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Published on February 25th, 2014 | by Mark Chesnut

Y Tu Mama Tambien, with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.

Oscar Winners & Nominees: 27 Must-See Latin American Movies

The 2014 Oscar winners will be announced on March 2. And while Latin American movies didn’t fare especially well this year (none are in the running for best Foreign Language Film), that doesn’t mean you can’t load up your device (or Netflix list) with a bunch of great Latin American films.

Below is a list of 27 movies from Latin America that were nominated for Academy Awards (all were nominated for best Foreign Language Film, except where indicated). Some of these movies helped solidify the careers of actors like Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and director Alfonso Cuarón. I’ve also included a few of my own personal favorite movies (and if you’re into picking out faked settings for movies, check out my roundup, Destination Doubles: Do You Know Where These Movies Were Really Filmed?). So you can catch up on the Oscars before the big show.

Happy viewing!

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Argentina
La Tregua (The Truce; 1974)
Camila (1984)
La Historia Oficial (The Official Story; 1985) Best Foreign Language Film Winner
Tango, No Me Dejes Nunca (Tango; 1998)
El Hijo de la Novia (Son of the Bride; 2001)
El Secreto de sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes; 2009) Best Foreign Language Film Winner
Personal Favorites: Nueve Reínas (Nine Queens)

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Brazil
O Pagador de Promessas (Keeper of Promises; 1962)
O Quatrilho (1995)
O Que é Isso, Companheiro? (Four Days in September; 1997)
Central do Brasil (Central Station; 1998)
Cidade de Deus (City of God; 2002; nominee for Best Cinematography, Best Directing & Best Writing)

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Chile
No (2012)
Personal Favorites: La Nana (The Maid)

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Colombia
María, Llena Eres de Gracia (Maria Full of Grace; 2004 — best actress nomination)

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Cuba
Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate; 1994)

Oscar-Nominated Movies From Mexico
Macario (1960)
Animas Trujano (The Important Man; 1961)
Tlayucan (1962)
Actas de Marusia (Letters from Marusia; 1975)
Amores Perros (2000)
Y Tu Mamá También (2001; nominee for best original screenplay)
El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro; 2002)
El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth; 2006)
Biutiful (2010)

Movies from Nicaragua
Alsino y el Cóndor (Alsino and the Condor; 1982)

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Peru
La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow; 2009)
Personal Favorites: Contracorriente (Undertow)

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Puerto Rico
Lo Que Pasó a Santiago (What Happened to Santiago; 1989)

Oscar-Nominated Movies from Uruguay
Un Lugar en el Mundo (A Place in the World; 1992)

Destination Doubles: Do You Know Where These Movies Were Filmed? 
Beyond the Oscars: 5 Great Movies From (& About) Argentina
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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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