Submissions from Mexico to the Academy Awards to get an Oscar Nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film Category

by CineasticusBorealis | created - 30 Sep 2014 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

A detailed text on Mexican submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film will follow as soon as I have some more time to create it. Please be patient!

.............................................................................................. This list is chronologically sorted in reverse by years of participation!

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1. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 105,253

91st ACADEMY AWARDS (2018) ████ Status: won

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2. Tempestad (2016)

105 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

The emotional journeys of two women victimized by corruption and injustice in Mexico and of the love, dignity and resistance that allowed them to survive.

Director: Tatiana Huezo

Votes: 303

90th ACADEMY AWARDS (2017) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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3. Desierto (2015)

R | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands.

Director: Jonás Cuarón | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo, Diego Cataño

Votes: 8,213 | Gross: $1.83M

89th ACADEMY AWARDS (2016) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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4. 600 Miles (2015)

R | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

Arnulfo Rubio smuggles weapons for a deadly Mexican cartel. ATF agent Hank Harris attempts to apprehend him, but gets kidnapped by Rubio, instead. Rubio takes him to his bosses, but during the 600-miles-long drive, they slowly befriend.

Director: Gabriel Ripstein | Stars: Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Alan Carlson, Mónica Del Carmen

Votes: 2,030

88th ACADEMY AWARDS (2015) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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5. Cantinflas (2014)

PG | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

The untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood.

Director: Sebastian del Amo | Stars: Óscar Jaenada, Michael Imperioli, Ilse Salas, Bárbara Mori

Votes: 3,567 | Gross: $6.37M

87th ACADEMY AWARDS (2014) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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6. Heli (2013)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.

Director: Amat Escalante | Stars: Armando Espitia, Andrea Vergara, Linda González, Juan Eduardo Palacios

Votes: 4,373

86th ACADEMY AWARDS (2013) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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7. After Lucia (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

Alejandra and her dad Roberto have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Tessa Ia, Hernán Mendoza, Gonzalo Vega Jr., Tamara Yazbek

Votes: 5,570

85th ACADEMY AWARDS (2012) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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8. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 8,078

84th ACADEMY AWARDS (2011) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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9. 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: 80,241 | Gross: $5.10M

83rd ACADEMY AWARDS (2010) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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10. Backyard (2009)

122 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery?

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Asur Zagada, Marco Pérez, Ivan Cortes

Votes: 1,369

82nd ACADEMY AWARDS (2009) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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11. Tear This Heart Out (2008)

R | 107 min | Drama

Set in 1930's in Puebla, Mexico, a young woman finds herself in an arranged marriage to a prominent politician (Andres Ascencio). As his career progresses, she finds it more difficult to remain a loyal, loving wife.

Director: Roberto Sneider | Stars: Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho, José María de Tavira, Mariana Peñalva

Votes: 1,941

81st ACADEMY AWARDS (2008) ▒▒▒▒ Status: shortlisted

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12. Silent Light (2007)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

In a Mennonite community in Mexico, a father's faith is tested when he falls in love with a new woman.

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall

Votes: 5,382 | Gross: $0.05M

80th ACADEMY AWARDS (2007) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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13. 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: 570,853 | Gross: $37.63M

79th ACADEMY AWARDS (2006) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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14. Al otro lado (2004)

90 min | Drama

Three separate stories of children from different places seeking to find their missing fathers.

Director: Gustavo Loza | Stars: Carmen Maura, Héctor Suárez, Vanessa Bauche, Susana González

Votes: 366

78th ACADEMY AWARDS (2005) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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15. Innocent Voices (2004)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 6,863 | Gross: $0.84M

77th ACADEMY AWARDS (2004) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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16. Aro Tolbukhin in the Mind of a Killer (2002)

95 min | Drama

Aro Tolbukhin is a hungarian inmigrant that sets fire to seven people in an infirmary in a Mission in Guatemala, the movie traces back to see what made him do it, from his arrival in Guatemala to his childhood in Hungary.

Directors: Isaac-Pierre Racine, Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carmen Beato, Zóltán Józan, Mariona Castillo

Votes: 426

76th ACADEMY AWARDS (2003) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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17. The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Ana Claudia Talancón, Sancho Gracia, Angélica Aragón

Votes: 12,228 | Gross: $5.71M

75th ACADEMY AWARDS (2002) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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18. Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A poignant and moving urban drama, focusing on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. Director Sistach fictionalizes the true story of a friendship between two adolescent ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Sistach | Stars: Ximena Ayala, Nancy Gutiérrez, Arcelia Ramírez, María Rojo

Votes: 898

74th ACADEMY AWARDS (2001) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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19. Amores Perros (2000)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 206,627 | Gross: $5.38M

73rd ACADEMY AWARDS (2000) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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20. No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Fernando Luján, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek, Rafael Inclán

Votes: 967

72nd ACADEMY AWARDS (1999) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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21. Un embrujo (1998)

130 min | Drama, Romance

Set in Mexico during the 30's, a young boy falls in love with his elementary school teacher.

Director: Carlos Carrera | Stars: Blanca Guerra, Mario Zaragoza, Daniel Acuña, Luis Fernando Peña

Votes: 203

71st ACADEMY AWARDS (1998) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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22. Deep Crimson (1996)

114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him.

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Regina Orozco, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sherlyn, Giovani Florido

Votes: 1,443

70th ACADEMY AWARDS (1997) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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23. Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (1996)

87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, History

Gina (Diana Bracho) is a modern business woman in her late forties, she has a lover named Adrian, who she sees once in a while just to have sex; they are both atracted to the historic ... See full summary »

Directors: Sabina Berman, Isabelle Tardán | Stars: Diana Bracho, Arturo Ríos, Jesús Ochoa, Delia Casanova

Votes: 127

69th ACADEMY AWARDS (1996) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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24. Midaq Alley (1995)

Unrated | 140 min | Drama

Based on the Nobel Prize Winner's novel, the Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz. The story, translated from El Cairo to Mexico City's downtown, narrates the life of the members of the neighbourhood ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Fons | Stars: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, María Rojo, Salma Hayek, Bruno Bichir

Votes: 2,519

68th ACADEMY AWARDS (1995) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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25. Principio y fin (1993)

188 min | Drama

The film tells the story of the Boteros, a middle-class Mexican family struggling against poverty after their father's death. Ignacia (Egurrola) is the Boteros mother, a desperate woman who... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Ernesto Laguardia, Julieta Egurrola, Blanca Guerra, Verónica Merchant

Votes: 339

67th ACADEMY AWARDS (1994) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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26. Cronos (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror

70 Metascore

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 24,317 | Gross: $0.62M

66th ACADEMY AWARDS (1993) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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27. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Mario Iván Martínez

Votes: 15,726 | Gross: $21.67M

65th ACADEMY AWARDS (1992) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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28. La tarea (1991)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

Virginia is taking a class at film school, and has decided on her solo project for the class. She will secretly film herself and her ex-husband Marcelo with a candid camera while they make love.

Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo | Stars: María Rojo, José Alonso

Votes: 505

64th ACADEMY AWARDS (1991) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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29. Cabeza de Vaca (1990)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 993 | Gross: $0.79M

63rd ACADEMY AWARDS (1990) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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61st ACADEMY AWARDS (1988) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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60th ACADEMY AWARDS (1987) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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32. El imperio de la fortuna (1986)

130 min | Drama

A very poor and handicaped man, lives in a small town in Mexico with his mother. He works announcing things along the town ("The priest lost his cow, if someone sees it ..."). He is very ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Blanca Guerra, Alejandro Parodi, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez

Votes: 258

59th ACADEMY AWARDS (1986) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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33. Frida Still Life (1983)

108 min | Biography, Drama

The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Leduc | Stars: Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola, Max Kerlow, Claudio Brook

Votes: 439

58th ACADEMY AWARDS (1985) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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34. Eréndira (1983)

103 min | Drama

While Erendira, a beautiful teenage girl, has a surreal mystical vision, her grandmother's house catches on fire and burns to the ground. Her grandmother holds Erendira responsible and, in ... See full summary »

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Irene Papas, Claudia Ohana, Michael Lonsdale, Oliver Wehe

Votes: 538

56th ACADEMY AWARDS (1983) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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54th ACADEMY AWARDS (1981) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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36. Hell Without Limits (1978)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Roberto Cobo, Fernando Soler, Lucha Villa, Ana Martín

Votes: 862

51st ACADEMY AWARDS (1978) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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37. Pafnucio Santo (1977)

100 min | Drama, History

The controversial, sexy, surreal story of a messenger and his journey and encounters with many historical events and people like Auschwitz, the Ku Klux Klan, Frida Kahlo, Cortés and ... See full summary »

Director: Rafael Corkidi | Stars: Juan Barrón, Pablo Corkidi, Susana Kamini, Gina Morett

Votes: 56

50th ACADEMY AWARDS (1977) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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49th ACADEMY AWARDS (1976) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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39. Letters from Marusia (1975)

110 min | Drama, History

It is 1925 and working conditions in Chile are abysmal. The miners of Marusia go on strike, but the mine owners and the Government use the Chilean Army crush them.

Director: Miguel Littin | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Diana Bracho, Claudio Obregón, Eduardo López Rojas

Votes: 209

48th ACADEMY AWARDS (1975) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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40. Inspector Calzonzin (1974)

90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A humble peasant is mistaken by a federal government inspector in a small town.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Alfonso Arau, Pancho Córdova, Virma González, Héctor Ortega

Votes: 133

47th ACADEMY AWARDS (1974) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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41. Reed, México insurgente (1973)

124 min | Biography, Drama, War

A dramatization of John Reed's newspaper accounts of the Mexican Revolution. Considered the first real film in Mexican cinema to be made on the Mexican Revolution.

Director: Paul Leduc | Stars: Claudio Obregón, Eduardo López Rojas, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Juan Ángel Martínez

Votes: 144

46th ACADEMY AWARDS (1973) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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42. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 22,802

44th ACADEMY AWARDS (1971) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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40th ACADEMY AWARDS (1967) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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44. Black Wind (1965)

127 min | Drama, Adventure

A man recently estranged from his wife is in charge of setting a new rail line across the desert in difficult conditions. Things are further complicated when his 'sheltered' son arrives wanting to reconnect.

Director: Servando González | Stars: José Elías Moreno, David Reynoso, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos, Fernando Luján

Votes: 183

39th ACADEMY AWARDS (1966) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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45. Always Further On (1965)

105 min | Drama

A worker of the Mexican Indigenist Institute tries to help the Tarahumara Indians to protect and keep their lands, but he must face corrupt landowners and politicians.

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Jaime Fernández, Aurora Clavel, Eric del Castillo

Votes: 76

38th ACADEMY AWARDS (1965) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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46. The Paper Man (1963)

110 min | Drama

A deaf and mute vagabond finds a large denomination bill in a Mexico City dump, and while he tries to buy something with it, others try to con him into giving it away.

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Alida Valli, Susana Cabrera, Guillermo Orea

Votes: 181

36th ACADEMY AWARDS (1963) ░░░░ Status: submitted

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47. Tlayucan (1962)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

A man becomes a thief out of desperation. If his identity becomes known, his neighbors might lynch him. The only friendly face in town is the local priest.

Director: Luis Alcoriza | Stars: Julio Aldama, Norma Angélica, Andrés Soler, Anita Blanch

Votes: 130

35th ACADEMY AWARDS (1962) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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48. Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Animas Trujano is a colorful but irresponsible Indian in a small Mexican village. He hopes above all things someday to be chosen mayordomio of his village, a place of great honor usually ... See full summary »

Director: Ismael Rodríguez | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Columba Domínguez, Flor Silvestre, Pepe Romay

Votes: 352

34th ACADEMY AWARDS (1961) ▓▓▓▓ Status: nominated

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49. Macario (1960)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery