10 Most Famous Spanish Movies

Thursday, February 10 by Andrea Miller

As international films become increasingly popular in the United States, you may want to check out the 10 most famous Spanish movies. Some of these have received American remakes, while others have garnered international fame. Read on for the list: 

  1. "[Rec]" (2007). This Spanish horror movie follows a TV reporter who is called to an old apartment building and finds it swarming with zombies. The film was nominated for numerous awards, including the Audience Award at the Spanish Film Festival, and was remade in the United States as  "Quarantine."
  2. "The Sea Inside" (2004). This famous Spanish drama stars Javier Bardem in the true story of a man who fights for the right to euthanasia after being paralyzed. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
  3. "Sex and Lucia" (2001). This sexy Spanish drama stars Paz Vega, famous in the U.S. for her role in "Spanglish" with Adam Sandler. She plays a young waitress who discovers romance on a Mediterranean island. The film was recognized internationally, nominated for many awards.
  4. "Talk to Her" (2002). This Spanish comedy drama, written and directed by the famed Pedro Almodovar, is the story of two men who become friends when both of their girlfriends are in comas. The movie won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director.
  5.  "The Orphanage" (2007). In this dramatic mystery, when a woman opens an orphanage in her childhood home, her son begins to communicate with imaginary friends. The movie was nominated for numerous honors, including the European Film Awards for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematographer and Best Composer.
  6. "The Devil's Backbone" (2001). Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, this unique famous Spanish horror film centers around a young boy in an orphanage during the Spanish Civil War. The movie was nominated for several awards, including Best Film fro the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
  7. "Volver" (2006). In another Almodovar film, Penelope Cruz stars in this tale of a group of sisters helping their mother's ghost to resolve issues after her death. Cruz was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.
  8. "Broken Embraces" (2009). This collaboration between Almodovar and Cruz is about a blind writer who casts his mistress in a film. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
  9. "Open Your Eyes" (1997). This famous Spanish movie was remade in the U.S. as "Vanilla Sky," starring Tom Cruise. This Spanish version is internationally famous and won numerous awards.
  10. "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006). This Guillermo del Toro tour de force is about a girl in 1944 Spain who escapes into her fantasies to avoid her evil stepfather. The movie won Academy Awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup, in addition to being nominated for Oscars for Music, Foreign Language Film and Screenplay.
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