Telenovelas, Seriados e Cinema BRASILEIRO

by rodrigues-allisson | created - 15 Sep 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

EN = This is a list of BRAZILIAN films (feature, short film and documentary) and television programs (series, miniseries and telenovelas) of Brazil, that I watched and recommend. PT = Esta é uma lista de filmes BRASILEIROS (longa-metragem, curta-metragem e documentário) e programas de televisão (séries, minisséries e telenovelas) do Brasil, que eu assisti e recomendo. ES = Esta es una lista de películas BRASILEÑAS (largometraje, cortometraje y documental) y programas de televisión (series, miniseries y telenovelas) del Brasil, que he visto y recomiendo. FR = C'est une liste de films BRÉSILIENS (long-métrage, court-métrage et documentaire) et de programmes de télévision (séries, mini-séries et telenovelas) du Brésil, que j'ai regardé et recommande.

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1. A Dog's Will (1999)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

The film tells the adventures of friends João Grilo, a poor man a liar, and Chicó, the most cowardly of men. Both struggle for daily bread in the Northeast of Brazil and crossing for ... See full summary »

Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Lima Duarte

Votes: 2,947

My Rating: 10/10.

2. A Dog's Will (2000)

104 min | 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: 10,160

My Rating: 10/10.

3. Central Station (1998)

R | 110 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: 33,951 | Gross: $5.60M

My Rating: 10/10.

4. 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: 667,773 | Gross: $7.56M

My Rating: 10/10.

5. Elite Squad (2007)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

33 Metascore

In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 94,470 | Gross: $0.01M

My Rating: 10/10.

6. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 76,673 | Gross: $0.10M

My Rating: 10/10.

7. 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: 21,255 | Gross: $0.10M

My Rating: 10/10.

8. I Don't Want to Go Back Alone (2010)

17 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The arrival of a new student in school changes Leonardo's life. This 15 year-old blind teenager has to deal with the jealousy of his friend Giovana while figuring out the new feelings he's having towards his new friend, Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro | Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fabio Audi, Nora Toledo

Votes: 6,611

My Rating: 10/10.

9. 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: 3,571

My Ratins: 10/10.

10. 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: 11,706 | Gross: $0.38M

My Rating: 10/10.

11. 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: 16,496 | Gross: $0.29M

My Rating: 10/10.

12. 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: 6,500 | Gross: $0.06M

My Rating: 10/10.

13. Boy and the World (2013)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

Director: Alê Abreu | Stars: Vinicius Garcia, Marco Aurélio Campos, Lu Horta, Felipe Zilse

Votes: 5,874 | Gross: $0.13M

My Rating: 10/10.

14. 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: 2,046

My Rating: 10/10.

15. 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: 5,237

My Rating: 10/10.

16. The Machine (2005)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater ... See full summary »

Director: João Falcão | Stars: Paulo Autran, Gustavo Falcão, Mariana Ximenes, Lázaro Ramos

Votes: 540

My Rating: 10/10.

17. City of Men (2007)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Director: Paulo Morelli | Stars: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos

Votes: 14,699 | Gross: $0.31M

My Rating: 10/10.

18. 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: 5,230

My Rating: 10/10.

19. Little Secret (2016)

107 min | Biography, Drama

Based on true events Little Secret is a film with three interlocked stories all connected by a single secret that converge to reveal the tragic yet beautiful lives of three families and how... See full summary »

Director: David Schurmann | Stars: Fionnula Flanagan, Erroll Shand, Júlia Lemmertz, Maria Flor

Votes: 1,308

My Ratins: 10/10.

20. They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981)

120 min | Drama

Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Bete Mendes

Votes: 994

My Rating: 10/10.

21. NerdOffice Jovem Nerd (2006– )

News

It is a Brazilian You Tube channel that covers topics on entertainment, especially movies, television series, science fiction, comics, role-playing game and travel.

Stars: Deive Pazos, Alexandre Ottoni, Agatha Ottoni, Andreia Duboc Pazos

Votes: 217

My Rating: 10/10.

22. Nothing But a Love Song (2009)

4 min | Short, Musical, Romance

An unexpected meeting between two people from different worlds, that suddenly notice they need to team up, to be eligible to an upcoming music festival. But one of them keeps a secret. Will music put their souls in the same rhythm?

Director: Victor Frade | Stars: Gustavo Goulart, Carolina Fernandes

Votes: 95

My Rating: 10/10.

23. Environmental Training (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A lady. Past. A soundtrack. Future. A desire.

Director: Henri Meilhac | Star: Rafaela Sarmento

Votes: 27

My Rating: 10/10.

24. Above Justice (2016)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Four ordinary people under arrest in one single night in different stories of crime, justice and revenge that will intertwine and forever haunt the lives of those involved.

Stars: Adriana Esteves, Antonio Calloni, Camila Márdila, Cássio Gabus Mendes

Votes: 499

My Rating: 9/10.

25. The Mechanism (2018– )

TV-MA | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dramatic fiction series loosely inspired by an investigation of corruption in Brazil's private and state oil companies and construction companies.

Stars: Caroline Abras, Selton Mello, Enrique Diaz, Jonathan Haagensen

Votes: 34,781

My Rating: 9/10.

26. A Lei da Água (Novo Código Florestal) (2015)

78 min | Documentary, History

This documentary outlines how the new environmental law can affect the whole Brazilian ecosystem, specially the water sources.

Director: André D'Elia

Votes: 35

My Rating: 9/10.

27. Tarantino's Mind (2006)

15 min | Short, Comedy

Two friends at a bar talking about theories involving Quentin Tarantino's movies.

Directors: Bernardo Dutra, Manitou Felipe | Stars: Seu Jorge, Selton Mello

Votes: 670

My Rating: 9/10.

28. 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: 6,186

My Rating: 9/10.

29. Estomago: A Gastronomic Story (2007)

113 min | Drama

In the great restaurant of life, there are those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato finds an alternative way, a life of his own: he cooks in order to survive and find a place ... See full summary »

Director: Marcos Jorge | Stars: João Miguel, Fabiula Nascimento, Babu Santana, Carlo Briani

Votes: 4,810

My Rating: 9/10.

30. 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: 4,493

My Rating: 9/10.

31. 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: 17,092 | Gross: $0.21M

My Rating: 9/10.

32. The Man Who Copied (2003)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A Brazilian photocopier operator falls in love with a girl who lives in an opposite house and spends his evenings looking at her through his binoculars.

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Leandra Leal, Luana Piovani, Pedro Cardoso

Votes: 8,932 | Gross: $0.02M

My Rating: 9/10.

33. Black Orpheus (1959)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

81 Metascore

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus | Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

Votes: 9,075

My Rating: 9/10.

34. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)

PG | 110 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger | Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk, Paulo Autran

Votes: 5,798 | Gross: $0.76M

My Rating: 9/10.

35. 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: 2,089

My Rating: 9/10.

36. 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: 4,821

My Rating: 9/10.

37. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

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

Votes: 4,325 | Gross: $0.31M

My Rating: 9/10.

38. House of Sand (2005)

R | 115 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.

Director: Andrucha Waddington | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Ruy Guerra, Seu Jorge

Votes: 2,983 | Gross: $0.53M

My Rating: 9/10.

39. Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

R | 110 min | Drama

The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: José Wilker, Betty Faria, Fábio Jr., Zaira Zambelli

Votes: 1,388

My Rating: 9/10.

40. Hour of the Star (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »

Director: Suzana Amaral | Stars: Marcelia Cartaxo, José Dumont, Tamara Taxman, Fernanda Montenegro

Votes: 943

My Rating: 9/10.

41. 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: 2,035

My Rating: 9/10.

42. Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (2013)

74 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Revolves around the love between an immortal hero and Janaína, the woman he has been in love with for 600 years, through Brazil's colonization, slavery, military regime and the future, in 2096, in the midst of wars for water.

Directors: Luiz Bolognesi, Jean Cullen De Moura, Marcelo Fernandes De Moura | Stars: Selton Mello, Camila Pitanga, Rodrigo Santoro, Carlos Alayeto

Votes: 1,299

My Rating: 9/10.

43. This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967)

108 min | Horror

Coffin Joe is still looking for the perfect woman to give birth to a son of his, and, cleared of the past crimes in the first film (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul), keeps terrorizing the ... See full summary »

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Tina Wohlers, Nadia Freitas, Antonio Fracari

Votes: 1,563

My Rating: 9/10.

44. Once Upon a Time... (2008)

117 min | Drama, Romance

A poor young man has to deal with his feelings for a rich girl and the difficulties of this relationship.

Director: Breno Silveira | Stars: Thiago Martins, Vitória Frate, Rocco Pitanga,