21 Best Spanish Movies on Amazon Prime (February 2019)

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. 🙂

If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles if available as studies show it enhances language learning. I also jot down any interesting new vocabulary and add it to my Anki flashcards later.

These Spanish films on Amazon Prime Video are available in the US as of February 1, 2019; many may also be available in other countries. Watch them while you can, because content disappears quickly as licensing agreements expire. I check this list at least monthly to try to keep it up to date.

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1. Cartas a Elena (2012)

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. Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) (2004)

Charming biopic that follows revolutionary icon Che Guevara on a South American motorcycle road trip he took in his youth that showed him his life’s calling. The closing credits feature the Oscar-winning song “Al Otro Lado del Río” by Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler.

Accents: Argentinian, Chilean, Peruvian, Colombian, Venezuelan; Mexican actor Gael García Bernal adopted an Argentine accent in order to play Che.

3. El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002)

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, maybe try adding it to your watchlist and checking back later.

Accent: Mexican

4. América (2011)

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

5. Camila (1984)

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

6. Sólo Química (2016)

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

7. El Violín (2005)

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

8. 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

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

Through parallel story threads 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

10. El Baño del Papa (The Pope’s Toilet) (2007)

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 — to build a toilet.

Accent: Uruguayan

11. Chavela (2017)

Powerful and poignant portrait of beloved singer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of popular ranchera songs made her a beloved figure in Mexico, even as her androgynous appearance and unconventional life challenged norms of the day. After disappearing from the public eye for decades, Chavela makes a triumphant return to the stage, earning her a new level of fame late in life.

Accent: Mexican

12. Ma Ma (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

13. El Dedo (2014)

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

14. Alamar (2009)

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

15. Sueño en Otro Idioma (I Dream in Another Language) (2017)

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.

16. La Buena Vida (2015)

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 Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón 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 Wayúu language.

17. How to be a Latin Lover (2017)

Cute comedy featuring the hilarious Eugenio Derbez that also has its touching moments. Dialogue is a mix of both Spanish and English.

Accent: Mexican

18. Finding Gaston (2015)

Mouthwatering documentary that follows Gaston Acurio, the revolutionary Peruvian chef who made his country’s cuisine world-famous.

Accent: Peruvian. Some dialogue in Quechua, an Andean indigenous language.

19. Narco Cultura (2012)

This gripping documentary contrasts the harrowing reality of bloodstained Juárez, Mexico with the unsettling glorification of murderous drug traffickers in popular narcocorrido ballads. Most interviews are in Spanish.

Accent: Mexican

20. Return to Cuba (2016)

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

21. Desastres Naturales (2015)

Whimsical story of Raquel, a teacher who refuses to accept the idea of retiring and arrives at her classroom to discover she has been replaced with a much younger teacher. Raquel rejects this idea and proceeds with her lecture. The students occupy a classroom and rally behind their former teacher with a small revolt that threatens the establishment order.

Accent: Chilean

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

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