Tango filmsby DonConore | created - 15 Aug 2011 | updated - 23 Aug 2011 | Public
Films with a tango theme, tango dance scenes or tango music.
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1. Not Here to Be Loved (2005)
93 min | Drama, Romance
The (love) life of a man fed up with his work and life routine changes when he enlists into a tango dancing course.
A middle aged man takes up tango as a way to get exercise (hence the title: "I'm not here to be loved") but he and his dance partner develop feelings for one another. Not a film for spectacular dance scenes, but all tangueros/tangueras will recognize the struggle the beginners go through to learn the dance. A very sweet film!
2. Assassination Tango (2002)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An aging hitman gets a contract to kill a General in Buenos Aires, Argentina. But when his mark becomes unavailable, he becomes involved in Argentinian tango culture.
Votes: 2,808 | Gross: $0.97M
A hitman goes to Buenos Aires for a hit and falls in love with the tango.
3. Tanghi argentini (2006)
14 min | Short, Comedy
An office clerk with a hankering to tango enlists the support of a workplace colleague as he prepares for a date. It's Christmas time and the concept of giving assumes fairy tale proportions in this beguiling modern story.
An office worker enlists the help of a colleague to help him learn tango. The film is a sort of modern fairy tale. Well worth 14 minutes of your time.
4. The Tango Lesson (1997)
PG | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she takes up tango lessons and forms a relationship with the dancer.
Votes: 2,102 | Gross: $1.30M
The story of a woman falling in love with the tango and with the dancer who introduced her to it.
5. Café de los maestros (2008)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Musical
Interviews with the musicians and singers from Argentina's golden days of Tango.
It's like a tango version of The Buena Vista Social Club. This film is all about the musicians and the music.
6. Si sos brujo: A Tango Story (2005)
79 min | Documentary, Musical
This documentary follows the attempts of a group of musicians to set up a school for studying and learning the tango. This film is all about the musicians and the music.
7. The Tango Singer (2009)
110 min | Drama, Musical
A woman tries to get back on her feet after suffering from a devastating break-up.
The film follows a woman as she tries to recover after her relationship ends. There's not much tango dancing nor even that much music, but tango does permeate the whole film.
8. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Votes: 45,776 | Gross: $36.14M
I think most people will remember this more for the butter than the tango. But I like the scene at the milonga.