Most acclaimed Latin American filmsby Melvelet | created - 18 Jun 2014 | updated - 18 Jun 2014 | Public
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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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
8. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
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.
10. Central Station (1998)
R | 113 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 31,772 | Gross: $5.60M
11. Nine Queens (2000)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").
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 »
13. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 103,074 | Gross: $13.62M
14. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 553,774 | Gross: $37.63M
15. Whisky (2004)
94 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
20. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 201,960 | Gross: $5.38M
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.
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 »
25. Como agua para chocolate (1992)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
Votes: 15,369 | Gross: $21.67M
26. Son of the Bride (2001)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
Votes: 13,396 | Gross: $0.62M
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 »
29. Intimate Stories (2002)
Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
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.
31. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976)
R | 110 min | Comedy
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 »
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 »
34. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.
Votes: 90,199 | Gross: $16.76M
35. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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.
Votes: 166,275 | Gross: $6.39M
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 »
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 »
43. La teta asustada (2009)
94 min | Drama, Music
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 »
Votes: 6,127 | Gross: $0.01M
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 »
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 »
47. María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)
Approved | 76 min | Romance, Drama