The best Spanish films of all time

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1. The Executioner (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Comedy

An undertaker marries an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez

Votes: 5,102

2. Placido (1961)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor man at your table" dinner: each wealthy household of the town will have a homeless person... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Cassen, José Luis López Vázquez, Elvira Quintillá, Manuel Alexandre

Votes: 2,399

3. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, José Baviera

Votes: 27,211

4. Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros

Votes: 5,940

5. La cabina (1972 TV Short)

35 min | Short, Drama, Horror

A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him.

Director: Antonio Mercero | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Agustín González, Goyo Lebrero, Tito García

Votes: 3,263

6. It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)

97 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Having doubts about the guilt of the obvious suspect in the murder of an eight year old girl, a police detective decides to investigate the case on his own.

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Sigfrit Steiner, Siegfried Lowitz, Michel Simon

Votes: 4,120

7. Strange Voyage (1964)

92 min | Comedy, Crime

Paquita and her brother Venancio, both single and childish, live in a small town near Madrid. Their bossy eldest sister Ignacia, also an old maid, dominates them. One night, Paquita hears ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Fernán Gómez | Stars: Carlos Larrañaga, Tota Alba, Lina Canalejas, Rafaela Aparicio

Votes: 1,006

8. The Hunt (1966)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

Three men go hunting rabbits during a hot day. Heat and talking about events happened in the past make them angry, until they go totally crazy.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo, José María Prada, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 1,501

9. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 15,621

10. La escopeta nacional (1978)

95 min | Comedy

Jaume Canivell, Catalan manufacturer of mechanical porters , attends with her lover on a hunt to relate to important people. The farm where it is organized is full of strange characters.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Rafael Alonso, Luis Escobar, Antonio Ferrandis, Agustín González

Votes: 1,336

11. The Day of the Beast (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast, a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner. Is there still hope?

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 16,317 | Gross: $0.02M

12. El crack (1981)

131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Private detective Germán Areta gets a terminally ill client who wishes to see his long lost, runaway daughter before he dies. But when Areta starts looking into case, it leads him to the ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Garci | Stars: Alfredo Landa, María Casanova, Manuel Tejada, Miguel Rellán

Votes: 981

13. Amanece, que no es poco (1989)

110 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A village and the crazy situations encountered by its citizens.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: José Sazatornil, Carmen de Lirio, Francisco Martínez, Ovidi Montllor

Votes: 2,978

14. The Holy Innocents (1984)

PG | 107 min | Drama

Spain, 1960s. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners...

Director: Mario Camus | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Terele Pávez, Belén Ballesteros, Juan Sachez

Votes: 3,039

15. Nazarin (1959)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 4,803

16. Box 507 (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The daughter of bankmanager Modesto Pardo (played by Antonio Resines) dies in an forest fire while camping. 7 years later Pardo's bank gets robbed and robbers break open numerous safe ... See full summary »

Director: Enrique Urbizu | Stars: Dafne Fernández, Antonio Resines, Miriam Montilla, Félix Álvarez

Votes: 2,287

17. El cochecito (1960)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Seventy-something Don Anselmo, a retired minister, becomes obsessed with owning a motorized wheelchair and fakes infirmity to get it.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: José Isbert, Pedro Porcel, José Luis López Vázquez, María Luisa Ponte

Votes: 839

18. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 3,464

19. The Nameless (1999)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5 years after a mom's 6 y.o. girl is murdered, she gets a phone call from someone claiming to be the daughter. An ex cop and a reporter help. A secret group called The Nameless may be behind it all.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde, Tristán Ulloa, Toni Sevilla

Votes: 6,822

20. Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo

Votes: 20,573

21. Death of a Cyclist (1955)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A couple having an affair strike a bicyclist with their car and do not offer aid out of fear of their relationship being exposed.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Lucia Bosè, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corrà, Carlos Casaravilla

Votes: 2,943

22. Rapture (1979)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse.

Director: Iván Zulueta | Stars: Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More, Marta Fernández Muro

Votes: 1,934

23. The Enchanted Forest (1987)

107 min | Comedy, Fantasy

In the fantastic world of the "bosque animado" meet some people who have been transported to this place by a magic force. Now their histories cross one another.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Alejandra Grepi, Tito Valverde, Paco Cambres

Votes: 1,141

24. Total (1983 TV Movie)

52 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Año 2598. Hace tres días que el mundo ha llegado a su fin en Londres, un pequeño y perdido pueblo de ambiente castellano. Lorenzo (Agustín González), pastor de ovejas, nos cuenta una serie ... See full synopsis »

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Agustín González, María Luisa Ponte, Manuel Alexandre, José María Caffarel

Votes: 171

25. REC (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 157,901

26. La torre de los siete jorobados (1944)

85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

In 19th century Madrid a young man plays roulette. A mysterious character helps him by pointing with his walking stick the next number where the ball is going to fall. The protagonist is ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Neville | Stars: Antonio Casal, Isabel de Pomés, Guillermo Marín, Félix de Pomés

Votes: 568

27. Main Street (1956)

99 min | Drama

A couple of friends decide to have a good time and play a trick on an unmarried woman. Therefore one of them has to pretend to fall in love with her.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Betsy Blair, José Suárez, Yves Massard, Luis Peña

Votes: 1,144

28. Atraco a las tres (1962)

92 min | Comedy

Galindo works in a bank. One day he convinces the other employees in the bank to plan a hold-up in the bank they are working. They prepare everything carefully. However, real robbers come ... See full summary »

Director: José María Forqué | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Cassen, Gracita Morales, Katia Loritz

Votes: 970

29. Tasio (1984)

95 min | Drama

The childhood, love adventures, and ordinary life of Tasio, a coal maker in rural Navarre.

Director: Montxo Armendáriz | Stars: José María Asín, Patxi Bisquert, Enrique Goicoechea, Paco Hernández

Votes: 398

30. Deprisa, Deprisa (1981)

99 min | Crime, Drama

Angela begins to hang around with Pablo and his gang of young robbers.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Berta Socuéllamos, Jose Antonio Valdelomar González, Jesús Arias, José María Hervás Roldán

Votes: 984

31. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

A hard-working single mother and wife of a getaway driver who is about to be released is approached by an unassuming and gentle man, completely unaware though of his inscrutable and utterly impelling motives.

Director: Raúl Arévalo | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Luis Callejo, Ruth Díaz, Raúl Jiménez

Votes: 8,718

32. Dearest Executioners (1977)

103 min | Documentary

Exploration of a particularly dark zone of the Francoism along with three executioners of death sentences still active in the Spain of the early seventies. Beyond the allegation against ... See full summary »

Director: Basilio Martín Patino | Stars: Claudio Rodríguez, Vicente Copete, Antonio López, Bernardo Sánchez

Votes: 120



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