My Favorite Brazilian Movies

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1. Two Rabbits (2012)

TV-MA | 101 min | Action, Thriller

In São Paulo, the scheme of the corrupt DA Júlia and her mate, the lawyer Henrique with the gangster Maicom is discovered and sent to the Internal Affairs. Maicom is responsible for ... See full summary »

Director: Afonso Poyart | Stars: Fernando Alves Pinto, Alessandra Negrini, Caco Ciocler, Marat Descartes

Votes: 4,745

2. 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: 9,426

3. 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: 32,907 | Gross: $5.60M

4. Aquarius (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 15,596 | Gross: $0.29M

5. The Second Mother (2015)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Director: Anna Muylaert | Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila

Votes: 11,098 | Gross: $0.38M

6. A Wolf at the Door (2013)

Unrated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A journey to the dark cutting edge of desires, lies and wickedness of a love triangle, from the moment a child is mysteriously kidnapped.

Director: Fernando Coimbra | Stars: Leandra Leal, Milhem Cortaz, Fabiula Nascimento, Tamara Taxman

Votes: 3,169

7. Neighboring Sounds (2012)

Unrated | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Ana Rita Gurgel, Caio Almeida, Maeve Jinkings, Dida Maia

Votes: 5,782 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Artificial Paradises (2012)

96 min | Drama

Two girlfriends visit a big Brazilian beach festival and decide to just let go. They enjoy the music, booze, drugs and on one steamy afternoon even each other. They also meet a young man and things can't be better. Can this paradise last?

Director: Marcos Prado | Stars: Nathalia Dill, Luca Bianchi, Lívia de Bueno, Bernardo Barreto

Votes: 3,106

9. 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: 4,240 | Gross: $0.31M

10. If I Were You (2006)

108 min | Comedy

The publicist Claudio and the housewife and choral teacher Helena have been married for many years, but they do not understand and respect the feelings and view point of the partner. ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Tony Ramos, Glória Pires, Thiago Lacerda, Glória Menezes

Votes: 4,292

11. The Way He Looks (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro | Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Lúcia Romano

Votes: 20,609 | Gross: $0.10M

12. Basic Sanitation, the Movie (2007)

112 min | Comedy

A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Fernanda Torres, Wagner Moura, Camila Pitanga, Bruno Garcia

Votes: 1,968

13. Good Manners (2017)

135 min | Fantasy, Horror, Musical

73 Metascore

Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

Directors: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas | Stars: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira

Votes: 1,757 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Owner of the Story (2004)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A 50 year-old woman who analyses her past. She pictures herself when she was 20 years old and she re-creates the story of her life through a game of innumerous possibilities... What if she ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Marieta Severo, Débora Falabella, Antônio Fagundes, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 673

15. Loveling (2018)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Irene has only a few days to surpass the anxiety and discover a new strength before sending her eldest son away to the world.

Director: Gustavo Pizzi | Stars: Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves, Konstantinos Sarris

Votes: 945

16. Trust Me (2014)

85 min | Drama

Mari is a talented but insecure chef. She thinks she has found the man of her life once she meets Caio. However, things are not always what they seem to be.

Director: Michel Tikhomiroff | Stars: Mateus Solano, Fernanda Machado, Fernanda D'Umbra, Bruno Giordano

Votes: 505

17. Elis (2016)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life of Elis Regina, undoubtedly the greatest Brazilian singer of all time, is told in this biopic film with energetic and pulsating rhythm.

Director: Hugo Prata | Stars: Andréia Horta, Gustavo Machado, Caco Ciocler, Zécarlos Machado

Votes: 1,086

18. 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: 653,582 | Gross: $7.56M

19. Olga (2004)

141 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) she was arrested and... See full summary »

Director: Jayme Monjardim | Stars: Camila Morgado, Caco Ciocler, Luís Melo, Eliane Giardini

Votes: 2,904

20. Cheating in Chains (2006)

83 min | Comedy

Olímpia loves her bosses, Inês and Eduardo. Eduardo loves Inês, his wife, who loves Eduardo, her husband. Inês is a friend of Lígia´s, who loves her husband Cristiano. Cristiano loves Lígia... See full synopsis »

Director: Moacyr Góes | Stars: Adriana Esteves, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Ailton Graça, Bianca Byington

Votes: 405

21. The Devil's Scarab (2016)

90 min | Adventure, Mystery

A series of crimes against redheads scares the people from a little town. After the death of his brother, the 13 year old Alberto decides to investigate what is happening and is helped by the experienced, but forgotten, Inspector Pimentel.

Director: Carlo Milani | Stars: Thiago Rosseti, Bruna Cavalieri, Marcos Caruso, Jonas Bloch

Votes: 312

22. Lisbela and the Prisoner (2003)

106 min | Comedy, Romance

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia, Carlos Casagrande

Votes: 4,990

23. Bingo: The King of the Mornings (2017)

113 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on a true story, "Bingo" is a film about the man behind the mask. Augusto is an actor hungry for a place in the spotlight, following the footsteps of his mother, a stage artist in the... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Rezende | Stars: Vladimir Brichta, Leandra Leal, Tainá Müller, Augusto Madeira

Votes: 3,396

24. Carandiru (2003)

R | 145 min | Drama, Crime

71 Metascore

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 16,656 | Gross: $0.21M

25. Overwhelming Women (2002)

93 min | Comedy, Romance

A year after her long time boyfriend showed up at his surprise birthday party with an uninvited date, Laura hits rock bottom and decides to try her luck at a dating agency. This attractive,... See full summary »

Director: Mara Mourão | Stars: Giovanna Antonelli, Reynaldo Gianecchini, Caco Ciocler, Paula Cohen

Votes: 387

26. 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: 703

27. Hard Labor (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

55 Metascore

Young housewife Helena is on the verge of fulfilling a dream as she prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid, Paula, to take care of her house and ... See full summary »

Directors: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas | Stars: Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes, Naloana Lima, Gilda Nomacce

Votes: 648

28. The Clown (2011)

88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way.

Director: Selton Mello | Stars: Selton Mello, Paulo José, Larissa Manoela, Giselle Motta

Votes: 4,285

29. Nise: The Heart of Madness (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on the true story of Dr. Nise da Silveira, a psychiatrist in Brazil who treated her patients with art instead of electroshock therapy.

Director: Roberto Berliner | Stars: Glória Pires, Luciana Fregolente, Simone Mazzer, Fabrício Boliveira

Votes: 1,878

30. The Man from the Future (2011)

106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Zero is a brilliant scientist. However, 20 years ago, he was publicly humiliated when he lost Helena, the love of his life. One day, an accidental experience with one of his inventions ... See full summary »

Director: Cláudio Torres | Stars: Wagner Moura, Alinne Moraes, Maria Luísa Mendonça, Fernando Ceylão

Votes: 5,177

31. O Animal Cordial (2017)

98 min | Horror, Thriller

The tense survival tale is set over several late-night hours in a sparsely-peopled Brazilian restaurant. When an armed robbery interrupts an already-terse dynamic between boss and customer,... See full summary »

Director: Gabriela Amaral | Stars: Murilo Benício, Luciana Paes, Irandhir Santos, Camila Morgado

Votes: 478

32. If I Were You 2 (2009)

96 min | Comedy

Claudio and Helena are on the verge of breaking up, until the couple experiences another strange phenomenon that looks to help them understand one another more.

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Glória Pires, Tony Ramos, Isabelle Drummond, Cássio Gabus Mendes

Votes: 2,583

33. 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: 6,388 | Gross: $0.06M

34. Love.com (2017)

91 min | Comedy, Romance

It's a love story between a fashion blogger and a video game blogger. The beauty and the nerd.

Director: Anita Barbosa | Stars: Isis Valverde, Gil Coelho, César Cardadeiro, João Côrtes

Votes: 528

35. The Best Things in the World (2010)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

Mano has to deal with adolescence dilemmas and his family destruction, after his father leaves their house.

Director: Laís Bodanzky | Stars: Francisco Miguez, Denise Fraga, Fiuk, Zécarlos Machado

Votes: 1,422

36. Just Like Our Parents (2017)

102 min | Drama

When Rosa's mother makes a surprising disclosure to her one day, Rosa decides to break out of her usual obligations. In so doing she discovers that life holds many surprises in store for her.

Director: Laís Bodanzky | Stars: Maria Ribeiro, Clarisse Abujamra, Antonia Baudouin, Herson Capri

Votes: 1,419

37. Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl (2011)

TV-14 | 131 min | Biography, Drama

After the adoptive daughter of a stable family leaves them for a new life as a prostitute, she rises to become a popular performer among her clients, and details her routine in her blog.

Director: Marcus Baldini | Stars: Deborah Secco, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Drica Moraes, Fabiula Nascimento

Votes: 6,124

38. Nina (2004)

85 min | Drama, Animation, Thriller

Psychological thriller larded with manga-like animations about the young, poor comic strip illustrator Nina, living with her mean landlady. She sinks further and further into a violent fantasy world.

Director: Heitor Dhalia | Stars: Guta Stresser, Milhem Cortaz, Anderson Faganello, Abrahão Farc

Votes: 862

39. 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: 4,267

40. Neon Bull (2015)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Iremar works at the rodeo in North East of Brazil. From his home, the truck used to transport the animals, he dreams of a future in the region's booming clothing industry.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro | Stars: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Josinaldo Alves, Roberto Birindelli

Votes: 2,374 | Gross: $0.03M

41. The Movie of My Life (2017)

113 min | Drama

Young Tony decides to return to his hometown. There, he discovers his father has returned to France claiming to miss his friends and country of origin. Tony ends up becoming a teacher, and finds himself amid conflicts and inexperience.

Director: Selton Mello | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Selton Mello, Bruna Linzmeyer, Johnny Massaro

Votes: 1,327

42. Gabriel and the Mountain (2017)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Before entering a prestigious American university, Gabriel Buchmann decided to travel the world for one year, his backpack full of dreams. After ten months on the road, he arrived in Kenya ... See full summary »

Director: Fellipe Barbosa | Stars: João Pedro Zappa, Caroline Abras, Alex Alembe, Rashidi Athuman

Votes: 810 | Gross: $0.02M



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