Spanish Civil War

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Which of these movies dealing with the Spanish Civil War or its consequences are you most interested in discovering?

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1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 669,343 | Gross: $37.63M

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

2. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets which he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 67,119 | Gross: $0.75M

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets which he must uncover.

3. Parallel Mothers (2021)

R | 123 min | Drama

88 Metascore

The story of two mothers who bond in unexpected way after giving birth the same day.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Votes: 29,828

The story of two mothers who bond in unexpected way after giving birth the same day.

4. Soldiers of Salamina (2003)

119 min | Drama

When the professor and writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil War, she researches and finds for the first time about the shooting of ... See full summary »

Director: David Trueba | Stars: Ariadna Gil, Ramon Fontserè, Joan Dalmau, María Botto

Votes: 1,644

Writer Lola Sánchez is assigned to write a column in the newspaper about the Spanish Civil War, she researches and finds for the first time about the shooting of Rafael Sánchez Mazas, who was saved by an unknown soldier.

5. The Endless Trench (2019)

TV-MA | 147 min | Drama, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

1936. A country taken by the fascism. A husband marked for the killing. A wife determined to all for saving him. An endless incarceration in his own home.

Directors: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Belén Cuesta, Vicente Vergara, José Manuel Poga

Votes: 6,636

After fascism takes Spain. A man marked for killing faces an endless incarceration in his own home.

6. Butterfly (1999)

R | 96 min | Drama, War

69 Metascore

Based in 1936 Spain, Moncho is an outcast at school but is able to form a strong bond with his outspoken teacher. When fascism arrives to Spain, his teacher is considered an enemy of the regime & arrested.

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte

Votes: 9,208 | Gross: $2.09M

Moncho is an outcast at school but is able to form a strong bond with his outspoken teacher. When fascism arrives to Spain, his teacher is considered an enemy of the regime & arrested.

7. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Passed | 170 min | Adventure, Drama, History

68 Metascore

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova

Votes: 9,579 | Gross: $17.80M

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

8. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 18,864

In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after watching Frankenstein. When a Loyalist soldier, a fugitive from Franco's victorious army, hides out in the barn, Ana crosses from reality into a fantasy world of her own.

9. While at War (2019)

107 min | Drama, History, War

55 Metascore

Writer Miguel de Unamuno faces himself and his ideals after the 1936's military coup d'etat.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández, Santi Prego, Nathalie Poza

Votes: 6,658

Writer Miguel de Unamuno faces himself and his ideals after the 1936's military coup d'etat.

10. Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, War

David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Icíar Bollaín, Tom Gilroy

Votes: 11,434 | Gross: $0.23M

David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists.

11. Guernica (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance

The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

Director: Koldo Serra | Stars: James D'Arcy, María Valverde, Jack Davenport, Ingrid García Jonsson

Votes: 2,366

The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

12. La Niña De Tus Ojos (1998)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production. Soon some problems start to arise...

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sardà

Votes: 4,181

A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production.

13. Black Bread (2010)

Unrated | 108 min | Crime, Drama

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to ... See full summary »

Director: Agustí Villaronga | Stars: Francesc Colomer, Marina Comas, Nora Navas, Roger Casamajor

Votes: 4,843

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to help his father by finding out who truly killed them.

14. Josep (2020)

71 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A dying gendarme remembers his encounter with Catalan artist Josep Bartolí in a French concentration camp after the Spanish Civil War.

Director: Aurel | Stars: Sergi López, Emmanuel Vottero, Xavier Serrano, David Marsais

Votes: 1,867

A dying gendarme remembers his encounter with Catalan artist Josep Bartolí in a French concentration camp after the Spanish Civil War.

15. Confidential Agent (1945)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

In 1937, agents from the opposing sides of the Spanish Civil War travel to the neutral UK to secure coal contracts and to undermine each other's efforts.

Director: Herman Shumlin | Stars: Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Katina Paxinou, Peter Lorre

Votes: 1,214

In 1937, agents from the opposing sides of the Spanish Civil War travel to the neutral UK to secure coal contracts and to undermine each other's efforts.

16. Oh, Carmela! (1990)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During the Spanish Civil War, a group of comics lightens the days of the Republican troops. Tired of life in the front lines, they make their way to Valencia, accidentally entering enemy land and falling prisoner.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Carmen Maura, Andrés Pajares, Gabino Diego, Armando De Razza

Votes: 2,963 | Gross: $0.30M

During the Spanish Civil War, a group of comics lightens the days of the Republican troops. Tired of life in the front lines, they make their way to Valencia, accidentally entering enemy land and falling prisoner.

17. Freedomfighters (1996)

125 min | Drama, History, War

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Ana Belén, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Blanca Apilánez

Votes: 2,086

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the group and eventually goes to the front.

18. The Blind Sunflowers (2008)

98 min | Drama, History

Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Cuerda | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, Roger Príncep

Votes: 2,155

Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to dodge persecution.

19. Las 13 rosas (2007)

129 min | Drama, History

The true story of 13 totally normal young women who suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made-up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940s. ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Martínez Lázaro | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Verónica Sánchez, Gabriella Pession, Marta Etura

Votes: 2,018

The true story of 13 totally normal young women who suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made-up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940s

20. The Sleeping Voice (2011)

128 min | Drama, War

Just after the Spanish war, Pepita leaves her village for the capital to be near her sister, who is in prison and pregnant. There she falls for a bourgeois who is keeping the fight alive in the hills.

Director: Benito Zambrano | Stars: Inma Cuesta, María León, Marc Clotet, Daniel Holguín

Votes: 2,449

During the Spanish postwar, Pepita leaves her village for the capital to be near her sister, pregnant while in prison. There, she falls for a bourgeois who still keep the fight alive in the hills.

21. The Heifer (1985)

122 min | Comedy, War

A platoon of mismatched soldiers crosses the front-line to steal the bull that the enemy is to fight on the village's patron-saint's day. In addition to ruining the nationals' celebration, ... See full summary »

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Alfredo Landa, Guillermo Montesinos, Santiago Ramos, José Sacristán

Votes: 1,940

A platoon of mismatched soldiers crosses the front-line to steal the bull that the enemy is to fight on the village's patron-saint's day. In addition to ruining the nationals' celebration, they want to butcher the animal to feed their famished troops.

22. Uncertain Glory (2017)

115 min | Drama

In war-torn Spain, during the tumultuous 1937, a Republican young officer will hopelessly fall for the charms of a deceitful femme-fatale who will not hesitate to use him in her best interest.

Director: Agustí Villaronga | Stars: Marcel Borràs, Núria Prims, Oriol Pla, Bruna Cusí

Votes: 969

In war-torn Spain, during the tumultuous 1937, a Republican young officer will hopelessly fall for the charms of a deceitful femme-fatale who will not hesitate to use him in her best interest.

23. Death in Granada (1996)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

A journalist starts an investigation into the disappearance of famed poet and political agitator, Garcia Lorca, who disappeared in the early days of the Spanish Civil War in the the 1930's.

Director: Marcos Zurinaga | Stars: Andy Garcia, Esai Morales, Naim Thomas, Gonzalo Penche

Votes: 987 | Gross: $0.23M

A journalist starts an investigation into the disappearance of famed poet and political agitator, Garcia Lorca, who disappeared in the early days of the Spanish Civil War.

24. Carol's Journey (2002)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, History

Carol, a 12-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, Carol ... See full summary »

Director: Imanol Uribe | Stars: Clara Lago, Juan José Ballesta, Álvaro de Luna, María Barranco

Votes: 1,037

Carol, a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War.

25. The Last Train from Madrid (1937)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The story of seven people: their lives and love affairs in Madrid during the Civil War.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Lew Ayres, Gilbert Roland, Karen Morley

Votes: 240

The story of seven people: their lives and love affairs in Madrid during the Civil War.

26. Bicycles Are for the Summer (1984)

103 min | Drama

The story of a boy and his family during the Spanish Civil War.

Director: Jaime Chávarri | Stars: Amparo Soler Leal, Agustín González, Victoria Abril, Alicia Hermida

Votes: 793

The story of a boy and his family during the Spanish Civil War.

27. Year of Enlightment (1986)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Political and religious prejudices are destroying the relationship between two teenagers in wartime Spain.

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú, Verónica Forqué, Manuel Alexandre

Votes: 1,078

Political and religious prejudices are destroying the relationship between two teenagers in wartime Spain.

28. Blockade (1938)

Passed | 85 min | Drama, Romance, War

A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.v

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Henry Fonda, Leo Carrillo, John Halliday

Votes: 575

A simple peasant is forced to take up arms to defend his farm during the Spanish Civil War. Along the way he falls in love with Russian whose father is involved in espionage.

29. El bosc (2012)

94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

1936. The Spanish Civil War broke out and the Anarchist militia occupy the Lower Aragon. A Matarranya, Ramon and his wife Dora hide a secret ancestral to all other villagers. Near the ... See full summary »

Director: Óscar Aibar | Stars: Maria Molins, Alex Brendemühl, Pere Ponce, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 273

1936. The Spanish Civil War broke out and the Anarchist militia occupy the Lower Aragon. Ramon and his wife Dora hide a secret ancestral to all other villagers.

30. Fiesta (1995)

108 min | Drama

The title "Fiesta" is that chosen by Villalonga for his book, which this film closely follows; but it is a deliberate misnomer: "Fiesta" is about civil war and its horrors. An aristocrat ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Boutron | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Grégoire Colin, Marc Lavoine, Laurent Terzieff

Votes: 306

An aristocrat landowner wants his 18 year old son, Rafaël, to do his duty in the Spanish civil war of the late '30's. So he fishes him out of college and sends him to an old comrade-in-arms of his, Coronel Masagual, who assigns him to the firing squad which, executes Republicans caught arms in hand.

31. La hora de los valientes (1998)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance, War

After the Spanish Civil War breaks out, the Prado Museum is being evacuated. One of the guards finds a painting by the master, Goya, and takes it to prevent damage to the work of art. In ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Mercero | Stars: Gabino Diego, Leonor Watling, Adriana Ozores, Luis Cuenca

Votes: 347

A soldier attempts to save a Goya masterpiece amidst the war and violence.

32. La buena nueva (2008)

108 min | Drama

A young priest arrives in his first assignment to a small parish serving a working-class village in the north of Spain in 1936. He is a witness of the military uprising that precipitates ... See full summary »

Director: Helena Taberna | Stars: Unax Ugalde, Bárbara Goenaga, Gorka Aguinagalde, Guillermo Toledo

Votes: 277

Based on a real story, the film portrays how the young priest commits himself to stand by his parishioners and how he denounces from the pulpit and before the Catholic Hierarchy the atrocities being committed on behalf of the Gospel to the extent that he will risk his own life in the name of Christ.

33. Love Under Fire (1937)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

During the Spanish Civil War, a detective from Scotland Yard falls in love with a woman he had believed to be a jewel thief.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Loretta Young, Don Ameche, Frances Drake, Walter Catlett

Votes: 87

During the Spanish Civil War, a detective from Scotland Yard falls in love with a woman he had believed to be a jewel thief.

34. Companys, procés a Catalunya (1979)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

1939: The remains of the Spanish Republican Army crossed the French border. Among the exiles are Lluís Companys, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and also Aguirre, President of ... See full summary »

Director: Josep Maria Forn | Stars: Luis Iriondo, Marta Angelat, Montserrat Carulla, Xabier Elorriaga

Votes: 64

The last days of Lluís Companys, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, exiled in France after the Civil War until he is arrested by the Gestapo and handed over to the Francoist authorities.

35. En el balcón vacío (1962)

48 min | Drama

A woman who was a child refugee from the Spanish Civil War is now living as an adult in Mexico City. She tries to remember the traumatic events of her childhood.

Director: Jomí García Ascot | Stars: Alicia Bergua, Martín Bergua, María Luisa Elio, Belina García

Votes: 101

A woman who was a child refugee from the Spanish Civil War is now living as an adult in Mexico City. She tries to remember the traumatic events of her childhood.



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