Caimán's Top Spanish Films

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Caimán's Top Spanish Films

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1. Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo

Votes: 20,306

2. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 15,442

3. The Executioner (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Comedy

An undertaker marries an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez

Votes: 5,018

4. Placido (1961)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Cassen, José Luis López Vázquez, Elvira Quintillá, Manuel Alexandre

Votes: 2,334

5. Rapture (1979)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse.

Director: Iván Zulueta | Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, Marta Fernández Muro

Votes: 1,901

6. The Hunt (1966)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

Three men go hunting rabbits during a hot day. Heat and talking about events happened in the past make them angry, until they go totally crazy.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo, José María Prada, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 1,471

7. El Sur (1983)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Icíar Bollaín, Lola Cardona

Votes: 3,972

8. Strange Voyage (1964)

92 min | Comedy, Crime

Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez | Stars: Carlos Larrañaga, Tota Alba, Lina Canalejas, Rafaela Aparicio

Votes: 991

9. Life Goes On (1965)

121 min | Drama

Two sisters, between whom exists a tumultuous sibling rivalry, each try to find success, love and status in 1960s Madrid.

Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez | Stars: Lina Canalejas, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Gemma Cuervo, Milagros Leal

Votes: 361

10. The Disenchantment (1976)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

This film is a documentary about the poet 'Leopoldo Panero'. His widow and his sons talk about death in general and in this special case and also about their own family problems.

Director: Jaime Chávarri | Stars: Felicidad Blanc, Juan Luis Panero, Leopoldo María Panero, Michi Panero

Votes: 511

11. Main Street (1956)

99 min | Drama

A couple of friends decide to have a good time and play a trick on an unmarried woman. Therefore one of them has to pretend to fall in love with her.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Betsy Blair, José Suárez, Yves Massard, Luis Peña

Votes: 1,115

12. Aguaespejo granadino (1955)

21 min | Documentary, Short

As stated in the film, Jose Val del Omar presents a brief audiovisual essay of lyrical plastic art.

Director: José Val del Omar

Votes: 243

Tríptico elemental de España

13. Fire in Castilla (Tactilvision from the Moor of the Fright) (1961)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Short documentary featuring sculptures of Alonso de Berruguete and Juan de Juni in the Valladolid National Museum.

Director: José Val del Omar

Votes: 321

Tríptico elemental de España

14. Galician Caress (Of Clay) (1995)

23 min | Documentary, Short

An experimental film by José Val del Omar using various imagery based upon clay.

Director: José Val del Omar | Star: Ezequiel Mendez

Votes: 119

Tríptico elemental de España

15. Las Hurdes (1933)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill

Votes: 4,761

16. The Quince Tree Sun (1992)

133 min | Documentary, Biography

82 Metascore

The artist Antonio López tries to capture the sunlight hitting his quince tree all autumn, but the struggle seems futile.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Antonio López, María Moreno, Enrique Gran, María López

Votes: 1,557

17. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 3,397

18. Tristana (1970)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

93 Metascore

Shortly after her mother's death, an innocent and youthful woman will find refuge into the household of her middle-aged aristocratic guardian, who will submit her to his sexual advances.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero, Lola Gaos

Votes: 9,437 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Vida en sombras (1949)

90 min | Drama

His director's only film, Vida en Sombras tells the story of a man who from his childhood falls in love with cinema and grows to be a director and cameraman. While struggling to make ... See full summary »

Director: Lorenzo Llobet Gracia | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, María Dolores Pradera, Isabel de Pomés, Fernando Sancho

Votes: 219

20. Death of a Cyclist (1955)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corrà, Carlos Casaravilla

Votes: 2,885

21. Poachers (1975)

82 min | Drama

Angel is a poacher who lives in the forest with his domineering mother. One day he goes to the city and meets Milagros, an escapee from a reform school and the lover of a known criminal so he takes her to his house in the mountains.

Director: José Luis Borau | Stars: Lola Gaos, Ovidi Montllor, Alicia Sánchez, Ismael Merlo

Votes: 651

22. The Holy Innocents (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama

Spain, 1960s. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners...

Director: Mario Camus | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Terele Pávez, Belén Ballesteros, Juan Sachez

Votes: 2,995

23. Train of Shadows (1997)

88 min | Drama

A silent homage to the origins of cinema, recreating the apparent disappearance of a French photographer in the 1920s. Experimental.

Director: José Luis Guerín | Stars: Jessica Andrieu, Anne Céline Auche, Juliette Gautier, Marc Montserrat

Votes: 490

24. Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400 to 1413.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud

Votes: 7,037 | Gross: $0.12M

25. La torre de los siete jorobados (1944)

85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

In 19th century Madrid a young man plays roulette. A mysterious character helps him by pointing with his walking stick the next number where the ball is going to fall. The protagonist is ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Neville | Stars: Antonio Casal, Isabel de Pomés, Guillermo Marín, Félix de Pomés

Votes: 560

26. An Andalusian Dog (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 43,101

27. Surcos (1951)

104 min | Drama

The struggles of a Spanish family as it emigrates from the country to Madrid circa 1950.

Director: José Antonio Nieves Conde | Stars: Luis Peña, María Asquerino, Francisco Arenzana, Marisa de Leza

Votes: 443

28. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma

Votes: 32,533 | Gross: $7.18M

29. What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

The vicissitudes of Gloria, a neurotic housewife, and her family's peculiar characters.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Gonzalo Suárez, Luis Hostalot, Ryo Hiruma

Votes: 8,022

30. Talk to Her (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

86 Metascore

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling

Votes: 99,197 | Gross: $9.28M

31. Cría Cuervos (1976)

PG | 105 min | Drama

In the twilight of Francisco Franco's dictatorship, an eight-year-old orphan and her two sisters find shelter in the house of their stern aunt, trying their best to acclimatise to a new reality. Will they summon up the courage to grow up?

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ana Torrent, Conchita Pérez, Mayte Sanchez, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 8,349

32. Canciones para después de una guerra (1976)

115 min | Documentary

This documentary is frame in the spanish hyper realism. A journey through the legendary songs of Franco dictatorship. With the colaboration of the wonderful singer Imperio Argentina.

Director: Basilio Martín Patino | Stars: Celia Gámez, Imperio Argentina, Miguel de Molina, Lalo Martel y los Reyes

Votes: 181

33. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 82,914 | Gross: $8.26M

34. Aunt Tula (1964)

109 min | Drama

Tula, 31-year-old unmarried woman, whose sister had just died, decides to live in the house of her brother-in-law, Ramiro, a bank employee, and his two children. When she takes control of ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Picazo | Stars: Aurora Bautista, Carlos Estrada, Irene Gutiérrez Caba, Laly Soldevila

Votes: 379

35. Cielo negro (1951)

113 min | Drama

A woman who works as employee in a fashion store has to care for her ill mother. At the same time she falls in love with a bohemian man.

Director: Manuel Mur Oti | Stars: Susana Canales, Fernando Rey, Luis Prendes, Teresa Casal

Votes: 176

36. El cochecito (1960)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Seventy-something Don Anselmo, a retired minister, becomes obsessed with owning a motorized wheelchair and fakes infirmity to get it.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: José Isbert, Pedro Porcel, José Luis López Vázquez, María Luisa Ponte

Votes: 821

37. The Cursed Village (1930)

57 min | Drama

In an impoverished Castilian village live Juan, his wife Acacia, their son and Juan's blind father. The harsh weather conditions force the peasants to emigrate to a better land. Acacia goes... See full summary »

Director: Florián Rey | Stars: Carmen Viance, Pedro Larrañaga, Amelia Muñoz, Pilar Torres

Votes: 175

38. Voyage to Nowhere (1986)

134 min | Comedy, Drama

The movie tells the story of a family of comedians that work in the towns of Spain during the 40's and 50's. Life gets very tough for them since they cannot compete any longer with cinema. ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez | Stars: José Sacristán, Laura del Sol, Juan Diego, María Luisa Ponte

Votes: 1,209

39. Vampir-Cuadecuc (1971)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Horror

An analysis of the construction mechanism for the magic in dominant narrative cinema though the filming of Count Dracula (1970), a commercial film by Jesús Franco.

Director: Pere Portabella | Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor

Votes: 506

40. Amanece, que no es poco (1989)

110 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A village and the crazy situations encountered by its citizens.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: José Sazatornil, Carmen de Lirio, Francisco Martínez, Ovidi Montllor

Votes: 2,824

41. La vida en un hilo (1945)

92 min | Comedy

Mercedes, who recently became a widower, nostalgically recalls his years of marriage with deadly dull Ramón to conclude how unhappy she was. While traveling by train to Madrid, a psychic ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Neville | Stars: Conchita Montes, Rafael Durán, Guillermo Marín, Julia Lajos

Votes: 236

42. En construcción (2001)

125 min | Documentary

An author spent a year and a half filming what happened as a new apartment building was built in the El Chino neighborhood of Barcelona. En Construccion focuses less on the practicalities ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Guerín | Stars: Juana Rodríguez Molina, Iván Guzmán Jiménez, Juan López López, Juanma López

Votes: 720

43. It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

97 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Having doubts about the guilt of the obvious suspect in the murder of an eight year old girl, a police detective decides to investigate the case on his own.

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Sigfrit Steiner, Siegfried Lowitz, Michel Simon

Votes: 4,071

44. The Day of the Beast (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast, a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner. Is there still hope?

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 16,107 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Nine Letters to Bertha (1966)

90 min | Drama

Lorenzo is a young man who has just returned to Salamanca (Spain) from England, where he fell in love with Berta, a girl daughter of exiled parents who have never seen Spain. Lorenzo tries ... See full summary »

Director: Basilio Martín Patino | Stars: Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Mary Carrillo, Elsa Baeza, José María Resel

Votes: 167

46. The Little Apartment (1958)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3