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1. Rio, 40 Degrees (1955)

100 min | Drama

A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão, Ana Beatriz

Votes: 464

2. Arraial do Cabo (1960)

17 min | Documentary, Short

In the brazilian city of Arraial do Cabo, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, fishermen struggle to sustain their community. A big industry installs in town, changing the way and the culture of this small village.

Directors: Mário Carneiro, Paulo César Saraceni

Votes: 30

3. Barren Lives (1963)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares

Votes: 2,021

4. The Dare (1966)

81 min | Drama

Passively facing the repression imposed by military dictatorship in Brazil in the 60s, a journalist gets into a personal crisis, aggravated by his love affair with an industrialist's wife, ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo César Saraceni | Stars: Isabella, Oduvaldo Vianna Filho, Sérgio Britto, Luiz Linhares

Votes: 87

5. Macunaima (1969)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Comedy

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho, Dina Sfat

Votes: 1,401

6. The Given Word (1962)

98 min | Drama

A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?

Director: Anselmo Duarte | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo, Geraldo Del Rey

Votes: 2,376

7. The Guns (1964)

80 min | Drama

In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit.

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Átila Iório, Nelson Xavier, Maria Gladys, Leonidas Bayer

Votes: 375

8. The Priest and the Girl (1966)

90 min | Drama

In a small town in Minas Gerais, the arrival of a young priest causes a commotion in the conservative atmosphere of the place, aggravated by the sudden attraction this priest feels for a ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo José, Mário Lago, Fauzi Arap

Votes: 271

9. The Deceased (1965)

90 min | Drama

Woman who is obsessed with death wants a first-class burial for herself, and even buys a luxury coffin beforehand.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Paulo Gracindo, Ivan Cândido, Nelson Xavier

Votes: 260

10. Entranced Earth (1967)

111 min | Drama

Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy, Glauce Rocha

Votes: 2,283

11. Cinco vezes Favela (1962)

92 min | Drama

Five segments about the hardships faced by people living in slums on hills in Rio de Janeiro.

Directors: Miguel Borges, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Carlos Diegues, Marcos Farias, Leon Hirszman | Stars: Isabella, Flávio Migliaccio, Henrique Montes, Waldir Fiori

Votes: 93

12. Black God, White Devil (1964)

120 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle

Votes: 3,613

13. São Paulo, Sociedade Anônima (1965)

107 min | Drama

A man lives in conflict as he deals with his friends and love interests against the backdrop of São Paulo.

Director: Luiz Sérgio Person | Stars: Ana Esmeralda, Eva Wilma, Otelo Zeloni, Walmor Chagas

Votes: 564

14. The Inheritors (1970)

110 min | Drama

An allegory about Brazil's history and the struggle for power since the 1930 Revolution until the advent of the TV.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Sérgio Cardoso, Odete Lara, Mário Lago, Paulo Porto

Votes: 58

15. Of Gods and the Undead (1970)

97 min | Drama

In the 1930's, in the South of State of Bahia, Brazil, an adventurer with no name or history, who had already been shot 7 times, gets involved in the battle for land and cacao plantations. ... See full summary »

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Norma Bengell, Othon Bastos, Ítala Nandi, Nelson Xavier

Votes: 77

16. Antonio das Mortes (1969)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Maurício do Valle, Odete Lara, Othon Bastos, Hugo Carvana

Votes: 1,503

17. Twenty Years Later (1984)

119 min | Documentary

Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 874

18. How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy

In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the French and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portuguese. A Frenchman (Arduíno Colassanti) is captured by the ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Arduíno Colassanti, Ana Maria Magalhães, Eduardo Imbassahy Filho, Manfredo Colassanti

Votes: 894

19. The Unscrupulous Ones (1962)

100 min | Crime, Drama

This film captures the criminal behavior of two young Copacabana thugs (the "cafajestes"). The two plan a blackmail coup against a rich old man, using nude pictures of a lady on a deserted ... See full summary »

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Per Aabel, Norma Bengell, Hugo Carvana, Lucy de Carvalho

Votes: 392

20. Barravento (1962)

78 min | Drama

In the State of Bahia, Brazil, an educated black man returns to his home fishing village to try and free people from mysticism, in particular the Candomblé religion, which he considers a ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Antonio Pitanga, Luiza Maranhão, Lucy de Carvalho, Aldo Teixeira

Votes: 528

21. Ganga Zumba (1963)

100 min | Drama, History

The life of a runaway slave who founded the Quilombo dos Palmares, an outlaw community of Brazilian slaves.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Antonio Pitanga, Léa Garcia, Eliezer Gomes, Luiza Maranhão

Votes: 82

22. The Brave Warrior (1968)

80 min | Drama

Miguel Horta is a young and idealistic politician during the military dictatorship, recently installed in Brazil. He comes to the conclusion that, in order to help the people, he must ... See full synopsis »

Director: Gustavo Dahl | Stars: Paulo César Peréio, Mário Lago, Ítalo Rossi, César Ladeira

Votes: 44

23. Hunger for Love (1968)

73 min | Drama

Alfredo, a former revolutionary who is blind, deaf and mute, and his hedonistic wife are visited in their seaside house by another couple, just arriving from New York: a frustrated pianist ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Leila Diniz, Irene Stefânia, Arduíno Colassanti, Paulo Porto

Votes: 92

24. Pindorama (1970)

95 min

In the Sixteenth Century, in Brazil, the founder of Pindorama realizes that nobody works in the anarchic village. When the king arrives in town, there is a fight for power among the ... See full summary »

Director: Arnaldo Jabor | Stars: Maurício do Valle, Ítala Nandi, Jesus Pingo, Hugo Carvana

Votes: 50

26. Rio, Zona Norte (1957)

90 min | Drama, Music

A talented songwriter of sambas is forced to face the social injustices of the city around him.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Grande Otelo, Jece Valadão, Malu Maia, Maria Petar

Votes: 224

27. Mandacaru Vermelho (1962)

78 min | Drama

Despite being promised to another man, a young orphaned woman falls in love with man working at the farm she lives in , and together they escape. According tradition in Northeast Brazil, her aunt goes after them, in order to kill them for revenge.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Mozart Cintra, Ivan De Souza, Luiz Paulino Dos Santos, João Duarte

Votes: 41

28. The Golden Mouth (1963)

103 min | Drama

When powerful outlaw "Boca de Ouro" dies, a reporter interviews his former lover Guigui, to try to outline his personality. But the woman offers him three different versions of the facts, ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Jece Valadão, Odete Lara, Daniel Filho, Maria Lúcia Monteiro

Votes: 151

29. Porto das Caixas (1963)

80 min | Drama

Irma can only think about getting rid of her cowardly dirty husband. She seeks out lovers not to commit adultery or for pleasure, but to find an accomplice to kill her husband.

Director: Paulo César Saraceni | Stars: Irma Álvarez, Reginaldo Faria, Paulo Padilha, Joseph Guerreiro

Votes: 76

30. A Grande Cidade ou As Aventuras e Desventuras de Luzia e Seus 3 Amigos Chegados de Longe (1966)

80 min | Crime, Drama

Luzia comes from the backwoods of Northeast Brazil to Rio de Janeiro, in search of her fiancé. But soon she'll find out he has turned into a dangerous criminal and is being looked after by the police.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Anecy Rocha, Antonio Pitanga, Joel Barcellos

Votes: 90

31. The Hour and Turn of Augusto Matraga (1965)

109 min | Drama

Augusto Matraga is a violent agressive farmer who after being betrayed by his wife and trapped by several enemies is bitten up and left for dead. He is rescued by a couple of humble small ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Santos | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Joffre Soares, Maria Ribeiro, Maurício do Valle

Votes: 119

32. A Vida Provisória (1968)


During the Brazilian military government, journalist Estevão is sent from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia to cover the important statement of a minister, but takes the opportunity to deliver incriminating documents to another one.

Director: Maurício Gomes Leite | Stars: Paulo José, Dina Sfat, Joana Fomm, Mário Lago

Votes: 27

33. Face to Face (1967)

72 min | Drama

The story of a civil servant who lives with his elderly mother. Falling in love with a corrupt politician's young and rich daughter, he abandons himself to crazy and violent situations.

Director: Júlio Bressane | Stars: Helena Ignez, Antero de Oliveira, Paulo Gracindo, Paulo Padilha

Votes: 43

35. Case of the Naves Brothers (1967)

92 min | Drama

The innocent brothers are wrongly accused of a crime by a corrupt and violent police officers and are forced to face the injustices of the brazilian penal system.

Director: Luiz Sérgio Person | Stars: Anselmo Duarte, Raul Cortez, Juca de Oliveira, Sérgio Hingst

Votes: 240

36. Cutting Heads (1970)

94 min | Drama

In a castle, somewhere in the Thirld World, Diaz is delirious, dreaming of the power he had in Eldorado, while oppressing the indians, workers and peasants. He is well aware of the menace ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Marta May, Rosa Maria Penna, Emma Cohen

Votes: 129

37. Men and Women (1964)

93 min | Drama

Two friends take two prostitutes for a night of pleasure. But the night turns out to be frustrating for all involved, as much bitterness is revealed in their conversation and attitudes, ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hugo Khouri | Stars: Norma Bengell, Odete Lara, Mário Benvenutti, Gabriele Tinti

Votes: 422

38. Maioria Absoluta (1964)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Statistics, interviews and historical information on illiteracy and inequality in land distribution in Brazil's countryside.

Director: Leon Hirszman

Votes: 50

39. The Grand Moment (1958)

80 min | Drama

On the day of his wedding, young man from a family of immigrants faces some problems to get the money needed for the last arrangements. The family do what they can in order to honour the great event, selling personal belongings and buying enough supplies for a decent party.

Director: Roberto Santos | Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Myriam Pérsia, Vera Gertel, Jaime Barcellos

Votes: 79

41. Garrincha: Hero of the Jungle (1963)

60 min | Documentary, Sport

Documentary about the most famous dribbler in Brazilian Soccer (some say in Soccer's history!) at the zenith of his career, showing classic scenes of 1958 and 1962 World Cup. Garrincha was ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Heron Domingues, Garrincha

Votes: 180

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