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15 Best Spanish Movies on Netflix to Transport You to New Worlds

The best thing about films is the way they can transport you to an entirely different world for a few hours (well hopefully no more than 2 hours). This is sometimes the draw of foreign films, as they can take us to real places that we may not yet have experienced. Even when set in a fantasy world, their different cultural perspective can mean that these films offer something entirely new.

So get out your reading glasses or prepare to live with the dubbing and watch some of these excellent Spanish films currently available on Netflix.

7 Anos – 7 Years (2016)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

Directed by Roger Gaul, this snappy Spanish film (it is less than an hour and a half) places us un a room with four businessmen as they try to decide who will take the fall and go to prison for a crime that they jointly committed. There are some compelling performances from Juana Acosta and Paco León in this Netflix produced thriller.

Secuestro – Boy Missing (2016)

IMDB Score 6.4/10

A story of revenge, a reputable attorney decides to take the law into her own hands when her son’s alleged kidnap is released due to lack of evidence. This short flick (only 30 minutes) was filmed in just four days on set in the Dominican Republic and has won a slew of awards. It also features just four cast members, who all turn in strong performances.

Felices 140 – Happy 140 (2015)

IMDB Score 6.3/10

This comedy drama directed by Gracia Querejeta focuses on Elia, played by Maribel Verdú, who has won the lottery. She invites her friends to her holiday home to celebrate her 40th birthday and tell them the news, which causes them to start planning how they can take her money for themselves. Marián Álverex turns in a particularly strong supporting performance.

É Para o seu Bem – For Your Own Good (2017)

IMDB Score 5.5/10

In this film three friends, who are also parents, see their worst nightmares coming true as their three daughters, who have grown up too fast, all have what they a despicable boyfriend. They set out to save their daughters in what turns into a zany adventure. We find a great comedy buddy trio in José Coronado, Javier Cámara and Roberto Alamo.

Tarde para la ira – The Fury of a Patient Man (2016)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

In this award-winning suspenseful thriller from director Raúl Arévalo we see the struggling wife of a getaway driver, who is about to be released from prison, approached by an unassuming man. What seems a chance encounter turns out to be part of an inscrutable quest for revenge. Antonio de la Torre and Ruth Díaz are compelling to watch.

Handia – Giant (2017)

IMDB Score 6.8/10

In this Basque language film we see an unwilling soldier Martin return from war to find that his younger brother Joaquin has become a giant. They set off across Europe using Joaquin as a circus freakshow act. We see Martin struggle to rebuild his life, while Joaquin confronts the terminal nature of his condition. The film won many awards, including a best new actor award for Eneko Sagardoy for his portrayal of Joaquin.

El Autor – The Motive (2017)

IMDB Score 6.6/10

Starring Javier Gutiérrez and directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca, the former plays Álvaro, a man envious of his ex-wife’s literary success. As he attempts to write a book of his own, he decides that the best fiction is based on reality and manipulates the lives of his neighbours in order to develop his material. Gutiérrez won a Goya Award (a Spanish Oscar) for his performance.

Perdiendo el Norte – Off Course (2015)

IMDB Score 5.8/10

Two overeducated and underemployed Spanish professionals decide to migrate to Berlin, which they have been told is an employment paradise. Of course, when they arrive, they find things are much more difficult than they expected. This film finds laugh a minute comedy in the genuine struggle of many Spanish youths. Yon González and Julián López make a great leading pair

El Laberinto del Fauno – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

IMDB Score 8.6/10

The oldest film on the list, this fantasy from Guillermo del Toro was an international hit when it was released. The movie mixes the real world of a young girl Ofelia in 1944 Spain, and a mythical world centred on an overgrown, abandoned labyrinth. The film won loads or awards and was called the best film of 1996.

Quién Te Cantará (2018)

IMDB Score 7.2/10

In this film Lila, a celebrated by fame-weary singer, finds herself with amnesia and forgets how to perform her own show. She encounters a super fan named Violeta who sets out to teach Lila how to be herself again. This film is both visually stunning and though provoking and has great performances from Najwa Nimro as Lila and Eva Llorach and Violeta.

Las Ovejas no Pierden el Tren – Sidetracked (2014)

IMDB Score 5.8/10

An ensemble comedy following three couples in their forties as they try and make sense of their lives. Writer and Director Álvaro Fernández Armero works with an excellent ensemble cast led by Raúl Arévalo, Inma Cuesta and Alberto Dan Juan. It could be Spain’s antithetical answer to Love Actually.

El Hombre de las Mil Caras – Smoke and Mirrors (2016)

IMDB Score 7/10

This is a thriller from director Alberto Rodriguez starring Eduard Fernandez and the man with a thousand faces. He is Francisco Paesa, a former Spanish secret service agent who faked his own death and is now living under the radar. If you are a Bind fan, this film will tick a lot of boxes.

Stockholm (2013)

IMDB Score 7/10

Rodrigo Sorogoyen is at the helm of this comedy drama about a guy trying to get a girl to like him. While she is initially not interested, as they pass time together, she discovers that he is not what she thought. Javier Pereira and Aura Garrido have great chemistry and make this film highly watchable.

O Vazio do Domingo – Sunday’s Illness (2017)

IMDB Score 7/10

This is a brilliant mother-daughter bonding drama directed by Ramón Salazar and starring Suzi Sánchez and Bárbara Lennie. A daughter abandoned by her mother when she was eight tracks her down 35 years later. They work to reconnect or find retribution, but both are hiding secrets that will change everything.

O Aviso – The Warning (2018)

IMDB Score 5.9/10

Directed by Daniel Calparsoro, this film is based on the popular novel of the same name by Paul Pen. It focuses on a young boy Nico, who receives a threatening letter, but no one will believe that his life is at risk. He finds help in an unexpected place, in a man who believes that it is fate itself that wants to boy dead.

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