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12 Inspiring Movies for Latinx Families

Looking for movies with positive messages and conversation starters? Check out our suggestions.

Movies or documentaries with topics that remind us of our traditions and culture are an easy way to entertain our families and spend some time together. They also create an opportunity to talk and share memories. After the movie, ask your kids what they thought.

Try these conversation starters:

  • Characters. Do you find the characters real and relatable? Do you think they're based on stereotypes, or do they really show our community?
  • Actors and their performances. Did you like how the actors performed? Do you think they transmitted what their characters really wanted to say?
  • Story. What did you think about the plot and how it relates to real life? Do you know about real stories like this in our community?
  • Messages. Did you pick up on any positive or negative messages in the movie? What would you change or add to these messages? How did you feel while watching the movie?

Here are ten movies and one documentary for everyone in the family.

The Book of Life. A fantastical animated story about the culture and traditions of Day of the Dead.

Coco. Coco follows the story of Miguel, a boy who wants to be a musician despite his family's objections, as he visits his relatives in The Land of the Dead to learn about his ancestors and, ultimately, about himself.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A teenaged Dora the Explorer remains optimistic, intelligent, and generous as she takes adventures that demonstrate the value of teamwork and collaboration.

The Latino List. Top-notch documentary features strong Latinx role models.

Like Water for Chocolate. A classic of Latin American literature tells a passionate love story inspired by Mexican cuisine.

McFarland USA. Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.

My Family. Epic, dramatic tale of a Mexican-American family.

Quinceanera. Award-winning drama about growing up amid cultural changes.

Real Women Have Curves. Smart coming-of-age drama addresses body image.

Selena. Touching and ultimately tragic tale of young Tejano star.

Stand and Deliver. Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.

Underwater Dreams. Inspiring story about an underdog high school robotics team.

Maria Oxalide Alvarez
Maria O. Alvarez is the former vice president for family and community engagement at Common Sense. She created and led Common Sense Latino, as well as the family and community engagement team. Maria is passionate about connecting with families and responding to their unique media and technology needs, and empowering them to navigate the digital world with confidence. She is the proud mom of two bilingual and bicultural boys.