The Best Spanish-Language Movies on Netflix Right Now


The past few years have seen a boom of Spanish-language films, finding success at both the box office and during awards season. Many of the Oscars for Best Director since 2012 have gone to Spanish-speaking directors.

That being said, “Spanish movies” is a broad term, with every Spanish-speaking country having its own unique and different cinematic history and traditions. This makes for a wide and exciting variety of movies, from prestige dramas to some of the best horror and thriller movies of the past decade to hilarious comedies and outrageous musicals.

As with the culture of the many Spanish-speaking countries, movies in Spanish present a variety of genres and opportunities to offer something for everyone. That’s why this list has a little for everyone, from horror fans to those wanting something more serious to thrilling documentaries. It’s time to share the best Spanish-language movies streaming on Netflix now!

Editor’s note: This article was updated August 2022 to include Perdida and Ay Mi Madre

The Platform (2019)
1 hr 34 min | Thriller/Horror | Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Cast: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan

From Perri Nemiroff’s Review

The movie stars Ivan Massagué as Goreng, a man who voluntarily agrees to serve six months in The Hole in exchange for an accredited diploma. The facility is a prison of sorts that’s structured vertically. Two inmates call each floor home for exactly 30 days. At the end of that period of time, gas fills the structure, knocks them all out and when they wake up, they’re on a new floor. Why does the floor they’re on matter? Because they’re only fed once a d
ay for a matter of minutes via the platform. It begins on floor 0 where it’s loaded up with a dream-like assortment of drinks, salad, chicken, cakes and more and then, the platform descends floor by floor. Floor 1 gets the food of their choice, then their leftovers move to floor 2, floor 3, and so on. While that might not sound all that bad for the folks higher up, imagine calling floor 100 home – or even floor 48 for that matter. When the floors above you are stuffing their faces and even stepping on the table to get what they want, there’s a good chance you’ll be left with their unappetizing remnants – if you’re left with any food at all…

I still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that this is Gaztelu-Urrutia’s feature directorial debut. I suspect this would be an immensely challenging concept to bring to screen for even the most seasoned filmmaker. What Gaztelu-Urrutia accomplishes here exhibits such confidence, understanding and control of his craft, and it’s a sure sign that Gaztelu-Urrutia knows how to lead a team, bringing the most out of every creator he’s collaborating with and then bringing their work together with great expertise. The Platform does fall short of total perfection due to one particular plot point that’s introduced and expanded later on in the movie that isn’t quite as refined as the earlier beats, but it’s still a must-see that will likely wind up being one of the best horror movies of 2020. – Perri Nemiroff

Perdida (2018)
1 hr 43 min | Alejandro Montiel

Cast: Luisana Lopilato, Amaia Salamanca, Rafael Spregelburd

Perdida is a well-crafted mysterious drama about a detective whose years-long search for her missing childhood friend begins to uncover dangerous secrets. Perdida provides a twisted look at determination, with the main characters finding themselves consumed with grief that drives them towards answers. Director Alejandro Montiel builds a bleak backdrop for Perdida, based on the novel Cornelia by Florencia Etcheves, emphasizing the hazardous place one can find themselves when consumed by obsession. – Yael Tygiel

Ay Mi Madre (2019)
1 hr 24 min | Frank Ariza, Rafa Montesinos

Cast: Estefanía de los Santos, Secun de la Rosa, Terele Pávez

An uproarious comedy, Ay Mi Madre, confronts family, expectations, and grief with humor and heart. Frank Ariza (El Continental) and Rafa Montesinos direct this hilarious film about estranged daughter Maria, earnestly played by Estefanía de los Santos, who makes her way home for her mother’s funeral. In order to inherit her mother’s estate, Maria learns there are quite a few unorthodox conditions she must meet. With a playful and precocious supporting cast, Ay Mi Madre is an absolutely delightful movie to enjoy with family. – Yael Tygiel

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