Encyclopedia of the best of Mexican cinemaby joakinocolmar | created - 02 Apr 2017 | updated - 27 Jul 2017 | Public
This list was created to spread and rescue from oblivion the cinema of a country that has been ignored in lists that encompass the best of world cinema when its tapes are of equal or superior quality that those exposed in those "top 10" or "top 100 "; this country is: Mexico.
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1. The Grey Automobile (1919)
223 min | Action, Crime
A gang terrorizes Mexico City's high society on 1915. Murder, kidnaping and robbery are their trademarks. One police inspector (Cabrera) follows the gang crimes and eventually send them to ... See full summary »
4. ¡Que viva Mexico! (1932)
Not Rated | 88 min | History
Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry.
5. Prisoner 13 (1933)
76 min | Drama, War
El Prisionero 13 (Prisoner 13) is part of the trilogy of films made by Fernando Fuentes concerning the Mexican Revolution. The film centers on the drunkard Colonel Carrasco, whose wife ... See full summary »
6. The Crying Woman (1933)
73 min | Horror, Mystery
In modern day Mexico, a man on the street is supernaturally killed after hearing the eerie sound of a wailing woman. We then arrive at the manor of an upper class family, who are ... See full summary »
7. The Woman of the Port (1934)
76 min | Drama
Rosario (Palma) becomes a prostitute after losing her father and discovering her boyfriend had a liaison with another woman. In Veracruz, Rosario lives above a sordid cabaret "selling her ... See full summary »
8. Two Monks (1934)
85 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
In a Gothic-styled monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own ... See full summary »
9. The Phantom of the Convent (1934)
85 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
Alfonso (Del Campo), Eduardo (Villatoro) and Eduardo's wife Cristina (Ruel) get lost when visiting a forest. A strange monk finds them and takes them to an ancient convent. There, the three... See full summary »
10. Godfather Mendoza (1934)
85 min | Drama, War
During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata's Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody... See full summary »
13. Out on the Big Ranch (1936)
95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
The owner and the general manager of a ranch (Rancho Grande), two good friends, fall in love with the same girl at the same time. The owner tries to 'buy' the girl without knowing she is in... See full summary »
15. Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, War
The Mexican Revolution is on its way when six brave peasants, known as "Los Leones de San Pablo", decide to join Pancho Villa's army and help end the suffering in their community by ... See full summary »
22. You're Missing the Point (1940)
G | 112 min | Comedy
The boyfriend (Cantinflas) of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his... See full summary »
25. Jalisco, Don't Backslide (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
In rural Mexico, when a young boy's parents are killed, he is raised by a farm worker and the town's barman, who instills a desire of vengeance in him, and as an adult he romances a young ... See full summary »
26. El gendarme desconocido (1941)
108 min | Comedy
Cantinflas captures a gang who had robbed a bank the night before. Considered a hero, becomes a member of the force for special missions because of his ability to disguise himself in many different forms.
27. Those Were The Days, Senor Don Simon! (1941)
102 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A not very grief stricken young widow flutters her hand fan between a dashing young soldier and an elderly politician in this Belle Epoque era musical comedy.
29. Neither Blood Nor Sand (1941)
104 min | Comedy
Cantinflas enjoys the bullfight show, and wants to crash in every of these spectacles. Also, there's a professional bullfighter, Manolete, who is identical to Cantinflas. Manolete has to ... See full summary »
30. Al son de la marimba (1941)
137 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A broken high society man tries to keep his family expensive lifestyle by tricking a rich man from out of the town to marry his well intended daughter.
31. El baisano Jalil (1942)
TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
Aristocráticos en ruina, los Veradada piden al comerciante libanés Jalil un préstamo, aunque en realidad desprecian a su familia. Para complicar las cosas, el hijo de Jalil, Selim, está ... See full summary »
35. Story of a Great Love (1942)
TV-PG | 155 min | Drama, Romance
Manuel Venegas regresa a su pueblo para conquistar al amor de su vida, Soledad. Pero para su sorpresa la encuentra casada con otro hombre. Sin importarles nada, ni las diferencias socials, ambos están dispuestos a luchar por su amor.
37. Another Dawn (1943)
108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
The disaffected wife of a failed civil servant, is thrilled to re-encounter Octavio, a former lover who is now a union activist on the run from a corrupt politician. Hoping to help him, she... See full summary »
38. The Rock of Souls (1943)
110 min | Drama, Romance
A rancher and a refined lady from the city fall in love each other. But the 200-years-fight between their families, will threaten their romantic relationship.
40. Doña Bárbara (1943)
125 min | Drama, Western
A young lawyer and owner of a great property in the interior of Venezuela tríes to recover its control in the name of the law, fighting against his neighbour, a powerful, seductive and ... See full summary »
42. A Letter of Love (1943)
115 min | Drama, Romance
Moments before he will be executed by the French Intervention Army, the liberal leader (Negrete) reads a love letter by his girlfriend (Marín). His memories provide the poetic pictures of this romantic historical drama.
43. Mexicanos al grito de guerra (1943)
Not Rated | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
In times of the French Intervention, a student of Nunó, author of the Mexican National Anthem, falls in love with the niece of the French Ambassador, which causes quite amusing complications.
44. Santa (1943)
111 min | Drama, Romance
A young and innocent girl is betrayed by the man whom she loves and has to become a prostitute because her family rejects her.
45. María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944)
Approved | 76 min | Romance, Drama