From Roma to Machete: 31 movies for 31 days of Hispanic Heritage Month

This Hispanic Heritage Month, kick-start the celebration with 31 movies in 31 days. Hispanic characters, actors, and filmmakers take the lead in this ultimate movie watch-list.

Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Music, art, literature, food, history, and of course movies are all great ways to learn about and appreciate the Hispanic culture. With that in mind, movie lovers can settle in for a month-long marathon of films featuring Hispanic characters, actors, and moviemakers.

Although Hispanic talent is still underrepresented in Hollywood, fans can likely expect increased Hispanic representation in the near future. There has been an influx of content created by producers of color, particularly Latinas like Gina Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez. In addition, many Hollywood heavyweights are pushing inclusion riders to ensure a higher level of diversity on production sets.

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There’s no doubt that incorporating diverse perspectives in front of and behind the camera benefits the film industry overall.  Filmmakers who embrace diversity bring audiences movies with deep emotion, rich characters, immersive stories, and surprising insights.

Fans of any background can enjoy the following list of movies. The universal themes of comedy, romance, horror, action, and drama deliver hours of entertainment. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sunday, Sept. 15 through Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Let’s pay tribute by watching these 31 movies in 31 days!

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 25: Actor Danny Trejo arrives at the Los Angeles screening of “Machete” at Orpheum Theatre on August 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Action movies

1. El Chicano (2019)

2. Columbiana (2011)

3. Machete (2010)

4. Desperado (1995)

Peter Parker as Spider-Man (Jake Johnson) in Sony Pictures Animation’s SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Animated and family features

5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

6. Coco (2017)

7. Book of Life (2014)

8. Spy Kids (2001)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: Comedian George Lopez performs onstage during the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “NRDC’s Night of Comedy” Benefit with Seth Meyers, John Oliver, George Lopez, Mike Birbiglia and Hasan Minhaj on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Natural Resources Defense Council)


9. How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)

10. Chasing Papi (2003)

11. The Original Latin Kings of Comedy 2002)

12. Fools Rush In (1997)

(l to r) Gael Garcia Bernal, director Alfonzo Cuaron, and Diego Luna at the New York premiere of “Y Tu Mama Tambien” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 3/6/02 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect


13. Roma (2018)

14. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

15. Real Women Have Curves (2002)

16. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

Fantasy and sci-fi films

17. The Shape of Water (2017)

18. Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

19. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

The Curse of La Llorona movie photo via WB Press

The Curse of La Llorona movie photo via WB Press

Horror Flicks

20. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

21. Mamá (2013)

22. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

386073 01: 1997 Jennifer Lopez stars in the movie Selena

Musicals and musical biopics

23. West Side Story (1961)

24. La Bamba (1987)

25. Selena (1997)

SANTA BARBARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Actors Rafael Martinez, Ramiro Rodriguez, Hector Duran, Carlos Pratts, Sergio Avelar, Johnny Ortiz and Michael Aguero attend The Santa Barbara Film Festival Closing Night Screening of McFarland, USA at The Arlington Theatre on February 7, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Sports films

26. The Wolf Pack (2015)

27. McFarland, USA (2015)

28. The Two Escobars (2010)

387539 04: Mexican actress Salma Hayek holds “Tyson” the spider monkey at a press conference about the movie “Frida Kahlo” April 5, 2001 in Mexico City. Hayek plays the title role in the movie currently being filmed on location in Mexico City, Paris and New York. (Photo by Susana Gonzalez/Newsmakers)

Traditional biopics

29. Cesar Chavez (2014)

30. Che (2008)

31. Frida (2002)

We can jump-start our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with this list of films and continue exploring Hispanic culture through cuisine, music, activism, and more! How many of your favorite films made the list? Comment and join the conversation.