Brazilian Films

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1. Limit (1931)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

Three people sail aimlessly while remembering their past.

Director: Mario Peixoto | Stars: Olga Breno, Tatiana Rey, Raul Schnoor, Brutus Pedreira

Votes: 2,126

2. Rio, 40 Degrees (1955)

100 min | Drama

A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a soccer game. Various ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Modesto De Souza, Roberto Bataglin, Jece Valadão, Ana Beatriz

Votes: 654

3. The Given Word (1962)

98 min | Drama

A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?

Director: Anselmo Duarte | Stars: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo, Geraldo Del Rey

Votes: 3,033

4. Assault on the Pay Train (1962)

102 min | Crime, Drama

Film about the true events in Rio de Janeiro, in 1960, when a gang having the infamous outlaw Tião Medonho as a leader performed a sensational railroad hold-up on a train carrying a small fortune.

Director: Roberto Farias | Stars: Eliezer Gomes, Reginaldo Faria, Jorge Dória, Átila Iório

Votes: 685

5. The Turning Wind (1962)

78 min | Drama

In the State of Bahia, Brazil, an educated black man returns to his home fishing village to try and free people from mysticism, in particular the Candomblé religion, which he considers a factor of political and social oppression.

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Antonio Pitanga, Luiza Maranhão, Lucy de Carvalho, Aldo Teixeira

Votes: 704

6. Cinco vezes Favela (1962)

92 min | Drama

Five segments about the hardships faced by people living in slums on hills in Rio de Janeiro.

Directors: Miguel Borges, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Carlos Diegues, Marcos Farias, Leon Hirszman | Stars: Isabella, Flávio Migliaccio, Henrique Montes, Waldir Fiori

Votes: 137

7. Garrincha: Hero of the Jungle (1963)

60 min | Documentary, Sport

Documentary about the most famous dribbler in Brazilian Soccer (some say in Soccer's history!) at the zenith of his career, showing classic scenes of 1958 and 1962 World Cup. Garrincha was ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Heron Domingues, Garrincha

Votes: 224

8. Black God, White Devil (1964)

120 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

After killing his employer when said employer tries to cheat him out of his payment, a man becomes an outlaw and starts following a self-proclaimed saint.

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Geraldo Del Rey, Yoná Magalhães, Othon Bastos, Maurício do Valle

Votes: 4,457

9. Men and Women (1964)

93 min | Drama

Two friends take two prostitutes for a night of pleasure. But the night turns out to be frustrating for all involved, as much bitterness is revealed in their conversation and attitudes, ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hugo Khouri | Stars: Norma Bengell, Odete Lara, Mário Benvenutti, Gabriele Tinti

Votes: 544

10. The Guns (1964)

80 min | Drama

In an extremely poor region in the Northeast of Brazil, a group of soldiers try to stop the population from sacking a food deposit.

Director: Ruy Guerra | Stars: Átila Iório, Nelson Xavier, Maria Gladys, Leonidas Bayer

Votes: 582

11. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)

84 min | Horror

A gravedigger prowls the city in search of a female to bear him a son.

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Magda Mei, Nivaldo Lima, Valéria Vasquez

Votes: 3,177

12. São Paulo, Sociedade Anônima (1965)

107 min | Drama

A man lives in conflict as he deals with his friends and love interests against the backdrop of São Paulo.

Director: Luiz Sérgio Person | Stars: Ana Esmeralda, Eva Wilma, Otelo Zeloni, Walmor Chagas

Votes: 785

13. The Priest and the Girl (1966)

90 min | Drama

In a small town in Minas Gerais, the arrival of a young priest causes a commotion in the conservative atmosphere of the place, aggravated by the sudden attraction this priest feels for a ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo José, Mário Lago, Fauzi Arap

Votes: 364

14. The Deceased (1968)

90 min | Drama

Woman who is obsessed with death wants a first-class burial for herself, and even buys a luxury coffin beforehand.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Paulo Gracindo, Ivan Cândido, Nelson Xavier

Votes: 376

15. The Dare (1966)

81 min | Drama

Passively facing the repression imposed by military dictatorship in Brazil in the 60s, a journalist gets into a personal crisis, aggravated by his love affair with an industrialist's wife, ... See full summary »

Director: Paulo César Saraceni | Stars: Isabella, Oduvaldo Vianna Filho, Sérgio Britto, Luiz Linhares

Votes: 127

16. Entranced Earth (1967)

111 min | Drama

In the fictional Latin American country Eldorado, a poet tries to effect political change by influencing powerful men.

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy, Glauce Rocha

Votes: 3,052

17. Case of the Naves Brothers (1967)

92 min | Drama

The innocent brothers are wrongly accused of a crime by a corrupt and violent police officers and are forced to face the injustices of the brazilian penal system.

Director: Luiz Sérgio Person | Stars: Anselmo Duarte, Raul Cortez, Juca de Oliveira, Sérgio Hingst

Votes: 344

18. This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967)

108 min | Horror

Coffin Joe is still looking for the perfect woman to give birth to a son of his, and, cleared of the past crimes in the first film (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul), keeps terrorizing the ... See full summary »

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Tina Wohlers, Nadia Freitas, Antonio Fracari

Votes: 1,810

19. O Bandido da Luz Vermelha (1968)

92 min | Crime, Thriller

The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla | Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo Villaça, Pagano Sobrinho, Luiz Linhares

Votes: 1,351

20. Antonio das Mortes (1969)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In this sequel to "Black God, White Devil", Antonio das Mortes must return back to action after killing the last of the Cangaceiros 29 years ago, when a new outlaw appears, who will eventually reveal as an idealist and mark him profoundly.

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Maurício do Valle, Odete Lara, Othon Bastos, Hugo Carvana

Votes: 1,894

21. Sem Essa, Aranha (1970)

102 min | Comedy

Banker, acting as an international front, lives dangerously among a blonde, a brunette and a dark woman, his lover.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla | Stars: Helena Ignez, Jorge Loredo, Maria Gladys, Luiz Gonzaga

Votes: 179

22. 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: 408

23. The Conspirators (1972)

100 min | Drama

A film version of the Minas Gerais Conspiracy, a separatist movement that took place on the year 1789, from its beginning to the execution of Tiradentes.

Director: Joaquim Pedro de Andrade | Stars: José Wilker, Luiz Linhares, Paulo César Peréio, Fernando Torres

Votes: 224

24. História do Brasil (1973)

166 min | Documentary

Documentary about the history of Brazil by Glauber Rocha and Marcos Medeiros. The film was made while Glauber was in exile between Cuba and Rome from 1971 to 1973.

Director: Glauber Rocha

Votes: 32

25. Lucio Flavio (1977)

118 min | Crime, Drama

History of a famous Brazilian bandit of the early seventies.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Reginaldo Faria, Ana Maria Magalhães, Milton Gonçalves, Paulo César Peréio

Votes: 594

26. O Homem que Virou Suco (1980)

97 min | Drama

São Paulo police mistakenly thinks a folk poet and singer is the same man who had stabbed his boss.

Director: João Batista de Andrade | Stars: José Dumont, Aldo Bueno, Rafael de Carvalho, Ruthinéa de Moraes

Votes: 337

27. Pixote (1980)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

The life of a boy in the streets of Sao Paulo, involved with crimes, prostitution and drugs.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino

Votes: 7,434

28. The JK Years: A Political Trajectory (1981)

110 min | Documentary

Documentary about Brazilian history, from 1945 until the 70s, focusing on president Juscelino Kubitschek, his political rise, his philosophy of economical development, his gigantic project ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Tendler | Stars: Renato Archer, Othon Bastos, Juscelino Kubitschek, Henrique Lott

Votes: 57

29. They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981)

120 min | Drama

Union leader's son doesn't want to engage in a strike, because his wife is pregnant, thus disregarding his father's tradition of political activism.

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Gianfrancesco Guarnieri, Fernanda Montenegro, Carlos Alberto Riccelli, Bete Mendes

Votes: 1,373

30. Linha de Montagem (1982)

90 min | Documentary

Documentary about the strikes taking place in São Bernardo do Campo, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, circa 1979/1980. That moment was of utmost importance, since it revealed a Union ... See full summary »

Director: Renato Tapajós | Stars: Othon Bastos, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Votes: 41

31. Twenty Years Later (1984)

119 min | Documentary

Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 1,251

32. Jango (1984)

115 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The story of João "Jango" Goulart, the Brazilian left-wing president deposed by the military.

Director: Silvio Tendler | Stars: Leonel Brizola, João Goulart, Juscelino Kubitschek, Carlos Lacerda

Votes: 168

33. Better Days Ahead (1989)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

Earning her living by dubbing American TV Series, a woman dreams of becoming an international Hollywood star.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Marília Pêra, Paulo José, Zezé Motta, José Wilker

Votes: 204

34. ABC da Greve (1990)

75 min | Documentary

A detailed look at the events that led to the continuous strikes that shut down many factories during the still repressive days of the military regime. The workers union, led by syndicalist... See full summary »

Director: Leon Hirszman | Stars: Lélia Abramo, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Vinicius de Moraes, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 162

35. O Fio da Memória (1991)

115 min | Documentary

An essay on the imagination, cultural identity and prejudice against black people, focusing on the work of Gabriel Joaquim dos Santos, salt mine worker and semi-illiterate black artist who ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho | Stars: Benedita da Silva, Milton Gonçalves, Ferreira Gullar

Votes: 59

36. Ulysses, Cidadão (1993)

73 min | Documentary

The life and work of Congressman Ulysses Guimarães is presented in this objective documentary released after the man's tragic death on a helicopter crash in 1992. His trajectory is followed... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Escorel | Stars: Ulysses Guimarães, Othon Bastos, Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns, Miguel Arraes

Votes: 5

37. Foreign Land (1995)

110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother's native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.

Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas | Stars: Fernanda Torres, Fernando Alves Pinto, Alexandre Borges, Luís Melo

Votes: 1,714

38. Two Billion Hearts (1995)

106 min | Documentary, Sport

A movie about the 1994 FIFA World Cup, played in the USA for the first time in history.

Director: Murilo Salles | Stars: Antônio Grassi, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 309

39. O Velho: A História de Luiz Carlos Prestes (1997)

105 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Brazil's history during the 20th Century serves as a background to Luiz Carlos Prestes's curious course. The Knight of Hope, as he was known, took part in the epic march of rebellious ... See full summary »

Director: Toni Venturi | Stars: Jorge Amado, Olga Benario, Arthur Bernardes, Leonel Brizola

Votes: 108

40. Central Station (1998)

R | 110 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An emotive journey of a former schoolteacher who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra, Soia Lira

Votes: 38,059 | Gross: $5.60M

41. Nós Que Aqui Estamos por Vós Esperamos (1999)

73 min | Documentary

A fascinating and poetical collage of countless images from the 20th century with the purpose of revealing matters of life and death during the era and its many social, cultural and ... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Masagão | Star: Franz Reichelt

Votes: 725

42. News from a Personal War (1999)

57 min | Documentary

Documentary about urban violence in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Policemen, drug dealers, and shantytown dwellers get trapped into a daily war that knows no winners.

Directors: Kátia Lund, João Moreira Salles | Stars: Nilton Cerqueira, Carlos Luis Gregório, Paulo Lins, Hélio Luz

Votes: 775

43. The Mighty Spirit (1999)

80 min | Documentary

Residents of a slum in Rio de Janeiro are invited to share religious experiences and personal beliefs while reflecting about their daily lives.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho

Votes: 230

44. Babilônia 2000 (1999)

80 min | Documentary

Documentary on poor people living in two slums in Rio de Janeiro, on the occasion of New Year's Eve.

Director: Eduardo Coutinho

Votes: 217

45. Brainstorm (2000)

74 min | Drama

A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »

Director: Laís Bodanzky | Stars: Rodrigo Santoro, Othon Bastos, Cássia Kis, Dani Nefussi

Votes: 5,187