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1. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.0
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93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 464,586 | Gross: $151.10M

2. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 666,918 | Gross: $7.56M

3. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 318,235 | Gross: $102.61M

4. Rio (2011)

G | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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63 Metascore

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams.

Director: Carlos Saldanha | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Karen Disher

Votes: 197,432 | Gross: $143.62M

5. Black Orpheus (1959)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.5
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81 Metascore

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus | Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

Votes: 9,044

6. On the Town (1949)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.4
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71 Metascore

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller

Votes: 15,109

7. Melody Time (1948)

Approved | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.4
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69 Metascore

An anthology of animated vignettes set to contemporary music.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dennis Day, The Andrews Sisters

Votes: 4,344

8. Saludos Amigos (1942)

Approved | 42 min | Animation, Short, Family

6.2
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60 Metascore

Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson | Stars: Fred Shields, José Oliveira, Lee Blair, Mary Blair

Votes: 4,565

9. A Story of Yonosuke (2013)

160 min | Drama

7.6
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Were people's lives changed by having known Yonosuke?

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Ayumi Itô, Kimiko Yo, Gô Ayano

Votes: 1,309

10. Road to Rio (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

7.0
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Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 2,974 | Gross: $4.50M

11. Charlie Chan in Rio (1941)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.1
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On the trail of a singer who killed the man she loved in Honolulu, Charlie finds her stabbed to death when he ultimately catches up to her in Rio.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mary Beth Hughes, Cobina Wright, Ted North

Votes: 1,175

12. America (2005– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.7
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Sol, a dreamy young woman from the carioca suburbs, attempts to emigrate to the United States, believing in a better life with better opportunities.

Stars: Deborah Secco, Murilo Benício, Christiane Torloni, Edson Celulari

Votes: 299

13. Tito and Me (1992)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A 10-year-old boy goes through variety of silly situations and confusions during the peak of Marshal Tito's cult of personality in 1950's Yugoslavia.

Director: Goran Markovic | Stars: Dimitrije Vojnov, Lazar Ristovski, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Anica Dobra

Votes: 4,984

14. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

7.4
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Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,319 | Gross: $0.31M

15. Samba (1965)

106 min | Drama, Musical

6.2
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The Brazilian singer Laura Monteiro is murdered in her dressing-room by her jealous lover João Fernandes de Oliveira that discovered that she was cheating him with Assis and she intends to ... See full summary »

Director: Rafael Gil | Stars: Sara Montiel, Marc Michel, Fosco Giachetti, Carlos Alberto

Votes: 59

16. Innocent Steps (2005)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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Former acclaimed dancer Na Young-sae (Park Keon-Hyeong) attempts to make a comeback after his opponent, Hyun-soo (Yoon Chan), purposely injures him at a dance competition. At the suggestion... See full summary »

Director: Young-hoon Park | Stars: Geun-young Moon, Keon-hyeong Park, Yu-mi Jeong, Gi-su Kim

Votes: 1,405

17. Down Argentine Way (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.5
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An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 893

18. It's All True (1993)

G | 87 min | Documentary

7.2
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A documentary about Orson Welles's unfinished three-part film about South America.

Directors: Bill Krohn, Myron Meisel, Orson Welles, Richard Wilson, Norman Foster | Stars: Manuel 'Jacare' Olimpio Meira, Jeronimo André De Souza, Raimundo 'Tata' Correia Lima, Manuel 'Preto' Pereira da Silva

Votes: 687

19. Brazil (1944)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.5
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A songwriter struggles to produce another successful hit for the National Brazilian song contest.

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: Tito Guízar, Virginia Bruce, Edward Everett Horton, Robert Livingston

Votes: 150

20. Chega de Saudade (2007)

95 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.1
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In an old-time dance hall (the "gafieira") in São Paulo, one evening is all it takes to meet different characters as they remember the past, live the present, wonder about the future, have fun, flirt, fight and, naturally, dance.

Director: Laís Bodanzky | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Tônia Carrero, Cássia Kis, Betty Faria

Votes: 431

21. Girl from Rio (2001)

102 min | Comedy

5.8
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Discovering your wife is sleeping with your boss can make a man do strange things. For a Samba-obsessed London clerk, robbing a bank and boarding the first flight to Rio are just the beginning.

Director: Christopher Monger | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Vanessa Nunes, Santiago Segura, Patrick Barlow

Votes: 929

22. Orfeu (1999)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Music

5.5
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52 Metascore

In a dangerous but human Rio's slum, rises the love affair betwen Orfeu and Eurídice, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Toni Garrido, Patrícia França, Murilo Benício, Zezé Motta

Votes: 824 | Gross: $0.10M

23. Let's Dance (I) (2006– )

Family, Game-Show, Music

4.6
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German version of the British TV series Strictly Come Dancing. Features German B or C-list celebrities teaming up with professional dancers to compete against each other in a dancing competition.

Stars: Joachim Llambi, Kathrin Menzinger, Motsi Mabuse, Jorge Gonzalez

Votes: 93

24. Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

5.1
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In this fictional film in which performers using their own name do fictional things with fictional people there is no one playing 'Self', but there is a record-company talent scout, Bill ... See full summary »

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Dámaso Pérez Prado, Perez Prado Orchestra, The Mary Kaye Trio, Mary Kaye

Votes: 38

25. Maine Ocean (1986)

130 min | Comedy

6.8
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"Maine-Ocean" is the name of a train that rides from Paris to Saint-Nazaire (near the ocean). In that train, Dejanira, a Brazilian, has a brush with the two ticket inspectors. Mimi, another... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rozier | Stars: Rosa-Maria Gomes, Abdel Kedadouche, Luis Rego, Bernard Menez

Votes: 217

26. Almost Brothers (2004)

102 min | Drama

6.9
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The strange friendship between two men of opposite social classes. Miguel is a senator. His childhood friend Jorge is a major drug-dealer. In the 1970s, they meet in prison: Miguel was ... See full summary »

Director: Lúcia Murat | Stars: Caco Ciocler, Flavio Bauraqui, Werner Schünemann, Antônio Pompêo

Votes: 588

27. Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (1941)

Approved | 62 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

5.8
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The brash, opinionated owner of a nightclub manages to drive everybody crazy on a boat trip to Havana.

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Charles Lang, Leon Errol, Helen Parrish, Lupe Velez

Votes: 24

28. Couro de Gato (1962)

12 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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A few weeks before Carnival, slum boys organize huntings for stray cats, whose leather can be used in Samba percussion instruments, like the Tamborim, a small drum.

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Paulinho, Riva Nimitz, Henrique César, Milton Gonçalves

Votes: 152

29. Blame It on the Samba (1948)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.3
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Donald Duck and Jose Carioca, both literally blue, stumble across the Cafe do Samba, whose proprietor is determined to cheer them up with samba music. After they get their color back, they ... See full summary »

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Ethel Smith, The Dinning Sisters, Ginger Dinning, Jean Dinning

Votes: 239

30. W'ere on Our Way to Rio (1944)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

7.1
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Popeye and Bluto sing the title song on their way to Rio riding on the back of a donkey. In Rio, they visit a nightclub, where the featured singer/dancer is, of course, Olive Oyl. Both of ... See full summary »

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Dave Barry, Margie Hines, Jack Mercer

Votes: 72

31. Seven Days Ashore (1944)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

5.6
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Circumstances force a womanizing playboy on leave from the Merchant Marine to ask two shipmates to help him by dating two surplus girlfriends.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Marcy McGuire, Dooley Wilson

Votes: 111

32. Elle cause plus, elle flingue (1972)

87 min | Comedy

4.9
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Director: Michel Audiard | Stars: Annie Girardot, Bernard Blier, Maurice Biraud, Roger Carel

Votes: 202

33. Garrincha: Lonely Star (2003)

106 min | Drama

5.0
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The life of Brazilian soccer player, Garrincha, considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, with his uniquely original style. He had arched legs, a passion for women and booze... See full summary »

Director: Milton Alencar | Stars: Taís Araújo, Milhem Cortaz, Ana Couto, Chico Díaz

Votes: 229

34. Rio, Zona Norte (1957)

90 min | Drama, Music

7.4
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A talented songwriter of sambas is forced to face the social injustices of the city around him.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Grande Otelo, Jece Valadão, Malu Maia, Maria Petar

Votes: 230

35. Moro No Brasil (2002)

105 min | Documentary, Music

6.8
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A documentary about Brazil's music.

Director: Mika Kaurismäki | Stars: Walter Alfaiate, Caju, Castanha, Velha Guarda da Mangueira

Votes: 246

36. Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995)

91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.6
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A biography of the Portuguese-Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda, whose most distinctive feature was her tutti frutti hat. She came to the US as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and was a Broadway ... See full summary »

Director: Helena Solberg | Stars: Helena Solberg, Eric Barreto, Cynthia Adler, Mario Cunha

Votes: 238

37. I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940)

Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

6.6
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Tod Lowell (Dennis O'Keefe)),the quarterback of the Southern State football team has been dating Betty Gilbert (Constance Moore), a nightclub singer. But his mother, Mrs. Henry Lowell ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore, Helen Parrish, Lewis Howard

Votes: 14

38. Cartola, the Samba Legend (2007)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.3
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Documentary on the life and times of one of the most prominent Brazilian samba composers, Cartola (Angenor de Oliveira).

Directors: Lírio Ferreira, Hilton Lacerda | Stars: Paulo Autran, Chico Buarque, Sérgio Cabral, Carlos Cachaça

Votes: 152

39. Love Stories Only Last 90 Minutes (2009)

93 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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In Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, the idle aspirant writer Zeca has been living with Arts Professor Júlia for five years. He is stuck on page 50 of his novel for a long time and Zeca claims lack of ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo Halm | Stars: Caio Blat, Lúcia Bronstein, Hugo Carvana, Luz Cipriota

Votes: 473

40. Love, Carnival and Dream (1973)

80 min | Fantasy, Musical

5.8
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On Carnival's eve, girl dreams of a man to stay with her during these four days. She meets a photographer, with whom she has an affair.

Director: Paulo César Saraceni | Stars: Arduíno Colassanti, Ana Maria Miranda, Leila Diniz, Hugo Carvana

Votes: 20

41. Belle of Old Mexico (1950)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.4
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Kip Armitage III, a young college professor, travels south to Mexico, to follow through on his pledge to a dying WWII army buddy, to adopt his young daughter, Rosita. But when he gets south... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Estelita Rodriguez, Robert Rockwell, Dorothy Patrick, Thurston Hall

Votes: 16

42. Nerves of Steel (2003)

20 min | Short, Musical

4.1
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Set to the sultry sounds of a samba, this is the tale of a gay private detective hired by a desparate woman in search of her man. Hustlers, bath houses, jelousy and betrayal; all set to music you can dance to.

Director: Ed Andrade | Stars: Paulo Gandolfi, Clarissa Kiste, Tony Mastaler, Mateus Carrieri

Votes: 14

43. República dos Assassinos (1979)

100 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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In 1970, the Esquadrão da Morte (Death Squad)' crimes for the refinement of violence provoked a wave of reactions throughout the country. The photos of the victims, adorned by the skull, ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Faria Jr. | Stars: Tarcísio Meira, Sandra Bréa, Anselmo Vasconcelos, Silvia Bandeira

Votes: 52

44. Babilônia 2000 (1999)

80 min | Documentary

7.7
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Documentary on poor people living in two slums in Rio de Janeiro, on the occasion of New Year's Eve.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho

Votes: 160

45. The Gay Gaucho (1933)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.4
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This one takes place in either Argentia or Texas or Mexico, depending on whether the scenes show gauchos or charros or cowboys, but Cubby is in a desert someplace washing up to go courting ... See full summary »

Directors: Rollin Hamilton, Thomas McKimson, Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising

Votes: 45

46. Everything to Dance For (2007 Video)

92 min | Drama

6.5
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Everything To Dance For is the story of Ellie (Sasha Jackson), a young girl following her dream of learning to dance, despite the misgivings of her mother (Sally Reeve), their lack of money... See full synopsis »

Director: Pearl Howie | Stars: Sasha Jackson, Travis Oliver, Sally Reeve, Brendan Cole

Votes: 10

47. King Solomon of Broadway (1935)

75 min | Musical, Drama

5.1
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An underworld character wins a Broadway nightclub in a card game.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Page, Pinky Tomlin, Louise Henry

Votes: 10

48. Samba-Mania (1948)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Musical, Romance

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Night club owner Russ Vincent hires boogie-woogie dancer Betty Hannon for a spot in a South American revue headed by Lita Baron (as Isabelita.) The latter is wary of Hannon's motives, but ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Daniel | Stars: Lita Baron, Russ Vincent, Billy Daniel, Betty Hannon

49. Partido Alto (1976)

22 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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The history of Partido-Alto, a musical subgenre derived from Samba, with roots in the batucada of Bahia.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Candeia, Casquinha da Portela, Paulinho da Viola, Manaceia

Votes: 35

50. Sete Vidas em 7 Cordas (2015)

Documentary

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Stars: Arthur Bonilla, Rogério Caetano, Beth Carvalho, Carlinhos 7 Cordas



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