50+ Best Movies in Spanish on Netflix

From Around the World

By Nadia Hlebowitsh

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When gearing up for a night of Netflix binge-watching, you should have all the essentials – and that means knowing which movies to watch, too. If you’ve exhausted all the options in English, it’s time to check out the best Spanish movies on Netflix. There are some amazing, award-winning movies in Spanish on Netflix that will blow your mind and make your movie night a true fiesta.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best movies in Spanish on Netflix from around the world. Interested in a specific Spanish-speaking country or accent? The Spanish movies below are sorted by country, so you can easily add them to your Netflix line-up according to your interests.

Tips on Using Movies to Improve Your Spanish

If you want to boost your language skills, watching movies in Spanish is a first-rate idea. When you watch a Spanish movie, you’re improving your ear with diverse accents, real slang and content that you actually care about. The phrases will also help you speak Spanish in real-life situations.

To make the most of watching a movie in Spanish, you can also:

  • Turn on subtitles in Spanish. If you’re having trouble getting the gist, put on subtitles in Spanish so you can watch and listen at the same time. Sometimes the subtitles will be different than the audio – this is another opportunity to practice listening and figure out when they’re different.  
  • Use the pause button. Keep the remote control close so you can pause the movie at any point and think through what you heard, or even go back 30 seconds to watch again. Remember that you don’t have to understand 100% of the movie dialogue, so don’t pause at every missed word. But choose moments that you think would be beneficial to learn a new vocab word or phrase.
  • Take vocab notes on your cell phone. Hear a new word? Add it to a note on your cell phone using a flash card app such as Anki so you can look it up later.   This is one of the best ways to learn Spanish and built your repertoire of useful words.  Avoid searching the dictionary while watching, so you can enjoy the movie and even figure out the meaning from context clues. Later when you’re in the mood, you can look up the words you didn’t know.
  • Look up movie memes afterwards. You’d be surprised by the sheer number of Spanish movie memes out there. Google your favorite moments from the film and you’re sure to find some memes to help you remember new conversational phrases – and get a good laugh at the same time.
  • Set a Spanish movie night once a week. This way you’ll get consistent practice and build up your listening tolerance and vocab list. You can even make it a social event and invite your Spanish-speaking friends!


Quick Note About Country Availability

Our list used Netflix’s worldwide database to determine which Spanish movies are currently available. However, their database is constantly updating and changing. Depending on your country, some of these movies in Spanish may not be available; depending on licensing, they may be removed by Netflix at any point.

In addition, we couldn’t find current movies in Spanish on Netflix made in the following countries: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador and Nicaragua. If you know of any, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

50+ Best Movies in Spanish on Netflix



Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries)

This coming-of-age film follows Ernesto Guevara on his 1952 road trip through South America. Travelling on a less-than-reliable motorcycle, Ernesto and his doctor friend Alberto Granado encounter a beautiful yet poverty-riddled continent. Their experiences seeing injustice first-hand would shape Ernesto’s later ideology and transform him into the world-famous guerrilla revolutionary Che. Diarios de Motocicleta is a  Spanish movie that mixes road trip adventure and social class observation, as well as the lush and unyielding landscapes of South America.

La Historia Oficial (The Official Story)

La Historia Oficial won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986 – and for good reason. This movie in Spanish centers on a Buenos Aires couple who illegally adopted their daughter during Argentina’s now-over military dictatorship. As a history teacher, the mother starts to suspect that her daughter is the child of a desaparecido, a “disappeared” victim during the dictatorship who were often killed and/or tortured. The movie masterfully combines Argentina’s grim history within a heart-wrenching tale of motherhood.

Mi Obra Maestra (My Masterpiece)

Mi Obra Maestra is the tale of headbutting friendship between veteran painter Renzo and art gallery owner Arturo. Charming yet reckless, Renzo hast lost his prestige as an artist and Arturo is determined to get it back. This can’t-miss Spanish movie has dark moments and points fun at friendship, old age and the art world as a whole.

Nieve Negra (Black Snow)

This dark family thriller stars Ricardo Darin as Salvador, the hermit brother living in remote Patagonia. Years ago, he was accused of killing his younger brother; now, he’s been visited by his older brother to discuss the family inheritance. Salvador knows his brother’s reasons for returning are all about forestry money and he’s not too keen on helping him. As they argue, terrible family secrets come to light.

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales)

A unique black comedy film that includes six separate short stories, all of which revolve around violence. This unique award-winning movie in Spanish gives hints of Argentine life with the dark underbelly of revenge.


Bala Loca

Bala Loca is a popular mini-series about corruption in Chile. A web of political favors is untangled by a journalist after a colleague dies under suspicious circumstances. Set in modern-day Chile, Bala Loca asks the big question of whether journalism is still in danger under democracy.

La Memoria del Agua (The Memory of Water)

This Chilean family drama, La Memoria del Agua, centers around the death of a couple’s young son and what their marriage means once he’s gone. A beautiful examination of overcoming grief after tragedy. This Spanish movie won several European awards for directing and was screened at the Venice International Film Festival.


In this historical movie in Spanish, Neruda follows Nobel-prize poet Pablo Neruda in 1948 during the suppression of communism in Chile. This complicated year shows how he survived the political turmoil of post-World War II, while remaining a popular figure worldwide.

No Estoy Loca

No Estoy Loca is a quirky dramatic comedy about marriage, infertility and infidelity. The protagonist Carolina checks into a mental health clinic after attempting suicide when she discovers her husband’s affair with her best friend.

La Noche Del Jabalí (The Night of the Wild Boar)

La Noche Del Jabalí is a dark Spanish movie about a romance writer who searches through South America to find her dead boyfriend’s old house. The deeper she goes, the more horror she unearths in this small town, where disappearances and deaths have become commonplace.


Carteristas (Pickpockets)

Carteristas takes a close look at street life in modern-day Bogota, Colombia. Several teenage thieves learn how to survive by becoming masters of deception in this movie in Spanish.


The life of Nobel-prize winner Gabriel García Márquez comes to light in this documentary about how he created his stories. Using interviews and speech clips, this Spanish film shows a more personal side to the Colombian writer who won readers’ hearts everywhere.

La Esclava Blanca (The White Slave)

This Colombian mini-series takes a historical lens to the brutal plantation slavery of the 1800s. When a plantation burns down, baby Victoria is rescued by slaves and raised by them, only to later be taken away from them. A unique look at slavery, racism and abolition across the world.

Magia Salvaje (Wild Magic)

Incredible views, virgin landscapes and creatures that you’ve never seen before. This eco-documentary in Spanish shows Colombia in all its nature and beauty.

La Niña (The Girl)

La Niña is an award-winning series about a young girl taken by guerrilla fighters in Colombia who later struggles to adapt to the city and fulfill her dream of studying medicine.

Costa Rica

Buscando a Marcos

After losing his mother in small town Costa Rica, Marcos Ramirez moves to the city to be with his grandfather and faces new challenges in school and on the soccer team. This Spanish movie is a heartwarming look at Costa Rican family and culture.


Cuatro Estaciones en La Habana (Four Seasons in Havana)

This Cuban mini-series follows detective Conde as he solves dark crimes in Havana. Based on books in Spanish by Cuban author Leonardo Padura.

The Cuba Libre Story

A comprehensive mini-series documentary that retells Cuba’s history from the time of the conquistadors, through the Revolution, Cold War and modern-day transition. The narration and interviews are a mix of Spanish and English.

Habana Blues

Habana Blues is a Spanish movie that follows blues musicians Ruy and Tito as they make music and criticize problems in Cuba. Their lives change when they receive a recording contract in Europe and must decide: to stay or to go.

Una Noche (One Night)

Two teenage pals Raul and Elio plot their escape from poverty in Havana to Miami. One night, they take the 90-mile journey across the sea in the hope to reach their dream of making it ashore. This Spanish movie is both heart-wrenching and hopeful.

Equatorial Guinea

Palmeras en la Nieve (Palm Trees in the Snow)

This generational family story involves a Spanish woman returning to Equatorial Guinea to get to the bottom of secrets hinted in an old family letter. With flashbacks between dusty colonial plantations and snowy Spanish mountaintops, Palmeras en la Nieve shows one family’s history across Spain and Africa.


Septiembre, un Llanto en Silencio (September)

During a terrorist attack in 1980 Guatemala, a mother is killed and her daughter left deaf. This Spanish movie is the story of how the father raises her through grief.


Sin Nombre (Nameless)

An award-winning movie in Spanish with a gritty look at two teens trying to immigrate to the U.S. on foot. A Honduran girl without family and an ex-gangster wanting to leave his former life behind attempt to make it to the border.


El Alien y Yo (Me and the Alien)

A wacky punk band is looking to inject something unique into their sound when they meet Pepe, a keyboardist with Down syndrome who they call the “Alien.” As they become successful, rivalries within the band threaten to tear it apart. This Mexican comedic drama is both quirky and heartwarming.

Ayotzinapa, el Paso de la Tortuga

This documentary expresses the grief and frustration of the families of 43 Mexican students who went missing after being detained by police on September 26th, 2014. Their families had to deal with a lengthy six-month investigation that ended with the tragic discovery of their deaths.  

Como Agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)

Como Agua para Chocolate is a passionate romance movie in Spanish, with hints of magical realism and lots and lots of chocolate. Based on the book by Laura Esquivel, this story handles hard truths about love, tradition and family.

La Delgada Línea Amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line)

Withstanding summer heat and unexpected traffic, five men paint the lines down a highway and discover new friendships and insights about their lives. This Spanish movie gives a quirky and quiet look at ordinary Mexican life.


A harrowing Spanish movie about Mexican immigrants trying to cross the U.S. border with a veteran sniper at their heels. Desierto shows the horror and inhumanity of migrants stuck in the borderlands trying to survive the desert conditions.

La Dictadura Perfecta (The Perfect Dictatorship)

This satirical movie in Spanish takes a critical eye to modern-day Mexican politics. It follows Governor Vargas bribing the media to turn his sagging public image into stardom, revealing through comedy how politicians and TV networks build relationships to deceive the public.  


Roma is a quiet, black-and-white film that follows a housekeeper as she fulfills her duties and deals with the discrepancy between her position and her employer’s in 1970s Mexico City.

Semana Santa

In this Spanish movie, a beachside vacation reveals the shaky foundation of this family’s well-being. Every day passes with new secrets becoming revealed between the mother, her boyfriend and her young son.

Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother Too)

This road trip coming-of-age story of two teenage boys and a young woman shows 1990 Mexico through the lens of sex, drugs and friendship. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, this movie in Spanish was well-received and nominated for major prizes.


At 7:19 on September 19, 1985, an earthquake hit Mexico City and killed thousands in the aftermath. This Spanish movie depicts the stories of several survivors from different classes and locations within the city as they try to survive.


Historias del Canal (Panama Canal Stories)

A compilation of five shorts that give depth and breadth to the impact of the Panama Canal, starting in 1913. Each cinematic short shows another side to the history of the Canal and the people surrounding it.


Leal, Solo Hay una Forma de Vivir (The Last Runaway)

Leal is an action movie in Spanish about a group of anti-drug agents fighting against traffickers on the Paraguayan border.


Hija de la Laguna (Daughter of the Lake)

Nélida is an Andean woman who lives by a lake. When a mining corporation threatens to drain the lake for the gold beneath it, her community’s world is turned upside down and she asks the water spirits to protect them. A documentary about the modern gold rush in Peru and how it affects the people who live among these natural resources.

La Hora Final (The Last Hour)

La Hora Final is a dramatic take on the true story of the Peruvian intelligence’s attempts to take down the Shining Path in the 90s. As agents go head to head with their leader, Guzmán, their errors have significant consequences for the people of Peru.

Puerto Rico

Mala Mala

This key LGBT documentary takes an underground look at the diverse trans and drag queen identities in Puerto Rico. A can’t-miss Spanish movie for those interested in trans issues.


El Árbol de la Sangre (The Tree of Blood)

In this magical realist Spanish movie, a young couple writes the story of their intertwined family history during a weekend filled with secrets and heartbreak. As they delve deeper, both vow complete honesty and find themselves making painful confessions that threaten their own relationship.

Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest)

A man wakes up as a murder suspect of his lover, but he can’t remember anything that happened. With the help of a famous lawyer, together they go through the night’s events and unravel his connection to other tragic cover-ups. A thrilling Spanish movie that centers on the business of covering up crime.

Durante la Tormenta (Mirage)

During an eerie storm, Vera saves a boy’s life through a time warp connection but discovers in the present that this act erases her young daughter’s existence. She struggles to get back her daughter before the storm ends and the events remain irreversible.

El Hombre de las Mil Caras (Smoke & Mirrors)

El Hombre de las Mil Caras is a Spanish political thriller that involves ex-agent Paesa as he tries to make some bucks safeguarding embezzled funds, while seeking revenge at the same time.

El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)

In 1944 Spain, young Ofelia tries to overcome the cruelty of her stepfather and new family circumstances by entering the dark fantasy world that she hopes will save her. This mythical Spanish movie was directed by the award-winning Guillermo del Toro.

La Sombra de la Ley (Gun City)

During the mafia rule of Spain in the 1920s, police agents work to find out who’s responsible for stealing military weapons – and why. This Spanish crime thriller shows the ruthlessness of the 1920s, and the power struggle between police, anarchists and mobsters.

Tarde para la Ira (The Fury of Patient Man)

This Spanish movie follows Jose as he remakes his life around the single goal of revenge and waits for the perfect moment to strike the one responsible for violent acts in his past.


When Toro gets out of jail, his brother asks for a final job to help his family. Toro hopes it will help him seek revenge against the mob bosses who tried to stop him from leaving their ranks. A Spanish thriller that shows the lengths one goes to get revenge.

7 Años (7 Years)

After committing financial crimes, four business partners spend one fretful night deciding who will go to jail for 7 years before the police show up at their company’s doorstep the next morning. 7 Años is a Spanish movie about white collar crime and the way it can choke ordinary lives.

100 Metros (100 Meters)

This heartwarming Spanish movie follows the true story of a man diagnosed with multiple sclerosis who the doctors said wouldn’t ever walk farther than 100 meters. Defying all odds, he trains to finish an Iron-Man with the trusty help of his father.


Una Noche de Doce Años (A Twelve Year Night)

This is the dramatized story of three political prisoners – José Mujica, Mauricio Rosencof and Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro – as they face 12 years of confinement during the Uruguayan dictatorship. A unique movie in Spanish that depicts the emotional strength of three men who lived through torture and extreme isolation.


Ser una Miss (To Be a Miss)

An up-close look at Venezuela’s beauty industry and the Miss Venezuela pageant that many young woman aspire to win. This documentary in Spanish shines a light on this controversial part of Venezuela’s culture.

We hope this list of the 50+ Best Spanish movies on Netflix will take your Spanish to the next level and that you have a blast at the same time. Remember that to make the most of these Spanish movies, use subtitles and the pause button often – and try to watch movies in Spanish on a weekly basis. You’ll find that watching movies in Spanish becomes easier and more enjoyable as you build up your ear for conversational Spanish.

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