ByAlexandra Ekstein-Kon, writer at Creators.co
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Alexandra Ekstein-Kon

Alright gente, I have trawled the depths of the so-called International section of Netflix to bring you the crema de la crema of Spanish language movies. Whether Spanish is your native language and you just want to sit back and watch a great film in your mother tongue, or you're trying to improve your language skills — or you just want to watch a damn good movie — here is a great place to start.

13. Amores Perros

[Credit: Nu Vision]
[Credit: Nu Vision]
  • Release date: 2000
  • Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
  • Country: Mexico
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDb score: 8.1/10

Plot: A car accident unites the stories of three characters, each coming to terms with love, loss, and life. Starring Mexican national treasure Gael Garcia Bernal, Amores Perros hits hard in the best possible way. This Academy Award-nominated film is one of the best Spanish-language movies on Netflix right now, so don't miss it!

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12. XXY

Inés Efron and Ricardo Darín star in 'XXY' [Credit: Distribution Company]
Inés Efron and Ricardo Darín star in 'XXY' [Credit: Distribution Company]
  • Release date: 2007
  • Director: Lucía Puenzo
  • Cast: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios
  • Country: Argentina
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDb score: 7.1/10

Plot: XXY tells the story of Alex Kraken, and intersex 15-year-old who decides to stop taking the medication that suppresses her masculine side after the family moves to Uruguay. It's a unique and masterful coming of age story starring Inés Efron as Alex, and top notch Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes) as Alex's father. The film was shown to rave reviews at festivals worldwide, including Cannes, so it's definitely one to put on the list!

11. Para Elisa (For Elisa)

[Credit: Produccions del Primer Cinquena]
[Credit: Produccions del Primer Cinquena]

  • Release date: 2012
  • Director: Juanra Fernández
  • Cast: Ana Turpin, Ona Casamiquela, Luisa Gavasa
  • Country: Spain
  • Genre: Horror
  • IMDb score: 4.2/10

Plot: Ana, a college student trying to save up money for a post-graduation trip, accepts a job as a caretaker for the mentally unstable daughter of a piano player, but when she is trapped in the house, she becomes Elisa's new play thing. Terror ensues.

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10. Palmeras En La Nieve (Palm Trees In The Snow)

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]
  • Release date: 2015
  • Director: Fernando González Molina
  • Cast: Mario Casas, Adriana Ugarte, Macarena García
  • Country: Spain
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • IMDb score: 7.3/10

In 1954, Killian leaves the mountains where he grew up in northern Spain to oversee the family cocoa plantation on the island where he was born, Fernando Poó (now Bioko), while becoming increasingly more connected with the local population.

9. Aquí Entre Nos (Between Us)

[Credit: 1inMM Productions]
[Credit: 1inMM Productions]
  • Release date: 2011
  • Director: Patricia Martínez de Velasco
  • Cast: Jesús Ochoa, Carmen Beato, Diana García
  • Country: Mexico
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • IMDb score: 6.8/10

Aquí Entre Nos is the story Rodolfo Guerra and his over-the-top midlife crisis. Rodolfo wakes up one day and decides to break his routine, upending his relationship dynamic with his wife and his three daughters.

8. El Bosque De Karadima (The Forest Of Karadima)

[Credit: Cine Sur]
[Credit: Cine Sur]
  • Release date: 2015
  • Director: Matias Lira
  • Cast: Luis Gnecco, Benjamín Vicuña, Ingrid Isensee
  • Country: Chile
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDb score: 7.1/10

This hard-hitting true story centers on a young man named Thomas Leyton and other victims as they seek justice after surviving sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of Fernando Karadima, a Catholic priest who had been widely considered a living saint.

7. Whisky Romeo Zulú

[Credit: MK2 Diffusion / Aqua Films]
[Credit: MK2 Diffusion / Aqua Films]
  • Release date: 2004
  • Director: Enrique Piñeyro
  • Cast: Enrique Piñeyro, Mercedes Morán, Alejandro Awada
  • Country: Argentina
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb score: 7.6/10

On August 31, 1999, an LAPA Boeing 737 plane crashed in Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Whisky Romeo Zulu is the award-winning story of the events leading up to this tragedy.

6. La Niña De Fuego (Magical Girl)

[Credit: Avalon]
[Credit: Avalon]
  • Release date: 2014
  • Director: Carlos Vermut
  • Cast: José Sacristán, Marina Andruix, Raimundo de los Reyes
  • Country: Spain
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb score: 7.3/10

Plot: The father of a terminally ill 12-year-old girl goes on a mission to fulfill her last wish (to have the official costume from the Japanese anime series Magical Girl). On the way he gets involved in blackmail schemes and meets two characters, a retired professor and a psychologically disturbed girl in the process.

5. Y Tu Mamá También

[Credit: IFC Films]
[Credit: IFC Films]
  • Release date: 2001
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Cast: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho
  • Country: Mexico
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDb score: 7.7/10

Plot: Two teenage boys who are mostly governed by their adolescent hormones meet an older woman and embark on a roadtrip full of new experience, both positive and traumatic, that will affect their entire lives. One of acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón's finest works, and featuring a young Gael García Bernal, Y Tu Mamá También is not one to miss.

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4. También La Lluvia (Even The Rain)

[Credit: Vitagraph Films]
[Credit: Vitagraph Films]
  • Release date: 2010
  • Director: Icíar Bollaín
  • Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde
  • Country: Spain
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDb score: 7.5/10

As a director (played by Gael García Bernal) and his crew try to shoot a film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, they become involved in the hardships of the local population as they battle the imminent privatization of water.

3. La Dictadura Perfecta (The Perfect Dictatorship)

[Credit: Bandidos Films]
[Credit: Bandidos Films]
  • Release date: 2014
  • Director: Luis Estrada
  • Cast: Damián Alcázar, Alfonso Herrera, Joaquín Cosio
  • Country: Mexico
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • IMDb score: 7.3/10

Plot: This truth-spouting satire provides a scathing criticism of the Mexican political class and the country's struggle to overcome corruption. The plot of this comedy centers on two reporters in charge of cleaning up an outrageously corrupt governor's reputation. Not sure whether to laugh or cry? Me neither.

2. El Libertador (The Liberator)

[Credit: Cohen Media Group]
[Credit: Cohen Media Group]
  • Release date: 2013
  • Director: Alberto Arvelo
  • Cast: Edgar Ramírez, Erich Wildpret, María Valverde
  • Country: Venezuela
  • Genre: Historical Drama
  • IMDb score: 7.0/10

El Libertador tells the story of Simón Bolívar, the man widely heralded as one of the main heroes of the liberation movement to free South America from Spanish colonial control in the early 19th century. Check it out!

1. Norteado (Northless)

[Credit: Film Tank]
[Credit: Film Tank]
  • Release date: 2009
  • Director: Rigoberto Pérezcano
  • Cast: Harold Torres, Alicia Laguna, Sonia Couoh
  • Country: Mexico
  • Genre: Drama
  • IMDb score: 6.9/10

While Andrés attempts to cross the border into the US — where his wife and children already are staying — he finds work in Tijuana, discovering more about the city and its inhabitants, and even more about himself.

Have you seen any of these movies yet? Which one's your favorite?

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