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1. Dark Blue Almost Black (2006)

105 min | Drama

Just as his childhood sweetheart Natalia returns, his infertile brother Antonio asks Jorge to impregnate Paula, Antonio's imprisoned girlfriend.

Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, Marta Etura, Antonio de la Torre

Votes: 7,565 | Gross: $0.00M

2. Fat People (2009)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Follows the excesses and deprivation of life. Complexes, phobias, obsessions, traumas, fears, sex are aired in a group therapy against obesity.

Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Enríquez, Verónica Sánchez, Raúl Arévalo

Votes: 2,578

3. Cousinhood (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy

Three cousins travel to the village where they spent summer vacations as kids.

Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Inma Cuesta, Raúl Arévalo, Antonio de la Torre

Votes: 4,287

4. Amanece, que no es poco (1989)

110 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A village and the crazy situations encountered by its citizens.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: José Sazatornil, Carmen de Lirio, Francisco Martínez, Ovidi Montllor

Votes: 2,976

5. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 3,463

6. Atraco a las tres (1962)

92 min | Comedy

Galindo works in a bank. One day he convinces the other employees in the bank to plan a hold-up in the bank they are working. They prepare everything carefully. However, real robbers come ... See full summary »

Director: José María Forqué | Stars: José Luis López Vázquez, Cassen, Gracita Morales, Katia Loritz

Votes: 970

7. Cell 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 61,131

8. Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

In cold Lapland Finland, under the eternal midnight sun, two ardent lovers reunite once again after a long period apart, governed by a powerful and eloquent circular motif woven by destiny, faith, and love. Can they deny their destiny?

Director: Julio Medem | Stars: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez, Nancho Novo, Maru Valdivielso

Votes: 17,458 | Gross: $0.50M

9. Open Your Eyes (1997)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez

Votes: 61,125 | Gross: $0.37M

10. Take My Eyes (2003)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...

Director: Icíar Bollaín | Stars: Laia Marull, Luis Tosar, Candela Peña, Rosa Maria Sardà

Votes: 6,043 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, War

David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Icíar Bollaín, Tom Gilroy

Votes: 9,725 | Gross: $0.23M

12. Familia (1996)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Santiago wakes up like any other morning. He goes down to the kitchen and his whole family is waiting for him: it's his birthday. They all sing "Happy Birthday to You" and give him presents... See full summary »

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Juan Luis Galiardo, Amparo Muñoz, Ágata Lys, Chete Lera

Votes: 1,180

13. Barrio (1998)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A coming-of-age story in the vein of CITY OF GOD and KIDS - available for the first time in the U.S.!

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Críspulo Cabezas, Timy Benito, Eloi Yebra, Marieta Orozco

Votes: 2,521

14. Mondays in the Sun (2002)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

64 Metascore

This is the story of those who live as if every day was a constant Sunday, those who spend their Mondays in the sun. The story of people who worked in a dockyard but are now unemployed.

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, José Ángel Egido, Nieve de Medina

Votes: 12,414 | Gross: $0.15M

15. Things I Never Told You (1996)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ann's boyfriend calls her from Prague. Twenty-five days after leaving her at the airport, he confesses he does not love her any more and that he is with another girl. Ann calls a telephone ... See full summary »

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Lili Taylor, Peggy West, Leslie Mann

Votes: 1,216

16. My Life Without Me (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

Votes: 23,485 | Gross: $0.40M

17. Sidewalls (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don't notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together.

Director: Gustavo Taretto | Stars: Javier Drolas, Miguel Dedovich, Pilar López de Ayala, Miguel Alvarez

Votes: 13,213 | Gross: $0.00M

18. Bon appétit (2010)

91 min | Drama, Romance

A romantic comedy centered on two young cooks and a female sommelier working in a famous Zurich luxury restaurant.

Director: David Pinillos | Stars: Unax Ugalde, Nora Tschirner, Giulio Berruti, Herbert Knaup

Votes: 1,033

19. The Heifer (1985)

122 min | Comedy, War

A platoon of mismatched republican soldiers cross the front-line to steal the bull that the enemy is going to fight on the saint patron date of the village. In addition to ruining the ... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Guillermo Montesinos, Santiago Ramos, José Sacristán

Votes: 1,370

20. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 74,478 | Gross: $2.09M

22. Para que no me olvides (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A powerful story about relationship; love and family including three generations: a young architect; his mother; his grandfather and the architect's not welcomed girlfriend. An unexpected turn will put them all to test.

Director: Patricia Ferreira | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Emma Vilarasau, Marta Etura, Roger Coma

Votes: 290

23. Los peores años de nuestra vida (1994)

100 min | Comedy, Romance

Alberto lives with his parents and his brother Roberto, quite attractive, who tells him there are lots of girls. Alberto is a romantic guy, and doesn't find a girl for his own. He knew he ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Martínez Lázaro | Stars: Gabino Diego, Ariadna Gil, Jorge Sanz, Agustín González

Votes: 568

24. Talk to Her (2002)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

86 Metascore

Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling

Votes: 100,068 | Gross: $9.28M

25. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 83,927 | Gross: $8.26M

26. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julieta Serrano, Rossy de Palma

Votes: 33,057 | Gross: $7.18M

27. Volver (I) (2006)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo

Votes: 90,588 | Gross: $12.90M

28. High Heels (1991)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

A girl's mother returns after 15 years to find her daughter has married one of her (the mother's) old boyfriends. They try to mend their broken mother/daughter relationship and deal with ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé, Anna Lizaran

Votes: 12,879 | Gross: $1.71M

29. Camino (2008)

TV-14 | 138 min | Drama

The young daughter of sectarian religious fanatics faces a deadly illness soon after falling in love for the first time.

Director: Javier Fesser | Stars: Nerea Camacho, Carme Elias, Mariano Venancio, Manuela Vellés

Votes: 4,504

30. The Day of the Beast (1995)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bent on committing as many sins as possible to avert the birth of the beast, a Catholic priest teams up with a Black Metal aficionado and an Italian connoisseur of the occult. Now, he must become an unrelenting sinner. Is there still hope?

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura, Terele Pávez

Votes: 16,316 | Gross: $0.02M

31. Common Wealth (2000)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

The accidental discovery of a big fortune hidden in the apartment of a deceased man will fill the heart of a real estate agent with greed and dreams of a luxurious life, but the neighbours think otherwise.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Carmen Maura, Eduardo Antuña, María Asquerino, Jesús Bonilla

Votes: 10,306

32. The Miracle of P. Tinto (1998)

106 min | Comedy

Wafer factory-owner P. Tinto and his wife Olivia want a child of their own more than anything else in the world. Years of trying, however, have left them with nothing but a pair of ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Fesser | Stars: Luis Ciges, Janusz Ziemniak, Pablo Pinedo, Pepe Viyuela

Votes: 3,443

33. La cabina (1973)

14 min | Short, Comedy

An amateur photographer watches a beautiful woman emerge from a beach hut and disappear into the sea.

Director: Bruno Bozzetto | Stars: Maurizio Nichetti, Pardo Kickhoeffel

Votes: 57

34. Solas (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

75 Metascore

While waiting for her husband to recover in a hospital, a mother stays with her estranged daughter, Maria, who fled her parents rural home in Andalusia because she could no longer bear her father's abusiveness and her mother's passivity.

Director: Benito Zambrano | Stars: María Galiana, Ana Fernández, Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa, Antonio Dechent

Votes: 3,194 | Gross: $0.37M

35. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 179,917 | Gross: $6.39M

36. Son of the Bride (2001)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time ... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, Norma Aleandro, Eduardo Blanco

Votes: 14,110 | Gross: $0.62M

37. Thesis (1996)

R | 125 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty...

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez, Eduardo Noriega, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 33,750

38. What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

The vicissitudes of Gloria, a neurotic housewife, and her family's peculiar characters.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Gonzalo Suárez, Luis Hostalot, Ryo Hiruma

Votes: 8,161

39. Cría Cuervos (1976)

PG | 105 min | Drama

In the twilight of Francisco Franco's dictatorship, an eight-year-old orphan and her two sisters find shelter in the house of their stern aunt, trying their best to acclimatise to a new reality. Will they summon up the courage to grow up?

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ana Torrent, Conchita Pérez, Mayte Sanchez, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 8,451

40. The Other Side of the Bed (2002)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

47 Metascore

Two couples entwine on their search for love.

Director: Emilio Martínez Lázaro | Stars: Ernesto Alterio, Paz Vega, Guillermo Toledo, Natalia Verbeke

Votes: 5,175



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