The best Spanish-language films

'Roma' (2018) -
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, this Academy Award-winning film tells the gut-wrenching story of a housekeeper’s life in 1970's Mexico City.

'Viridiana' (1961) -
After years of making films in exile in France and Mexico, Luis Buñuel returned to Spain to make 'Viridiana.' 

'Death of a Cyclist' (1955) -
A drama by Juan Antonio Bardem, it follows two wealthy people who drive away from the place of their affair after fatally hitting a cyclist with their car.

'The Spirit of the Beehive' (1973) - Set in pre-war Spain, this film follows a young girl who mistakes a wounded Republican soldier for Frankenstein’s monster.

'Mondays in the Sun' (2002) -
Starring Javier Bardem, this film tells the story of a group of men left unemployed after the closure of their shipyard in Northern Spain.

'Volver' (2006) -
A hit from Pedro Almódovar, 'Volver' is a story of intergenerational trauma about murder mysteries and the ties that connect generations of women together.

'Maria Full of Grace' (2004) -
'Maria Full of Grace' follows a pregnant Colombian girl who becomes a drug mule for a trafficking ring. 

'The Orphanage' (2007) -
There's nothing scarier than ghosts, and this thriller will certainly give you the shivers.

'The Skin I Live In' (2011) -
Starring Antonio Banderas, this psychological thriller by Pedro Almodóvar follows a plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, who creates a type of synthetic skin. 

'Los Olvidados' (1950) -
A true classic of Spanish-language cinema, Luis Buñuel's 'Los Olvidados' bring us the story of a group of indigent children surviving within Mexico City in the 1950s.

'The Motorcycle Diaries' (2004) -
Based on a true story, this 2004 biopic is about the journey 23-year-old Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado took across South America in 1952.

'The Holy Innocents' (1984) -
Based on the Miguel Delibes novel of the same title, 'The Holy Innocents' revolves around two families in rural Spain, one rich and the other poor. 

'Innocent Voices' (2004) -
Set in 1980's El Salvador during a civil war, this film shows the brutal impact of war on kids. It’s based on the real-life experiences of the film’s co-writer, Oscar Torres.

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