Top 10 Movies from Spain

The Sea Inside - posterThe Top 10 Movies from Spain is a selection of the most voted movies from IMDB. Is your favourite Spanish movie on the list?

  1. El orfanato (2007)
  2. [Rec] (2007)
  3. Hable con ella (2002)
  4. Volver (2006)
  5. Todo sobre mi madre (1999)
  6. Mar adentro (2004)
  7. Abre los ojos (1997)
  8. La mala educación (2004)
  9. El espinazo del diablo (2001)
  10. Lucía y el sexo (2001)

How we built the list

The initial  list was created by searching Spain as Country of Origin and Spanish language (  Then, we had to refine the list as many movies are coproduced between countries or directors and actors are mostly from other nationalities.

The criteria used to determine the “nationality” of a movie are:

  • Country of origin (production).
  • Language (in this case Spanish).
  • Nationality of the director and majority of the cast.
  • Topic

Some movies are still difficult to classify. That is the case of Pan’s Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (2006): coproduction between Mexico, Spain and the United States; directed by Guillermo del Toro (Mexico); main roles played by Ivana Baquero (Spain), Sergi López (Spain) and Maribel Verdú (Spain). Although Pan’s Labyrinth story is based in the fascist Spain of 1944 and most of the cast is Spanish, it is often recognised as a Mexican movie. We decided not to include Pan’s Labyrinth on the list (it is already included in Top 10 Movies from Mexico).

Posted by  IberoAmericanMovies
Categories: Lists, Spain, Spanish movies


  1. Solomon Roth
    15 Dec 2011, 3:53 pm

    The Orphanage as best movie? you gotta be kidding!! It’s sooo plain; the rest are fine but The Orphanage??? For Christ’s sake, you cannot be serious. Besides, that one could do as the list for best spanish movies in the past 15 years but you forget about the classics: Welcome Mr. Marshall!, Main Street, Viridiana, Tristana… or even Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. But above them all, Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight should be considered the best spanish film ever made.

    • Pablo
      17 Dec 2011, 10:23 am

      The list is not my personal choice. In the text of the post I clearly mentioned that the list was built based on IMDB searches – which are based on popularity. In fact Welcome Mr. Marshall!, Viridiana, Tristana and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown are listed in the website in Top 100 Ibero-American Movies of All Time. This last list was created by critics, and still many excellent movies are out.

      You are right though. The tendency on IMDB is to give priority to newer movies. I may build lists based on decades or something like that. At the moment this project is run more as a hobby than a “business”, I add movies, lists and content whenever I have time.

      I really appreciate your comments. They help to improve the website.

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