26 Best Spanish Movies on Amazon Prime (2020)

Watching Spanish movies on Amazon Prime Video is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills.

All the Spanish-language films on this list are available to stream free for Prime members. Amazon Prime Video search by language is pretty terrible, so I have done the hard work for you. ūüôā

These Spanish films on Amazon Prime Video are available in the US as of April 2, 2020. Many may also be available in other countries.

Watch them while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire. I try to check this list monthly to keep it up to date.

I hope you love my Spanish-language movie recommendations! Just so you know, I may earn a small fee from purchases made using Amazon links on this page at no extra cost to you.

Just tap the title of each movie to go to its Amazon page. Don’t have Amazon Prime yet? To watch these movies, click here to start your 30-day free trial.

1. Cartas a Elena (2012)

Cartas a Elena Trailer

Sweet and sentimental story set in Chihuahua’s beautiful Copper Canyon.

Young Emilio and his adoptive father deliver mail as well as read and write letters for the illiterate villagers. Emilio feels saddened by the difficult news sent by relatives working north of the border and begins inventing happy letters for his customers.

Accent: Mexican

2. A la mala (2015)

A La Mala Official Trailer

In this cute romantic comedy set in Mexico City, struggling actress Maria Laura (Aislinn Derbez) finds a lucrative new career when her best friend begs her to flirt with her boyfriend to test his fidelity.

After being hired by women across the city, Maria is given a gig that should be business as usual until she ends up falling head over heels for her latest mark.

Mauricio Ochmann and Aislinn Derbez became a couple while filming this movie. They are now married.

Look for a cameo by Eugenio Derbez, the father of Aislinn Derbez.

Accent: Mexican

3. ROC√ćO (2019)

Beautiful, moving film about Darío Guerrero, an undocumented Harvard student who self deports himself and his dying mother to seek alternative treatment in Mexico.

Woven from footage collected over a quarter of a century, ROC√ćO is the story of a mother’s love and the American Dream.

The story received national attention because Darío was not allowed to return to the US, even with his DACA status. He started this hourlong documentary as his thesis at Harvard, where it received top honors.

Even the trailer is wonderful.

Accent: Mexican

4. La Leyenda de la Llorona (2011)

LEGEND OF LA LLORONA - trailer

Inventive animated adventure perfect for language learners. Part of a popular film series based on famous Mexican legends.

A group of kids try to stop a vengeful ghost from kidnapping youngsters who wander the woods at night.

English subtitles only.

Accent: Mexican

5. Los olvidados (The Young And The Damned) (1950)

Los Olvidados di Luis Bu√Īuel - Official Trailer by Film&Clips

This grim masterpiece of Latin American cinema by Spanish filmmaker Luis Bu√Īuel was vilified on its release for its brutally realistic depiction of children in poverty in Mexico City.

The haunting story follows a group of juvenile delinquents who live a violent and crime-filled life in Mexico City’s squalid slums. Pedro, the youngest gang member, evinces a spark of decency, but remains a tragic victim of circumstances beyond his control.

Accent: Mexican

6. Chico & Rita (2012)

Chico & Rita - Trailer

Animated tale set in 1948 that celebrates the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak.

Features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.

Accent: Cuban

7. El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

The Crime Of Father Amaro - Trailer

Politics and sexual passions threaten to corrupt a young, newly-ordained priest in a small Mexican town.

This film starring Gael García Bernal and Ana Claudia Talancón was a huge success in its native Mexico and a commercial success in the United States. Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Note: Unfortunately, this film seems to come and go frequently from free Prime streaming, so if you don’t find it available, try adding it to your watchlist and checking back later.

Accent: Mexican

8. América (2011)

"America" The Movie Trailer

When her abusive boyfriend takes away her daughter, América escapes from her idyllic Caribbean village in Puerto Rico to a new life in New York City.

She works long hours as a nanny to raise money so that her daughter can make the journey and join her, but soon her troubled past hunts her down.

Accents: Puerto Rican, Mexican, Dominican, Colombian

9. Camila (1984)

Camila (1984) - Trailer

This beautiful and tragic older film based on a true story received a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination.

In 1840s Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful young socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. After several failed attempts at fighting his own feelings, Camila and the priest embark on an ill-fated torrid affair. The ending is haunting.

The film’s themes of political oppression and censorship resonated with Argentinian audiences, since the country’s brutal right-wing dictatorship had only ended a year before its release.

Accent: Argentinian

10. Sólo Química (2016)

Sólo química - Trailer (HD)

Fun and light rom-com from Spain.

Nineteen year old Oli falls for her TV idol and embarks on a Cinderella-like romance filled with luxury, fame, success and money.

It seems she has found her fairy tale ending, until she learns good chemistry and true love are not one and the same.

Accent: European Spanish

11. El Violín (2005)

The Violin - Movie Trailer

Haunting, beautifully filmed drama about the struggle between the peasants and military in 1970s-era Mexico.

Warning: begins with a few minutes of graphic scenes of violence. However, the moving story of heroic defiance that follows makes up for these short scenes.

Accent: Mexican

12. Pelo Malo (2013)

In much of Latin America, curly Afro-textured hair is referred to as pelo malo, or bad hair.

In this heart-rending coming-of-age film set in the slums of Caracas, a nine-year-old boy’s obsession with straightening his hair and becoming a pop singer elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his mother.

Accent: Venezuelan

13. El Abrazo de la Serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) (2016)

Embrace Of The Serpent - International Trailer

Through parallel stories set 30 years apart, this absorbing odyssey follows two Western scientists who travel deep into the Amazon jungle looking for a rare plant that possesses healing powers, with an enigmatic shaman as their guide.

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2016.

Incredibly, the film includes dialogue in nine languages: Cubeo, Huitoto, Ticuna, Wanano, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, and English, so it might not be the best choice if your only objective is to improve your Spanish.

This hypnotic film is highly recommended though for those interested in Amazonian cultures.

Accents: Colombian, European Spanish

14. El Ba√Īo del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet) (2007)

The Pope's Toilet - Movie Trailer

This award-winning comedy portrays the story of John Paul II’s visit to a small Uruguayan town in 1988.

50,000 people are expected and the locals believe selling food and local wares will make them rich, but petty smuggler Beto has a better idea ‚ÄĒ to build a toilet.

Accent: Uruguayan

15. Cuatro Lunas (4 Moons) (2014)

4 Moons - Official Trailer

A sensitive portrait of gay boys and men in modern-day Mexico.

Four stories about love and self-acceptance: An eleven year-old boy feels attracted to his male cousin. Two college students start a relationship and one of them refuses to come out. A long-lasting male relationship is in serious trouble when one feels attracted to somebody else. An old family man is obsessed with a young male prostitute and tries to raise the money to afford it.

Accent: Mexican

16. Ma Ma (2016)

MA MA Movie TRAILER (Penélope Cruz - 2016)

This old-fashioned tear-jerker stars Oscar-winner Penelope Cruz as Magda, a woman determined to live life to the fullest in the face of her recent breast cancer diagnosis.

Accent: European Spanish

17. El Dedo (2014)

"El dedo", de Sergio Teubal (trailer)

After years of dictatorship, a remote village formally becomes a town with the birth of its 501st inhabitant, creating an opening for the position of mayor.

Based on a true story, this whimsical comedy celebrates democracy while gently poking fun at village life.

Thanks to travel and pet writer Tina of 21 Pup Street for recommending this one!

Accent: Argentinian

18. Alamar (2009)

Alamar Film Trailer

Beautiful but slow-moving docufilm about a boy about to move to Rome with his Italian mother who embarks on a final epic voyage to the gorgeous Mexican coast with his native father.

Note: Not a lot of dialogue to practice your Spanish. More of a poetic meditation on the simple rhythms of life of these Mexican fishermen.

Accent: Mexican

19. Sue√Īo en Otro Idioma (I Dream in Another Language) (2017)

I Dream in Another Language - Trailer

Haunting and poetic film about the last two speakers of an indigenous language, who had a quarrel in the past and haven’t spoken to each other in over 50 years.

Martín, a young linguist, undertakes the challenge of bringing the old friends back together and convincing them to speak once again to save the language from extinction.

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.

Accent: Mexican. Some dialogue in Zikril, a fictional indigenous language created for the film.

20. La Buena Vida (2015)

Trailer | The good life | Jens Schanze

Beautiful, tragic documentary set in the village of Tamaquito, deep in the forests of Colombia.

Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Way√ļu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrej√≥n coal mine.

Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, leader Jairo Fuentes negotiates with the mine’s operators in what soon becomes a fight for survival.

Accent: Colombian. Some dialogue in the Way√ļu language.

21. No Manches Frida (2016)

No Manches Frida Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Omar Chaparro, Martha Higareda Movie HD

Note: Available free on Amazon with a Pantaya channel trial.

Funny screwball comedy in which an ex-con works as a substitute teacher in order to retrieve the loot he buried under a high school’s new gym.

Subtitles in Spanish only.

Accent: Mexican

22. La Distancia M√°s Larga (The Longest Distance) (2014)

TRAILER OFICIAL "La distancia m√°s larga" (SUB INGL√ČS)

Beautiful and touching film that tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who travels to the country to meet his grandmother and rebuild family ties. Little does he know this will be the grandmother’s last journey as she is ill and wants to die in Mount Roraima, the place where she once was happy.

This award-winning Venezuelan/Spanish co-production contrasts the chaos and violence of Caracas with the natural paradise of Venezuela’s Gran Sabana region.

Accents: Venezuelan, European Spanish

23. Narco Cultura (2012)

Narco Cultura Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary HD

This gripping documentary contrasts the harrowing reality of bloodstained Ju√°rez, Mexico with the unsettling glorification of murderous drug traffickers in popular narcocorrido ballads.

Most interviews are in Spanish.

Accent: Mexican

24. Return to Cuba (2016)

RETURN TO CUBA - Official Trailer

After 18 years in Italy, Barbara Ramos returns to live in Cuba. Shot over a period of three years, this documentary chronicles her life after the Fidel Castro era, in the wake of liberal reforms and reconciliation with the US. Joyful, heartwarming film.

Accent: Cuban

25. La Luciérnaga (The Firefly) (2013)

THE FIREFLY - Trailer

Touching story of love and loss set in Colombia. After her estranged brother’s sudden death, Lucia bonds with his fianc√©e and finds herself falling in love.

Accent: Colombian

26. Una danza para mi Habana (Dancing for my Havana) (2015)

Una danza para mi Habana - Cuban movie on Amazon Prime

Tap the photo to watch the trailer on Amazon

In this inspirational, music-filled drama, young Cuban dancers struggle to achieve fame and fortune on the world stage.

Accents: Cuban, some European Spanish

Have more Amazon movies in Spanish to recommend? Some of my best suggestions come from you, my readers! Please share your thoughts in the comments.


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10 Comments on “26 Best Spanish Movies on Amazon Prime (2020)”

  1. You recomend watching with Spanish subtitles, and none of the movies even provode them. Some of them don’t even give you an option to turn English subtitles off. Would have been nice to know that before I wasted an hour searching every movie individually only to realize I can’t learn anything fron this list.

    • Hi Lily, I do recommend watching with Spanish subtitles when available. Amazon’s catalog is constantly changing, but it looks like the current selection does not offer any with Spanish subtitles, you’re right about that. By the way, no need to search on Amazon; you can just click the title of the listing to go straight to its Amazon page.

      Many Spanish language learners have told me they find Amazon Prime useful for its catalog of older and indie movies, but if you want better subtitling options I’d definitely recommend Netflix instead.

  2. It would be FANTASTIC if everybody would call them movies in Spanish language instead of Spanish movies. American movies are NOT ENGLISH movies, although they are done in English. Get my drift?

    • It may be the day I’m having, but your comment comes off as derogatory on this end.

      The reason for using “Spanish movies” is that virtually all search-engine searches are for this term rather than “Spanish-language movies.” You’ll note I use both terms in the article.

  3. I personally found this list helpful. It’s always nice when someone provides free information to help others. To the other commenters: feedback is always great, but make sure you comment in a respectful and helpful manner. You are not entitled to this content. This blogger is providing you a service in order to help you. So basically, don’t be a jerk to someone who’s just trying to help.

    • Thanks, Tina, really appreciate your comment! I do welcome dissenting opinions and improvement suggestions, as long as they are expressed respectfully.

      I think sometimes people don’t realize the thousands of hours it takes to create and maintain a successful blog, and how little it pays relative to the amount of work. It’s basically a labor of love.

  4. Hola, me gusta la lista, gracias. Te dejo otra recomendación, una peli se llama Isla Bonita.

    Tiene lugar en Menorca y está preciosísima, ojalá que te guste.

    Gracias nuevamente por sus recomendaciones, muy amable.

    • Hola Rosenda, buscas la novela o la pel√≠cula? No pude encontrar ninguna de las dos en streaming, pero puedes comprar los DVDs en Amazon.

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