30 Best Spanish Movies on Netflix (2021)


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30 Best Spanish Movies on Netflix (2021)
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30 Best Spanish Movies on Netflix (2021)

Watching Spanish-language movies on Netflix is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills. Spanish films also allow you to learn about other cultures and gain exposure to different accents and slang.

If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, I recommend watching with Spanish subtitles as studies show it enhances language learning. I also jot down any interesting new vocabulary and add it to my Anki flashcards later.

Here are some of the top Spanish movies on Netflix streaming in the US as of January 22, 2021. If you’re not in the US, just click the title to check if the show is available in your country. Watch these films while you can, because content disappears as licensing agreements expire.

There are so many great Mexican movies on Netflix that I created a separate list for them. Also, don’t miss my recommendations for Spanish-language TV shows on Netflix.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, be sure to check out my lists of Spanish-language movies and Spanish-language TV shows free for members on Amazon Prime Video.

Hilarious and moving tale of a famous Nobel Prize-winning author who returns to his backwater hometown in Argentina after many decades as an expat in Spain, with unexpected consequences.

Accents: Argentinian, European Spanish

Cute and entertaining Spanish comedy about two overeducated and underemployed young Spaniards who move to Berlin to find professional jobs, but end up working in a Turkish cafe. Some hilarious moments of cultural misunderstanding.

Accent: European Spanish

Those will strong stomachs and a taste for satire will enjoy Netflix’s latest viral thriller. The claustrophobic premise is an apt metaphor in these days of shelter-in-place.

Inside a vertical prison, inmates are assigned to a level and forced to ration food from a platform that moves between the floors. This dystopian Spanish horror film is a twisted social allegory about mankind at its darkest and hungriest.

Accent: European Spanish

Note: No English subtitles available for YouTube trailer. Click to watch subtitled trailer on Netflix.

Wistful, heartwarming Spanish comedy.

Emilio, a retired math professor in Valencia, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He and his daughter and granddaughter embark on a quixotic quest to reunite him with his childhood crush before his memory loss is complete.

Accent: European Spanish. Some dialogue in Catalan.

This Oscar-winning Netflix epic directed by Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of domestic life and social hierarchy set against Mexico’s political turmoil of the 1970s.

Accent: Mexican. Some dialogue in Mixtec, an indigenous language from Oaxaca.

Note: No English subtitles available for YouTube trailer. Click to watch subtitled trailer on Netflix.

Spanish thriller from the director of Contratiempo starring the talented Adriana Ugarte. A space-time continuum glitch allows Vera to save a boy’s life 25 years earlier, but results in the loss of her daughter, whom she fights to get back.

Accent: European Spanish

A heartbroken ad copywriter living in Lima, Peru, is inspired to write a blog about life as a single woman and is surprised by her website’s success.

Light comedy based on the real-life blog Soltera Codiciada by Peruvian writer María José Osorio.

Accent: Peruvian

Note: No English subtitles available for YouTube trailer. Click to watch subtitled trailer on Netflix.

In this creepy psychological thriller set in Buenos Aires, painter Lorenzo’s life spirals out of control as he fears his wife is trying to isolate him from their infant son.

Based on a novel by Argentinian writer Guillermo Martínez.

Accent: Argentinian. Some limited dialogue in Norwegian.

This gritty, suspenseful revenge flick won four Goya awards. The tentative romance between a gentle Madrid laborer and a hard-working single mother becomes a struggle for survival when the woman’s violent boyfriend returns from prison.

Accent: European Spanish

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Predictable but entertaining Netflix original film that follows three teen thieves learning what it takes to be successful pickpockets on the streets of Bogotá from a master in the art of deception.

Stunning location shots of Colombia’s capital, especially its amazing street art.

Accents: Colombian, European Spanish

Charming, creative rom-com with clever dialogue.

A love-challenged man and a woman he meets at a coffee shop begin dating, but only at the shop — and without knowing anything about each other.

Accent: European Spanish

Moving film based on the incredible true story of a Spanish man in his 30s diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told that within a year he would not be able to walk 100 meters.

To prove his naysayers wrong, he decides to train for the world’s most challenging endurance event, an Ironman Triathlon, assisted by his delightfully cantankerous father-in-law.

Accent: European Spanish

Dark Uruguayan/Argentinian thriller.

While settling the affairs of his murdered mother and brother, a man partners with a local thug in a life insurance scam, putting him on a sinister path.

Accents: Uruguayan, Argentinian (Note: I am not savvy enough to be able to tell the difference between these)

This Spanish film stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal as a director who travels to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Christopher Columbus’s conquest.

The crew find themselves facing a moral crisis as the Bolivian film extras violently protest the privatization of their water supply, paralleling the Spanish exploitation of the New World.

Accents: European Spanish, Bolivian, Mexican

Also check out: Best Mexican movies on Netflix

Spectacular film that follows the journey of a young Spanish woman to her family’s plantation in Africa to uncover generations of family secrets.

Accent: European Spanish. Some dialogue in Aragonese, one of Spain’s minority languages.

Horror fans should check out this much-hyped film by Spanish director Paco Plaza, director of the terrifying [REC] series.

Verónica is a Ouija-based horror movie loosely based on true events. It follows Verónica, a teenage girl who holds a séance with her classmates, unwittingly unleashing an evil force that terrorizes her and her family.

Accent: European Spanish

A successful young entrepreneur has less than three hours to prove his innocence in the murder of his mistress.

Suspenseful mystery thriller from Spain with lots of twists and turns to keep you captivated.

Accent: European Spanish

Netflix has readded this Mexican/Spanish dark fantasy drama written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. This fantastical tale won Oscars for its cinematography, art direction, and makeup.

The film tells the story of young Ofelia, who meets a mythical faun who claims she is destined to become princess of the Underworld. But first she must carry out three perilous tasks. Some intense scenes of violence.

Accent: European Spanish

Note: No English subtitles available on YouTube

This Spanish thriller follows Inspector Amaia Salazar, who returns to her Navarre hometown to catch a killer targeting teens. There, Amaia must confront the origins of her nightmares as she unfolds the darkest secrets of the Baztan valley.

Based on the eponymous novel by Dolores Redondo.

Part 1 of the popular Baztan Trilogy. Parts 2 and 3 are Legado en los huesos (The Legacy of the Bones) and Ofrenda a la tormenta (Offering to the Storm).

Accent: European Spanish. Some dialogue in Basque.

No English subtitles available for YouTube trailer – click to watch trailer on Netflix

Three interlocking tales set in North Africa starring veteran Spanish actor Luis Tosar.

In a desperate attempt to reach Europe, six-year-old Adú and his older sister in Cameroon try to sneak into an aircraft hold. Not far away, an environmental activist witnesses the terrible scene of an elephant killed by poachers.

Meanwhile, thousands of kilometers to the north in Spanish Melilla, a group of civil guards faces a furious mob of African immigrants trying to cross the border fence.

Accent: European Spanish

This cerebral drama is Netflix’s first original film in Spanish.

Four friends make the gut-wrenching decision of who will go to prison for the crime they committed. A character play set in a single room, with terrific dialogue and performances.

Accent: European Spanish

Netflix’s second Spanish-language movie is a controversial dark comedy about a dysfunctional group of wannabe Basque terrorists awaiting word about a new mission while Spain makes a run at the World Cup title.

Most of the cast are big names in Spain but relatively unknown in the US. Best for those an interest in recent Spanish history and the Basque conflict.

Accent: European Spanish

Popular Spanish film adaptation of a cult musical comedy.

Two rebellious teen girls who love reggaeton music have a life-changing brush with the divine at a camp run by nuns. Very funny and relatable despite the unlikely plot.

Accent: European Spanish

Moving film shot in a remote area of Argentine Patagonia.

A Spanish mother travels to the ends of the earth with her autistic son in the hope that a ranger and a pod of wild orcas can help him find an emotional connection.

Accents: Argentinian, European Spanish

Complex Spanish thriller that takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour around the world. Based on the non-fiction book Paesa, el espía de las mil caras by Manuel Cerdán. The film stars Eduard Fernández as Francisco Paesa, a former agent of the Spanish secret service who faked his own death after an infamous corruption scandal.

Accent: European Spanish

In this heartwarming comic drama, a determined mother travels to Vietnam along with her two friends to bring home the baby her recently deceased daughter had planned to adopt.

Accent: European Spanish

In the mood for a silly comedy? This zany film based on a hit play follows a group of patients with OCD who wait for their flight-delayed doctor to arrive for their appointments, forcing them to endure each other’s oddball quirks

Accent: European Spanish

In this compelling true story set in 1992, two Peruvian detectives go undercover to locate and capture the elusive leader of the Shining Path.

Accent: Peruvian

Harrowing survival drama based on the real-life story of future Uruguayan president José Mujica and his fellow Tupamaro political prisoners, who fight to survive 12 years of solitary confinement and torture.

Accent: Uruguayan

An ex-con who has left his life of crime behind is dragged into conflict with the local mafia when his family is threatened.

Entertainingly frenetic thriller atmospherically set on Spain’s southern coast.

Accent: European Spanish

More Netflix Suggestions

Have feedback on these films or more Spanish movie Netflix recommendations? Some of my best Spanish-language film suggestions come from my readers! Please share your thoughts in the comments.


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