Best Movies with Puerto Rican Characters and Leads

Many big-screen stars can trace their roots to the Caribbean commonwealth of Puerto Rico. From vibrant dancer Rita Moreno to the multitalented Lin-Manuel Miranda to the showstopper Jennifer Lopez, Puerto Rican actors have made their mark on Hollywood. On this list you will find excellent performances from Puerto Rican celebrities in leading roles. Remember the life of a Tejano music sensation in Selena, sing along to the modern-day classic Hamilton, or explore an alien world with Avatar. Whatever you're in the mood for, there's something here for everyone. Looking for more great picks? Check out Best Movies with Mexican and Mexican American Characters and Great TV Shows with Latino Characters and Creators.

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Vivo

age 6+

Touching musical about family and love has a little peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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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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Hamilton

age 11+

Filmed Broadway smash has mature content, positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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In the Heights

age 11+

Joyous, touching musical has some innuendo, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Maid in Manhattan

age 11+

Undeniably pleasing if not particularly memorable.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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Guardians of the Galaxy

age 12+

Marvel's sci-fi adventure has it all: laughs, action, charm.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

age 12+

Lots of laughs, thrills, tunes in slightly lesser sequel.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Star Trek

age 12+

Classic franchise gets new life; OK for older kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Star Trek Into Darkness

age 12+

Action-packed Star Trek sequel has good story, characters.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Star Trek Beyond

age 12+

Violent but exciting adventure honors teamwork, diversity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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All Together Now

age 13+

Book-based teen drama uplifts despite sad scenes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Mucho Mucho Amor

age 13+

Celebratory docu profiles magnetic Puerto Rican TV star.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

age 13+

Riveting, brutally honest docu about a living legend.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Second Act

age 13+

JLo glows in friendship comedy with swearing, racy humor.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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West Side Story (2021)

age 13+

Dazzling musical adaptation has violence, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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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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Ingrid Goes West

age 15+

Social media thriller has worthy messages, drugs, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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No Sudden Move

age 15+

Engaging heist movie has strong language, violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Puerto Ricans in Paris

age 15+

Culture-clash buddy comedy has some crude humor, gun use.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Awake

age 16+

Apocalyptic thriller has graphic violence, peril, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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