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1. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 667,279 | Gross: $7.56M

2. Aquarius (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 16,464 | Gross: $0.29M

3. Bacurau (2019)

131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

74 Metascore

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Thardelly Lima

Votes: 8,933

4. A Wolf at the Door (2013)

Unrated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A journey to the dark cutting edge of desires, lies and wickedness of a love triangle, from the moment a child is mysteriously kidnapped.

Director: Fernando Coimbra | Stars: Leandra Leal, Milhem Cortaz, Fabiula Nascimento, Tamara Taxman

Votes: 3,260

5. Neighboring Sounds (2012)

Unrated | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Ana Rita Gurgel, Caio Almeida, Maeve Jinkings, Dida Maia

Votes: 6,274 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,320 | Gross: $0.31M

7. The Second Mother (2015)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Director: Anna Muylaert | Stars: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas, Camila Márdila

Votes: 11,688 | Gross: $0.38M

8. A Dog's Will (2000)

104 min | Comedy

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: Matheus Nachtergaele, Selton Mello, Rogério Cardoso, Denise Fraga

Votes: 10,128

9. Elite Squad (2007)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

33 Metascore

In 1997 Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his position while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope visits.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 94,407 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz

Votes: 76,628 | Gross: $0.10M

11. Behind the Sun (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: José Dumont, Rodrigo Santoro, Rita Assemany, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 6,496 | Gross: $0.06M

12. The Man Who Copied (2003)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A Brazilian photocopier operator falls in love with a girl who lives in an opposite house and spends his evenings looking at her through his binoculars.

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Leandra Leal, Luana Piovani, Pedro Cardoso

Votes: 8,916 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Central Station (1998)

R | 110 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra, Soia Lira

Votes: 33,917 | Gross: $5.60M

14. Lisbela and the Prisoner (2003)

106 min | Comedy, Romance

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia, Carlos Casagrande

Votes: 5,219

15. Brainstorm (2000)

74 min | Drama

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky | Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis, Dani Nefussi

Votes: 4,483

16. Angels of the Sun (2006)

92 min | Drama

In 2002, 12-year-old Maria, living in dire poverty with her family, is sold by her fisherman father to prostitute recruiter Seu Tadeu, who takes her to a low-class brothel in the Amazon ... See full summary »

Director: Rudi Lagemann | Stars: Antonio Calloni, Otávio Augusto, Darlene Glória, Vera Holtz

Votes: 915

17. Basic Sanitation, the Movie (2007)

112 min | Comedy

A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Fernanda Torres, Wagner Moura, Camila Pitanga, Bruno Garcia

Votes: 2,030

18. Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2004)

87 min | Adventure, Comedy

Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has confessed the crime as a cover-up for his girlfriend, who was the wife of the dead man.... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado | Stars: Darlan Cunha, Sophia Reis, Lázaro Ramos, Deborah Secco

Votes: 2,397

19. Two Sons of Francisco (2005)

132 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Francisco, a very simple and poor man whose dream was to see his children become country music stars, and who made all the efforts to make it happen.

Director: Breno Silveira | Stars: Ângelo Antônio, Dira Paes, Márcio Kieling, Thiago Mendonça

Votes: 4,462

20. Bog of Beasts (2006)

80 min | Drama

A man gets obsessed by a teenage girl, who is exploited by her own grandfather, who sometimes takes her to a gas station to show her naked to whomever pays him some money.

Director: Cláudio Assis | Stars: Fernando Teixeira, Caio Blat, Matheus Nachtergaele, Dira Paes

Votes: 953

21. Caramuru: The Invention of Brazil (2001)

85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Diogo Álvares, a Portuguese map illustrator, reaches the Brazilian coast, after his caravel sinks. He is saved by the Indian chief Itaparica and his two daughters, Paraguaçu and Moema. They... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes | Stars: Selton Mello, Camila Pitanga, Deborah Secco, Tonico Pereira

Votes: 1,299

22. The Clown (2011)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way.

Director: Selton Mello | Stars: Selton Mello, Paulo José, Larissa Manoela, Giselle Motta

Votes: 4,414

23. Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop (2004)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids, in 1990, showing his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs.

Directors: Walter Carvalho, Sandra Werneck | Stars: Daniel de Oliveira, Marieta Severo, Reginaldo Faria, Andrea Beltrão

Votes: 3,231

24. Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl (2011)

TV-14 | 131 min | Biography, Drama

After the adoptive daughter of a stable family leaves them for a new life as a prostitute, she rises to become a popular performer among her clients, and details her routine in her blog.

Director: Marcus Baldini | Stars: Deborah Secco, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Drica Moraes, Fabiula Nascimento

Votes: 6,399

25. The Invisible Woman (2009)

105 min | Comedy

A romantic comedy in which a 35-year old man is abandoned by his wife and falls in love with his neighbor, a perfect, ideal woman. The only problem: she doesn't exist!

Director: Cláudio Torres | Stars: Selton Mello, Luana Piovani, Vladimir Brichta, Maria Manoella

Votes: 3,179

26. The Man from the Future (2011)

106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Zero is a brilliant scientist. However, 20 years ago, he was publicly humiliated when he lost Helena, the love of his life. One day, an accidental experience with one of his inventions ... See full summary »

Director: Cláudio Torres | Stars: Wagner Moura, Alinne Moraes, Maria Luísa Mendonça, Fernando Ceylão

Votes: 5,400

27. Redentor (2004)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy

Célio Rocha believes he was assigned by God Himself a difficult mission: to persuade his childhood friend Otávio Sabóia, a corrupt entrepeneur in the construction business, to give away all his possessions to the poor.

Director: Cláudio Torres | Stars: Pedro Cardoso, Miguel Falabella, Fernanda Montenegro, Camila Pitanga

Votes: 877

28. Lower City (2005)

R | 98 min | Drama

61 Metascore

Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered.

Director: Sérgio Machado | Stars: Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, Lázaro Ramos, Maria Menezes

Votes: 3,560 | Gross: $0.13M

29. Madame Satã (2002)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

Loose portrait of João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, a sometime chef, transvestite, lover, father, hero and convict from Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Karim Aïnouz | Stars: Lázaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui, Fellipe Marques

Votes: 2,511 | Gross: $0.20M

30. Drained (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.

Director: Heitor Dhalia | Stars: Selton Mello, Paula Braun, Paulo Alves, Suzana Alves

Votes: 4,421



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