Best Hispanic-South American Crime Dramas

by muybueno16 | created - 02 Jan 2014 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

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1. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 69,231

2. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

R | 180 min | Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo

Votes: 27,943 | Gross: $4.50M

3. Two Coyotes (2001)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A drug runner takes over a lucrative drug business only to find his new found empire crumble when a deal goes bad.

Director: Jose Reyes Bencomo | Stars: Jorge Cordova, Nicholas Guilak, Joe Estevez, Ricardo Molina

Votes: 51

4. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,357,458

5. Harsh Times (2005)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman

Votes: 61,910 | Gross: $3.34M

6. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 376,056 | Gross: $76.63M

7. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

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: 679,025 | Gross: $7.56M

8. Snitch (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal, Rafi Gavron

Votes: 81,231 | Gross: $42.93M

9. Traffic (2000)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jacob Vargas

Votes: 191,602 | Gross: $124.12M

10. Boulevard Nights (1979)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Kid brother Chuco (Danny De La Paz) is a sullen low-rider still caught up in the life. Despite their differences, their family bond is strong. But that bond is violently tested when rivals ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Richard Yniguez, Danny De La Paz, Marta DuBois, James Victor

Votes: 514

11. American Me (1992)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

Director: Edward James Olmos | Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Vira Montes

Votes: 7,681 | Gross: $13.09M

13. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 817,276 | Gross: $74.28M

14. Street Kings (2008)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An undercover cop, disillusioned by the death of his wife, is implicated in the murder of an officer and must struggle to clear himself.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

Votes: 105,319 | Gross: $26.42M

Underused.

15. Desperado (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

Former musician and gunslinger El Mariachi arrives at a small Mexican border town after being away for a long time. His past quickly catches up with him and he soon gets entangled with the local drug kingpin Bucho and his gang.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin

Votes: 167,085 | Gross: $25.63M

16. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 150,476 | Gross: $56.36M

17. Sabotage (2014)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

41 Metascore

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams

Votes: 57,680 | Gross: $10.51M

18. NCIS (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette

Votes: 114,462

Briefly recurring Latino cartel key subplot.

19. Bad Boys II (2003)

R | 147 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

38 Metascore

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida from a Cuban drug cartel.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 224,679 | Gross: $138.61M

20. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

The story of how George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 234,091 | Gross: $52.99M

21. Illegal Tender (2007)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

40 Metascore

When the thugs who killed his father come looking for him, a young Latino man and his mother flee from their home.

Director: Franc. Reyes | Stars: Rick Gonzalez, Wanda De Jesus, Dania Ramirez, Michael Philip Del Rio

Votes: 2,471 | Gross: $3.05M

22. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn

Votes: 51,730

23. Collateral (2004)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 348,644 | Gross: $101.01M

24. Valley of Angels (2008)

Crime, Drama

West Los Angeles - home of the young, rich and hip. It is also home to twenty-five year old Zachary "Zeus" Andrews. Transplanted from Chicago as a kid, Zeus never fit into the hip LA ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Rosten | Stars: George Katt, Danny Trejo, Caroline Macey, Heather Trzyna

Votes: 2,591

25. Recoil (I) (2011)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A cop turns vigilante after his family is murdered, exacting vengeance on the killers - and then on all criminals who have slipped through the system.

Director: Terry Miles | Stars: Steve Austin, Serinda Swan, Danny Trejo, Keith Jardine

Votes: 5,088

26. The Line (2009)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The unstable new kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel is targeted by an assassin for elimination.

Director: James Cotten | Stars: Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Esai Morales, Armand Assante

Votes: 3,505

27. Ranchero (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A former ranch hand (Roger Gutierrez) confronts the realities of drug addiction and runs afoul of a local gangster after he moves to Los Angeles.

Director: Richard Kaponas | Stars: Roger Gutierrez, Brian Eric Johnson, Christina Woods, Danny Trejo

Votes: 124

28. Empire (2002)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

38 Metascore

A successful South Bronx drug dealer turns his back on his roots and gives money to a Wall Street broker to invest for him.

Director: Franc. Reyes | Stars: John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Vincent Laresca

Votes: 7,166 | Gross: $17.50M

29. 2 Guns (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

55 Metascore

Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton

Votes: 190,268 | Gross: $75.61M

30. Man on Fire (2004)

R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

In Mexico City, a former CIA operative swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 320,709 | Gross: $77.91M

31. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 710,564 | Gross: $45.60M

32. Mexican Bloodbath (2010)

100 min | Action

Saltillo, a small dusty town south of the Mexican border, caught in a war of greed and corruption. A man named Bishop returns home after his parents are executed at the hands of a ruthless ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Arevalo | Stars: Gerardo Albarrán, Robert Arevalo, Noé Brito, Carlos Gallardo

Votes: 92

33. Elite Squad (2007)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

33 Metascore

In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 95,650 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 77,578 | Gross: $0.10M

35. Carlito's Way (1993)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo

Votes: 194,159 | Gross: $36.95M

36. Hunting of Man (2003)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

A universal story with Latino characters told in an unconventional way (like Forrest Gump and Amadeus) about a man who's trying to keep his hot-headed younger brother from carrying out revenge.

Director: Joe Menendez | Stars: Douglas Spain, JoJo Henrickson, Ruben Garfias, Jill-Michele Melean

Votes: 586

37. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 30,508 | Gross: $2.53M

38. Savages (2012)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 118,987 | Gross: $47.38M

39. Splinter (I) (2006)

R | 90 min | Crime, Thriller

A gang member, suffering from severe memory loss, searches for his brother's murderer. He secretly enlists the aid of the investigating Detective, while other members of his gang are mysteriously and sadistically murdered.

Director: Michael D. Olmos | Stars: Tom Sizemore, Edward James Olmos, Ivonne Coll, Enrique Almeida

Votes: 1,318 | Gross: $0.01M

40. The Snitch Cartel (2011)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The life of Andres Lopez Lopez during his years involved with the Colombian Cartel aka "Cartel Norte del Valle".

Directors: Carlos Moreno, Juancho Cardona | Stars: Manolo Cardona, Juana Acosta, Diego Cadavid, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

Votes: 1,149

41. The Colombian Connection (2011)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The year is 1976 and it is a dangerous year in the Straits of Yucatan. The man is Jack Hooks, a former cop set up by his corrupt partner and sent to jail for a drug crime he didn't commit. ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Higgins | Stars: Robert Thorne, Tom Sizemore, Bertie Higgins, Bianca Malinowski

Votes: 249

42. Miss Bala (2011)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

Director: Gerardo Naranjo | Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Noé Hernández, Irene Azuela, Jose Yenque

Votes: 8,499

43. Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright (2010 Video)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story centers on Charlie, a Los Angeles billionaire financial whiz who goes into self-imposed exile in Tijuana after his empire is revealed to have been a Ponzi scheme. While looking ... See full summary »

Director: R. Ellis Frazier | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Andy Garcia, Mario Van Peebles, Danny Pino

Votes: 1,254

44. La soga (2009)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A cop works against his country's corrupt government in order to find justice on a case.

Director: Josh Crook | Stars: Manny Perez, Denise Quiñones, Juan Fernández, Paul Calderon

Votes: 750 | Gross: $0.21M