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I made this list so that I could have a historical reference point for depictions of Mexico and its people/culture on film.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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  • El Analfabeto
  • My Son, the Hero
  • Yanco
  • Ánimas Trujano
  • Mexican Boarders
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Santo vs. the Vampire Women
  • The Brainiac
  • Tlayucan
  • Chili Weather
  • A Message to Gracias
  • Nuts and Volts
  • The Night of the Iguana
  • Señorella and the Glass Huarache
  • El Padrecito
  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • Pancho's Hideaway
  • Rio Conchos
  • The Wild Chase
  • Mercenaries of the Rio Grande
  • The Fool Killer
  • A Pistol for Ringo
  • Tarahumara (Cada vez más lejos)
  • Viva Maria!
  • Django
  • A-Haunting We Will Go
  • Ringo and His Golden Pistol
  • Time to Die
  • The Appaloosa
  • The Professionals
  • Navajo Joe
  • The Big Gundown
  • A Bullet for the General
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Pedro Paramo
  • Kill and Pray
  • Your Excellency
  • Santo vs. the Martian Invasion
  • Los caifanes
  • Face to Face
  • The Scapular
  • Villa Rides
  • Bandolero!
  • The Mercenary
  • Run, Man, Run
  • I Am Joaquin
  • Tepepa
  • Charro!
  • 100 Rifles
  • El hombre de negro
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Santo and Dracula's Treasure
  • The Olympics in Mexico
  • Viva Max!
  • Santo and Blue Demon Against the Monsters
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara
  • ¿Por qué nací mujer?
  • Zapata
  • El Topo
  • Compañeros
  • La generala
  • Vendetta
  • Valdez Is Coming
  • Sentinels of Silence
  • Duck, You Sucker
  • The Mummies of Guanajuato
  • Tonta tonta, pero no tanto
  • The Night of a Thousand Cats
  • National Mechanics
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Castle of Purity
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dracula and the Wolf Man
  • Anticlimax
  • Los doce malditos
  • Fe, esperanza y caridad
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • The Bump
  • Freebie and the Bean
  • Satanic Pandemonium
  • Blacker than the Night
  • Letters from Marusia
  • Pink Zone
  • Canoa: A Shameful Memory
  • The Heist
  • Las Poquianchis
  • El miedo no anda en burro
  • The Bricklayers
  • Agueda Martinez: Our People, Our Country
  • Alucarda
  • Tintorera: Killer Shark
  • Alambrista!
  • Up in Smoke
  • El patrullero 777
  • Place without Limits
  • The Children of Sanchez
  • El año de la peste
  • Chicana
  • Boulevard Nights
  • Okey, Mister Pancho