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1. Blindness (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 71,176 | Gross: $3.07M

2. Carandiru (2003)

R | 145 min | Drama, Crime

71 Metascore

Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Enrique Diaz, Wagner Moura, Caio Blat, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos

Votes: 18,721 | Gross: $0.21M

3. Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy

52 Metascore

In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Sônia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça, Dinorah Brillanti

Votes: 2,396

4. Gabriela (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In 1925, Nacib (Marcello Mastroianni) is the owner of bar in a small Brazilian coastal town runs by the local colonels. He meets Gabriela (Sonia Braga) and hires her on as a cook. They soon... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Sônia Braga, Marcello Mastroianni, Antonio Cantafora, Paulo Goulart

Votes: 1,053

5. Reaching for the Moon (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

44 Metascore

A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Marcello Airoldi

Votes: 3,043 | Gross: $0.04M

6. Four Days in September (1997)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

Brazillian urban guerrilla fighters kidnap the American Ambassador. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance - helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate - and his fear of the captors themselves.

Director: Bruno Barreto | Stars: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Luiz Fernando Guimarães

Votes: 4,689 | Gross: $0.31M

7. My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)

124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Director: Mauro Lima | Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz, Felipe Severo

Votes: 6,913

8. Bela Donna (1998)

111 min | Drama, Romance

American couple move to the State of Ceará, Brazil, in the 1930s. The husband is looking for oil. His beautiful wife, Donna, soon falls in love with a rude but charming fisherman. The ... See full summary »

Director: Fábio Barreto | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Eduardo Moscovis, Sophie Ward, Letícia Sabatella

Votes: 408

9. Tieta of Agreste (1996)

140 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Just when her family starts believing that she is dead, and that they can expect a rich heritage, Tieta returns from São Paulo to her native village in Bahia, which she had been forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Sônia Braga, Marília Pêra, Chico Anysio, Cláudia Abreu

Votes: 956

10. Budapest (2009)

113 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

José Costa is a Brazilian ghost writer. Returning from a ghost writers convention his airplane is rerouted to Budapest. His life is also rerouted when he meets Krista and with her help, ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Carvalho | Stars: Leonardo Medeiros, Gabriella Hámori, Giovanna Antonelli, Roxana A. Balogh

Votes: 515

11. Isaura: Slave Girl (1976–1977)

26 min | Drama, History, Romance

The difficulties faced by a gentle-hearted young white slave targeted by the obsession of her lord in the Brazilian colonial period.

Stars: Rubens de Falco, Lucélia Santos, Gilberto Martinho, Markus Konká

Votes: 589

12. The Knife (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

An American photographer in Rio de Janeiro becomes involved in the world of "knife culture" when he sets out to find the killer of one of his models.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Peter Coyote, Tchéky Karyo, Amanda Pays, Raul Cortez

Votes: 673 | Gross: $0.36M

13. Camila Jam (2007)

120 min | Drama

The story of Camila, a young woman intent on becoming a writer.

Director: Murilo Salles | Stars: Leandra Leal, Frank Borges, Luciano Bortoluzzi, Luciana Brites

Votes: 417

14. América (2010)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

America a tragic story told in a burlesque and ironic way, within a love triangle. Liza, a beautiful young Russian woman, is married to Victor, a small-time crook who lives on scheming and ... See full summary »

Director: João Nuno Pinto | Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Fernando Luís, María Barranco, Dinarte Branco

Votes: 202

15. Macunaima (1969)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Comedy

Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Grande Otelo, Paulo José, Jardel Filho, Dina Sfat

Votes: 1,677

16. My Sweet Orange Tree (2012)

99 min | Drama

My Sweet Orange Tree begins with José Mauro de Vasconcelos (Caco Ciocler) receiving an edition of his finished novel. Then, the film starts to tell the story from the writer's memories, ... See full summary »

Director: Marcos Bernstein | Stars: João Guilherme, José de Abreu, Caco Ciocler, Eduardo Dascar

Votes: 1,147

17. Delicate Crime (2005)

87 min | Drama

Antônio Martins, respected theatrical critic, is a very rational man. But a chance meeting with young Inês, a nude painting model, is going to rock him. Inês keeps a relationship with ... See full summary »

Director: Beto Brant | Stars: Marco Ricca, Lilian Taublib, Maria Manoella, Felipe Ehrenberg

Votes: 321

18. Carnal Utopia (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Marcelo Santiago's period romance Dancing in Utopia (AKA Sonjos E Desejos 2006) explores variations of passion and lust as manifest in a potentially incendiary love triangle ...

Director: Marcelo Santiago | Stars: Mel Lisboa, Felipe Camargo, Sergio Marone, Ricardo Pereira

Votes: 96

19. Barren Lives (1963)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares

Votes: 2,397

20. Quilombo (1984)

114 min | Drama

Palmares is a 17th-century quilombo, a settlement of escaped slaves in northeast Brazil. In 1650, plantation slaves revolt and head for the mountains where they find others led by the aged ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Bené Batista, Jonas Bloch, Zózimo Bulbul, Emmanuel Cavalcanti

Votes: 436

21. The Man of the Year (2003)

105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Maiquel has lost a bet and dyed his hair blond. This little event triggers a head-on collision with destiny in which Maiquel goes from nobody to hero to outlaw--all in 24 hours.

Director: José Henrique Fonseca | Stars: Murilo Benício, Cláudia Abreu, Natália Lage, Jorge Dória

Votes: 2,809

22. Primo Basílio (2007)

106 min | Drama, Romance

Luísa is a romantic, dreamy and delicate young woman married to Jorge, an engineer, a man of good habits and good economic conditions. They didn't know each other well, but got married and ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Filho | Stars: Débora Falabella, Fábio Assunção, Glória Pires, Reynaldo Gianecchini

Votes: 532

23. Hour of the Star (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »

Director: Suzana Amaral | Stars: Marcelia Cartaxo, José Dumont, Tamara Taxman, Fernanda Montenegro

Votes: 1,180

24. The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell (2010)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

Friends of the recently deceased Quincas take their pal's body on one last tour of his favorite spots in Brazil's Bahia.

Director: Sérgio Machado | Stars: Mariana Ximenes, Irandhir Santos, Milton Gonçalves, Othon Bastos

Votes: 516

25. The Trespasser (2001)

97 min | Drama, Thriller

Two businessmen hire a hitman to kill their third partner and are then blackmailed by the hitman as he takes over their company.

Director: Beto Brant | Stars: Marco Ricca, Alexandre Borges, Paulo Miklos, Mariana Ximenes

Votes: 1,677

26. Tieta (1989– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

Tieta, is expelled from the fictional city of Santana do Agreste by her father, because of her liberal behavior. Years later, Tieta comes back searching vengeance against the people who judged her before.

Stars: Betty Faria, José Mayer, Lídia Brondi, Joana Fomm

Votes: 344

27. Xica (1976)

107 min | Drama, Romance

The romanced story of Xica da Silva, a slave that used her "feminine atributs" in order to get power.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Zezé Motta, Walmor Chagas, Altair Lima, Elke Maravilha

Votes: 524

28. Nina (2004)

85 min | Drama, Animation, Thriller

Psychological thriller larded with manga-like animations about the young, poor comic strip illustrator Nina, living with her mean landlady. She sinks further and further into a violent fantasy world.

Director: Heitor Dhalia | Stars: Guta Stresser, Myrian Muniz, Milhem Cortaz, Américo Córdula

Votes: 926

29. The Maias (2001– )

Drama, Romance

Portrait of the decadent Portuguese aristocracy, in the second half of the 19th century, through the tragic history of a traditional Lisbon family.

Stars: Fábio Assunção, Ana Paula Arósio, Walmor Chagas, Leonardo Vieira

Votes: 378

30. Grande Sertão: Veredas (1985– )

A cowboy narrates his 'jagunço' life of disputes, revenges, loves and deaths, through the years that he traveled central-east Brazil, in the first decades of the 20th century, while federal troops were in conflict with provincial forces.

Stars: Tony Ramos, Bruna Lombardi, Tarcísio Meira, Rubens de Falco

Votes: 72

31. Siren's Song (2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In the midst of Brazilian carnival, the murder of a young and beautiful axé singer shocks the entire country and starts a thrilling hunt for the killer.

Stars: Isis Valverde, Gabriel Braga Nunes, Camila Morgado, Fabiula Nascimento

Votes: 165

32. The Forest (2002)

105 min | Drama, Romance

Young man, of Portuguese nobility ascendancy, starts working in a rubber plantation in the Amazon, in 1912, and falls in love with pretty Yayá, a married woman.

Director: Leonel Vieira | Stars: Diogo Morgado, Karra Elejalde, Maitê Proença, Chico Díaz

Votes: 271

33. Posthumous Memories (2001)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

Free adaptation of Machado de Assis's classic. The narrator is a rich dead man, who tells us about his life and times, making fun of both.

Director: André Klotzel | Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Marcos Caruso, Petrônio Gontijo, Stepan Nercessian

Votes: 779

36. Memórias do Cárcere (1984)

185 min | Drama

Graciliano Ramos' period he spent in prison after being considered a subversive element by the government.

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Carlos Vereza, Glória Pires, Nildo Parente, José Dumont

Votes: 404

37. Gabriela (1975– )

Drama, Romance

A simple, sometimes naïve, sometimes madly sensual young women works at Vesuvius bar, in the city of Ilhéus, and is in love with its owner, who disapproves the way she unwittingly seduces men.

Stars: Sônia Braga, Armando Bógus, Nívea Maria, Paulo Gracindo

Votes: 129

38. Cutie Pie... Her Loves and Sins (1995– )

50 min | Drama

A big tragedy happens in one of Espirito Santo's most prominent families after the teenager Engraçadinha seduces her cousin Sílvio, who's engaged to her best friend Letícia. Years later, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ângelo Antônio, Mylla Christie, Alexandre Borges, Nicette Bruno

Votes: 117

39. Antares Incident (1994– )

216 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1963, in the fictitious city of Antares in South of Brazil, the workers decide to strike, fighting for better salaries and working conditions. Meanwhile, seven locals die: the ... See full summary »

Stars: Paulo Betti, Alexandre Borges, Nicette Bruno, Cláudio Corrêa e Castro

Votes: 61

40. The Mystery of Sintra (2007)

98 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

A critique of the romantic Portuguese society of the nineteenth century.

Director: Jorge Paixão da Costa | Stars: Ivo Canelas, António Pedro Cerdeira, Bruna Di Tullio, Rogério Samora

Votes: 430

41. Cão Sem Dono (2007)

82 min | Drama

In Porto Alegre, the unemployed Ciro has a dull life in a simple apartment with a nameless stray dog that he had found on the streets. Ciro is supported by his parents and works every now ... See full summary »

Directors: Beto Brant, Renato Ciasca | Stars: Júlio Andrade, Luiz Carlos V. Coelho, Marcos Contreras, Janaína Kremer Motta

Votes: 430

42. São Bernardo (1972)

113 min | Drama

The story of Paulo Honório, a poor kid who becomes a rich farmer. Obsessed by his desire to get even richer, he doesn't pay much attention to his wife, Madalena, a teacher who reacts against his tyrannical ways.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Othon Bastos, Isabel Ribeiro, Nildo Parente, Vanda Lacerda

Votes: 382

43. Mutum (2007)

95 min | Drama

Thiago lives with his family on an isolated farm in the arid backlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil. As the story unfolds and Thiago is forced to confront separations and betrayal within the ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Kogut | Stars: Thiago da Silva Mariz, Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso, Maria Juliana Souza de Oliveira, Brenda Luana Rodrigues Lima

Votes: 506

44. Engraçadinha (1981)

103 min | Drama

Engraçadinha is a sexy teenager, with whom every man wants to get involved, except her cousin Sílvio, the only man she loves. On Sílvio's engagement day, she seduces him at the party and ... See full summary »

Director: Haroldo Marinho Barbosa | Stars: Lucélia Santos, José Lewgoy, Luiz Fernando Guimarães, Wilson Grey

Votes: 194