The Best Spanish Documentaries 

Ranker Film
Updated September 15, 2017 72 votes 71 voters 4.7k views

From emotional stories about soccer to unbelievable tales of powerful drug dealers, the Spanish make great documentaries. For this list we're ranking the best Spanish documentaries of all time, and we want you to vote for your favorites. Whether it's a harrowing film about Latin American drug lords or the beloved art of flamenco dancing, these documentaries cover a wide range of topics and are considered the top Spanish documentary movies. You certainly don't need to speak Spanish to enjoy most of these, as subtitles are usually provided.

Flamenco, directed by Carlos Saura, is a film that captures some of the best flamenco dancers, singers and guitarists from around the world. The performances were captured at an old train station in Seville, Spain. Lionel Messi, considered by many to be the best soccer player in the world, got his own documentary, Messi, directed by Alex de la Iglesia.

Which of these Spanish documentaries do you love? Let us know by giving a thumbs up to the films you would recommend to others. Add a movie to the list if it's not already there!

list ordered by
Ranker Video
Mala Mala Alberic Parados

Released: 2014

Directed by: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini

Mala Mala is a 2014 documentary film directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini.
Ranker Video
Mi Amigo Hugo
Ranker Video
The Human Experience

Released: 2008

Directed by: Charles Kinnane

The Human Experience is a 90-minute documentary produced by Grassroots Films and directed by Charles Kinnane. The film tells the story of brothers Clifford and Jeffrey Azize and their travels as ...more
Ranker Video

Released: 2010

Directed by: Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist

"Born in the same city in Colombia but not related, Andrés Escobar and Pablo Escobar shared a fanatical love of soccer. Andrés grew up to become one of Colombia's most beloved ...more
Ranker Video
Ranker Video
Mick Jagger, Claudia Cardinale, Werner Herzog

Released: 1982

Directed by: Les Blank

Burden of Dreams is a feature-length documentary and making-of directed by Les Blank, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, filmed in the ...more
Ranker Video

Released: 2004

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone's second documentary on/interview with Fidel Castro specifically addresses his country's recent crackdown on Cuban dissidents; namely, the execution of three men who hijacked a ...more
Flamenco at 5:15 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spanish Documentaries

Released: 1983

Directed by: Cynthia Scott

Flamenco at 5:15 is a 1983 short documentary film directed by Cynthia Scott, taking audiences inside a flamenco dance class at the National Ballet School of Canada. Produced by Studio D, the ...more
Ranker Video
Sins of My Father Juan Pablo Escobar

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nicolas Entel

"Pablo Escobar, the most notorious and brutal drug lord in Colombia's history, was gunned down in Medellín in 1993. After his father's death, Juan Escobar fled to Buenos Aires, ...more
Ranker Video

Released: 2010

Directed by: Patricio Guzmán

Nostalgia for the Light is a 2010 documentary drama written and directed by Patricio Guzmán. "In Chile, at three thousand metres altitude, astronomers from all over the world gather ...more
Ranker Video
La vida loca

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christian Poveda

La vida loca is a documentary film directed by Christian Poveda.
Ranker Video
Marc A. Hermann

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jeff Prosserman

Foxhounds: The Pursuit of Bernie Madoff (Chasing Madoff) is a 2010 documentary film directed by Jeff Prosserman.
Ranker Video
Pablo of Medellin

Released: 2007

Directed by: Jorge Granier

Pablo of Medellin is a 2007 documentary drama film written by Carlos J. Betancur and Guillermo Zafra and directed by Jorge Granier.
Ranker Video
Ranker Video
Camino de Santiago

Released: 2015

Directed by: Jonas Frei, Manuel Schweizer

Ranker Video
El botón de nácar
Ranker Video
Tres metros sobre el cielo: Making of
Ranker Video
Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains
Ranker Video
Hecho en México
Ranker Video
Ranker Video
Maravilla, le pelicula
Ranker Video
Carta a una sombra
Ranker Video
Eco de la montana
Ranker Video
Ranker Video
The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández