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The Top Five Mexican Movies Of All Time

No matter what country you grew up in, if you speak español, you’ve probably seen a ton of Mexican movies. Mexico’s movie industry has been one of the strongest in Latin America for a long, long time. Starting in the 1940s, while the U.S. and Europe were focused on fighting a world war, Mexico was churning out films in what became known as the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Stars were born like Cantinflas (known as the ‘Mexican Charlie Chaplin’), María Félix, Dolores del Río, Pedro Infante and Tin-Tan. Then there was the reemergence of mexi-cine in the nineties and early millenium. This Nuevo Cine Mexicano brought us Like Water for Chocolate, Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También. And now there is a whole new crop of filmmakers which some have begun to call Generation Mex–like Pedro González-Rubio, Fernando Eimbcke, Gerardo Naranjo, Carlos Reygadas, and Nicolás Pereda–who are pushing boundaries, challenging stereotypes, and raising the international profile of Mexican movies. Needless to say it’s muy difficult to narrow down the list to just five films. But here are the Top Five Mexican Movies. ¡Ajuuuaa!

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Los Olvidados
Director: Luis Buñuel
Year: 1950