Want to relax with an awesome Hispanic based movie this weekend?
Well today I have for you guys a little list of some Hispanic based movies which either have Hispanic characters/Hispanic actor or are set in a Hispanic Country. I have nearly finished watching all of the movies on this list, however there are a few which I haven’t watched, which have been recommended to me by friends! All the movies are in English too! Let me know if you have watched any of these movies before in the comments below!
1. Zorro – The Mask of Zorro (1998) and The Legend of Zorro (2005) (Watched) – These two movies are my all time favourite Hispanic movies! Now this might have something to do with the fact that Antonio Banderas (my favourite Hispanic Male actor, and one of my favourite actors in general) is in these movies, as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones (favourite female Hispanic actress).
In the Mask of Zorro, Antonio Banderas plays a young thief (Alejandro Murrietta), who is seeking revenge over the death of his brother. He is trained by the once great, but aged Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), who is also seeking a vengeance of his own. The original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, is captured and imprisoned just as Spain concedes California to Santa Anna. 20 years go by and his mortal enemy, Don Rafael Montero, returns to California with a plan to become wealthy at the expense of the peasants. The original Zorro escapes from prison and trains a new Zorro to take his place. Much swashbuckling and derring-do ensues. (IMDB)
In the Legend of Zorro, despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California’s pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) — and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) — to take action. The Legendary Zorro goes off on another adventure to protect the future of California and its citizens. This time, he fights against evil-doers with the help of his beautiful wife, Elena, and their precocious young son, Joaquin. Alejandro De La Vega is torn between two worlds: his life as Zorro and his life as a family man. After Alejandro once again breaks his promise to stop wearing the mask, Elena leaves him, and soon begins seeing Armand, a haughty French Count. But a mysterious explosion in the desert leads Zorro to believe that there’s more to Armand than meets the eye, and our hero is intent on finding out what that is. Little does he know, there are others working to uncover certain truths as well. (IMDB)
2. Spanglish (2004) (Watched) – I only watched Spanglish earlier this year but I feel in love with the movie. In a mix of English and Spanish spoken throughout the movie you will definitely get a feel for life as a Spanish speaker in an English speaking country.
Spanglish is about a woman (Paz Vega) and her daughter (Shelbie Bruce) who emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef (Adam Sandler) with an insecure wife (Téa Leoni). John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new Mexican housekeeper, named Flor. She and her daughter Cristina have recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico and are trying to find a better life. When they move in with the Clasky’s for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter’s soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous! (IMDB)
3. West Side Story (1961) (Watched) – West Side Story is definitely one of my favourite musical movies, probably because it’s singing + Latinos + New York.
In West Side Story, two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. A modern day Romeo and Juliet, the feuding families become two warring New York City gangs- the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff’s best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo’s younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway – whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what’s happened, tragedy strikes and doesn’t stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending. (IMDB)
4. We’re the Millers (2013) (Watched) – Okay so I had to include We’re the Millers as I just had to have a comedic movie in here. Although there aren’t any Hispanic main characters it is set mostly in Mexico. (That counts!) Although a bit inappropriate in parts it is definitely a hilarious movie.
In We’re The Millers, a veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. After being robbed of a week’s take, small-time pot dealer David is forced by his boss to go to Mexico to pick up a load of marijuana. In order to improve his odds of making it past the border, David asks the broke stripper Rose and two local teenagers to join him and pretend they’re on a family holiday. (IMDB)
5. Evita (1996) (Watched) – Another Hispanic musical about the famous Evita, which in the version I have watched happens to star Madonna, and guess what, Antonio Banderas!!
Evita is the hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita’s legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (IMDB)
6. La Bamba (1987) (On my list to watch) – Although I haven’t watched La Bamba before I have heard it to be a really good Hispanic Film. The only thing know about this movie is to do with the song ‘La Bamba’ as I used to sing it in Spanish class in Year 8 at school. Funny thing is, I am pretty sure we have this movie at home and I have just never gotten round to watching it. Holiday movie, I think.
La Bamba is the biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. This is the true story of Ritchie Valens, a young rock and roll singer who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17. The film follows Ritchie from his days in Pacoima, California where he and his family make a meager living working on farms to his rise as a star. The film also focuses on Ritchie’s friendship and rivalry with his older brother Bob Morales and his relationship with Donna Ludwig, his girlfriend. (IMDB)
7.Real Women Have Curves (2002) (On my list to watch) – I love America Ferrera after watching her in Ugly Betty, but she’s just as wonderful in this independent family drama, playing a young Hispanic girl called Ana Garcia. I have already started to watch the beginning of this movie (well until the internet started playing up and I can’t find the link anymore.)
Real Women Have Curves is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University. Her very traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college. Torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage she agrees to work with her mother at her sister’s downtown LA sewing factory. Over the summer she learns to admire the hardworking team of women who teach her solidarity and teamwork. Still at odds with what her mother expects of her, Ana realizes that leaving home to continue her education is essential to finding her place proudly in the world as an American and Chicana. (IMDB)
8. The Mambo Kings (1992) (On my list to watch) – Another movie I haven’t seen yet, but also another movie with Antonio Banderas! I also have a deep love for Latin music so from what I have heard of the soundtrack you’ll probably grooving on the couch while watching this one.
Musician brothers Cesar (Armand Assante) and Nestor (Antonio Banderas) leave Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene. Cesar is the older brother, the business manager, and the ladies’ man. Nestor is the brooding songwriter, who cannot forget the woman in Cuba who broke his heart. (IMDB)
9. Selena (1997) (On my list to watch) – Another movie about an amazing Latino Singer, which is definitely on my list of movies to watch.
In Selena, the true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez (Jennifer Lopez), a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. (IMDB)
10. A Day Without a Mexican (2004) (On my list to watch) – Another comedic Hispanic Movie, similar to Spanglish. However in this movie you see how integral Latinos are to the upper class Americans. (Note: don’t takes this as being racist, I am not racist in the least and it is just a movie about a stereotype that people have, which is sometimes true)
A Day Without a Mexican all starts when a thick fog surrounds California’s borders, communication beyond state lines is cut off, and the Mexicans disappear: workers, spouses, and business owners are missing. Cars are abandoned in the street, food is left cooking on the stove. We meet the wife of a musician who’s gone, a state Senator whose maid doesn’t show up for work, and a farm owner whose produce is ripe and unpicked. A scientist asks any Mexicans who haven’t disappeared to volunteer for genetic experiments: a female newscaster and the daughter of the musician may be the only missing links around. Why them? And where have all the Mexicans gone? Even the border guards grieve. The state and its economy grind to a halt. (IMDB)
4 Hispanic Based Movies for the Kids
1. Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) (Watched) – One of my favourite movies as a kid. I thought the Cheetah Girls were extremely awesome and even more awesome was that they went to Barcelona, Spain for this movie! I love the singing and all the harmonies these girls do and this was my favourite movie of the 3 they did. (Spanish bais coming in right here!)
Cheetah Girls 2 is the sequel to the Cheetah Girls. Filled with ‘Cheetah-style’ adventure, drama and humor. The escapade begins when Galleria enters the group in a Barcelona music festival, and the spirited foursome (escorted by Galleria’s protective mom Dorothea and Chanel’s mother Juanita) embarks on a journey of a lifetime. But things get way more complicated once the four best friends arrive in España: they meet Marisol, a talented solo singer and her manager/mother Lola, who unknown to the Cheetahs, may lead their group to break up; they are shown the sights by Joaquin, a handsome young tango dancer who falls for Dorinda; the fashion bug bites aspiring designer Aquanette; Chanel questions the future of her mother and Luc’s relationship; Galleria begins to lose faith in the Cheetah Credo; and the Cheetahs’ dream of becoming stars may be dashed forever when they are informed they’ve broken a stringent festival rule. (IMDB)
2. The Road to El Dorado (2000) (Watched) – Another childhood favourite, actually all of these movies were. Setting sail from Seville, Spain to the land of El Dorado in Mexico.
The Road to El Dorado is the story is about two swindlers who get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado while pulling off some sort of scam. Their plan goes bad and the rogues end up lost at sea after a number of misfortunes. Oddly enough, they end up on the shores of El Dorado and are worshiped by the natives for their foreign appearance.
3. Spy Kids (2001) (Watched) – The ultimate Kids movie!! With a whole lot of Hispanic actors (including Antonio Banderas (of course!), Alexa PenaVega, Carla Gugino, Daryl Sabara and Danny Trejo to name a few).
In Spy Kids Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and Ingrid (Carla Gugino) are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy…each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now nine years later, after their retirement, having exchanged the adventure of espionage for parenthood, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back in to action. When their former colleagues, the world’s most formidable spies, start disappearing one by one, the Cortez’s are forced to take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) and his evil, egg-headed sidekick, Minion. But when the unthinkable happens and they too disappear, unfortunately there are only two people in the world who can rescue them…their kids (PenaVega and Sabara).
4. Puss in Boots (2011) (Watched) – The last and final movie for this list, and of course I must finish it with the main character being voiced by Antonio Banderas. If you loved the Shrek Trilogy you will remember the awesome, fantastic fighting, Puss in Boots. I have to admit that although I was aged 16 by the time this movie came out I couldn’t help but love it!
Puss in Boots is set years before meeting Shrek and Donkey, the adorable but tricky Puss in Boots must clear his name from all charges making him a wanted fugitive. While trying to steal magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, the hero crosses paths with his female match, Kitty Softpaws, who leads Puss to his old friend, but now enemy, Humpty Dumpty. Memories of friendship and betrayal enlarges Puss’ doubt, but he eventually agrees to help the egg get the magic beans. Together, the three plan to steal the beans, get to the Giant’s castle, nab the golden goose, and clear Puss’ name. (IMDB)
Well I hope you have enjoyed reading this list of some Hispanic movies that I think are awesome. If you have watched any of these please let me know what you thought of them, whether you agree or disagree with my thoughts! If you haven’t watched any you should go and do that right NOW! Also if you have any movies that I haven’t included on my list let me know. As you can see I love watching Hispanic movies and would love to watch some more!
That’s all for today but if you haven’t checked out my other Spanish Month Posts I have linked them below.
Post 1: About Spain
Disclaimer: All movie reviews written underneath the pictures (and the pictures of the movies themselves) were sourced from IMDB. If you want to know something about any movie you can find it all right on their website just by searching!