Latino Religion Movies

Monday, April 11 by Annette Smith

Are you interested in watching Latino religion movies? These ten religion films portray various religious issues involving Latino characters and other figures in Latin American history. The list includes several award-winning movies of various film genre–biographical and historical drama, war drama, romantic drama, and comedy.

  1. “Ash Wednesday.” “Ash Wednesday,” also known as “Miercoles de Ceniza,” is a 1958 Latino religion and war drama. The story is set against the backdrop of early 20th century Mexico, when Roman Catholic priests and nuns were persecuted, and anti-Catholic sentiment ran high. This award-nominated film features María Félix, Arturo de Córdova, and Víctor Junco.
  2. “The Crime Of Padre Amaro.” “The Crime Of Padre Amaro,” originally titled “El crimen del padre Amaro,” is a 2002 romantic drama about a young Catholic priest in a small Mexican town. The newly ordained priest enters a life of political unrest, sexual passions, and unseen challenges. Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, and Sancho Gracia star in this award-winning Spanish-language movie.
  3. “El seminarista.” “El seminarista” is a classic Mexican religion movie from 1949. The romantic comedy tells the story of a young Mexican Catholic studying for the priesthood. His faith is tested when he meets a beautiful young woman. This Spanish-language religious comedy features Pedro Infante, Silvia Derbez, and Katy Jurado.
  4. “Fray Martin de Porres.” “Fray Martin de Porres” is a 2007 biographical drama about a Dominican priest. The Catholic miracle worker rose above hurtful discrimination to heal thousands of people. Pedro Telémaco, Dad Dager, and Juan Carlos Gardié star in this Spanish-language film with English subtitles.
  5. “I, The Worst Of All.” “I, The Worst Of All,” originally titled “Yo, la peor de todas,” is a 1990 historical drama from Argentina. Set in 1600’s Mexico, the movie portrays the real-life story of a nun who was a famous Spanish-language poet and one of the first feminists in the western hemisphere. This award-winning Spanish-language film stars Assumpta Serna, Dominque Sanda, and Héctor Alterio.
  6. “The Mission.” “The Mission” is a 1986 historical drama about a Spanish Jesuit priest called to build an Indian mission in South America to help the Indians of the region. Set in 18th century Latin America, this Oscar-winning religion movie stars Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons.
  7. “Morita, La Hija De Jesus.” “Morita, La Hija De Jesus” is a moving 2008 family drama. The story centers on a six-year-old girl who, after losing her father, grows closer to Jesus Christ. Hugo Isaac, Melanie Rivera, and Kevin Camargo star in this Spanish-language film with English subtitles.
  8. “One Man’s Hero.” “One Man’s Hero” is a 1999 historical drama about St. Patrick’s Battalion, a group of European immigrants of the Catholic faith who deserted to Mexico after encountering prejudice in the United States during the Mexican-American war. Tom Berenger, Joaquim de Almeida, and Daniela Romo star in this award-nominated film.
  9. “Romero.” “Romero” is a 1989 biographical drama based on the true-life story of Oscar Romero, a Catholic archbishop in El Salvador. Opposed to the government’s terror campaign to control guerilla warfare, the priest spoke out against the government and was assassinated in 1980. Raúl Juliá portrays Romero in the film, which also stars Richard Jordan and Ana Alicia.
  10. “Salvador.” “Salvador” is a 1986 biographical drama about an American journalist who travels to El Salvador to chronicle the events of 1980, including the assassination of Oscar Romero, the Catholic archbishop who spoke out against the military dictatorship. This award-winning movie stars James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, and José Carlos Ruiz.