10 Best Movies About Mexicans

Tuesday, January 25 by Shawn Lealos

The best movies about Mexicans display the interesting history, controversy and beauty of the country of Mexico. Many amazing Mexican directors paint the country in a brilliant light while American directors also pay visits to tell the stories of the people south of the border.

  1. “Traffic”Steven Soderbergh directs this movie about the illegal drug trade along the Mexican borders. The movie is a stylish film, splitting time between America and Mexico, with all scenes in Mexico tinted a shade of yellow. It is one of the best movies about Mexicans and stars Benicio Del Toro.
  2. “Y Tu Mama Tambien” – This movie, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, is one of the most successful and best movies about Mexicans. The film shows two youthful Mexicans who take a road trip with an older female. The movie was nominated for an Oscar and caused quite a controversy with its depictions of sex.
  3. “Desperado”Robert Rodriguez made his name with the small independent film “El Mariache” but cashed in to make a big budget sequel with this, one of the best movies about Mexicans. Antonio Banderas stars as the mariachi that sets out for revenge against the man who killed his lover.
  4. “Born in East L.A.” – This is a comedy film starring Cheech Marin, in one of the funniest of the best movies about Mexicans. Cheech plays Rudy, a man born in Los Angeles who is deported when confusion arises about his identity. This is one of Cheech’s first films after breaking off from Cheech and Chong.
  5. “From Dusk Till Dawn” – Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez creates this mishmash gangster/horror film, one of the best movies about Mexicans. Two brothers hijack a van of a priest and his family after a robbery and flee to Mexico to cash in their goods. While in a Mexican bar, they find themselves trapped by legion of vampires.
  6. “Cronos”Guillermo del Toro directs this horror film, one of the best movies about Mexicans. The film follows a man named Jesus who is infected with an insect from a scarab that reverses the signs of aging but gives him the thirst for blood. Jesus must find a way to revert his humanity before it is too late.
  7. "Amores Perros"Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu made his film debut with this, one of the best movies about Mexicans.The movie tells three interconnected stories detailing the social class breakdown in Mexico. Inarritu followed this movie up with "21 Grams" and "Babel," the later of which earned him an Oscar nomination.
  8. “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” – The third movie in Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” trilogy shows the mariachi come out of hiding to seek vengeance against a corrupt Mexican military leader. In one of the best movies about Mexicans, Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek also co-star.
  9. "Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro" – The lucha libre wrestlers in Mexico are legendary and many movies were produced depicting them as superheroes. The best of these is "Santo vs le Mujeres Vampiro," which is one of the best movies about Mexicans. This movie became very popular in America when it was featured on "MST3K" in 1995
  10. “Machete” – This movie began life as a fake trailer during the movie “Grindhouse.” Robert Rodriguez produces the exploitation movie about a former Federale played by Danny Trejo who is tricked into killing a politician and then sets out to avenge the death of his lover.
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