ICM Forum's Favourite Iberian Films

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1. Kidnapped (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos

Votes: 6,755

2. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 173,959 | Gross: $6.39M

3. Timecrimes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 52,625 | Gross: $0.04M

4. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau

Votes: 18,401 | Gross: $0.06M

5. REC (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 153,996

6. Truman (2015)

TV-14 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation.

Director: Cesc Gay | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi, Troilo

Votes: 10,219 | Gross: $0.21M

7. The Invisible Guest (2016)

106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

While the clock is ticking, with the aid of a witness preparation expert, a successful entrepreneur accused of murder has less than three hours to come up with an impregnable defence.

Director: Oriol Paulo | Stars: Mario Casas, Ana Wagener, Jose Coronado, Bárbara Lennie

Votes: 86,296

8. Game of Werewolves (2011)

98 min | Comedy, Horror

After 15 years, Tomas, a not very succesfull writer, comes back to the village in Galicia where his family comes from, Arga, apparently to get an award. But he doesn't know the real reason ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Martínez Moreno | Stars: Gorka Otxoa, Carlos Areces, Secun de la Rosa, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 2,093

9. Wild Tales (2014)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

Director: Damián Szifron | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa, Diego Starosta

Votes: 152,415 | Gross: $3.11M

10. [Rec] 2 (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Jonathan D. Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra, Ariel Casas

Votes: 64,255 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Errementari (2017)

TV-MA | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror

An orphaned girl discovers that the reclusive Blacksmith is keeping a demon imprisoned in order to avoid paying his debt to the Devil.

Director: Paul Urkijo Alijo | Stars: Kandido Uranga, Uma Bracaglia, Eneko Sagardoy, Ramón Agirre

Votes: 6,285

12. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 574,850 | Gross: $37.63M

13. Sleep Tight (2011)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

You wake day after day to the comfort and security of your home. But how safe is it really?

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Petra Martínez

Votes: 33,922

14. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 138,153 | Gross: $7.16M

15. 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: 3,834

16. Anguish (1987)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A controlling mother uses telepathic powers to send her middle-aged son on a killing spree.

Director: Bigas Luna | Stars: Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Àngel Jové

Votes: 3,006 | Gross: $0.23M

17. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 57,360 | Gross: $0.75M

18. Julia's Eyes (2010)

Not Rated | 118 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.

Director: Guillem Morales | Stars: Belén Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui, Francesc Orella

Votes: 29,433

19. Marshland (2014)

TV-MA | 105 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Two cops lost in the deep south of Spain. One serial killer to catch. A lot of secrets and lies of discover.

Director: Alberto Rodríguez | Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, María Varod, Perico Cervantes

Votes: 26,564

20. Blancanieves (2012)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy

82 Metascore

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.

Director: Pablo Berger | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina

Votes: 9,784 | Gross: $0.28M

21. Cell 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 59,727

22. Witching and Bitching (2013)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

73 Metascore

A gang of armed robbers finds a safe haven in a secluded village crammed with witches--only to encounter the bizarre, the unexpected, and the occult. Can they save themselves, and the rest of the world from the next witch apocalypse?

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang

Votes: 12,323

23. The Bar (2017)

102 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

In bustling downtown Madrid, a loud gunshot and two mysterious deaths trap a motley assortment of common urbanites in a decrepit central bar, while paranoia and suspicion force the terrified regulars to turn on each other.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas, Carmen Machi, Secun de la Rosa

Votes: 17,339

24. The Last Circus (2010)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

70 Metascore

A young trapeze artist must decide between her lust for Sergio, the Happy Clown, or her affection for Javier, the Sad Clown, both of whom are deeply disturbed.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang, Manuel Tallafé

Votes: 12,233 | Gross: $0.04M

25. The Day of the Beast (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult to avert the birth of the beast, and with it, the end of the world.

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

Votes: 15,813 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Biutiful (2010)

R | 148 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella

Votes: 80,624 | Gross: $5.10M

27. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros

Votes: 5,702

28. In a Glass Cage (1986)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Horror

A former nazi child-killer is confined in an iron lung inside an old mansion after a suicide attempt. His wife hires him a full-time carer, a mysterious young man who is driven slowly mad by the old man's disturbing past.

Director: Agustí Villaronga | Stars: Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes, Gisèle Echevarría

Votes: 3,693

29. The Baby's Room (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 77 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In Spain, the sports journalist Juan has a perfect life with his wife Sonia: they have just had a baby and moved to an old house that needs to be repaired in a fancy neighborhood. When ... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, Leonor Watling, Sancho Gracia, María Asquerino

Votes: 4,842

30. 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: 1,428



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