10 Best Old Mexican Movies

Thursday, February 10 by Andrea Miller

If you are interested in old Mexican movies, here are 10 of the best Old Mexican Movies. These films, including crime dramas, action, fantasy, and more, span the past five decades.

  1. "The Young and the Damned" (1950). This classic Mexican crime drama, directed by the legendary Luis Bunuel, is the controversial story of a group of juvenile delinquents in Mexico City. Protested upon its release, the movie was also acclaimed, winning an award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for several BAFTA Awards.
  2. "Robinson Crusoe" (1954). Also directed by Luis Bunuel, this Mexican adventure film is based on the classic novel by Daniel Defoe about a man who survives a shipwreck. The movie was nominated for a BAFTA award for best film, and its star, Dan O'Herlihy, was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
  3. "The Exterminating Angel" (1962). Another Bunuel film, this fantasy tells of a group of dinner party guests who mysteriously find themselves unable to leave. The movie was nominated for a Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival.  
  4. "El Topo" (1970). This Mexican movie is a classic Western not only written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, but also starring him in the title role. It won Best Cinematography at Mexico's Ariel Awards.
  5. "The Holy Mountain" (1973). In this bizarre fantasy film, also written and directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, a group led by a Christlike figure go on a quest to become immortal. This old Mexican movie is known for its surreal imagery and bizarre themes.
  6. "Santa Sangre" (1989). Another Jodorowsky tour-de-force, this one starring his son Axel as a mental patient who flashes back through his life while confined in a mental institution. The movie was nominated for seven awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director.
  7. "Cabeza de Vaca" (1991). This historical saga about Mexico begins with the country's discovery in 1528. The movie won several awards for its portrayal of the country's early days.
  8. "El Mariachi" (1992). Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, best known today for "Sin City," this Mexican film follows a musician who must hide from a gang who is trying to murder him. The movie won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
  9. "Midaq Alley" (1995). This Mexican movie, based on a Nobel-prize winning novel, stars Salma Hayak. It is a character driven tale of a neighborhood in Mexico City. The film won numerous awards, including ten of Mexico's Ariel Awards and various film fest prizes.
  10. "Perdita Durango" (1997). This Mexican crime drama stars Rosie Perez and Javier Bardem as a murderous couple on a crime spree. This cult classic won several international awards.
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