Best Movies with Mexican and Mexican American Characters

Ready for some great movies you can say to? Enjoy one of these excellent movies highlighting Mexican culture. The films on this list all focus on the stories and experiences of Mexican and Mexican American characters. From the award-winning drama Roma to the (literally) mouthwatering romance of Like Water for Chocolate to the vibrant celebration of family and music in Coco, there's something for everyone here. And when you're done, try one of these Great TV Shows with Latinx Characters and Creators.

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The Book of Life

age 7+

Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Coco

age 7+

Stunningly animated, poignant tribute to family and culture.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Xico's Journey

age 8+

Pro-nature tale is beautiful and sweet, has some violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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McFarland, USA

age 10+

Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Selena

age 10+

Touching and ultimately tragic tale of young Tejano star.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1997)
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Underwater Dreams

age 10+

Inspiring story about an underdog high school robotics team.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Cantinflas

age 12+

Showbiz tale about legendary Mexican actor is mostly tame.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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How to Be a Latin Lover

age 13+

Comedy about aging gigolo has racy bits, stereotyping.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Instructions Not Included

age 13+

Mix of comedy and tragedy in Mexican dad-daughter tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison

age 13+

Excellent docu featuring musicians performing for inmates.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Zurdo

age 13+

Excellent Mexican fantasy with some disturbing violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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La Bamba

age 14+

Sweet, sad rock-idol tale has violence, cursing, drinking.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1987)
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Miss Bala

age 14+

Female-driven crime action has violence, swearing, drugs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Real Women Have Curves

age 14+

Smart coming-of-age drama addresses body image.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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Time Share

age 14+

Some profanity in edgy, offbeat Mexican satire/drama.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Tortilla Soup

age 14+

A harmless comedy that will make your mouth water.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2001)
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The Wolves (Los Lobos)

age 14+

Mexican immigration family drama has swearing, drug use.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Like Water for Chocolate

age 16+

Passionate tale of lost and regained love.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1992)
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Frida

age 16+

Graphic biopic of artist Frida Kahlo.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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Quinceañera

age 16+

Smart coming-of-age drama for older teens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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