Romantic Spanish historical dramas are especially appealing to women, but here are five Hispanic period movies for guys. The stories take place during various eras of Hispanic history, from the time of ancient Aztecs and Mayans to post-World War settings. All the movies contain harsh language, graphic violence, or strong sexuality--or some combination of the three.

  1. “Apocalypto.” Guys who don’t mind films with graphic violence and disturbing images will enjoy watching “Apocalypto.” This violent period drama is set in Mexico at the time of the Mayan civilization’s decline. The 2006 Maya-language movie tells of a peaceful tribe of people attacked by vicious warriors seeking human slaves and living sacrifices for the gods. Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Trujillo, and Dalia Hernández star in this Oscar-nominated film.

  2. “Cabeza de Vaca.” “Cabeza de Vaca” is a 1991 Spanish-language historical adventure starring Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, and Roberto Sosa. The international award-winning film is a saga of old Mexico, and of Old World Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s New World. Expect to view nudity and violence.

  3. “The Other Conquest.” “The Other Conquest,” originally titled “La otra conquista,” is a Mexican historical drama set during the Aztec Empire. The 1998 film recounts the aftermath of the 1500s Spanish conquest of Mexico, told from the perspective of the Aztec people. This award-winning Spanish-language film stars Damián Delgado, José Carlos Rodríguez, and Elpidia Carrillo.

  4. “Pan’s Labyrinth.” “Pan’s Labyrinth” is a weird 2006 movie, filled with dark fantasy images. Originally titled “El laberinto del fauno,” this Spanish-language film is set in 1940s fascist Spain, five years after the Spanish Civil War. The Oscar-winning film tells the story of a young, bookish stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer, trying to escape a scary but mesmerizing fantasy world. Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, and Sergi López star in the film.

  5. “Volver.” “Volver,” also known as “To Return,” is a 2006 Spanish-language film starring Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, and several other Hispanic beauties. What guy wouldn’t enjoy a fresh historical drama with touches of crime, humor, and a bevy of captivating women? This Oscar-nominated film-within-a-film revolves around a crime story set in the 1950s. It centers on a mother of six daughters, who returns home after death to resolve issues she couldn’t manage in life.