Best Mexican Movies

by Trevisand | created - 06 Jun 2011 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

A personal list based on cinematographic relevance such as originality, inspiration, techique, etc. of movies exclusively produced by Mexico.

PD: this list is in full growth.

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1. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 212,810 | Gross: $5.38M

2. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, José Baviera

Votes: 27,210

3. The Young and the Damned (1950)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán

Votes: 16,870

4. Retorno a la juventud (1954)

Drama, Fantasy, Horror

An old professor in love with one of his students is rejected by her because of his advanced age. He then sells his soul in return for youth and a chance at love, but the things don't go as he planned.

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Enrique Rambal, Rosario Granados, Carlos López Moctezuma, Andrés Soler

Votes: 25

5. Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960)

92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.

Director: Rogelio A. González | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Amparo Rivelles, Elda Peralta, Guillermo Orea

Votes: 680

6. Poison for the Fairies (1986)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror

A 10 year old girl convinces a lonely classmate that she is a witch, forcing the child to become her assistant. Though their games are initially rather naive, they gradually take a nasty and violent turn.

Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada | Stars: Ana Patricia Rojo, Elsa María Gutiérrez, Leonor Llausás, Carmen Stein

Votes: 1,340

7. La tía Alejandra (1979)

98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Old aunt Alejandra goes to live with a Mexican middle-class family; she's bitter and the children tease her and make her life miserable, but the old woman is truly a witch, and takes revenge.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Diana Bracho, Isabela Corona, Manuel Ojeda, María Rebeca

Votes: 260

8. Simon of the Desert (1965)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him to come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 8,731

9. Una familia de tantas (1949)

130 min | Drama

Rodrigo Catano seeks to impose in his family a Porfirian order. One day a door to door salesman, Roberto del Hierro, comes into the house to sell an American vacuum cleaner from the "Bright... See full summary »

Director: Alejandro Galindo | Stars: Fernando Soler, David Silva, Martha Roth, Carlos Riquelme

Votes: 220

10. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 123,336

11. You're Missing the Point (1940)

G | 112 min | Comedy

The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Álvarez

Votes: 985

12. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama

88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 110,172 | Gross: $13.62M

13. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 23,828

14. La oveja negra (1949)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

The Trevino family tries to overcome the irresponsible behavior of Don Cruz, an erratic father with numerous defects that contrast with his son Silvano, a young kid man that is incapable of passing judgment on his own father.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Fernando Soler, Pedro Infante, Andrés Soler, Dalia Íñiguez

Votes: 308

15. Godfather Mendoza (1934)

85 min | Drama, War

During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Bustillo Oro, Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Alfredo del Diestro, Carmen Guerrero, Antonio R. Frausto, Luis G. Barreiro

Votes: 396

16. The Golden Dream (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S.

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez | Stars: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez, Carlos Chajon

Votes: 4,217

17. Two Monks (1934)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In a Gothic-styled monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Víctor Urruchúa, Carlos Villatoro, Magda Haller, Beltrán de Heredia

Votes: 132

18. Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, War

The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide to join Pancho Villa's army and help end the suffering in their community by ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Antonio R. Frausto, Domingo Soler, Manuel Tamés, Ramón Vallarino

Votes: 556

19. El (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Romance

A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalates to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Delia Garcés, Aurora Walker, Carlos Martínez Baena

Votes: 4,884

20. Macario (1960)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero, Mario Alberto Rodríguez

Votes: 2,269

21. Nazarin (1959)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 4,802

22. Hell Without Limits (1978)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Roberto Cobo, Fernando Soler, Lucha Villa, Ana Martín

Votes: 914

23. The Castle of Purity (1973)

110 min | Drama

The story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the "evil nature" of human beings while inventing (with his wife)... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Claudio Brook, Rita Macedo, Arturo Beristáin, Diana Bracho

Votes: 1,186

24. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 8,363

25. Santa Sangre (1989)

NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou

Votes: 17,841

26. Susana (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly nice and decent family. Little by little, ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Rosita Quintana, Fernando Soler, Víctor Manuel Mendoza, María Gentil Arcos

Votes: 1,721

27. My Son, the Hero (1961)

95 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Reynaldo and Martín Del Hierro are witnesses of the murder of their father by Pascual Velazco, as they grow up they're poisoned by the desire of vengeance by their mother, but once they get it it'll change their lifes forever.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Antonio Aguilar, Julio Alemán, Columba Domínguez, Patricia Conde

Votes: 187

28. Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)

Not Rated | 115 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A group of students arrives in a small town during a hiking expedition. Once there, the local priest accuses them of being communist agitators on the run from an army crack-down against ... See full summary »

Director: Felipe Cazals | Stars: Enrique Lucero, Salvador Sánchez, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Roberto Sosa

Votes: 992

29. Silent Light (2007)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall

Votes: 5,689 | Gross: $0.05M

31. Tear This Heart Out (2008)

R | 107 min | Drama

Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife.

Director: Roberto Sneider | Stars: Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho, José María de Tavira, Joaquín Cosio

Votes: 2,036

32. Mariana, Mariana (1987)

110 min | Drama, Romance

The story runs in the 1940s Mexico City. A schoolboy (Carlos) falls in love with his best friend's mother (Mariana). Carlos is impressed because this family is not like the ordinary mexican... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Isaac | Stars: Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Elizabeth Aguilar, Isabel Andrade, Miguel Cane

Votes: 218

33. The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho Gracia, Angélica Aragón

Votes: 12,467 | Gross: $5.71M

34. La otra conquista (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama, History

It is May 1520 in the vast Aztec Empire one year after the Spanish Conqueror Hernán Cortés' arrival in Mexico. "The Other Conquest" opens with the infamous massacre of the Aztecs at the ... See full summary »

Director: Salvador Carrasco | Stars: Damián Delgado, José Carlos Rodríguez, Elpidia Carrillo, Iñaki Aierra

Votes: 1,094 | Gross: $0.89M

35. The Black Widow (1977)

78 min | Drama

Matea is an orphan who assists the priest, Father Feliciano, in his parish. The village doctor tries to seduce her, but fails and proceeds to defame her into believing that Matea maintains relations with the priest.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Isela Vega, Mario Almada, Hilda Aguirre, Eduardo Alcaraz

Votes: 119

36. The Secret Formula (1965)

42 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

An irreverent essay, unified only by the author's unique voice, full of surreal moments and provocative scenarios related to intellectual debates about the Mexican national character.

Director: Rubén Gámez | Stars: José Castillo, Manuel Gaitán, Pilar Islas, Nico-Nito

Votes: 203

37. Naufragio (1978)

101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

One woman (Murguía) lives waiting for his son (Alonso) who is a sailor. She hasn't seen him for years although he writes to her a lot. The woman shares the letters and her grief with a ... See full summary »

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo | Stars: José Alonso, María Rojo, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 124

38. The Book of Stone (1969)

99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that live in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia is to take care of little girl named Silvia, whose unusual ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada | Stars: Marga López, Joaquín Cordero, Norma Lazareno, Aldo Monti

Votes: 818

40. Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)

82 min | Comedy, Adventure, Drama

Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin".

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Lilia Prado, Carlos Navarro, Fernando Soto, Agustín Isunza

Votes: 1,232

41. Matando Cabos (2004)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

A dark, offbeat comedy about a group of Mexico City teens embroiled in a kidnapping involving a retired wrestling legend and a parrot.

Director: Alejandro Lozano | Stars: Tony Dalton, Ana Claudia Talancón, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Kristoff

Votes: 4,338 | Gross: $0.13M

42. Campeón sin corona (1946)

111 min | Action, Drama

"Champion without a crown". Quick rise and fall of a boxer filled with talent and psychological complexes.

Director: Alejandro Galindo | Stars: David Silva, Amanda del Llano, Carlos López Moctezuma, Fernando Soto

Votes: 112

43. The Shark Hunters (1963)

100 min | Drama

Aurelio is a shark fisherman who works on the coast of Tabasco, Mexico. He works hard and sends money to his wife and children that live in Mexico City. He seems very happy in the coast --... See full summary »

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Julio Aldama, Dacia González, Tito Junco, Amanda del Llano

Votes: 145