Ever since the popular release of Narcos: Mexico, many Netflix viewers have a new fascination with the Mexican world.
Always giving the viewers what they want, Netflix has invested significantly in both acquiring and creating home-grown Mexican movie talent. So, there is no better time to indulge, with our list of the 15 best Mexican movies on Netflix.
Whether you are looking for off-key funny Mexican movies, gritty south of the border action, or even musicals starring Mexican gangsters, there is something for everyone on this list.
If you just want an opportunity to practice your Spanish, you can also check out our list of the 15 best Spanish movies on Netflix.
This Mexican drama is set during the now infamous 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. The film, directed by Jorge Michel Grau, follows a small group of survivors trapped underneath a building that is now rubble, thinking of escape and wondering if rescue will come.
The film focuses on the characters rather than the action of the earthquake, and leads Demian Bichir and Hector Bonilla deliver powerful performances.
All the Freckles in the World (2019)
This is a coming of age romantic comedy set in Mexico City in 1994. A youth, Jose, moves to the city and starts at a new school in the grips of World Cup fever.
Miguel falls in love with Christina, but the problem is that she already has a boyfriend, so he must break them up. Of course, along the way, he picks up a new best friend, who also has strong feelings for him.
Beauties of the Night (2016)
This documentary from filmmaker Maria Jose Cuevas looks at the lives of five showgirls, known as Vedettes, that thrived in Mexico during the 1970s and 1980s.
We look at both their lives during the golden era of their fame, and how each managed to reinvent themselves in a different way for the new era. This is a series of engrossing, personal stories.
A new drama from well-known Mexican actor and producer Gael Garcia Bernal, it focuses on a group of down and out teenagers in Mexico cities that take big risks to transform their lives.
The cinematography of this film is particularly striking, and brings the struggles of these petty criminals to life in a way that is both gritty and lighthearted.
Como Caido del Cielo (2019)
This Christmas release Netflix Original is inspired by the real life of popular Mexican singer Pedro Infante, but looks at it through the eyes of an impersonator, Pedro Guadalupe Ramos. The impersonator believes that he is Infante reincarnated in order to earn his way into heaven.
Starring Omar Chaparro as Infante and his impersonator, and Ana Claudia Talancon as the wife that sits at the center of the redemption story.
Grandma’s Wedding (2019)
This romantic comedy is the sequel to the 2015 film Grandma’s Birthday, and sees the original cast return to see the grandmother (Susana Alexander) marry the young gardener she met in the first film (Dino Garcia).
The disapproving family members come together for the week-long celebration, where things spin out of control, despite everyone’s best efforts.
I’m No Longer Here (2020)
This Mexican musical stars Juan Daniel Garcia Trevino as a Mexican gangster who flees to New York when his gang life becomes too risky.
There he is helped to find his feet by a young girl, played by Angelina Chen, and decides to see what he can make of his music and dance talents in the big city.
This is a much grittier delivery than audiences would expect with an American film.
Lo mas sencillo es complicaro todo (2018)
Renata, played by Danna Paola, has been in love with the best friend of her older brother for years. When she is finally old enough to pursue her heart’s desire, another beautiful woman also enters his life.
Renata proves willing to go to extreme lengths to win the man of her dreams. A heartwarming comedy with lots of life lessons along the way.
Described as an example of the new wave of Mexican LGBTQ+ cinema, this film follows a womanizer who poses as a flamboyant, gay fashion designer in order to win women.
A series of unexpected events means that he must date the new gay boy in the office, or risk losing everything.
No One Will Ever Know (2017)
A poor mother and son living in rural Mexico escape the hardships of their daily lives by entering a world of fantasy.
The movie mixes fantasy and reality in a way that is both desperate and hopeful. Andrea Paz delivers a strong performance as the mother, and Luciano Marti is a talent to watch.
Perfectos Desconocidos (2017)
A group of friends get together for a dinner party and decide to play a new game. Everyone must read out loud any text messages received and put all calls on speaker. Secrets are revealed and long-held assumptions challenged.
This film received 21 award nominations following its release. This film is powerful and unexpected, and stars a great ensemble cast.
The Perfect Dictatorship (2014)
This political satire looks at the dominance of the PRI party in Mexican politics throughout the 20th century, and the public perception that the news media unfairly supported the party.
The action starts when the government asks the media to create a distraction after an international incident and get more than they bargained for.
Ready To Mingle (2019)
Cassandra Ciangherotti leads the cast in this female comedy about a woman who enlists professional help in order to find herself a husband.
As she enrolls in the school, she is taught all the things she is doing wrong when it comes to meeting men alongside a group of misfit women
This critically acclaimed film by Alfonso Cuaron follows a live-in housekeeper and the middle-class family that she lives with in Colonia Roma, a neighborhood of Mexico City, in the 1970s.
The film explores the profound impact that each has on the life of the other. This film won the Golden Lion at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
This supernatural horror is loosely based on the 1991 case of Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro, a woman who died mysteriously after using an ouija board.
Combining a supernatural mystery with jump out of your skin scares, this is one of the creepiest horror films of recent years.
What To Watch Next?
Once you have seen all these fantastic Mexican titles, why not explore the cinematography of another region of the world.
Head to nearby Brazil with our list of the best Brazilian shows currently on Netflix.
Or travel further and explore a different world with the best Arabic movies currently streaming on Netflix.