The 8 Best Spanish-Language Movies Streaming on Netflix!

It's a cliché of the season to list award favorites, but it is also a thrill to be able to recommend so many good films that you can watch at this moment on Netflix. 

Now that the cold front has officially made its way into Boston, we really only have one thing on our minds — Netflix. As cuddle weather commences, all we want to do is snuggle up and let mindless television carry us somewhere far, far away from the cold. So we thought we’d give you all a little something special this winter season — think of it as a late Christmas present — and provide you with a list of the top 8 Spanish-language (or Spanish produced) movies to watch on Netflix this winter. Here they are, in no particular order. Happy viewing!

1. Amores Perros (Drama, R, 2hr 33m, 2000, Director Alejandro González Iñárritu / Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo)

Nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film in 2001, this has been considered as one of the best Spanish language films of the 21st century. 

Synopsis: A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.

2. The Sea Inside (Drama PG-13, 2hr 5m, 2004, Director Alejandro Amenábar / Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas)

Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005, this is Alejandro Amenábar‘s masterpiece film.

Synopsis: The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

3. Y Tu Mama También (Drama, R, 1hr 46m, 2001, Director Alfonso Cuarón / Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho)

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing Original Screenplay, this was Alfonso Cuarón‘s (Oscar winner for ‘Gravity‘) breakthrough film. 

Synopsis: In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

4. Like Water For Chocolate (Romance, R, 1hr 45m, 1992, Director Alfonso Arau / Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné)

When it comes to Spanish language romance, there is really no other film that has captivated so many moviegoers across the world through its combination of traditional melodrama and exotic fairy tale. 

Synopsis: This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn’t get married because Tita’s mother wanted her oldest daughter to get married first, and have Tita to stay and take care of her. It shows how marriage was imposed on those times, and how a love between two people can change everything. This picture set a new epoch in Mexican movies all over the world. 

5. Blancanieves (PG-13, Fantasía, 1hr 44m, 2012, Director Pablo Berger / Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho)

Remember Best Picture winner The Artist? This cinematic jewel threw silent film back into the Hollywood spotlight and now Spain has created one of their own – a silent reimagination of Snow White from Spanish director Pablo Berger. 

Synopsis: This silent, black-and-white Spanish take on “Snow White” follows a young woman who escapes her evil stepmother to join a band of bullfighting dwarves.

6. La Lengua de las Mariposas (G, 92m, 1951, Director Robert Wise / Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe)

Nominated for 13 Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscar) and with music done by acclaimed director Alejandro Amenábar, this Spanish film about passion, fascism, betrayal, nature and lost innocence, is one of the great underrated gems in the Netflix streaming library. 

Synopsis: For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age.

7. Biutiful (Drama, 2010, 2hr 28m, Director Alejandro González Iñárritu / Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib)

Biutiful is arguably one of the most stark and tragic films you will ever see, but it is also one of the best performances Javier Bardem has ever given in his career – after “The Sea Inside“. It is so good, he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor, as well as the picture, in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 
Synopsis: This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.

8. The Artist and the Model (R, 2013, 1hr 45m, Director Fernando Trueba / Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale, Chus Lampreave, Götz Otto, Christian Sinniger, Martin Gamet, Mateo Deluz)

This is one of the most cinematographically beautiful films I saw in all of 2013. Spanish director Fernando Trueba, known for directing the Oscar wining “Belle Epoque,” the Oscar nominated “Chico and Rita,” and “Calle 54,” filmed a black and white opus about the process and motivation of art, love, old age and life’s search for beauty. 

Synopsis: In 1943, disillusioned by the horrors of two world wars, sculptor Marc Cros gives up his art to live quietly in occupied France. When his wife brings home a young Spanish refugee, her beauty inspires the 80-year-old man to return to work.


  • Charley

    I’d like to know if the movie lo que de verdad importa

  • john

    I am watching Artist and Model on NetFlix and it is in French!

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