Are you learning Spanish and are looking for a cool and fun way to improve? Watching Spanish movies will help you expand your vocab, clean up your grammar, and pick up some cool idioms. We’ve selected 10 famous Spanish movies, which you can find on Netflix or YouTube. So pick your favorite and enjoy!
1. Biutiful — Spain
Biutiful is a 2010 drama film. Uxbal lives in a shabby apartment with his two young children. He earns money by finding work for illegal immigrants. When he finds out that he has cancer and only a few months to live he is afraid that no one will take care of his children. This film represents the beauty of life through many difficulties. Alejandro González Iñárritu directed, produced, and co-wrote Biutiful. It stars Javier Bardem.
2. Relatos salvajes — Argentina
Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) is a 2014 Spanish black comedy anthology film directed by Damián Szifron. It is the composition of six shorts dealing with the themes of revenge and savagery. At the beginning of this movie, two flight passengers are in a conversation and realize they both know a man named Pasternak, who turns out to be the plane’s cabin chief. After talking to several people, they realize everybody knows Pasternak and has had some negative interaction with him in the past. The other five stories are also about revenge.
3. Contratiempo — Spain
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) is a 2016 Spanish crime film by director Oriol Paulo. Adrián Doria was a successful businessman and the head of a warm family. He was also having an affair with Laura, who is now dead. Did he commit the crime?
4. También la lluvia — Spain
Even the Rain (También la lluvia ) is a 2010 Spanish film directed by Icíar Bollaín. Sebastián is a Mexican director who, next to Spanish producer Costa, goes to Bolivia to shoot a film about Columbus’ conquest of the New World. But once there they find themselves in the middle of a war unexpected by both.
5. No — Chile
No is a 2012 historical drama film directed by Pablo Larraín. The film deals with the Chilean military dictator Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte during his reign at a time when the country would vote either “Yes” or “No” to decide their future destiny and his stay in power. Can the leaders of the “No” movement really use advertising to save the country?
6. Abre tus ojos — Spain
Open Your Eyes (Abre tus ojos) is a 1997 Spanish science fiction film co-written, co-scored and directed by Alejandro Amenábar and co-written by Mateo Gil. César is a handsome young man who is disfigured in an accident. After this he goes through a series of dreamlike and virtual reality experiences. Can he wake up in the end?
7. La habitación de Fermat — Spain
Fermat’s Room (La habitación de Fermat) is a 2007 Spanish thriller film directed by Luis Piedrahita and Rodrigo Sopeña. Fermat invites five people to attend a convention of the country’s best mathematicians. They are trapped in a room where they have to solve many math puzzles in the limited time. Sounds fun? Well, let’s just say that if the puzzles are not solved the walls will contract. Will they escape from the room?
8. Yo Soy Cuba — Cuba/Russia
I Am Cuba (Yo Soy Cuba) is a 1964 Soviet-Cuban production, a composition of four short stories about the revolution. The film itself was not well-received by either the Russian or Cuban public. In fact, it was basically forgotten until it was discovered by filmmakers in the United States. The film directed by Mikhail Kalatozov at Mosfilm.
9. Mar adentro — Spain
The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) is a 2004 Spanish drama film by Alejandro Amenábar. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro, who after injuring his neck in an accident and becoming quadriplegic fought for the right to euthanasia.
10.The Hidden Face — Colombian
The Hidden Face (La cara oculta) is a 2011 thriller film directed by Andrés Baiz. The story takes place in a mysterious villa. Adrián is a young orchestra conductor. His girlfriend Belén goes missing, but she leaves a mysterious video behind.