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The Best Movies About Mexico 

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Updated October 9, 2019 344 votes 69 voters 9.4k views 36 items

List Rules Films about or set in Mexico. Vote up your favorite movie about Mexico.

There isn’t anything quite as beautiful as majestic mountains, crystal clear beaches and rolling green hills. Mexico has all of these features within its borders, and so much more! It’s no wonder that so many box office hits have been filmed here. But what are the best movies about Mexico? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
Some of the movies on this list tell stories about beautiful, festive Mexico, while others look at the darker, more dangerous side of the country. Each flick was either completely filmed in this amazingly beautiful country or features it in one way or another. There are many different genres featured here as well: some are classics, others are comedies, and there a few horror films thrown in as well.
 
This list has the best movies about Mexico including, La Bamba, Man on Fire, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Diamonds are Forever, Fast and the Furious, From Dusk Til Dawn, Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2, Frida, Life of Pi, and From Mexico With Love. Vote up the best films about Mexico below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Mexico
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...more

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Roma Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf

Released: 2018

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Roma is a 2018 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film follows the life of an indigenous live-in maid for a wealthy family named Cleodegaria "Cleo" ...more
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Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd

Released: 2002

Directed by: Julie Taymor

Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated ...more

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Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdú

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Y Tu Mamá También is a 2001 Mexican drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and his brother Carlos. The film tells a coming-of-age story about ...more

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Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Released: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Traffic is a 2000 American drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Stephen Gaghan. It explores the trade from a number of perspectives: a user, an enforcer, a politician and a ...more

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Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2004

Directed by: Tony Scott

Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more

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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2004

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill Volume 2 is a 2004 martial arts action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is the second of two volumes that were released several months apart. It was originally ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

Released: 1970

Directed by: Don Siegel

Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It ...more

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Marco Leonardi, Yareli Arizmendi, Mario Vazquez

Released: 1992

Directed by: Alfonso Arau

Like Water for Chocolate is a 1992 film in the style of magical realism based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. It earned all 11 Ariel awards ...more

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Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Peter Stormare

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jared Hess

Nacho Libre is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and Mike White. It was loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta, aka Rev. Sergio ...more

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Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Sturges

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Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more

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Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2009

Directed by: Justin Lin

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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey

Released: 1971

Directed by: George Sherman

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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Mexico
Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Luis Valdez

La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more

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Jessica Alba, Chloë Grace Moretz, Parker Posey

Released: 2008

Directed by: Xavier Palud, David Moreau

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Charlie Sheen, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

Released: 1996

Directed by: David Twohy

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Anne Francis, Telly Savalas, Chuck Connors

Released: 1972

Directed by: Eugenio Martín

Pancho Villa is a 1972 American, British and Spanish spaghetti western film directed by Eugenio Martín. The film features Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Chuck Connors and Anne Francis. Shot ...more
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Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Released: 1971

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Gene Hackman

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

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Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

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Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Will Geer

Released: 1967

Directed by: Richard Brooks

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Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen, Antonio Banderas

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gregory Nava

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