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27 Films You Should Immediately Add To Your Watchlist

"This movie will always hold a huge piece of my heart."

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked the BuzzFeed Community which Latinx and Latin American movies they're obsessed with. Here are some of their favorites.


1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Warner Bros. Pictures

"Can we just say anything Guillermo del Toro directed or created is important and should be noted? He's a visionary and a genuinely wonderful person who proves how vital Latin storytellers are to the world. He's a creative force that should be revered every month of the year!"


2. A Better Life (2011)

Summit Entertainment

"Demián Bichir did an absolutely beautiful job. His portrayal of an immigrant father working as a gardener and trying to connect to his teenage son just broke my heart. So many aspects of this movie hit close to home. This movie definitely deserves more recognition."


3. Under the Same Moon (2008)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

"This has to be my favorite movie. The storyline touches the heart, and it’s so sad seeing what many Hispanic people go through in order to have better lives."


4. In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

"I first watched this film in a Spanish class back in high school and fell in love with it. It is also based on a true story about the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic during the regime of Rafael Trujillo (who is portrayed by Edward James Olmos, who also played Selena Quintanilla's dad in her biopic!). They were total badasses, but were ultimately assassinated for their revolutionary actions."


5. Reflections of a Blender (2010)

Bras Filmes

"My favorite Brazilian movie is Reflexões de um Liquidificador (Reflections of a Blender). It’s a 2010 Brazilian black comedy film directed by André Klotzel and starring Ana Lúcia Torre. The actor who gives voice to the blender in the movie, Selton Mello, is a genius. The whole cast is amazing."


6. Innocent Voices (2005)

Polychrome Pictures

"Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices) is heartbreaking, but it shows what the lives of children in towns run by guerrillas are like. I cried and cried when I watched that movie, and even though I only saw it once, years ago, I think about it from time to time because it’s such an impactful movie! The song ‘Razones’ is so haunting when you hear it in the movie. It’s one of my favorite movies in Spanish."


7. Desperado (1995)

Sony Pictures Releasing

"That scene with Antonio Banderas playing the guitar and walking through the bar...I love it to this day."


8. Gotta Kick It Up! (2002)

Disney Channel

"It's my favorite DCOM ever! It was the first time I — a black child with a Dominican stepmom — had ever seen a movie with a cast of mainly Hispanic girls. The girls work hard to beat down stereotypes and bad circumstances to achieve their dreams. It really inspired me."


9. Quinceañera (2006)

Sony Pictures Classic

"Another great film I watched in school was a movie called Quinceañera which is about a young Latina girl who becomes pregnant and is sent to live with her uncle and gay cholo cousin. It's a really good movie depicting everyday struggles of teens and adults. It was the first movie I saw with a gay character in it and it really made me feel OK about being Latino and gay."


10. Sin Nombre (2009)

Focus Features

"It's a little intense, but it's intent is to show the dangers people face in Central America as they try to immigrate to the US. It's a tragic movie, but maybe one that people in America should be watching."


11. Selena (1997)

Warner Bros.

"Growing up, I swear I watched Selena every week! The movie captivated me. The singing, outfits, family life, and tragedy of it was really interesting to me. Her life inspired so many people, and having a movie to explain everything helped so many cope with her death."


12. Coco (2017)

Walt Disney Studios

"I cried during this movie. It came out when my Papa Julio was dying of cancer. I could not stop crying after I found out there was a character with the same name. I took my siblings to see it so they could feel the same magic I felt, and the night I took them our grandfather passed away from his illness. This movie will always hold a huge piece of my heart. And it’s amazing to see a Disney film about a Hispanic character."


13. Wild Tales (2014)

Warner Sogefilms

"One of my favorite movies of all time is an Argentine-Spanish film called Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales). It’s a dark comedy comprised of six standalone short films. The stories are wildly entertaining and darkly funny. I highly recommend it."


14. Los Tres Caballeros (1945)

RKO Radio Pictures

"I have always loved Los Tres Caballeros. It‘s amazing because it doesn‘t focus on one country, but instead showcases several cultures."


15. Rudo y Cursi (2008)

Sony Pictures Classics

"It's an underrated movie starring the great Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna duo! It's about two brothers whose soccer talents take them from nothing to stardom, but they find having it all isn’t always as great as it seems."


16. Mi Familia (1995)

New Line Cinema

"Mi Familia (My Family) is such a great movie depicting Chicano culture and the generational struggle that we face in the US. I saw it as a kid and it mesmerized me. It made me thankful for my culture."


17. Real Woman Have Curves (2002)

Newmarket Films

"It was America Ferrera's first movie and I could easily watch it any day of the week. I truly saw myself in her character: a fuller-figured Latina woman learning to love who I am and where I come from, and not being afraid to follow my dreams, no matter where they lead you."


18. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

IFC Films

"This is the first movie I saw with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, and they blew me away. This movie is sexually charged, very real, and very emotional. I wasn’t allowed to watch it as a kid because it was so sexual, but once I did as a teenager, I’m glad I had waited to mature so that I could understand how raw this movie really was. The soundtrack, the acting, Maribel Verdu as Luisa dancing to 'Si No Te Hubieras Ido' while looking straight at the camera... I can’t. This movie is perfection."


19. Instructions Not Included (2013)

Pantelion Films

"Our family, as a whole, doesn’t go to the movies very often, but we decided to go see it when it came out a few years ago because it was mostly in Spanish. We left the theater crying. It was nice to see a Mexican father who didn’t know much English portrayed as such a strong role model."


20. Spanglish (2004)

Columbia Pictures

"I watched it when I was younger with my family after my sister had recommended it. The cultural assimilation the young daughter goes through (wanting so desperately to be a 'normal' American after being introduced to the white family her mother works for) is so relatable to any first-generation Latin American child growing up in a country where their ethnicity is a minority. Now that I’m older, watching it always makes me tear up, remembering all the sacrifices my parents made for me and all the hardships they went through so I wouldn’t have to face the discrimination they did."


21. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Focus Features

"The Motorcycle Diaries does not get enough recognition for its amazing cast and storytelling. The acting was beautiful."


22. Matando Cabos (2004)


"It's a really well-written movie and it's hilarious as hell. It doesn't get the credit it deserves. It's one of the best Mexican movies ever!"


23. Stand and Deliver (1988)

Warner Bros.

"This movie is fantastic, as it really shows what young people are dealing with day-to-day, like what pressures they face in and outside of school. It crosses social lines with the students and shows challenges they face because of socio-economic status and background."


24. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)


"Hands down my favorite movie ever. It’s about a forbidden love, and you just yearn for Tita, the main character, to finally get the love she deserves."


25. Down for Life (2009)

Por Vida Productions

"It's amazing! It’s such an emotional roller coaster, but it's also super eye-opening and inspiring."


26. Roma (2018)


"It was so beautifully made. I can't find the exact words to explain it, but I know it's a movie that a lot of Latinx people would enjoy watching."


27. The Book of Life (2014)

20th Century Fox

"It's such an underrated movie. The animation is so clever, but the use of latin-style music just marries the film so beautifully. It gives such a diverse portrayal of personalities that are universally relatable. I could go on and on raving about this film!"


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