Famous Spanish movies have made their mark all over the world. Many have transcended language barriers and have won awards in English speaking countries. Here are a few of the most famous Spanish movies.

  1. "Like Water for Chocolate." This Spanish movie tells the tale of forbidden love and tradition. Tita and Pedro fall passionately in love, but they are not allowed to marry because Tita's mother wishes for Tita to be her personal caretaker for life. Pedro, in an act of desperation, marries Tita's sister. This film was nominated for the 1993 Golden Globe for best foreign film. It is based on the novel by Laura Esquivel.

  2. "All About my Mother" is a Spanish movie that tells the story of Manuela, the single mother of a teenage son. The boy never knew his father, and we find out throughout the film how the father's absence has affected both the boy and the mother. The death of Manuela's only son forces her to leave her home in Madrid in order to find the boy's father.

  3. "María Full of Grace" is a Spanish movie about a young woman whose desire for a brighter future leads her down a very dangerous and frightening path. Desperate to leave a horrible job and take care of three generations of her family, María accepts an offer to become a drug mule and transport heroin to the United States of America.

  4. "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (The Crime of Padre Amaro). This Spanish movie tells the story of an ordained priest who must deal with temptation in its highest form. Upon arriving at a small parish in rural Mexico, he is confronted by an amazingly beautiful and passionate woman. Quickly, the beautiful woman's passion overcomes the helpless priest and he is led down a path of sin and corruption.

  5. "The Motorcycle Diaries." This  Spanish movie is a portrait of the young Ché Guevara (later to become a Cuban revolutionary leader). This 2004 Argentine film tells the based-on-real-life story of a young Che Guevara, who went on a long motorcycle trip across South America with close friend, Alberto Granado, in the early 1950s while taking a year off from medical school in Argentina. The film is based on memoirs from the trip