15 Spanish Movies on Netflix (March 2018)

Watching Spanish-language movies on Netflix is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills. Spanish films also allow you to learn about other cultures and gain exposure to different accents and slang. If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles as studies show it enhances language learning. I also jot down any interesting new vocabulary and add it to my Anki flashcards later.

Here are 13 recommended Spanish movies on Netflix streaming in the US as of March 8, 2018; many may also be available in other countries. Watch them while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.

Be sure to also check out my lists of Spanish-Language TV Shows on Netflix and Best Mexican Movies on Netflix!

1.El Ciudadano Ilustre (The Distinguished Citizen)

Hilarious and moving tale of a famous Nobel Prize-winning author who returns to his backwater hometown in Argentina after many decades as an expat in Spain, with unexpected consequences.

Accents: Argentinian, European Spanish

2. Perdiendo el Norte (Off Course)

Cute and entertaining Spanish comedy about two overeducated and underemployed young Spaniards who move to Berlin to find professional jobs, but end up working in a Turkish cafe. Some hilarious moments of cultural misunderstanding.

Accent: European Spanish

3. 100 Metros

Moving film based on the incredible true story of a Spanish man in his 30s diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told that within a year he would not be able to walk 100 meters. To prove his naysayers wrong, he decided to train for the world’s most challenging endurance event, an Ironman Triathlon, assisted by his delightfully cantankerous father-in-law.

Accent: European Spanish

4. Corazón de León (Heart of a Lion)

Charming romantic comedy from Colombia. Juana hits it off quickly with León when they connect by chance over the phone, but when they meet for a date she’s shocked by how short he is. Will societal prejudices make them miss a chance at true love?

Accent: Colombian

5. También la Lluvia (Even the Rain)

This Spanish film stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal as a director who travels to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Christopher Columbus’s conquest. The crew find themselves facing a moral crisis as the Bolivian film extras violently protest the privatization of their water supply, paralleling the Spanish exploitation of the New World.

Accents: European Spanish, Bolivian, Mexican

6. Palmeras en la Nieve (Palm Trees in the Snow)

Spectacular film that follows the journey of a young Spanish woman to her family’s plantation in Africa to uncover generations of family secrets.

Accent: European Spanish. Some dialogue in Aragonese, one of Spain’s minority languages.

7. Verónica

Horror fans should check out this much-hyped new arrival on Netflix from Spanish director Paco Plaza, director of the terrifying [REC] series. Verónica is a Ouija-based horror movie loosely based on true events. It follows Verónica, a teenage girl who holds a séance with her classmates, unwittingly unleashing an evil force that terrorizes her and her family.

Accent: European Spanish

8. Ocho Apellidos Vascos (Spanish Affair)

This screwball comedy took Spain by storm when it was released in 2014. Even if you don’t enjoy this type of humor, it’s worth a watch for the fascinating insights into Basque and Andalusian culture and the stereotypes the Spanish have about each other.

Accent: European Spanish. Some dialogue in Basque.

9. A Cambio de Nada (Nothing in Return)

Note: No English subtitles available
Engaging movie about a Spanish teen from a dysfunctional home. Insightful and sympathetic glimpse into the world of working-class madrileños.

Accent: European Spanish

10. Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)

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.

Accent: Mexican

11. Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest)

A successful young entrepreneur has less than three hours to prove his innocence in the murder of his mistress. Suspenseful mystery thriller from Spain with lots of twists and turns to keep you captivated.

Accent: European Spanish

12. Lucía y el Sexo (Sex and Lucía)

This classic of modern Spanish cinema tells the story of Lucía, a waitress in Madrid, who escapes to a secluded island after the loss of her boyfriend, a tortured writer. There she meets others who have also run away to escape personal tragedy, all mysteriously connected in some way with a novel written by Lucía’s ex. Stylish film that blurs the lines between fact and fiction. Note: This edition has been censored to remove brief explicit sex scenes.

Accent: European Spanish

13. Toro

An ex-con who has left his life of crime behind is dragged into conflict with the local mafia when his family is threatened. Entertainingly frenetic thriller atmospherically set on Spain’s southern coast.

Accent: European Spanish

14. Neruda

This unconventional biopic of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda mixes history and fantasy. Gael García Bernal plays a fictional policeman tasked with hunting down the Communist writer as part of a government crackdown on political dissidents. Beautiful shot but at times a little slow.

Accent: Chilean

15. 7 Años

This cerebral drama is Netflix’s first original film in Spanish. Four friends make the gut-wrenching decision on who will go to prison for the crime they committed. A character play set in a single room, with excellent dialogue and terrific performances.

Accent: European Spanish

More Suggestions

  • Ixcanul (Volcano) –  Filmed mostly in the Kaqchikel Mayan language and partly in Spanish, this powerful movie follows a Mayan girl working on a Guatemalan coffee plantation who dreams of escaping an arranged marriage to make a new life in America. Provides an intimate glimpse into Mayan culture in Guatemala and the exploitation suffered by these native people. Watch the trailer.
Have feedback on these movies or more Netflix recommendations? Some of my best suggestions come from readers! Please share your thoughts in the comments. 

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