RT Recommends Hispanic Movies to Watch With the Whole Family

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RT Recommends: 43 Hispanic Movies to Watch With the Whole Family

Celebrate heritage and loved ones with Hispanic movies to watch with the whole family! Viewers of all ages can enjoy these movies that entertain, dazzle, and embrace culture, featuring stars like Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Eugenio Derbez, and more.

You’ll find plenty of PG animated classics, including Coco, Puss in Boots, The Book of Life, and the Miles Morales-starring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The power of music is in this list, too, calling in movies like In the Heights, West Side Story, La Bamba, and Selena. Action abounds in the Zorro and Spy Kids movies (directed by Robert Rodriguez, who also helmed Alita: Battle Angel), while history comes to life with Cesar Chavez, Stand and Deliver, and McFarland, USA.

Read on for our recommendations of 43 Hispanic movies to watch with the whole family! (And you can find them all in Vudu’s family movies collection, with most on sale!)

#43

Coco (2017)
97%

#43
Adjusted Score: 114507%
Critics Consensus: Coco's rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly -- and deeply affecting -- approach to questions of culture, family, life, and death.
Synopsis: Accompanied by a charming trickster, a young musician embarks on an extraordinary journey through the colorful Land of the Dead... [More]
Directed By: Lee Unkrich

#42

In the Heights (2021)
94%

#42
Adjusted Score: 112179%
Critics Consensus: Lights up for In the Heights, a joyous celebration of heritage and community fueled by dazzling direction and singalong songs.
Synopsis: In Washington Heights, N.Y., a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#41
Adjusted Score: 118141%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
Synopsis: Bitten by a radioactive spider, teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into Spider-Man. He must now... [More]

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 78526%
Critics Consensus: Alita: Battle Angel's story struggles to keep up with its special effects, but fans of futuristic sci-fi action may still find themselves more than sufficiently entertained.
Synopsis: Alita is a futuristic cyborg who wakes up in a doctor's clinic with no memory of who she is. She... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#39

McFarland, USA (2015)
80%

#39
Adjusted Score: 85748%
Critics Consensus: Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix.
Synopsis: A high-school coach (Kevin Costner) takes a job in an economically depressed, predominantly Latino community and cultivates a championship cross-country... [More]
Directed By: Niki Caro

#38
Adjusted Score: 92840%
Critics Consensus: Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit.
Synopsis: Accompanied by a ragtag group of teens and Boots the monkey, Dora embarks on a quest to save her parents... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

#37

West Side Story (1961)
91%

#37
Adjusted Score: 100570%
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by Robert Wise's dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein's score, and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen.
Synopsis: Rival New York City gangs affect the love of a young man (Richard Beymer) and woman (Natalie Wood) from each... [More]

#36
#36
Adjusted Score: 75539%
Critics Consensus: If Under the Same Moon is often manipulative, it is also heartfelt, and features strong performances from its leads.
Synopsis: After his grandmother dies, a Mexican boy (Adrian Alonso) sets out to join his mother (Kate del Castillo) in the... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Riggen

#35

Spare Parts (2015)
56%

#35
Adjusted Score: 56624%
Critics Consensus: Spare Parts is effective enough to do in a pinch for inspirational sports drama fans - although most of them will have seen these story beats hit more powerfully before.
Synopsis: Four Hispanic high-school students take on reigning champions M.I.T. in a national contest with a robot they built with $800... [More]
Directed By: Sean McNamara

#34

Instant Family (2018)
81%

#34
Adjusted Score: 87897%
Critics Consensus: Instant Family may not quite capture the complexity of real-life adoption, but fittingly for the unconditional bond it honors, this flawed yet well-intentioned dramedy is ultimately worth the investment.
Synopsis: Hoping to start a family, Pete and Ellie turn to the foster care system to make their dream come true.... [More]
Directed By: Sean Anders

#33

Underwater Dreams (2014)
100%

#33
Adjusted Score: 47704%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learn how to build underwater robots.... [More]
Starring: Michael Peña
Directed By: Mary Mazzio

#32
Adjusted Score: 55189%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Born the runt of the litter, a timid young rooster named Toto (Bruno Bichir) summons the courage to fight an... [More]

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 95286%
Critics Consensus: Stand and Deliver pulls off the unlikely feat of making math class the stuff of underdog drama -- and pays rousing tribute to a real-life inspirational figure in the bargain.
Synopsis: Los Angeles high-school teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) leads a street punk (Lou Diamond Phillips) and his classmates into... [More]
Directed By: Ramón Menéndez

#30

La Bamba (1987)
82%

#30
Adjusted Score: 89235%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by a perceptive performance by a perfectly cast Lou Diamond Phillips, La Bamba distills its subject's creative energy -- and reflects his music's enduring appeal.
Synopsis: Mexican-American Ritchie Valens (Lou Diamond Phillips) becomes a rock 'n' roll star, then dies at 17 in a 1959 plane... [More]
Directed By: Luis Valdez

#29

Selena (1997)
65%

#29
Adjusted Score: 68009%
Critics Consensus: Selena occasionally struggles to tell its subject's story with depth or perspective, but those flaws are rendered largely irrelevant by Jennifer Lopez in the title role.
Synopsis: A beautiful Mexican-American singer's (Jennifer Lopez) skyrocketing international career ends abruptly.... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Nava

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 44498%
Critics Consensus: Impressive sports action sequences are the highlight, as the run-of the-mill story invokes every known sports movie cliche.
Synopsis: A Mexican cook (Kuno Becker) from Los Angeles gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to realize his dream of playing professional soccer... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#27

The Book of Life (2014)
83%

#27
Adjusted Score: 87679%
Critics Consensus: The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide.
Synopsis: Torn between family expectations and following his heart, a young man (Diego Luna) journeys through three fantastic worlds and faces... [More]
Directed By: Jorge R. Gutierrez

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 47407%
Critics Consensus: A Walk in the Clouds aims for sweeping period romance, but quickly unravels thanks to a miscast leading man and a story that relies on cheap melodrama.
Synopsis: A married chocolate salesman (Keanu Reeves) agrees to pose for a day as the new husband of a pregnant vineyard... [More]
Directed By: Alfonso Arau

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 87624%
Critics Consensus: Real Women Have Curves, physical as well as emotional -- and this coming-of-age story traces them in a vividly warm-hearted look at the Mexican-American experience.
Synopsis: A Latin teenager (America Ferrera) comes to terms with her self-image while helping her sister (Ingrid Oliu) work in a... [More]
Directed By: Patricia Cardoso

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 86586%
Critics Consensus: Banderas returns as an aging Zorro in this surprisingly nimble, entertaining swashbuckler.
Synopsis: The fabled avenger (Anthony Hopkins) trains an uncouth protege (Antonio Banderas) to drive a Spanish tyrant out of California once... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#23

Rio (2011)
72%

#23
Adjusted Score: 77402%
Critics Consensus: This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.
Synopsis: A domesticated macaw (Jesse Eisenberg) and his human friend (Leslie Mann) travel to Rio de Janeiro to meet the last... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Saldanha

#22

Tortilla Soup (2001)
74%

#22
Adjusted Score: 75278%
Critics Consensus: An English remake of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman, Tortilla Soup is as charming and flavorful as the dishes it features.
Synopsis: A veteran chef (Héctor Elizondo) and his three daughters (Jacqueline Obradors, Elizabeth Peña) discuss their career paths and love interests... [More]
Directed By: Maria Ripoll

#21

Puss in Boots (2011)
86%

#21
Adjusted Score: 90616%
Critics Consensus: It isn't deep or groundbreaking, but what it lacks in profundity, Puss in Boots more than makes up for with an abundance of wit, visual sparkle, and effervescent charm.
Synopsis: The notorious cat (Antonio Banderas) has the adventure of nine lifetimes when he joins forces with Humpty Dumpty and Kitty... [More]
Directed By: Chris Miller

#20

Cantinflas (2014)
45%

#20
Adjusted Score: 45060%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From humble beginnings, Cantinflas (Óscar Jaenada) travels from the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood and becomes Mexico's... [More]
Directed By: Sebastian del Amo

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 15217%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a gang of bully birds threaten his father and take over their circus, Cuco the parrot heads to Hollywood... [More]

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 52228%
Critics Consensus: Predictable story and thin characters made the movie flat.
Synopsis: Two Spanish rogues find the fabled city of gold, where the natives proclaim them to be gods.... [More]

#17
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Kids intend to stop the ghost of a woman who abducts children -- due to her guilt over having drowned... [More]
Directed By: Alberto Rodríguez

#16

Fools Rush In (1997)
34%

#16
Adjusted Score: 35374%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A New York WASP (Matthew Perry) and a feisty Latina (Salma Hayek) wed when a one-night fling leaves her pregnant.... [More]
Directed By: Andy Tennant

#15

Spanglish (2004)
53%

#15
Adjusted Score: 58195%
Critics Consensus: Paz Vega shines, and Adam Sandler gives a performance of thoughtfulness and depth, but Spanglish is ultimately undermined by sitcommy plotting and unearned uplift.
Synopsis: A single mother (Paz Vega) becomes a housekeeper for a laid-back chef (Adam Sandler) and his neurotic wife (Téa Leoni).... [More]
Directed By: James L. Brooks

#14

Cesar Chavez (2014)
38%

#14
Adjusted Score: 40869%
Critics Consensus: Too in awe of its subject's great works to present him as a human being, Cesar Chávez settles for trite hagiography.
Synopsis: Famed labor organizer and civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez (Michael Peña) is torn between his duty to his family and his... [More]
Directed By: Diego Luna

#13

Rio 2 (2014)
48%

#13
Adjusted Score: 52096%
Critics Consensus: Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger -- which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic.
Synopsis: Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three children leave the comfort of the city and travel to the... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Saldanha

#12

Overboard (2018)
23%

#12
Adjusted Score: 27083%
Critics Consensus: Overboard makes poor use of the ever-charming Anna Faris -- and chooses questionable source material -- to offer a remake that fails to clear the fairly low bar set by the original.
Synopsis: Kate is a single, working-class mother of three who's fired by a selfish, spoiled and wealthy Mexican playboy named Leonardo.... [More]
Directed By: Rob Greenberg

#11

Ferdinand (2017)
72%

#11
Adjusted Score: 76310%
Critics Consensus: Ferdinand's colorful update on a classic tale doesn't go anywhere unexpected, but its timeless themes -- and John Cena's engaging voice work in the title role -- make for family-friendly fun.
Synopsis: A bull's peaceful existence comes crashing down when authorities return him to his former captors. With help from a wisecracking... [More]
Directed By: Carlos Saldanha

#10

Monte Carlo (2011)
40%

#10
Adjusted Score: 41969%
Critics Consensus: Although it has its charming moments, Monte Carlo is mostly silly, predictable stuff that never pushes beyond the boundaries of formula.
Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity turns a trip to Europe into the adventure of a lifetime for a teen (Selena... [More]
Directed By: Thomas Bezucha

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 30794%
Critics Consensus: Zorro can survive a lot of things, but it looks like he can't survive marriage.
Synopsis: The masked swordsman (Antonio Banderas) and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) fight a European count (Rufus Sewell) plotting to block California's... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#8

Spy Kids (2001)
93%

#8
Adjusted Score: 97796%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic and fun movie that's sure to thrill children of all ages.
Synopsis: When a technical genius kidnaps retired spies (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino), only their children can save them.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#7
Adjusted Score: 56729%
Critics Consensus: The performances are the strength of Nothing Like the Holidays, a rather ordinary holiday comedy with a latin twist.
Synopsis: Secret revelations, major life-changes and inevitable bickering mark a Chicago family's (John Alberto Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peña) Christmas reunion.... [More]
Directed By: Alfredo De Villa

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 35928%
Critics Consensus: This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel comes off as rather flat and uninvolving. Scenes feel rushed and done in shorthand, and the romance between Damon and Cruz has no sparks.
Synopsis: In the late 1940s two young Texans (Matt Damon, Henry Thomas), intrigued by Old West cowboy life, find themselves in... [More]
Directed By: Billy Bob Thornton

#5

Cinnamon (2012)

#5
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tere, the owner of a restaurant on Mexico City, loses her passion for cooking after a tragic death in the... [More]
Directed By: Jordi Mariscal

#4
Adjusted Score: 79335%
Critics Consensus: Though the concept is no longer fresh, Spy Kids 2 is still an agreeable and energetic romp.
Synopsis: A young sister (Alexa Vega) and brother encounter mutants and a wild scientist while searching for a device that could... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#3
Adjusted Score: 23603%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by a rote plot and unfunny scatological humor, All the Time in the World suggests that the Spy Kids franchise has run its course.
Synopsis: Upon learning that their stepmother (Jessica Alba) is a retired spy, twins step up to help save the world from... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 48505%
Critics Consensus: The movie will be found wanting if one is not taken in by the 3-D visuals.
Synopsis: A boy tries to rescue his sister (Alexa Vega) inside a virtual-reality game created by a madman out to enslave... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ozzy, a winged monkey, seeks help from the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow to stop the evil... [More]
Directed By: Alberto Mar

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