lennie

Votes: 84,726

My rating: 8.5/10

35. The Nameless (1999)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5 years after a mom's 6 y.o. girl is murdered, she gets a phone call from someone claiming to be the daughter. An ex cop and a reporter help. A secret group called The Nameless may be behind it all.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristán Ulloa, Toni Sevilla

Votes: 6,726

My rating: 6/10

36. The House at the End of Time (2013)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Dulce is a mother of two who experiences terrifying encounters with apparitions inside her old house, a place where a tragedy occurs. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to decipher the mystery that has tormented her for so long.

Director: Alejandro Hidalgo | Stars: Miguel Angel Pacheco, Rosmel Bustamante, Adriana Calzadilla, Simona Chirinos

Votes: 6,081

My rating: 7.5/10

37. At the End of the Tunnel (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Thriller

A paraplegic computer engineer in a wheelchair starts hearing noises and voices of bank robbers in his basement.

Director: Rodrigo Grande | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Pablo Echarri, Clara Lago, Federico Luppi

Votes: 8,772

My rating: 7.5/10

38. The Silence of the Sky (2016)

102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Shattered after the brutal assault by two rapists in her house, a young mother of two decides to keep her ordeal secret from her unsuspecting husband.

Director: Marco Dutra | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Carolina Dieckmann, Chino Darín, Alvaro Armand Ugon

Votes: 1,360

My rating: 6/10

This isn't nearly as much a thriller as it is a drama, but I've decided to include it in this list anyway as it has some elements of a thriller.

39. Magical Girl (2014)

127 min | Drama, Thriller

The father of a terminally ill girl is determined to grant his daughter's last wish, a ridiculously expensive collectors' costume from a Japanese TV series. The request will drive him into a journey within his city's dark underbelly.

Director: Carlos Vermut | Stars: José Sacristán, Marina Andruix, Raimundo de los Reyes, Lucía Pollán

Votes: 5,018

My rating: 5.5/10

Again, this isn't a true thriller, but more of a suspenseful drama.

40. The Invisible Guardian (2017)

129 min | Thriller

A female inspector confronts a serial killer while dealing with the ghosts of her past.

Director: Fernando González Molina | Stars: Marta Etura, Elvira Mínguez, Nene, Francesc Orella

Votes: 6,153

My rating: 8/10

I'd like to make a special mentioned of this film. It was much better than I expected. Even though it's a bit clichéd and has some loose ends in the plot, it's really entertaining in a suspenseful manner.

41. Son of Cain (2013)

90 min | Thriller

A wealthy Spanish family whose teenage son is very troubled, they hire a psychologist to help him, but nothing is what it seems like in the beginning.

Director: Jesús Monllaó | Stars: Jose Coronado, Abril García, Paco González, Oriol Grau

Votes: 673

My rating: 7.5/10

42. The Lost Brother (2017)

112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Cetarti, a public employee who has just been fired, travels from Buenos Aires to Lapachito, a lonely town in the Chaco province. He must take care of the corpses of his mother and brother ... See full summary »

Director: Israel Adrián Caetano | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Daniel Hendler, Ángela Molina, Alian Devetac

Votes: 1,094

My rating: 6/10

43. Mirage (2018)

TV-MA | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Two storms separated by 25 years. A woman murdered. A daughter missed. Only 72 hours to discover the truth.

Director: Oriol Paulo | Stars: Adriana Ugarte, Chino Darín, Javier Gutiérrez, Álvaro Morte

Votes: 17,664

My rating: 8/10

44. Black Snow (2017)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Accused of killing his brother during adolescence, Salvador lives alone in the middle of Patagonia. Several decades later, his brother Marcos and his sister-in-law Laura, come to convince him to sell the lands they share by inheritance.

Director: Martin Hodara | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Laia Costa, Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi

Votes: 4,162

My rating: 3/10



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