16 Mexican Movies to Stream While You Stay Home

Being stuck at home seems like the best excuse to do a Mexican cinema marathon. I used to do that with mi Abue. She introduced me to the classics of Mexican cinema. Every time we visited her she would open the closet door where she stored her VHS collection and would ask me "Con cual quieres empezar? (Which one do you want to start with?) and I always answered ‘Los Tres Huastecos’, my favorite movie!
Abue Mara, Mexico 1997 | Source: Liesl Lar​​
While growing up everyone called me "La Tucita", after the feisty four-year-old co-star of this classic film. This clip from the movie best represents why I earned this nickname: One of the Funniest Moments of "La Tucita."
“La Tucita” aka Liesl Lar as a young child. | Source: Liesl Lar​​

Here is a list of Mexican movies you can watch online, recommended by members of our community. We hope you enjoy these movies and if you have other Mexican favorites, please share them with us in the comments. 


In honor of mi Abue, let’s start the list with 'Los Tres Huastecos'

Los Tres Huastecos (1948)

Musical Comedy/ Drama

Fate reunites three long-separated brothers who were raised by different families after their mother's death. El Cura, El Bandido, y El Capitán — a priest, an outlaw and a soldier — all interpreted by Pedro Infante in a musical comedy-drama full of endearing characters and classic Mexican songs, like "Conejo Blas" and "La Burrita."

Available on Internet Archive

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Roma (2018)

Drama

Written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, this Mexican movie is a true love letter to Mexico. Cuarón transports us to the heart of Mexico and represents our country with all its nuances. It stars Yalitza Aparicio, whose film debut in Roma earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and made her the second Mexican woman and first Indigenous American woman to receive the honor. Yalitza conquered our hearts with her performance but we’ll have to wait to see her next starring role because she’s put her big-screen career on hold to serve as a UNESCO goodwill ambassador for indigenous peoples. She is traveling the world and speaking about how to improve social conditions in Mexico, champion gender equality, and promote diversity.

Available on Netflix

Frida (2002)

Drama

Although not a Mexican film, this movie talks about one of the most exceptional Mexican women, Frida Kahlo, a radical, revolutionary woman and one of the most fascinating artists of the 20th century. This film is focused on the turbulent relationship of Frida (Salma Hayek) and Diego Rivera. It's a story packed with tragedy, pain, strength, and a lot of culture.

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, or Google Play

Como Caido del Cielo (2019)

Comedy

During this Mexican movie, legendary Mexican actor-singer Pedro Infante dies and finds himself in purgatory. There, he is granted an opportunity to redeem his womanizing ways and earn entrance into heaven. His task, to return to Earth and take up residence in a “Pedro Infante” impersonator's body!

Available on Netflix.

Amores Perros (2000)

Thriller/Drama

This movie is Alejandro G. Iñarritu’s debut as a director and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. A bold and emotional story starring Gael García Bernal, Emilio Echeverría, and Goya Toledo, the film follows different love stories intertwined by a terrible car accident.

Available on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime.

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Dos Tipos de Cuidado (1953)

Musical/Comedy

The only film featuring legendary Mexican cinema actors Jorge Negrete and Pedro Infante, as co-stars. Set in 1950s rural Mexico, it’s about two best friends who are betrayed by love. It’s a fun and fast-paced farce, full of misunderstandings and ranchera style music.

Available on Amazon Prime & YouTube

Instructions Not Included (2013)

Drama/Comedy

A sweet comedy about a playboy (Eugenio Derbez) is left to raise his daughter solo. He'll do everything in his power to make his daughter happy, even in the most unfortunate of times.

Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, & Sling TV.

Arráncame La Vida (2008)

Mexico's official submission for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Roberto Sneider and based on the 1985 novel of the same name, this Mexica n movie set in 1930’s Puebla follows the journey of Catalina, a 15 year old girl who is swept into a romantic relationship with a revolutionary general (Andres Ascencio). Immediately after their marriage, he declares she is his property, and he reveals his true nature, which is that of a controlling, brutal and unfaithful husband. As the general’s political ambitions progress, she finds it increasingly difficult to remain his wife. She desires to have freedom and her own identity, which leads to a new romantic love. This film captures the complexities of life in one of Mexico's defining eras.

Not available to stream right now, but you can purchase the DVD on Amazon.

Y Tu Mamá Tambien (2001)

Drama/Comedy

Directed by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón, this film centers on two 17-year old best friends on a cross-country escapade with a gorgeous older woman. In a rush into adulthood, they are ruled by raging hormones and intense friendships.

Available on Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes, & Sling TV.

Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Drama/Romance

Based on the 1989 novel written by Laura Esquivel, this is one of those unique cases where the movie is as good as the book. If you love Mexican food and romantic movies this one is for you. It deals with the life of Tita, her love affairs, and her relationship with her family, all related to the importance of cooking and typical Mexican recipes.

Available on Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes, & YouTube.

Cansada de Besar Sapos (2006)

Comedy/Romance

After being heartbroken by her cheating boyfriend, Martha (Ana Serradilla) subscribes to a pre-Tinder dating site and becomes a “manizer.” A romantic comedy about being deceived and playing the field. 

Available on Pantaya, Sling TV, Amazon Prime.

Cásese Quien Pueda (2015)

Comedy/Romance

A story about two sisters in pursuit of ideal love. A perfect stereotypical romantic comedy, featuring a runaway bride, newfound love, and a jungle adventure.

Available on Netflix, Pantaya.

Cantinflas (2014)

Comedy/Biography

A biographical film about Cantinflas, one of our most beloved Mexican comedians. This is the story of how he became a world star. From a newly discovered talent and humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood, he became famous around the world—one joke at a time.

Available on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Hulu, & Sling TV.

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Selena (1997)

Biographical Musical/Drama

The life story of one Selena Quintanilla, one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers, who was credited with elevating the Latin music genre into mainstream markets, before her untimely death at the age of 24. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions to music unified Mexicans and Americans and made her a household name.

Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, & HBO MaxLet's finish with the greatest Mexican film collaborations of all time. 



Comedy duo, director Miguel M. Delgado and actor Mario Moreno (aka “Cantinflas”).


Here are two of the 33 exceptional Mexican movies they made together.

Cantinflas el Barrendero (1982)

Comedy/Drama

Mario Moreno said goodbye to the big screen with this classic Cantinflas movie. The story of an honest and flirty street sweeper who seems to find the most unlikely things in his trash cans! One day he discovers a painting, and not knowing it is a valuable work of art hidden there by thieves, he sells it to an antique dealer. That’s when the problems begin and comedy ensues. The thieves, who want the painting back, chase and harass the sweeper. All along, this does not stop him from singing, dancing, and flirting with all the maids in the neighborhood.

 Not available to stream right now, but you can purchase the DVD on Amazon.

Por Mis Pistolas (1968)

Comedy

Filmed by the extraordinary comedy duo, director Miguel M. Delgado and actor Mario Moreno (aka “Cantinflas”). Pharmacist Fidencio Barrenillo (Cantinflas) arrives in Arizona to run a major silver mine, but his plans are cut short when a group of Apaches take him prisoner. At first, they plan to burn him alive, but name him a curandero after he heals their chief’s toothache. This movie is guaranteed laughter!

Not available to stream right now, but you can purchase the DVD on Amazon.





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About the Author

Liesl Lar

A proud born and raised Mexican based in New York City currently working at Cosmopolitan as a Video Producer. Liesl is a former Disney Latin American television star, turned writer, director, and producer who grew up on television sets and in front of cameras and now enjoys working behind the scenes to develop and oversee live theatrical shows and commercial videos.

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