Most acclaimed Latin American films

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1. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A Cuban man cycles through his repressed opinions and memories as the threat of foreign invasion intensifies and the rest of his family retreats to Miami.

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

Votes: 2,962 | Gross: $0.03M

2. 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: 3,308

3. 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: 15,475

4. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | 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, José Baviera

Votes: 23,851

5. The Official Story (1985)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, History, War

After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

Director: Luis Puenzo | Stars: Norma Aleandro, Héctor Alterio, Chunchuna Villafañe, Hugo Arana

Votes: 6,295 | Gross: $0.03M

6. 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: 4,807 | Gross: $2.08M

7. 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: 1,845

8. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 622,569 | Gross: $7.56M

9. 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: 610

10. Central Station (1998)

R | 113 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra, Soia Lira

Votes: 31,772 | Gross: $5.60M

11. Nine Queens (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra

Votes: 44,656 | Gross: $1.22M

12. 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: 2,093

13. 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: 103,074 | Gross: $13.62M

14. 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: 553,774 | Gross: $37.63M

15. 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: 4,448

16. 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: 775

17. The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975)

Not Rated | 191 min | Documentary

The chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 996

18. The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Taking place during the Chilean Coup d'état in 1973, this film opens with the attempted military coup of June 1973, which is put down by troops loyal to the government. The left is divided ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Carlos Altamirano, Fernando Castillo, Luis Corvalán

Votes: 801

19. Antonio das Mortes (1969)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Maurício do Valle, Odete Lara, Othon Bastos, Hugo Carvana

Votes: 1,374

20. 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: 201,960 | Gross: $5.38M

21. 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: 4,336

22. 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: 4,564

23. 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: 879

24. Frida Still Life (1983)

108 min | Biography, Drama

The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Leduc | Stars: Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola, Max Kerlow, Claudio Brook

Votes: 430

25. 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: 15,369 | Gross: $21.67M

26. Son of the Bride (2001)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco

Votes: 13,396 | Gross: $0.62M

27. 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: 1,429

28. La estrategia del caracol (1993)

116 min | Comedy, Drama

A lot of people live in an abandoned house; after many years of quiet living, the owner of the house wants them out. They try whatever they can to avoid being evicted, without success. But ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Cabrera | Stars: Fausto Cabrera, Frank Ramírez, Delfina Guido, Vicky Hernández

Votes: 1,895

29. Intimate Stories (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route.

Director: Carlos Sorin | Stars: Javier Lombardo, Antonio Benedicti, Javiera Bravo, Julia Solomonoff

Votes: 4,581 | Gross: $0.10M

30. Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Musical

Some Argentinians, exiled in Paris, decide to put on a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star.

Director: Fernando E. Solanas | Stars: Marie Laforêt, Philippe Léotard, Miguel Ángel Solá, Marina Vlady

Votes: 498

31. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976)

R | 110 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Sônia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça, Dinorah Brillanti

Votes: 1,987

32. La Ciénaga (2001)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

The life of two women and their families in a small provincial town of Salta, Argentina.

Director: Lucrecia Martel | Stars: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Leonora Balcarce

Votes: 4,392 | Gross: $0.10M

33. The Battle of Chile: Part III (1979)

80 min | Documentary

Completed two years after The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975) and The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976), this film deals with the creation of thousands of local groups of "popular power" by ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Salvador Allende, Abilio Fernández

Votes: 637

34. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Votes: 90,199 | Gross: $16.76M

35. 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: 166,275 | Gross: $6.39M

36. 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: 328

37. Pixote (1981)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Votes: 5,543

38. Jackal of Nahueltoro (1969)

95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The real story about an illiterate murderer, educated in prison, where he reflects on his actions days before he died.

Director: Miguel Littin | Stars: Nelson Villagra, Shenda Román, Marcelo Romo, Héctor Noguera

Votes: 751

39. Man Facing Southeast (1986)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery

A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto, Inés Vernengo, Cristina Scaramuzza

Votes: 3,220 | Gross: $0.73M

40. Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

R | 110 min | Drama

The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Fábio Jr., Zaira Zambelli

Votes: 1,283

41. 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: 10,014

42. Macunaima (1969)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Comedy

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho, Dina Sfat

Votes: 1,275

43. La teta asustada (2009)

94 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. ... See full summary »

Director: Claudia Llosa | Stars: Magaly Solier, Susi Sánchez, Efraín Solís, Bárbara Lazón

Votes: 6,127 | Gross: $0.01M

44. The Maid (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years.

Director: Sebastián Silva | Stars: Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón, Mariana Loyola, Andrea García-Huidobro

Votes: 5,201 | Gross: $0.55M

45. The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising agency to make a living or exchange his poems for a steak. In Montevideo, he meets... See full summary »

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Sandra Ballesteros, Nacha Guevara, André Mélançon

Votes: 3,041

46. La ciudad y los perros (1985)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama

Four angry cadets have formed an inner circle in an attempt to beat the system and ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy, set off a chain of events that ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Pablo Serra, Gustavo Bueno, Luis Álvarez, Juan Manuel Ochoa

Votes: 495