Famous Hispanic Movies

Friday, April 15 by Sheldon Reid

Movie fans of any ethnicity can enjoy these famous Hispanic films. However, if you’re not familiar with the Spanish language, you might want to reach for the “subtitles” option. You may already be familiar with the internationally known directors on this list, such as Alfonso Cuarón, director of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” 

  1. "Y Tu Mama Tambien"  Alfonso Cuarón directed, produced and co-wrote this famous Hispanic film. This coming-of-age story revolves around two young men who talk an older woman into joining them on a road trip to a secret beach. Sure, the beach they boast about is fictional, but the trip turns into a sexually insightful journey for the boys. The film debuted in 2001 and its title translates to “And Your Mother Too.”

  2. "Amores Perros" Alejandro González Iñárritu directed this gritty film, which deals with the lives of a hit man, a model and a dogfighter. Fate calls for a fatal car accident to link their stories together. The Mexican Academy of Film awarded this famous Hispanic film an Ariel Award for Best Picture It was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film during the 2000 Academy Awards. 

  3. "Like Water For Chocolate"  In this famous Hispanic movie, a young woman named Tita finds that she cannot marry her beloved Pedro; instead, she must take care of her aging mother. However, Pedro is a man who thinks outside of the box—way outside on the box. He marries his Tita’s sister to get closer to his lover. The 1992 film, directed by Alfonso Arau, draws inspiration from a novel by Laura Esquivel.

  4. "¡Átame!" Antoino Banderas starred in this famous Hispanic film from 1990. Banderas plays Ricky, a man freshly released from a psychiatric facility. Ricky’s obsession with a porn star leads him to kidnap the woman and confess his love. His unusual approach just might win the girl. Internationally known Pedro Almodóvar Caballero directed the film, which is also known as "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"