10 Classic Mexican Movies

Thursday, March 17 by Annmicha Blugh

Here are the top 10 classic Mexican movies of all time. Many of these Mexican movie classics were filmed in the golden age of Mexican cinema, which was between the 1935 to 1950. 

  1. "Allá en el Rancho Grande" is a 1936 Mexican hit which initiated the period of Golden Age cinema in Mexico. The brainchild of producer Fernando Fuentes, this book tells of the events of a love web unfolding on a big Mexican farm.
  2. "El Callejón de los Milagros" is a classic Mexican movie filmed in 1994. Produced by Jorge Fons, this Mexican film awed, as evidenced by eleven Ariel Awards, Mexican Journalism Award, Valladolid International Film Festival, Havana Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival. 
  3. "El Laberinto del Fauno" or "Pan's Labyrinth" is a Mexican classic which went international. Topping movie charts, this Mexican movie reiterated a children's epic placed between paradise and the real world.
  4. "Como Agua Para Chocolate" is a 1992 Mexican classic first presented as a novel by Laura Esquivel then reproduced in film form.  "Como Agua Para Chocolate" won eleven Ariel awards and ranked most popular Spanish film in the US. Using magical realism, it describes the happenings of the Mexican war during the early 1900s and the life of a young woman restrained by her family.
  5. "El Mariachi" is a 1992 Mexican film authored by Robert Rodriguez. The Mariachi is a specific brand of music belonging to Mexico. This drama was a success because of the overwhelming public reception and the continuing sequences that developed into a trilogy.
  6. "Nazarín" is a classic Luis Buñuel and Julio Alejandro movie filmed in 1959 in Mexico. This film was awarded the international prize for best movie at the Cannes Film Festival 1959. 
  7. "Y Tu Mamá También" by Alfonso Cuarón is a classical Mexican movie released in 2001. This movie harvested several top credits of recognition including an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Screenplay, New York Film Critics' Best Foreign Language Picture, Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Language Picture and Venice's Best Screenplay.
  8. "La Perla" is a 1945 classic Mexican film originally derived from the book "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck. This Mexican movie picked up awards from the Venice Film Festival 1947, Premio Ariel Award 1948, the Madrid Film Festival 1949 and the Golden Globe of 1949.
  9. "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" is a classic 2002 Mexican film by Carlos Carrera. This film emerged a great success enjoying almost 30 film awards amidst religious controversy. 
  10. "La Mujer del Puerto" is a 1934 Mexican film by Arcady Boytler. This tragic and realist film prefaced the era of Golden Age cinema.