If you are a fan of Spanish language cinema, you should take a look at the filmographies of some of the finest Mexican actresses. The Spanish-speaking nation has a very busy film industry that has been active since the latter 1800s. Mexican cinema is thriving up to the present day, with a large variety of Mexican actors and actresses actively working, both at home and abroad.

Salma Hayek is an internationally popular Mexican actress of mixed Mexican and Lebanese heritage.

The actress was born in the large port town of Coatzacoalcos and has been a force in the film industry since the middle of the 1990s. Some of Salma Hayek's most noteworthy roles have been in movies such as "Frida," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Desperado" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."

Adriana Barraza is a prominent Mexican actress who has been steadily appearing in movies and television programs since the early 1990s.

The Central Mexico native received Academy Award and Golden Globe nods for her turn in the 2006 Brad Pitt drama, "Babel." The actress has also appeared in other English-speaking films, including "Drag Me to Hell" and "Henry Poole is Here."

Martha Higareda is a young Mexican starlet who originates in Villahermosa, which is part of the southernmost region of Mexico.

Martha Higareda got her start acting in plays, and then went on to appear in numerous Mexican television shows, such as "Las Juanas." In recent years, the actress has been appearing in more and more feature films, includin the American action-drama, "Street Kings."

Cecilia Suarez is a critically acclaimed Mexican actress who was born in Tampico, a city on the Gulf of Mexico. Mexican Actresses

Cecilia Suarez has been a fixture in Mexican and American television and movies since the late 1990s. Some of the actress' most noteworthy movies include "Spanglish," "Blue Eyelids," "Dreaming of Julia" and "The Air I Breathe."

Ana Claudia Talancon is a young, Cancun-born model and actress who has been involved in the Mexican movie scene since the end of the 1990s.

Ana Claudia Talancon's biggest role was in "The Crime of Father Amaro," alongside the internationally renowned Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. Other noteworthy films for the actress are "Matando Cabos," "One Missed Call" and "Fast Food Nation."

-Isabel Prontes