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I made this list so that I could have a historical reference point for depictions of Mexico and its people/culture on film.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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  • Boulevard Nights
  • Okey, Mister Pancho
  • Life Sentence
  • Que Viva Mexico!
  • The Chocolate Chase
  • Zoot Suit
  • El barrendero
  • The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
  • The Feathered Coyote
  • Deceitful Appearances
  • El Norte
  • Bajo la metralla
  • Under the Volcano
  • Los motivos de Luz
  • ¡Three Amigos!
  • La Bamba
  • Born in East L.A.
  • Stand and Deliver
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Red Dawn
  • Santa Sangre
  • Old Gringo
  • Revenge
  • Danzón
  • Sólo con tu pareja
  • Cabeza de Vaca
  • Highway Patrolman
  • American Me
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • El Mariachi
  • Bound by Honor
  • Cronos
  • Mi Vida Loca
  • My Family
  • Midaq Alley
  • A Walk in the Clouds
  • Desperado
  • Deep Crimson
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Lone Star
  • Selena
  • Divine
  • The Other Conquest
  • Sex, Shame & Tears
  • Herod's Law
  • Luminarias
  • Amores Perros
  • Traffic
  • Violet Perfume: Nobody Hears You
  • Spy Kids
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Crazy/Beautiful
  • Japón
  • Real Women Have Curves
  • The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema
  • Frida
  • The Crime of Padre Amaro
  • Chasing Papi
  • And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  • Zapata: The dream of a hero
  • The Alamo
  • Man on Fire
  • Killing Cabos
  • A Day Without a Mexican
  • Duck Season
  • How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
  • The Violin
  • The Matador
  • Battle in Heaven
  • Goal!
  • Bandidas
  • Quinceañera
  • Ask the Dust
  • A Wonderful World
  • Nacho Libre
  • Babel
  • Apocalypto
  • Bordertown
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Deficit
  • Under the Same Moon
  • Silent Light
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Tear This Heart Out
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Nora's Will
  • Presunto Culpable
  • Rudo & Cursi
  • La Mission
  • Sin nombre
  • Alamar
  • Raging Sun, Raging Sky
  • Revolución
  • Chicogrande
  • We Are What We Are
  • Machete
  • El Infierno
  • The Imperialists Are Still Alive!