ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Mexican cinema has a richly creative history, from deranged '70s horror to modern blockbusters, check out just a small selection of times when Mexicans RULED the big screen...

1. Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned, 1950)

Director: Luis Buñuel

Though born in Spain, genius director Luis Buñuel had an explosively creative Mexican period, in which he made some of his finest work. The cast are incredible in this tale of destitution with an edge of Buñuel's trademark surreality.

2. Alucarda (1978)

Director: Juan López Moctezuma

The best kind of possession-horror, Alucarda is one shrieking, gore-splattered exorcism from start to finish. As a group of Mexican nuns suspect a local girl is possessed, flame, blood and hell-fire break loose. Then the screaming starts...

3. Santa Sangre (1989)

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Jodorowsky, a French-Chilean, directed one of the best Mexican movies ever made with Santa Sangre, an avant-garde thriller which can only be described as 'demented' (but in a very good way). Imagine a Brian De Palma movie tripping on mescal.

4. Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate, 1992)

Director: Alfonso Arau

The highest-grossing Mexican movie, Like Water for Chocolate is an adaptation of Laura Esquivel's debut novel of the same name. A family saga and emotional rollercoaster, this intense magical-realist tale always impresses.

5. El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth 2006)

Director: Guillermo del Toro

One of the most stunning, dark and creative fantasy movies ever made, the real heart of this movie is - like del Toro's other movies - the painful way that the monsters we encounter are all too real. A cinematic must for all.

6. Déficit (2007)

Director: Gael García Bernal

The handsome favorite of many Pedro Almodóvar movies, Gael García Bernal, starred in and directed this stark tale of Upstairs-Downstairs, shedding uncomfortable light on the economic differences of modern Mexico.

7. Biutiful (2010)

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Harrowing and beautiful in equal parts, Biutiful earned two Oscar nominations for its artistic blend of thoughtful, lingering imagery with hard-hitting subject matter. A fabulous performance from Javier Bardem, too.

8. Gravity (2013)

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Gravity was a visual tour-de-force, earning 7 Academy Awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. A critical and commercial success, Gravity on the big screen was a truly compelling cinematic experience.

9. The Book of Life (2014)

Director: Jorge Gutierrez

Quirky animation and a fun/spooky Day of The Dead plot makes The Book of Life a phenomenally colorful, exciting movie, guaranteed to become the cult Nightmare Before Christmas-style hit for the new generation.

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