Inside: A list of Spanish romantic movies on Netflix.
Spanish is one of the most romantic languages out there. So as I made my way through Spanish-language movies on Netflix, I obviously needed a list of romantic comedies and dramas!
SPANISH ROMANTIC MOVIES
Remember that Netflix regularly adds and pulls shows– just let me know if you catch something I should update!
This list was NOT made with students in mind! I’ve included ratings and links on each titles to help you decide what to watch. See my Spanish movies and shows page for tons more suggestions for Spanish-language titles, and of course let me know if I missed one of your favorites.
1. CORAZÓN DE LEON (HEART OF A LION)
León finds a lost cell phone, and calls the owner, Ivana. When they chat, there’s an instant connection, so he asks her out. There’s just one detail she doesn’t know: he’s only 4.4 feet tall. The rest of the movie explores whether or not they can make it: is their mutual attraction enough to overcome shallow societal expectations?
Info: Comedy, Romance | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 2017 | NR | Argentina
2. PERDIENDO EL NORTE (OFF COURSE)
A light-hearted comedy about two Spaniards who move to Berlin in hopes of finding work, only to end up with humble jobs in a café. They navigate cultural differences, confront their new economic reality, and meet new people, all while hiding their actual circumstances from family back in Spain. Things get complicated when one of them falls for another Spanish girl living in the new city.
Info: Romantic Comedy | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 2015 | NR | Spain
3. COMO AGUA PARA CHOCOLATE (LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE)
A luscious, sensual tale of food and passion in the tradition of magical realism this iconic work by Mexican author Laura Esquivel was adapted to screen by Esquivel herself. A young woman, Tita, falls in love with Pedro but isn’t allowed to marry him. He ends up married to her sister, and Tita directs all of her emotion into the food she prepares.
Info: Drama Romance | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 1992 | R | Mexico
4. ESTAR O NO ESTAR (TO BE OR NOT TO BE)
Augusto, a single man in his 40’s, moves back to his hometown– a small Mexican town. He meets two women: a friendly neighbor, Ludivinia, and a local Russian waitress with whom he falls madly in love, Nástenska.
Info: Drama, Comedy | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 2016 | NR | Mexico
5. ÓRBITA 9 (ORBITER 9)
A young woman has lived her entire life in a space pod, orbiting towards a distant planet and faces staying there, alone, for another 20 years. When an engineer visits to make a repair, she quickly falls for him and he can’t shake the their interaction either. When he makes the bold decision to go back, she begins to learn her life is not what she thought.
Info: Romance, Sci-Fi | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 2016 | | Spain
6. PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS
The gap between the virtual “black boxes” carried in our phones, and our real life interactions, forms the premise of the dark comedy by Italian director Paolo Genovese, Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti). Seven close-knit friends gather for a dinner (three couples, and one single man) during an eclipse. Eva, the hostess, proposes a game: for the duration of the dinner, all phones will sit face-up on the table. All calls will be answered on speaker, and every message read out loud. As the evening progresses, the game reveals enough secrets to threaten every relationship within the room.
Info: Romance, Dramady | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 2018 | Spain
7. SPANISH AFFAIR (OCHO APELLIDOS)
“Cuando el sur y el norte chocan, el conflicto alcanza proporciones épicas.” Spanish culture collides when a Sevillian falls for a woman from Basque– even though he’s never before left his hometown. The sequel (which I thought was better) is also on Netflix!
Info: Romance, Comedy | Spanish Audio | 2014 | | Spain
8. ELVIRA, TE DARÍA MI VIDA PERO LO ESTOY USANDO
Elvira’s husband leaves one night to buy something at the drug store, and doesn’t come back. Reeling from shock, confusion, and fear, she takes matters into her own hands and launches a search to find him and figure out what happened. This movie kept surprising me, right until the end. It’s not your classic rom-com at all, but a good watch.
Info: Comedy, Romance | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 2017 | Mexico
9. PALMERAS EN LA NIEVE (PALM TREES IN THE SNOW)
A Spanish woman travels to Africa in hoping to unearth old family secrets, after finding a letter her dying father left behind. The story moves between her search and forbidden love in the time of colonialism.
(Trigger warning– there is a lot of violence, including a rape scene.)
Info: Drama | Spanish Audio, Subtitles in English/Spanish | 2015 | NR | Spain
10. ¿QUÉ CULPA TIENE EL NIÑO? (DON’T BLAME THE KID)
The plot here has been done before: a one-stand results in a pregnancy, this time between a successful professional and an irresponsible young man.
Info: Comedy, Romance | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 1992 | R | Mexico
11. SABRÁS QUE HACER CONMIGO
An epileptic man and a woman caring for her suicidal mother meet and begin an intense affair– the way many romances begin. As real life sets in, they have to decide if they will give each other a real chance to fall in love.
Info: Drama, Romance | Spanish Audio, Spanish/English Subtitles | 2015 | NR | Mexico
12. NUESTROS AMANTES (OUR LOVERS)
Different from the usual rom-com storyline, this romantic “dramady” follows a couple who meet in a coffeeshop and decide to maintain an out-the-box-friendship: no exchange of personal information, and no romance. Things go beautifully until their personal lives intersect with fantasy, and they must confront reality.
Info: Romance, Comedy | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 2016 | | Spain
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