17 Mexican Movies on Netflix Streaming (August 2018)
Mexican film is internationally celebrated and a great way to improve your Spanish. Mexican Spanish is my favorite Latin American variant of the language. For me, it’s the clearest and easiest to understand.
I’ve sifted through a lot of mediocre films to bring you my recommendations for the best Mexican movies on Netflix streaming in the US as of August 12, 2018; many may also be available in other countries. Watch them while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.
If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles as studies have shown it enhances language learning. I also note down any interesting new vocabulary and add it to my Anki flashcards later.
Also don’t miss my general list of Spanish-language movies on Netflix!
1. Coco (2017)
OK, this Oscar-winning Pixar production isn’t strictly a Mexican movie, but it’s a love letter to the traditions, music, and people of Mexico. Its authenticity and warmth of spirit won viewers’ hearts and made it the biggest blockbuster in Mexican history.
Be sure to switch the audio to Spanish.
Tense survival thriller about a group of illegal border crossers hunted by a deranged Confederate-flag waving vigilante. Eerily relevant in today’s political climate.
Hoping to reinvent their sound, a punk band hires Pepe, a keyboardist with Down syndrome, but jealousies erupt when he steals the show. Heart-warming comedy with a great soundtrack.
Netflix has brought back this classic tale of forbidden love expressed through one woman’s passionate cooking. A beautiful and enigmatic film full of magical realism. Based on the popular novel by Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel of the same name.
Entertaining biopic based on the life of rebellious Mexican pop diva Gloria Trevi, whose career came crashing down due to a controversial sex scandal.
Hilarious Mexican box-office smash by the director of Infierno about political corruption and media collusion with the government. The themes of this satire are universal, however. A long film but not a dull moment.
Warning: graphic scenes of violence, and it’s only half in Spanish. But this riveting Oscar-nominated documentary provides unprecedented access to the chilling, brutal conflict between vigilante groups and murderous Mexican drug cartels. It helped me grasp the soul-crushing futility of a struggle in which the lines between good and evil are so hopelessly blurred.
Similar in theme to Cartel Land, although less compelling, but still definitely worth watching. Most interviews are in Spanish. This gripping documentary contrasts the harrowing reality of bloodstained Juárez with the unsettling glorification of murderous drug traffickers in popular narcocorrido ballads.
Disturbing psychological thriller artfully shot in black and white about a reclusive psychologist who agrees to treat a troubled patient at her remote cabin. Not to be confused with the Spanish horror movie of the same name. Builds at a slow, suspenseful pace to an astonishing twist at the end.
Enormously entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the colorful spectacle of lucha libre, a form of Mexican pro wrestling performed by masked superheroes and villains. Most interviews are in Spanish.
A single mother, her boyfriend and her young son take a weeklong resort vacation, during which relationship strains take their toll. A keenly observed film with subtle depth that examines dysfunctional family secrets against the backdrop of a decaying Acapulco.
After a drunken one-night stand leads to pregnancy, a woman attempts to build a relationship with the immature father-to-be. If you like light rom-coms, check this one out. Warning: some racist jokes (note that this type of humor is common in Mexico and isn’t considered offensive). This type of movie isn’t really my cup of tea, but I enjoyed the locations in Mexico City and picked up some fun new slang: wasapear (“to send a WhatsApp message”), Brincos dieras (“You wish”), and asaltacunas (“cradle robber”).
Powerful and chilling film about teenage girls kidnapped and forced into prostitution in Tijuana.
Cute, heartfelt comedy about a loving family that overcomes the midlife crises of both parents. Lighthearted and fun.
Award-winning absurd comedy featuring acclaimed Mexican actor José Carlos Ruiz about two employees in a enormous empty warehouse where apparently nothing ever happens. This deceptively simple, slow-paced film pays off with its fine writing and superb acting. The dialogue is nicely paced for Spanish learners.
17. Estar o No Estar
Set in the beautiful Pueblo Mágico of Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, this film tells the story of a lonely, ill man who recalls a brief but powerful past romance with a kindred spirit, a young Russian woman.
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