Encyclopedia of the best of Mexican cinema

by joakinocolmar | created - 02 Apr 2017 | updated - 27 Jul 2017 | Public

This list was created to spread and rescue from oblivion the cinema of a country that has been ignored in lists that encompass the best of world cinema when its tapes are of equal or superior quality that those exposed in those "top 10" or "top 100 "; this country is: Mexico.

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1. The Grey Automobile (1919)

111 min | Action, Crime

A gang terrorizes Mexico City's high society on 1915. Murder, kidnaping and robbery are their trademarks. One police inspector (Cabrera) follows the gang crimes and eventually send them to ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique Rosas | Stars: Joaquín Coss, Juan de Homs, Manuel de los Ríos, María Teresa Montoya

Votes: 143

2. La destrucción de Oaxaca (1931)

12 min | Documentary, Short

Footage of the aftermath of the January 14 1931 Earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein

Votes: 133

3. Santa (1932)

81 min | Drama

Woman turns to prostitution after her beloved soldier leaves her.

Director: Antonio Moreno | Stars: Lupita Tovar, Carlos Orellana, Juan José Martínez Casado, Donald Reed

Votes: 163

4. ¡Que viva Mexico! (1932)

Not Rated | 88 min | History

Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry.

Directors: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Félix Balderas, Sara García, Martín Hernández, David Liceága

5. Prisoner 13 (1933)

76 min | Drama, War

El Prisionero 13 (Prisoner 13) is part of the trilogy of films made by Fernando Fuentes concerning the Mexican Revolution. The film centers on the drunkard Colonel Carrasco, whose wife ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Alfredo del Diestro, Luis G. Barreiro, Adela Sequeyro, Arturo Campoamor

Votes: 105

6. The Crying Woman (1933)

73 min | Horror, Mystery

In modern day Mexico, a man on the street is supernaturally killed after hearing the eerie sound of a wailing woman. We then arrive at the manor of an upper class family, who are ... See full summary »

Director: Ramón Peón | Stars: Ramón Pereda, Virginia Zurí, Carlos Orellana, Adriana Lamar

Votes: 109

7. The Woman of the Port (1934)

76 min | Drama

Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her ... See full summary »

Directors: Arcady Boytler, Raphael J. Sevilla | Stars: Andrea Palma, Domingo Soler, Francisco Zárraga, Joaquín Busquets

Votes: 288

8. Two Monks (1934)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In a Gothic-styled monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Víctor Urruchúa, Carlos Villatoro, Magda Haller, Beltrán de Heredia

Votes: 129

9. The Phantom of the Convent (1934)

85 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

Alfonso (Del Campo), Eduardo (Villatoro) and Eduardo's wife Cristina (Ruel) get lost when visiting a forest. A strange monk finds them and takes them to an ancient convent. There, the three... See full summary »

Director: Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Enrique del Campo, Marta Roel, Carlos Villatoro, Paco Martínez

Votes: 130

10. Godfather Mendoza (1934)

85 min | Drama, War

During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody... See full summary »

Directors: Juan Bustillo Oro, Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Alfredo del Diestro, Carmen Guerrero, Antonio R. Frausto, Luis G. Barreiro

Votes: 386

13. Out on the Big Ranch (1936)

95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The owner and the general manager of a ranch (Rancho Grande), two good friends, fall in love with the same girl at the same time. The owner tries to 'buy' the girl without knowing she is in... See full summary »

Director: Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Tito Guízar, René Cardona, Esther Fernández, Lorenzo Barcelata

Votes: 122

14. Redes (1936)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

A story of burgeoning labor rights amongst poor fishermen in a small village in Mexico.

Directors: Emilio Gómez Muriel, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Silvio Hernández, David Valle González, Rafael Hinojosa, Antonio Lara

Votes: 471

15. Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, War

The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide to join Pancho Villa's army and help end the suffering in their community by ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando de Fuentes | Stars: Antonio R. Frausto, Domingo Soler, Manuel Tamés, Ramón Vallarino

Votes: 541

22. You're Missing the Point (1940)

G | 112 min | Comedy

The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Álvarez

Votes: 946

23. Cantinflas y su prima (1940)

Short, Comedy

Cantinflas appears flirting with a lady until her lover arrives. Angry, Cantinflas call the husband causing a number of situations.

Director: Carlos Toussaint | Stars: Cantinflas, Chelo Gómez, Wilfrido Moreno, Tito Novaro

Votes: 25

24. Cantinflas boxeador (1940)

16 min | Short, Comedy

We see a young Mario Moreno making us laugh while he trying to fight against an opponent on a ring.

Director: Fernando A. Rivero | Stars: Cantinflas, Chelo Gómez, Wilfrido Moreno, Estanislao Schillinsky

Votes: 40

25. Jalisco, Don't Backslide (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In rural Mexico, when a young boy's parents are killed, he is raised by a farm worker and the town's barman, who instills a desire of vengeance in him, and as an adult he romances a young ... See full summary »

Director: Joselito Rodríguez | Stars: Jorge Negrete, Gloria Marín, Carlos López, Ángel Garasa

Votes: 55

26. El gendarme desconocido (1941)

108 min | Comedy

Cantinflas captures a gang who had robbed a bank the night before. Considered a hero, becomes a member of the force for special missions because of his ability to disguise himself in many different forms.

Director: Miguel M. Delgado | Stars: Cantinflas, Mapy Cortés, Daniel 'Chino' Herrera, Gloria Marín

Votes: 228

27. Those Were The Days, Senor Don Simon! (1941)

102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A not very grief stricken young widow flutters her hand fan between a dashing young soldier and an elderly politician in this Belle Epoque era musical comedy.

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Joaquín Pardavé, Arturo de Córdova, Mapy Cortés, Anita Blanch

Votes: 61

29. Neither Blood Nor Sand (1941)

104 min | Comedy

Cantinflas enjoys the bullfight show, and wants to crash in every of these spectacles. Also, there's a professional bullfighter, Manolete, who is identical to Cantinflas. Manolete has to ... See full summary »

Director: Alejandro Galindo | Stars: Cantinflas, Susana Guízar, Elvia Salcedo, Pedro Armendáriz

Votes: 126

30. Al son de la marimba (1941)

137 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A broken high society man tries to keep his family expensive lifestyle by tricking a rich man from out of the town to marry his well intended daughter.

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Fernando Soler, Emilio Tuero, Marina Tamayo, Joaquín Pardavé

Votes: 56

31. El baisano Jalil (1942)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

Aristocráticos en ruina, los Veradada piden al comerciante libanés Jalil un préstamo, aunque en realidad desprecian a su familia. Para complicar las cosas, el hijo de Jalil, Selim, está ... See full summary »

Directors: Joaquín Pardavé, Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Emilio Tuero, Manolita Saval

Votes: 93

35. Story of a Great Love (1942)

TV-PG | 155 min | Drama, Romance

Manuel Venegas regresa a su pueblo para conquistar al amor de su vida, Soledad. Pero para su sorpresa la encuentra casada con otro hombre. Sin importarles nada, ni las diferencias socials, ambos están dispuestos a luchar por su amor.

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Jorge Negrete, Domingo Soler, Gloria Marín, Julio Villarreal

Votes: 76

37. Another Dawn (1943)

108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she... See full summary »

Director: Julio Bracho | Stars: Andrea Palma, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Narciso Busquets

Votes: 181

38. The Rock of Souls (1943)

110 min | Drama, Romance

A rancher and a refined lady from the city fall in love each other. But the 200-years-fight between their families, will threaten their romantic relationship.

Director: Miguel Zacarías | Stars: Jorge Negrete, María Félix, René Cardona, Miguel Ángel Ferriz

Votes: 66

39. Flor silvestre (1943)

TV-PG | 94 min | Drama, Romance, War

One of the gratest love stories ever told!!

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Emilio Fernández, Miguel Ángel Ferriz

Votes: 163

40. Doña Bárbara (1943)

125 min | Drama, Western

A young lawyer and owner of a great property in the interior of Venezuela tríes to recover its control in the name of the law, fighting against his neighbour, a powerful, seductive and ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernando de Fuentes, Miguel M. Delgado | Stars: María Félix, Julián Soler, María Elena Marqués, Andrés Soler

Votes: 275

41. El circo (1943)

90 min | Comedy

A shoemaker joins a circus and falls in love with the circus owner's daughter.

Director: Miguel M. Delgado | Stars: Cantinflas, Gloria Lynch, Estanislao Schillinsky, Eduardo Arozamena

Votes: 159

42. A Letter of Love (1943)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Moments before he will be executed by the French Intervention Army, the liberal leader (Negrete) reads a love letter by his girlfriend (Marín). His memories provide the poetic pictures of this romantic historical drama.

Director: Miguel Zacarías | Stars: Jorge Negrete, Gloria Marín, Andrés Soler, Emma Roldán

Votes: 56

43. Mexicanos al grito de guerra (1943)

Not Rated | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In times of the French Intervention, a student of Nunó, author of the Mexican National Anthem, falls in love with the niece of the French Ambassador, which causes quite amusing complications.

Directors: Álvaro Gálvez y Fuentes, Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Pedro Infante, Lina Montes, Miguel Inclán, Miguel Arenas

Votes: 71

44. Santa (1943)

111 min | Drama, Romance

A young and innocent girl is betrayed by the man whom she loves and has to become a prostitute because her family rejects her.

Directors: Norman Foster, Alfredo Gómez de la Vega | Stars: Esther Fernández, José Cibrián, Ricardo Montalban, Estela Inda

Votes: 52

45. María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)

Approved | 76 min | Romance, Drama

In Xochimilco 1909, María Candelaria and Lorenzo Rafael long for getting married but the odds are against them. Maria Candelaria is segregated for being a prostitute's child and the couple ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Fernández | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, Alberto Galán, Margarita Cortés

Votes: 863

46. Amok (1944)

106 min | Drama

A doctor embezzles the proceeds of his Parisian clinic in order to better support the manipulative woman with whom he is having an affair. After losing all the money while gambling, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Momplet | Stars: María Félix, Julián Soler, Estela Inda, Miguel Ángel Ferriz

Votes: 28

47. My Memories of Mexico (1944)

91 min | Musical, Comedy, Drama

Chucho Flores, a bohemian composer writes a waltz "Carmelita" dedicated to the wife of president Diaz, after listening the waltz the president instructs to Susanito Peñafiel y Somellera ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Bustillo Oro | Stars: Fernando Soler, Sofía Álvarez, Joaquín Pardavé, Luis Aldás

Votes: 85

48. Gran Hotel (1944)

106 min | Comedy

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