The best Mexican-American movies provide real insight into a cross-culture experience. Some of them are very specific, dealing with an individual person of note or a select subgroup of people. Others, meanwhile, are more universal, getting at themes that speak to a majority of people from such a background.
Diversity is important onscreen, and a number of directors have made a point of capturing different elements of the Mexican-American experience. Allison Anders, Gregory Nava, and Alfonso Arau have all made Chicano films. No matter who's behind the camera, one thing viewers can count on is that these pictures are almost always made with real passion. They aren't just high-concept fluff. Instead, they exist to tell stories about people, and to hit on ideas that are relevant to society.
Which are the best? Which famous Mexican-American comedies, dramas, and romances have the most worthwhile things to say? You will get to decide that. Vote up the movies that best capture the Mexican-American experience.
- 134 VOTESPhoto: Stand and Deliver / Warner Bros.
- 233 VOTESPhoto: La Bamba / Columbia Pictures
- 322 VOTESPhoto: My Family / New Line Cinema
- 432 VOTESPhoto: Selena / Warner Bros.
- 518 VOTESPhoto: Zoot Suit / Universal Pictures
- 613 VOTESPhoto: Walkout / Home Box Office