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The Best Movies About Mexico

Updated July 23, 2021 374 votes 80 voters 10.1k views103 items

List RulesFilms 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 gorgeous, festive Mexico during holidays like Cinco de Mayo or Day of the Dead, 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, Roma, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Like Water for Chocolate, the El Mariachi trilogy, From Dusk Til Dawn, Cantiflas, 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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    Roma

    Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira

    Released2018

    Directed byAlfonso 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" Gutiérrez (Yalitza Aparicio), and...  more
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    Y Tu Mamá También

    Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna

    Released2002

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Y Tu Mamá También is a 2002 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 two teenage boys who take a road...  more

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    The Eye

    Jessica Alba, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2008

    Directed byXavier Palud, David Moreau

    The Eye is a 2008 American supernatural horror film directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, scripted by Sebastian Gutierrez, and starring Jessica Alba. Parker Posey, Alessandro Nivola and Rade...  more

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    Like Water for Chocolate

    Marco Leonardi, Yareli Arizmendi

    Released1992

    Directed byAlfonso 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 of...  more
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1970

    Directed byDon 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 was...  more

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    Frida

    Salma Hayek, Edward Norton

    Released2002

    Directed byJulie 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 portrayal...  more

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    Babel

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

    Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The film portrays multiple stories taking...  more

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    Pancho Villa

    Anne Francis, Telly Savalas

    Released1972

    Directed byEugenio 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 in Spain,...  more
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    Traffic

    Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Released2000

    Directed bySteven 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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    The Mexican

    Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts

    Released2001

    Directed byGore Verbinski

    The Mexican is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, with a plot that is a mixture of romantic comedy, thriller and road movie. The script...  more
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    Nacho Libre

    Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera

    Released2006

    Directed byJared 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 Gutiérrez...  more

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    La Bamba

    Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano

    Released1987

    Directed byLuis 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 Phillips as...  more
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    Machete

    Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis

    Machete is a 2010 American action film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. This film is an expansion of a fake trailer that was included in Rodriguez's and Quentin...  more

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    From Mexico with Love

    Stephen Lang, Bruce McGill

    Released2009

    Directed byJimmy Nickerson

    From Mexico with Love is a 2009 American action-drama film directed by Jimmy Nickerson and stars Kuno Becker, Steven Bauer, Danay Garcia, Bruce McGill, and Stephen Lang....  more
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony 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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    From Dusk till Dawn

    Salma Hayek, George Clooney

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert 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 Lewis....  more

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    All the Pretty Horses

    Penélope Cruz, Matt Damon

    Released2000

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

    All the Pretty Horses is a 2000 American romance western film, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and based on the novel of the same name by author Cormac McCarthy. It stars Matt Damon as John Grady...  more

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    Bandidas

    Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz

    Released2006

    Directed byJoachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

    Bandidas is a 2006 French/Mexican/American Western action comedy starring Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz directed by Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and produced and written by...  more

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    The Exterminating Angel

    Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook

    Released1962

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

    The Exterminating Angel, is the second Buñuel film of the Buñuel/Alatriste/Pinal film trilogy, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal, and produced by her then-husband Gustavo...  more
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Landis

    ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. The plot is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven...  more

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    The Night of the Iguana

    Ava Gardner, Richard Burton

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 film based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Huston, it featured Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. The...  more
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    I Witness

    Portia de Rossi, James Spader

    Released2003

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

    I Witness is a human rights themed thriller with action elements starring Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Portia de Rossi, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Wade Williams. Released in the United States on...  more
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    Nicotina

    Diego Luna, Jesús Ochoa

    Released2003

    Directed byHugo Rodríguez

    Nicotina is a six-time Ariel Award winning and six-time nominated 2003 Mexican-Argentine gangster film produced by the same team as the 2000 acclaimed film Amores perros....  more
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    Quinceañera

    Emily Rios, Alicia Sixtos

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland

    Quinceañera is a 2006 American independent drama film written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Set in Echo Park, Los Angeles, the film follows the lives of two young Mexican...  more
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    Sleep Dealer

    Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas

    Released2008

    Directed byAlex Rivera

    Sleep Dealer is a 2008 futuristic science fiction film directed by Alex Rivera. Sleep Dealer depicts a dystopian future to explore ways in which technology both oppresses and connects migrants. A...  more