The Mexican Cinephile's Canon

Classic, influential, historically significant, or popular films of both Mexican and Mexican-American cinema.

I made this list so that I could have a historical reference point for depictions of Mexico and its people/culture on film. Which means there are LOTS of movies where racism, stereotypes, whitewashing, brownface, and cultural appropriation are prominent. I believe it is necessary to include such films for historical context. To ignore these depictions is to ignore the long history of discrimination that we Mexicans continue to face both onscreen and off.

My apologies to the Three Amigos (and their Oscars) but Gravity, Birdman, and The Shape of Water don't qualify. I'm only including films that deal directly with Mexico, Mexican people, and their culture.

🇲🇽 ¡Que viva México! 🇲🇽

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  • The Greaser's Gauntlet
  • Across the Mexican Line
  • Broncho Billy and the Greaser
  • The Rose of the Rancho
  • Tepeyac
  • The Woman God Forgot
  • Scarlet Days
  • The Grey Automobile
  • Fool's Paradise
  • El tren fantasma
  • El puño de hierro
  • Rio Rita
  • Call of the Flesh
  • The Disaster in Oaxaca
  • Drácula
  • The Hard Hombre
  • Border Law
  • Girl of the Rio
  • Santa
  • The Kid from Spain
  • ¡Que Viva Mexico!
  • Shadow of Pancho Villa
  • The Crying Woman
  • El compadre Mendoza
  • Prisoner 13
  • Thunder Over Mexico
  • The Woman of the Port
  • Viva Villa!
  • Death Day
  • The Phantom of the Convent
  • La Cucaracha
  • Two Monks
  • Cruz Diablo
  • Luponini (El terror de Chicago)
  • Bordertown
  • Mystery of the Ghastly Face
  • The Dressel Family
  • El Tesoro De Pancho Villa
  • Janitzio
  • The Dead Speak
  • La Fiesta de Santa Barbara
  • The Revenge of Pancho Villa
  • The Invader
  • Celos
  • Contra la Corriente
  • Robin Hood of El Dorado
  • Marihuana El Monstruo Verde
  • Redes
  • El baúl macabro
  • Allá en el Rancho Grande
  • Let's Go with Pancho Villa
  • Don Donald
  • The Super Madman
  • Don Juan Tenorio
  • No te engañes corazón
  • Almas rebeldes
  • Así es mi tierra
  • Nobody's Wife
  • La zandunga
  • Águila o Sol
  • El indio
  • The Girls Aunt
  • La casa del ogro
  • Every Madman to His Specialty
  • The Girl from Mexico
  • Juarez
  • La noche de los mayas
  • The Midnight Ghost
  • A Macabre Legacy
  • South of the Border
  • El Signo de la Muerte
  • Time in the Sun
  • The Underdogs
  • Mexican Spitfire
  • En tiempos de Don Porfirio
  • You’re Missing the Point
  • Rio Rita
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Flor Silvestre
  • The Blood Stain
  • Another Dawn
  • María Candelaria
  • The Three Caballeros
  • A Medal for Benny
  • Las abandonadas
  • Bugambilia
  • Mexicana
  • Perverted Woman
  • My Darling Clementine
  • La reina del trópico
  • Humo en los ojos
  • La otra
  • Enamorada
  • Duel in the Sun
  • The Pearl
  • The Kneeling Goddess
  • Los tres García
  • The Fugitive
  • Captain from Castile
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre