10 Latino Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now

Take a break from binge-watching Orange is the New Black and click on these flicks featuring Latino leads on Netflix. Thank us later!

1. Latino Movies on Netflix: Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

A pre-The To Do List Aubrey Plaza shines in her first lead role as a magazine writer on a mission to find the guy who placed an ad seeking a time travel partner. Quirky? Yes. Made for Plaza’s deadpan humor? Yep.

2. Latino Movies on Netflix: Lemon

Lemon (2012)

Lemon Andersen was on top of the spoken word world in 2003 when he won a Tony for his work in Russell Simmons Def Poetry. Then he quickly hit rock bottom. This documentary trails the prolific Puerto Rican wordsmith as he tries to recapture the magic he had in the early aughts. Does he make it? Watch and find out.

3. Latino Movies on Netflix: End of Watch

End of Watch (2012)

Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal portray two young L.A. cops set to takedown a huge Mexican drug cartel. Once they realize they’re outnumbered it’s way too late. 

4. Latino Movies on Netflix: Mamitas

Mamitas (2011)

This isn’t your classic cool boy meets nerd girl and they fall in love. Yes, Jordin (E.J. Bonilla) is full of swag and Felipa (Veronica Diaz-Carranza) is always nose deep in books but both share a secret—they have mommy issues. 

5. Latino Movies on Netflix: Biutiful

Biutiful (2010)

You can’t go wrong with a Javier Bardem film. Here, the Oscar-winning actor portrays a father, small time criminal and someone who is able to see his own demise. Classic Bardem!

6. Latino Movies on Netflix: Hermano

Hermano (2010)

This Venezuelan film follows the bond between two young men who were raised as brothers. Both hope their considerable soccer skills will elevate them from the slums of the Latin American country. Yet, when opportunity arises, a crime comes between the two men.

7. Latino Movies on Netflix: Sins of My Father

Sins of My Father (2009)

Sebastian, son of the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, tells the story of his father. In the documentary, which originally aired on HBO, Sebastian also attempts to reconcile with the sons of the victims his father ordered murdered.

8. Latino Movies on Netflix: Paraiso Travel

Paraiso Travel (2008)

From Medellin, Colombia to Queen, NY, Paraiso Travel isn’t much of a paradise but a harsh tale of misguided love and immigrant hardships. John Leguizamo adds much-needed humor as a sexual deviant—we promise he’s funny. 

9. Latino Movies on Netflix: The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Based on Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s book of the same title, TMD follows a young Che (Gael Garcia Bernal) through his travels in Latin America. It is the eye-opening journey Che needed to awaken his revolutionary soul. 

10. Latino Movies on Netflix: Nuyorican Dream

Nuyorican Dream (2000)

The gripping documentary concentrates on a Puerto Rican family living in the rough Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park in the 1990s. Roberto, the eldest son, is the only one to graduate college and become a professional while his siblings were in and out of jail and struggling with drug addiction. The most heartbreaking moment: their mother wailing and screaming that Roberto was the only one to come out right.