There are tons of great moves about South America, Central America and Mexico.
Unfortunately, because of the region's less-than-impressive movie making past, many of these masterpieces have gone unnoticed outside of the region. Historically, Argentina has been the leader in Latin filmmaking, followed closely by Brazil and Mexico, but recently other countries have been producing some phenomenal cinema, suggesting a promising future for the industry in the Latin America.
Watching movies is an excellent way to get a feel for the history, culture or atmosphere of a place; I'm always impressed at how a good film can accurately capture the sights and sounds of a certain city or the manner in which the people interact with each other.
Some of these movies about South America, Central America and Mexico made the list due to phenomenal acting/storytelling, and others made the list for the way they were able to capture the vibe of the city or country where they took place.
So, without further ad0, here are 61 good movies about South America, Central America and Mexico.
61 Good movies about Mexico, Central and South America
*Click on the links for more information about each movie
Bus 174 (Brazil)
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Santa Sangre (Mexico)
La Hora Cero (Venezuela)
Los Olvidados (Mexico)
Herod's Law (Mexico)
El Callejon De Los Milagros (Mexico)
Rosa Chumbe (Peru)
Maria Full Of Grace (Colombia)
Neighbouring Sounds (Brazil)
The Wind Journeys (Colombia)
Miss Bala (Mexico)
El Rey (Colombia)
Matando Cabos (Mexico)
Pantaleon And The Visitors (Peru)
The Violin (Mexico)
Sumas y Restas (Colombia)
La Vendedora De Rosas (Colombia)
Vampires In Havana (Cuba)
The Exterminating Angel (Mexico)
The Death Of A Bureaucrat (Cuba)
Innocent Voices (Central America/Mexico)
Chinese Take-Away (Argentina)
7 Boxes (Paraguay)
Mas Que Hermanos (Panama)
Rodrigo D. No Futuro (Colombia)
Our Lady Of The Assassins (Colombia)
Al Filo De La Ley (Peru)
La Dictadura Perfecta (Mexico)
The Boss, Anatomy Of A Crime (Argentina)
El Castillo De La Pureza (Mexico)
El Hombre De Al Lado (Argentina)
La Gente De La Universal (Colombia)
La Estrategia Del Caracol (Colombia)
El Infierno (Mexico)
City of God (Brazil)
City of Men (Brazil)
Amores Perros (Mexico)
Sin Nombre (Mexico)
Nine Queens (Argentina)
Karen Cries on the Bus (Colombia)
The Man Of The Year (Brazil)
To Kill A Man (Chile)
Elite Squad (Brazil)
Elite Squad 2 (Brazil)
Rosario Tijeras (Colombia)
The Snitch Cartel (Colombia)
La Soga (Dominican Republic)
Dog Eat Dog (Colombia)
Secuestro Express (Venezuela)
The Secret In Their Eyes (Argentina)
Una Noche (Cuba)
El Evangelio de la Carne (Peru)
And that about does it! The best movies about South America, Central America and Mexico.
I'm missing some other good ones. I've definitely shortchanged Brazil (I haven't seen too many Brazilian films because I need subtitles).
I've probably shortchanged Chile as well.
What can ya do.
Anyway, this is a good place to start if you are interesting in watching some Latin American movies. Fortunately, many of these can be found or Netflix, YouTube or Internet streaming sites. I was able to learn Spanish by watching and re-watching many of these movies, so they will always hold a place in my heart. If you're planning a trip to Mexico, Central or South America, these titles are certainly worth a look.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Until next time,
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