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The 10 Top Spanish Movies on Netflix from Spain

The same as watching Spanish series, watching movies is another good and easy way to learn and practice Spanish. For this reason, I made this post about the top Spanish movies from Spain that are currently available on Netflix.

When watching a movie, you especially practice your listening and pronunciation skills and learn new vocabularyexpressionsslang, and culture. In addition, you learn and practice the language in a more fun way compared to attending classes or using textbooks.

I would recommend turning the subtitles on if you are a beginner. However, once you get to a certain level of Spanish, turn them off. Try to understand the plot and scenes through the context, images and the few words or sentences you can comprehend.

Below, you will find the 10 top Spanish movies on Netflix to learn and practice Castilian Spanish.

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The 10 Top Spanish Movies on Netflix from Spain

PAN’S LABYRINTH

What you need to know

Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) is a drama fantasy war movie from 2006. It was nominated for and won several awards, including seven Goya awards and three Oscar awards.

Fun fact: The English subtitles were translated by the director of the movie, Guillermo del Toro, because he didn’t like the subtitles of his previous Spanish movie.

Plot

The movie takes place in Spain in 1944 during the Francoist dictatorship, and tells the story of a sadistic army officer’s stepdaughter who escapes to a magical and fantasy world.

What you will learn

You will pick up some war and fantasy vocabulary.

Also, you will see a piece of Spanish history: the dictatorship years.

THE INVISIBLE GUEST

What you need to know

The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) is a crime mystery thriller movie that first aired in 2017. It became the most watched Spanish movie in China and the largest ticket selling Spanish movie abroad in 2017.

Personally, my favorite movie in this top Spanish movies list.

Plot

A successful businessman, who wakes up in a room of a hotel, is accused of murder. With the aid of the best defense attorney, he has less than three hours to come up with a good defense.

What you will learn

Beside learning general vocabulary, you will pick up some police and crime vocabulary.

In addition, the movie mainly takes place in Barcelona and the Catalan Pyrenees. Therefore, be ready to enjoy the beautiful views of Barcelona and a part of the Catalan Pyrenees, Vall de Nuria.

EVEN THE RAIN

What you need to know

Even the Rain (También la lluvia) is a 2010 drama movie. It was nominated for and won several awards, including three Goya awards. In addition, it was chosen as Spain’s foreign-language Oscar entry.

Plot

The movie follows a filmmaker and his crew who go to Bolivia to film a historical movie about the arrival of Columbus and the Spaniards to the New World. During the shooting they will get involved in controversy when protests start due to the privatization of the water supply. As the riots escalate, they face the tension that rises among each other.

What you will learn

Beside practicing Castilian Spanish, you will get familiar with Spanish from Bolivia, Mexico and Argentina. Also, you will hear other languages, such as Quechua and English.

In addition, you will learn about a piece of Spanish history: Spanish colonization.

100 METERS

What you need to know

100 Meters (100 metros) is a 2016 comedy and drama movie based on a true story. The movie and its actors were nominated for and received various awards, including a nomination for the Goya awards.

Plot

The movie is based on a Spanish man who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and decides to participate in an Iron-man. Also, it follows the relationship between him and his father-in-law.

What you will learn

First, you will learn some colloquial Spanish and a few cuss words. In addition, you will also pick up some medical and sport words. Finally, you will hear how the Basque accent sounds thanks to the character who plays the father-in-law.

Additionally, the movie takes place in Barcelona, so you will get a little familiar with the Catalan city and its surroundings.

PALM TREES IN THE SNOW

What you need to know

Palm Trees in the Snow (Palmeras en la nieve) is a 2015 romantic drama movie based on the novel that was wrote by Luz Gabás. It was nominated for and won a few awards, such as two Goya awards.

Plot

The movie focuses on a family from Huesca (Aragon, Spain) in the 1950s-60s, who goes to an island of Equatorial Guinea during the time when it was a Spanish colony (Spanish Guinea) until it became an independent country. At the same time, it follows a young woman in the present, who goes to this island in order to find out more about this family, which are her ancestors. Once there, she discovers the past and some dark secrets.

What you will learn

Along with other local languages, you will hear a unique dialect called patués, which is spoken in Benasque Valley of Huesca, and the variety of Spanish spoken in Equatorial Guinea.

Additionally, you will learn a piece of Spanish colonial history.

Fun fact: Did you know that Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa that has Spanish as an official language?

MIRAGE

What you need to know

Mirage (Durante la tormenta) is a 2018 science fiction thriller. It became seventh biggest box-office draw in the world during its premiere weekend in China.

Plot

A time warp interference between the past and the present, which was produced during a storm, causes the main character to save a child who lived in her house 25 years ago. But this act produces changes which gives rise to a new reality.

What you will learn

You will pick up general vocabulary.

In addition, part of the movie takes place in the eighties. Therefore, you will learn about how the customs and lifestyle were at this time in Spain.

SUNDAY’S ILLNESS

What you need to know

Sunday’s Illness (La enfermedad del domingo) is a 2017 drama movie. In my opinion, it stands out for its slow pace and the abundance of silence.

Plot

The movie takes place in the French Pyrenees and tells the story of a reunion of a woman with the daughter she abandoned 35 years ago. After finding her mother, who has become upper-class, the daughter asks her a strange request: to spend 10 days together.

What you will learn

You will easily practice your listening skills because the characters speak clearly and slowly. In addition, you will notice the Argentinean accent of the woman’s husband. Besides Spanish, you will also hear French.

SEVENTEEN

What you need to know

Seventeen (Diecisiete) is a Spanish comedy-drama from 2019. It won one award for best movie at Toulouse Cinespaña. Also, it was nominated for a few awards, including one Goya nomination for best new actor (Nacho Sánchez who plays Ismael in the movie).

Plot

The movie follows a 17 year old boy who is imprisoned at a juvenile center. As part of the rehabilitation program, he helps train dogs. He will form an unbreakable bond with one dog under his care. However, the dog stops showing up and he will start an unexpected journey along with his brother and grandmother to find it.

What you will learn

Besides learning general vocabulary, you will also learn some slang and even a fake word: “tarapara”. This is the only word the grandmother says. This is not a real word. It seems the director has the habit of using invented words for his movies.

Additionally, the movie takes place in Cantabria, so you will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of this area.

QUIÉN TE CANTARÁ

What you need to know

Quién te cantará, is a drama movie produced in 2018. The movie and its actresses were nominated for and won several awards, including one Goya award for best new actress (Eva Llorach who plays Violet).

Fun fact: A version of Procuro Olvidarte ballad, which was the first international hit of Hernaldo Zúñiga, is part of the soundtrack. The actress and singer Najwa Nimri (the main character) and Eva Amaral perform this song. The latter is the singer of the popular Spanish music band Amaral.

Plot

The movie is based on a woman who was a successful Spanish singer in the nineties until she mysteriously disappeared. Now, ten years later, as she is preparing for her comeback, she suffers an accident that causes her to lose her memory. An impressionist who is a huge fan is brought in to help her to learn how to be herself again.

What you will learn

You will learn general vocabulary and you may be able to pick up some Andalusian accent from Marta, Violeta’s daughter. In addition, you will easily practice your listening skills because the characters speak clearly and slowly.

EVERYBODY KNOWS

What you need to know

Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) is a psychological thriller from 2018 with Penólope Cruz and Javier Bardem as the main characters. It was nominated for and won several awards, including eight nominations for the Goya awards.

Plot

A woman who lives in Buenos Aires, goes back to her small hometown in Madrid with her two children to go to her sister´s wedding. However, an unexpected event ends up revealing deep-buried secrets.

What you will learn

Along with Castilian Spanish, you will hear Argentinian accent (the main character’s husband and her son) and Catalan (some guests in the wedding).

In addition, the movie will show some Spanish culture traditions, such as a traditional wedding. Also, you will learn about some Spanish small town customs.

Final Thoughts

I hope I have made it easier for you to learn and practice Castilian Spanish with this list of the top Spanish movies.

A great activity I suggest after watching a movie, is to discuss the plot and details with someone else. By doing so, you can comprehend better the story and work with the vocabulary and expressions you have heard.

Along with other activities, this is one that we usually use during our online Spanish conversation classes.

Have you watched any of these movies? Which one did you like the most?

Let us know other movies you consider as top Spanish movies at the comment section below.


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