How to Watch the Best Latinx Movies and Documentaries
Have free time and looking for new movies to watch? It's Hispanic Heritage Month and with a slew of options readily available, it's a great time to dive into the Latinx realm.
From Academy Award-winning dramas, thrilling documentaries and hilarious rom-coms perfect for lounging and chismeando with the amigas, ET has rounded up the best Latinx movies and documentaries on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and more streaming services.
Throw on your comfiest clothes, agarra el vinito and any other antojitos for your movie night in. Whether you're solo, with the familia, partner or kids, there's plenty of options for everyone. And for even more recommendations, make sure to check out our guide for the best Latinx TV shows to stream.
Directed by Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch, the documentary goes deep into the late iconic astrologer Walter Mercado's life and legacy. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eugenio Derbez and Univision talent Raul De Molina make guest appearances as they remember the Latin icon and all that he offered to his faithful viewers and followers.
Stream Mucho Mucho Amor on Netflix.
The Academy Award-winning film is set in the early '70s in Colonia Roma, a town in Mexico City, and centers on Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a character based on director Alfonso Cuarón’s nanny. Shot in black and white with an almost entirely Mexican crew, Roma depicts a deeply emotional time during the Mexican director’s childhood.
Knock Down the House
The documentary goes behind the scenes as now-congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress.
Stream Knock Down the House on Netflix.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
The three-part documentary chronicles the rise of a gifted young athlete who became a household name for being involved in what is considered the most “infamous murder case involving an American athlete since O.J. Simpson."
After signing a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots, Hernandez was charged in the murder of Odin Lloyd. While on trial, he was also indicted for the double homicide of two Boston-area men. While he was acquitted for the latter, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Odin case and sentenced to serve life in prison, where he eventually took his own life.
Stream Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez on Netflix.
A Tale of Two Kitchens
The short documentary follows Mexico City restaurant star Gabriela Cámara as she opens up her sister eatery Cala in San Francisco. Be prepared to crave delicious comida once you hit play.
Stream A Tale of Two Kitchens on Netflix.
Real Women Have Curves
Staring America Ferrera, this dramedy centers on Ana García, a first generation Mexican-American girl and her passage to womanhood. Struggling with her parents' views and opinions about how she should stay home and provide for them, Ana learns important life lessons that form her decision to be her own person.
Stream Real Women Have Curves on Hulu.
I Am the Queen
This documentary -- directed by Henrique Cirne-Lima and Josue Pellot -- centers on a transgender, youth beauty pageant, taking place in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. The film's main subjects offer a glimpse of their lifestyle as they prepare to compete against each other.
Stream I Am the Queen on Tubi.
Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison
This 2019 doc follows the beloved norteño band as they perform at the Folsom State Prison in California, 50 years after Johnny Cash held his historic concert there.
Stream Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison on Netflix.
Inspired by Día de los Muertos and featuring an all-Latinx voice cast (including Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal and Edward James Olmos), the film tells the story of a young boy named Miguel, who dreams of becoming a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, and ends up on a journey throughout the Land of the Dead to lift his family’s longtime ban on music.
A Celebration of the Music From Coco
Additionally, if you can't get enough of Coco, Disney+ has a live concert special -- featuring songs and visuals from the beloved flick -- that was filmed at Los Angeles' historic Hollywood Bowl over three nights in November 2019.
Stream A Celebration of the Music From Coco on Disney+.
Trolls World Tour
Featuring J Balvin and his love for reggaeton, grab the kids and jump into the trolls world. When the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls tries to take over all the Troll kingdoms, Queen Poppy and her friends try different ways to save all the trolls.
Stream Trolls World Tour on Hulu.
The classic rom-com follows three sisters and their father, Martin, a veteran chef who is slowing losing his sense of taste. Family drama ensues when the sisters begin relationships and a woman sets her sights on their dad.
Stream Tortilla Soup on YouTube.
Y Tu Mamá También
See Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna in one of their earliest films. After Tenoch and Julio meet the alluring, older Luisa, they try to impress her with stories of a road trip, then convince her to join them.
Stream Y Tu Mamá También on Netflix.
A la Mala
This Spanish-language rom-com is a must-watch. Aislinn Derbez stars as Maria Laura, an aspiring actress who, after her best friend begs her to flirt with her boyfriend to test his fidelity, begins a lucrative new career. Things are good for Maria Laura, who then gets hired by a slew of women to trick their lovers, until she falls for her latest subject.
Stream A la Mala on Amazon Prime.
Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role, the biopic tells the story of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez from her early days to her rise to fame to her untimely and tragic death.
Stream Selena on Amazon Prime.
Penélope Cruz takes viewers on an emotional ride as a woman diagnosed with breast cancer who forms a strong bond with a man (Luis Tosar) who lost his wife and daughter in a car accident.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, this classic tale is set in the Falangist Spain of 1944 and follows a bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer who escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Stream Pan's Labyrinth on Netflix.
Antonio Banderas stars as former musician and gunslinger El Mariachi, who arrives at a small Mexican border town after being away for a long time. His past quickly catches up with him and he soon gets entangled with the local drug kingpin Bucho and his gang. Salma Hayek and Danny Trejo co-star.
The Latin Explosion: A New America
Explore how the growing Latinx community is impacting American culture for the better by diving into the rise of Latin music in the U.S. This documentary begins exploring the Afro-Cuban sounds in the '40s and '50s, all the way to the late '90s when artists like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and more hit the airwaves.
Stream The Latin Explosion: A New America on HBO.
Enjoy the 1998 animated film, which follows a rather neurotic ant that tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves, in Spanish! It's perfect for the whole family.
Stream Antz Hormiguitaz on Hulu.
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