The Mexican Cinephile's Canon

Classic, influential, historically significant, or popular films of both Mexican and Mexican-American cinema.

I made this list so that I could have a historical reference point for depictions of Mexico and its people/culture on film. Which means there are LOTS of movies where racism, stereotypes, whitewashing, brownface, and cultural appropriation are prominent. I believe it is necessary to include such films for historical context. To ignore these depictions is to ignore the long history of discrimination that we Mexicans continue to face both onscreen and off.

My apologies to the Three Amigos (and their Oscars) but Gravity, Birdman, and The Shape of Water don't qualify. I'm only including films that deal directly with Mexico, Mexican people, and their culture.

🇲🇽 ¡Que viva México! 🇲🇽

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  • Captain from Castile
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Río Escondido
  • May God Forgive Me
  • La bien pagada
  • We the Poor
  • Fort Apache
  • Tania la bella salvaje
  • Los Tres Huastecos
  • Maclovia
  • Mexican Hayride
  • Salon Mexico
  • The Big Steal
  • Pueblerina
  • La malquerida
  • Border Incident
  • The Great Madcap
  • El rey del barrio
  • One Way Street
  • Amor salvaje
  • Amor de la calle
  • Si fuera una cualquiera
  • The Lawless
  • The Torch
  • The Furies
  • Memories of a Mexican
  • Cabaret Shanghai
  • Aventurera
  • The Young and the Damned
  • Caribbean Rhythms
  • Victims of Sin
  • In the Flesh
  • La reina del mambo
  • Amor perdido
  • In the Palm of Your Hand
  • Sensuality
  • Las Islas Marias
  • A.T.M. ¡A toda máquina!
  • Doña Perfecta
  • María Cristina
  • Viva Zapata!
  • Viajera
  • High Noon
  • Mexican Bus Ride
  • My Man and I
  • When Children Sin
  • Sombrero
  • Ambiciosa
  • The Naked Woman
  • Él
  • Adventure in Rio
  • Rossana
  • Pepe El Toro
  • The Devil's Money
  • Dos tipos de cuidado
  • Rebellion of the Hanged
  • Salt of the Earth
  • El rapto
  • Take Me in Your Arms
  • Sandra, the Woman of Fire
  • Mulata
  • El joven Juárez
  • Caballero a la medida
  • Vera Cruz
  • The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz
  • Eisenstein’s Mexican Film: Episodes for Study
  • Speedy Gonzales
  • The Treasure of Pancho Villa
  • The Naked Dawn
  • The Hidden One
  • Tizoc
  • The Beast of Hollow Mountain
  • Giant
  • The Brave One
  • The Living Idol
  • Tabasco Road
  • Across the Bridge
  • The Vampire
  • El bolero de Raquel
  • Gonzales' Tamales
  • Tortilla Flaps
  • Touch of Evil
  • Una cita de amor
  • The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy
  • Villa!!
  • Nazarin
  • Mexicali Shmoes
  • La Cucaracha
  • The Ship of Monsters
  • West of the Pesos
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Macario
  • The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales
  • La sombra del caudillo
  • Pepe
  • Cannery Woe
  • One-Eyed Jacks
  • The Taste of Violence
  • The Curse of the Crying Woman
  • The Pied Piper of Guadalupe