Brazilian films

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1. To the Left of the Father (2001)

Not Rated | 163 min | Drama

Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »

Director: Luiz Fernando Carvalho | Stars: Selton Mello, Simone Spoladore, Raul Cortez, Juliana Carneiro da Cunha

Votes: 1,535

2. 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: 2,275

3. Brainstorm (2000)

74 min | Drama

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky | Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis, Dani Nefussi

Votes: 4,168

4. Amélia (2001)

130 min | Comedy, Drama

Fictional story based on Sarah Bernhard's visit to Brazil in 1905. The actress, experiencing a personal and professional crisis at the time, is induced by her personal Brazilian maid, ... See full summary »

Director: Ana Carolina | Stars: Marília Pêra, Béatrice Agenin, Camila Amado, Pedro Bismark

Votes: 175

5. Desmundo (2002)

101 min | Drama

The story of Orisbela, a young and religious woman who comes from Portugal to Brazil to marry Francisco de Albuquerque, a rude sugar-cane plantation owner, in 1570.

Director: Alain Fresnot | Stars: Simone Spoladore, Osmar Prado, Caco Ciocler, Berta Zemel

Votes: 418

6. Isle of Flowers (1989)

13 min | Documentary, Short

The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Paulo José, Ciça Reckziegel, Douglas Trainini, Júlia Barth

Votes: 5,009

7. Castle Ra-Tim-Bum (1999)

108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young wizard must create new spells in his magic book before the planets align. His uncle and aunt, powerful mages themselves, help him achieve that. Based on the award-winning Brazilian TV series.

Director: Cao Hamburger | Stars: Diego Kozievitch, Rosi Campos, Sérgio Mamberti, Marieta Severo

Votes: 538

8. Central Station (1998)

R | 113 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra, Soia Lira

Votes: 32,436 | Gross: $5.60M

9. The Interview (1995)

100 min | Drama

Michael is a U.S. journalist who works for a Brazilian newspaper. One day he is put in charge of interviewing Father Louis Stephen, a famed catholic missionary who helps the needy in the ... See full summary »

Director: Monique Gardenberg | Stars: Henry Czerny, Patrick Bauchau, Júlia Lemmertz, Daniel Dantas

Votes: 100

10. Pixote (1981)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Votes: 5,708

11. The Other Side of the Street (2004)

98 min | Thriller, Drama

65 Metascore

A retired woman spends her days snooping everybody in her neighborhood, until she thinks she sees a former Secretary of Justice commit murder and becomes a police informant.

Director: Marcos Bernstein | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Raul Cortez, Laura Cardoso, Luiz Carlos Persy

Votes: 853

12. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,182 | Gross: $0.31M

13. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 642,230 | Gross: $7.56M

14. Nelson Freire (2003)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary about Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, and his relationship with music.

Director: João Moreira Salles | Stars: Martha Argerich, Fred Astaire, Nelson Freire, Erroll Garner

Votes: 145

15. Behind the Sun (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 6,329 | Gross: $0.06M

16. Xuxa in Crystal Moon (1990)

90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The fairy tale of a young aspiring singer who leaves her hometown to a major city, in order to make her dreams come true.

Director: Tizuka Yamasaki | Stars: Selvagem Big Abreu, Juliana Baroni, Marilu Bueno, Berna Ceppas

Votes: 733

17. The Man Who Copied (2003)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Renata de Lélis, Sérgio Lulkin, Heitor Schmidt

Votes: 8,495 | Gross: $0.02M

18. O Monge e a Filha do Carrasco (1996)

90 min | Drama

In the 18th century in a forgotten town in the 18th century, young Benedicta is scrawny on the spot because she is the executioner's daughter. Monk Ambrosius, newly arrived at the village, ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lima Jr. | Stars: Patricia Pillar, Murilo Benício, Karina Barum, Paul Dillon

Votes: 91

19. Foreign Land (1995)

110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother's native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.

Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas | Stars: Fernanda Torres, Fernando Alves Pinto, Alexandre Borges, Luís Melo

Votes: 1,474

20. Durval Records (2002)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Durval and his mother Carmita live at the back of "Durval Discos", a record store they own in São Paulo, specializing in vinyl records. They lead a boring and unattractive life, until the ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Muylaert | Stars: Ary França, Etty Fraser, Isabela Guasco, Marisa Orth

Votes: 937

22. Me You Them (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A true story that comically depicts the relationship between an ordinary woman and her three husbands, who live in the same house in a poor and arid small village of the Brazilian northeast.

Director: Andrucha Waddington | Stars: Regina Casé, Lima Duarte, Stênio Garcia, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 1,658 | Gross: $0.32M

23. Carlota Joaquina, Princesa do Brazil (1995)

100 min | Comedy, History

A hot blooded Spanish princess plots to conquer her enemies and become queen.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Marieta Severo, Antonio Abujamra, Thales Pan Chacon, Ludmila Dayer

Votes: 1,136

24. A Dog's Will (2000)

104 min | Adventure, Comedy

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso, Denise Fraga

Votes: 8,891

25. Caramuru: The Invention of Brazil (2001)

85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Diogo Álvares, a Portuguese map illustrator, reaches the Brazilian coast, after his caravel sinks. He is saved by the Indian chief Itaparica and his two daughters, Paraguaçu and Moema. They... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: Selton Mello, Camila Pitanga, Deborah Secco, Tonico Pereira

Votes: 1,254

26. Posthumous Memories (2001)

101 min | Drama, Comedy

Free adaptation of Machado de Assis's classic. The narrator is a rich dead man, who tells us about his life and times, making fun of both.

Director: André Klotzel | Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Marcos Caruso, Petrônio Gontijo, Stepan Nercessian

Votes: 633

27. Lamarca (1994)

130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The real story of a captain who, during the military dictatorship in Brazil, deserted Brazilian Army and got involved in left-wing guerilla groups, becoming one of their most prominent leaders.

Director: Sergio Rezende | Stars: Paulo Betti, Carla Camurati, José de Abreu, Deborah Evelyn

Votes: 320

28. Zuzu Angel (2006)

108 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on the true story of Zuzu Angel, a famous Brazilian fashion designer in the 70's, who searches for her son Stuart, a member of a leftist university group who suddenly disappears ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Rezende | Stars: Patricia Pillar, Daniel de Oliveira, Leandra Leal, Alexandre Borges

Votes: 840

29. The Naked Man (1997)

78 min | Comedy

A man locked out of his apartment in the nude is pursued by the police and by the media.

Director: Hugo Carvana | Stars: Claudio Marzo, Lúcia Veríssimo, Daniel Dantas, Isabel Fillardis

Votes: 261

30. Up Against Them All (2004)

95 min | Crime, Drama

"Contra Todos" is a story about the lies, treachery and vengeance of a middle-class family living on the outskirts of São Paulo. Four characters try desperately to change their lives, but are unable to escape their destiny.

Director: Roberto Moreira | Stars: Leona Cavalli, Sílvia Lourenço, Ailton Graça, Giulio Lopes

Votes: 402

31. The Storytellers (2003)

100 min | Drama

The illiterate population of the small town of Javé charge Antônio Biá with the mission of writing the story of the town, in an attempt to stop the construction of a hydropower dam that ... See full summary »

Director: Eliane Caffé | Stars: José Dumont, Nelson Xavier, Matheus Nachtergaele, Rui Resende

Votes: 665

32. Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2004)

87 min | Adventure, Comedy

Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has confessed the crime as a cover-up for his girlfriend, who was the wife of the dead man.... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Darlan Cunha, Sophia Reis, Lázaro Ramos, Deborah Secco

Votes: 2,266

33. My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)

124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Director: Mauro Lima | Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz, Felipe Severo

Votes: 5,777

34. Drained (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.

Director: Heitor Dhalia | Stars: Selton Mello, Paula Braun, Paulo Alves, Susana Alves

Votes: 4,259

35. A Fit of Rage (1999)

70 min | Drama

The torrid love affair between a 40-year-old man who lives isolated from the world, in his small farm nearby São Paulo and a politically engaged 30-year-old journalist. One morning, after a... See full summary »

Director: Aluizio Abranches | Stars: Alexandre Borges, Ruth de Souza, Lineu Dias, Júlia Lemmertz

Votes: 426

36. Time of Peace (2009)

80 min | Drama

Segismundo (Tony Ramos) is a former political police officer of Getúlio Vargas' government, who used to torture prisoners. In April 1945, he is the chief of the Immigration Office in Rio de... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Tony Ramos, Ailton Graça, Daniel Filho, Dan Stulbach

Votes: 493

37. In Therapy (2009)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Rio de Janeiro, the forty-something year old, Mercedes, goes to the psychoanalyst and tells the story of her life - from a child who lost her mother. Over three years of analysis, her ... See full summary »

Director: José Alvarenga Jr. | Stars: Lília Cabral, José Mayer, Reynaldo Gianecchini, Cauã Reymond

Votes: 694

38. Ed Mort (1997)

102 min | Comedy

A detective is hired by a mysterious woman to find her missing husband, a master of disguises, and important industry executive.

Director: Alain Fresnot | Stars: Paulo Betti, Cláudia Abreu, Otávio Augusto, Ary Fontoura

Votes: 256

39. O Quatrilho (1995)

92 min | Romance, Drama

Two couples of Italian immigrants are part of a game that leads to treason and brings serious consequences to those who lose.

Director: Fábio Barreto | Stars: Glória Pires, Patricia Pillar, Alexandre Paternost, Bruno Campos

Votes: 1,191

40. Who Killed Pixote? (1996)

116 min | Biography, Drama

Based on the true story of Fernando Ramos da Silva, actor of Hector Babenco's Pixote (1981).

Director: José Joffily | Stars: Cassiano Carneiro, Luciana Rigueira, Joana Fomm, Tuca Andrada

Votes: 327

41. 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: 2,182

42. The Inheritance (2001)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

After the death of their mother, four sisters gather to divide their inheritance, and bring back several family troubles.

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Glória Pires, Andrea Beltrão, Lília Cabral, Paloma Duarte

Votes: 699

43. Eternamente Pagu (1987)

100 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of Patrícia Galvão, aka Pagu, a legendary personage, muse and activist of Brazilian Modernism in art, during the 1920s until the 1940s. She shocked the society of her time, but ... See full summary »

Director: Norma Bengell | Stars: Carla Camurati, Antônio Fagundes, Otávio Augusto, Norma Bengell

Votes: 75

44. As Mães de Chico Xavier (2011)

90 min | Drama

Three mothers see their reality become completely ... They are: Ruth, whose teenage son, Raul, faces problems with drugs; Elisa, trying to make up for the absence of her husband giving full... See full summary »

Directors: Glauber Filho, Halder Gomes | Stars: Paulo Goulart Filho, Nelson Xavier, Herson Capri, Vanessa Gerbelli

Votes: 317

45. La serva Padrona (1999)

70 min | Musical, Comedy

Living in the house of Uberto as a child, Serpina is now a beautiful young woman who, seeing her master willing to marry, decides that it will be her and not any other woman. Adaptation of the Opera buffa La Serva Padrona.

Director: Carla Camurati | Stars: Thales Pan Chacon, Sylvia Klein, José Carlos Leal

Votes: 69

46. Love Me Forever or Never (1986)

110 min | Drama

Young and recently separated couple meet in a modern house and start discussing their past relationship.

Director: Arnaldo Jabor | Stars: Fernanda Torres, Thales Pan Chacon

Votes: 376

47. Janela da Alma (2001)

73 min | Documentary

Nineteen people with differing degrees of visual impairment - from mild nearsightedness to total blindness - discuss how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the ... See full summary »

Directors: João Jardim, Walter Carvalho | Stars: Evgen Bavcar, Raimunda da Conceição Filha, Felipe, Gabriel

Votes: 565

48. Little Book of Love (1997)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

The story of a relationship illustrated by words in alphabetical order.

Director: Sandra Werneck | Stars: Andrea Beltrão, Daniel Dantas, Tony Ramos, Mônica Torres

Votes: 495