100 Spanish Films

This is a chronological list of some of my favorite Spanish films. This tends toward films that have a strong political content, are experimental in nature, or that concern Spanish identity in spatial and geographic terms, along with some very good popular films. It’s heavily focused on the 60s and 70s, which are the most interesting decades of Spanish cinema for me, with the output of the Barcelona School, and the emergence of directors like Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Víctor Erice, Basilio Martín Patino, and Francisco Regueiro. It is limited to three films per director.


*** There are notes for about half of the films that taken together describe some of the history of Spanish cinema. Click on the "Read Notes" button above to see them.

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  • ¡Viva Madrid, que es mi pueblo!
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Cursed Village
  • Land Without Bread
  • La ruta de don Quijote
  • Rustic Chivalry
  • Elai Alai
  • Eloísa está debajo de un almendro
  • The Nail
  • La torre de los siete jorobados
  • Carnival Sunday
  • Days of Hope
  • Living in Shadows
  • Black Crown
  • Welcome Mr. Marshall!
  • Death of a Cyclist
  • Orgullo
  • Cursed Mountains
  • Water-mirror of Granada
  • Vengeance
  • The Wheelchair
  • Galician Caress (of Clay)
  • Fire in Castilla
  • Placido
  • Viridiana
  • Robbery at 3 O'clock
  • The Good Love
  • Los Tarantos
  • The Executioner
  • Strange Voyage
  • Aunt Tula
  • Left-Handed Fate
  • Those Who Did Not Go to War
  • Life Goes On
  • Amador
  • The Search
  • The Hunt
  • The Lady of the Dawn
  • Nine Letters to Bertha
  • Acteón
  • Dante no es únicamente severo
  • A Love Story
  • Next Fall
  • Run, Blancanieves, Run
  • Mother Earth
  • Cada vez que...
  • Stress Is Three
  • Nocturne 29
  • Sexperiencias
  • Daphnis and Chloe
  • The Challenges
  • Ditirambo
  • Aoom
  • Contactos
  • …ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren…
  • Ice Cream
  • Un, dos, tres, al escondite inglés
  • Cuadecuc, Vampir
  • Love Letter of a Murderer
  • Far From the Trees
  • Umbracle
  • Anna and the Wolves
  • The Spirit of the Beehive
  • Jaula de todos
  • House of the Damned
  • The Tree of Guernica
  • El campo para el hombre
  • Songs for After a War
  • The Disenchantment
  • Caudillo
  • Bilbao
  • Heart of the Forest
  • Demons in the Garden
  • El sur
  • Berta's Motives
  • The Enchanted Forest
  • Mientras haya luz
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
  • Impressions from the Upper Atmosphere
  • Butterfly Wings
  • Belle Époque
  • Cows
  • La madre muerta
  • The Dog in the Manger
  • Train of Shadows
  • Lovers of the Arctic Circle
  • Talk to Her
  • Lifeline
  • Eco y Narciso
  • Unconscious
  • The Sky Turns
  • Honour of the Knights (Quixotic)
  • Volver
  • Birdsong
  • A Dream
  • The Blue Bull
  • Burnface
  • Finisterrae
  • Two Letters for Ana
  • Blancanieves