Spanish language film has a long history. The great Luis Buñuel was the most famous filmmaker in the early years of Spanish language cinema, producing several films from the 1920s to the 1970s. The Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar achieved international recognition from the 1980s onwards. Spanish language films are available to purchase or rent in all the recognised formats.
Spanish language TV programmes are perhaps an easier option for students who are learning Spanish. You will find recommendations below to suit a range of tastes. Try to watch the TV programmes with Spanish subtitles, if you can.

 

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¿QUIÉN MATÓ A SARA?

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Hell-bent on exacting revenge and proving he was framed for his sister's murder, Álex sets out to unearth much more than the crime´s real culprit.

La casa de papel (money heist)

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Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

An amazing series, full of plenty of twists and turns throughout all of its five seasons. Each episode is like a movie in itself, with each character having their own charms that bring viewers closer to them as they follow their journey throughout the heist.

Sandeep

perdida

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Searching for his kidnapped daughter, Antonio sets off a series of events affecting scores of people when he maneuvers to be sent to prison in Colombia.

Esta serie me sorprendió porque espero el habitual "cliché". Los actores hacen un gran esfuerzo por deshacerse de esa forma de actuar, como más natural. La serie tiene un ritmo explosivo que hace que el espectador se sumerja en la historia, además la banda sonora es muy buena. Son excelentes las actuaciones de Daniel Grao como "Antonio Santos", Pedro Suárez como "El guardia de la prisión Molinos" y Antonio Mora como "Enrique". En definitiva, una muy buena serie que toca un tema muy sensible, pero que sigue siendo un ejemplo de las cosas que suceden en la vida real a medida que la trama va espesándose. Para mí, una de las mejores series españolas en Netflix, o si quieres clasificarla como "latinoamericana" por el uso de actores latinos.

Andy

La reina del sur

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A sudden turn of events forces a young Sinaloan money-changer into the dangerous world of drug trafficking, where she gradually rises in the ranks.

In the first series, I really liked the main character, Teresa "la mexicana" because

she was very vulnerable, having embarked on a journey to become a very powerful woman in a man's world of drugs. It was full of action, lovely scenery and I think a good storyline, keeping your interest throughout all the episodes.

Lin

sky rojo

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A fatal turn of events at a brothel sends three women haunted by their pasts on a wild run from their pimp and his henchmen. 

frontera verde (green frontier)

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When a young Bogotá-based detective gets drawn into the jungle to investigate four femicides, she uncovers magic, an evil plot and her own true origins.

Enemigo íntimo

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Siblings separated as children who no longer recognise each other are pitted against each other in a war involving drugs, crime and betrayal.

falsa identidad

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Strangers, Diego and Isabel, flee their home in Mexico and pretend to be a married couple to escape his drug-dealing enemies and her abusive husband.

valeria

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A writer in creative and marital crises finds support from three friends who are also discovering themselves. Based on the novels by Elizabet Benavent.

Sin senos sí hay paraíso

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Born into a small town controlled by the mafia, an irate young woman seeks revenge on the forces that tore apart and wrongly imprisoned her family.

siempre bruja (always a witch)

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A young 17th century witch time travels to the future to save the man she loves but must first adjust to present-day Cartagena and defeat a dark rival.

la casa de las flores (house of flowers)

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In this dark comedy, a wealthy matriarch tries to maintain her family's facade of perfection after her husband's mistress exposes their dirty secrets.

la ley secreta (undercover law)

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Female intelligence agents infiltrate the disparate aspects of a Colombian cartel in an attempt to take down the drug lords and their associates. 

LA VENGANZA DE LAS JUANAS (tHE fIVE jUANAS)

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Five women with the same birthmark set out to unravel the truth about their pasts and discover a tragic web of lies spun by a powerful politician.

la reina del flow (queen of flow)

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Seventeen years after being wrongly imprisoned, a talented songwriter seeks justice against the men who caused her downfall and killed her family. 

las muñecas de la mafia (mafia dolls)

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This dramatic telenovela follows the tumultuous lives of the women who fall in - and out of - love with Colombia's biggest drug traffickers.

somos

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The lives of the people of Allende, a Mexican border town, are overtaken by a powerful cartel's operations, leading to tragedy. Inspired by true events.

el marginal

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While investigating a kidnapping, an ex-policeman, sent to infiltrate a prison, finds himself surrounded by dangerous felons who can't know his real identity.

hache

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As Helena gains the love and trust of a dangerous heroin cartel leader in 1960s Barcelona, she hones the skills she needs to rise up the ranks.

oscuro deseo (dark desire)

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Married Alma spends a fateful weekend away from home that ignites passion, ends in tragedy and leads her to question the truth about those close to her.

La venganza de analía (her mother's killer)

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Nearly 30 years after her mother's murder, a political strategist launches a calculated plan to ruin the Colombian presidential candidate who killed her.

el desorden que dejas (the mess you leave behind)

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A teacher starts her job at a high school but is haunted by a suspicious death that occurred there weeks before... and begins fearing for her own life.

toy boy

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After seven years in a Málaga prison, a male stripper is released pending retrial and sets out to prove his lover framed him for her husband's murder.

desenfrenadas (unstoppable)

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A group of friends set out on a road trip when an unexpected fourth passenger forces an abrupt change of plans.

Apache (the life of carlos tévez)

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This gritty dramatization of the life of Carlos Tévez shows his rise to football stardom amid the harrowing conditions in Argentina's Fuerte Apache. 

PÁLPITO (THE MARKED HEART)

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A man determined to exact revenge on the organ trafficking organisation that murdered his wife becomes involved with the woman who received her heart.

INOCENTE

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An accidental killing leads a man down a dark hole of intrigue and murder. Just as he finds love and freedom, one phone call brings back the nightmare.

ENTREVÍAS

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When his teenage granddaughter falls victim to the drug dealers overtaking his neighborhood, a fed-up war veteran takes matters into his own hands.

Spanish language drama on 

vis a vis (locked up) 

Set up by her lover to take the blame for fraud, young Macarena Ferreiro finds her life altered forever as she is locked up in a high-security women's prison surrounded by tough, ruthless criminals in this tense, provocative Spanish thriller.