Best Brazilian Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Brazilian Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: captivating, realistic, touching, serious, talky and humorous. Plot: brazilian, male nudity, friendship, culture clash, storytelling, redemption, crimes, runaway, brutality and father son relationship. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Thriller. Country: Brazil, USA and France.
Best Brazilian Movies
Best Brazilian Movies
TOP Movies: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010), Rich in Love (2020), A Dog's Will (2000), City of God (2002), The Man Who Copied (2003), Brainstorm (2000), The Way He Looks (2014), Fast Five (2011), Rio (2011), 7 Prisoners (2021), Marighella (2019), A Wolf at the Door (2013), Just Like Our Parents (2017), Nise: The Heart of Madness (2015), The Man from the Future (2011), Lisbela and the Prisoner (2003), The Killer (2017), Artificial Paradises (2012), Call Me by Your Name (2017), The Lighthouse (2019).

List of Best Movies

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: corruption, political corruption, politics, police corruption, torture, jail, organized crime, criminal, crimes, poverty, fighting the system, reformatory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america, south america
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 6.0
 3K
Rich in Love (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Working incognito at his rich dad's company to test his own merits, Teto falls for Paula and tells her he grew up poor, a lie that spins out of control.
Style: captivating, romantic, entertaining, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: rich man poor woman, romance, father son relationship, friendship, countryside, rich and poor, class society, parent child relationship, fall in love, society, love and romance, love affair ...
Place: rio de janeiro
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 8.6
 14K
A Dog's Will (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by Christ, the Devil and the Virgin Mary, before they are ...
Style: talky, semi serious, humorous, light, exciting ...
Plot: virgin mary, purgatory, unfulfilled love, social differences, race against time, adventure, hopes, clergy, righting the wronged, social relations, district attorney, rich and poor ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: brazil, latin america, northeast brazil
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 740K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, coming of age, juvenile delinquency, gang war, urban ghetto life, drug dealing, street gang, society, crimes, life is a bitch, social decay, journalism ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america
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The Man Who Copied (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 124 min.
Story: André, 19, lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and works as a photocopier operator. He likes to see his neighbor Sílvia with a pair of binoculars. She works selling clothes. Becoming attracted to her, he tries to get nearer, and goes to her shop to buy ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, sexy, light, stylized ...
Plot: voyeurism, love and romance, shyness, neighbor, cons and scams, society, poverty, stalking, moral ambiguity, robbery, deception, painting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro, spain, california ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 6K
Brainstorm (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 74 min.
Story: 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 on his pocket. The maconha cigarrete is just the final drop ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: downfall, mental institution, confinement indoors, teenage life, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america, sao paulo brazil
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The Way He Looks (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, gay teenager, coming of age, homosexuality, blindness, teenage love, gay couple, lgbt, first gay sexual experience, coming out, gays and lesbians, gay love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 375K
Fast Five (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: car chase, heist, chase, street racing, car race, car, on the run, freedom, tough heroes, fbi, favela, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, monaco, south america ...
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 6.9
 223K
Rio (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a ...
Style: touching, humorous, exciting, colourful, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: talking animals, parrot, animals, bird, adventure, happy ending, jungle, kids and family, friendship, family, animal life, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, minnesota, latin america, south america
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 6K
7 Prisoners (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An impoverished teen seeking to escape the clutches of a human trafficker must weigh living up to his moral code against his struggle to survive.
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing
Plot: moral dilemma, victim, trap, poverty, prison, slavery, opportunity, struggle for survival, life is a bitch, slave trader, slave trade, life risking ...
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 55K
Marighella (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Afro-Brazilian poet and politician, the legendary Carlos Marighella. Driven to fight against the erosion of civil and human rights following the CIA-backed military coup of 1964 and the brutal, racist right-wing dictatorship that followed, the ...
Plot: fictional biography, racial issues, male nudity, torture, dictatorship, democracy, military dictatorship, communist, terrorism, oppression, kidnapping, gay interest ...
Place: northeast brazil, brazil, rio de janeiro
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Bingo: The King of the Mornings (2017)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 1980s. Brazilian television exploding in color and auditorium programs not so politically correct. In the middle of this fervor, Augusto Mendes, a young rising actor, seeks his place in the sun. From porn studios to soap operas, he finally finds ...
Plot: clown, fame, television
Time: 80s
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A Wolf at the Door (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Based on real events, and set in Rio de Janeiro, A Wolf at the Door is the nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the terror of the parents left behind. When Sylvia discovers her six-year-old daughter has been picked up at school by an unknown ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: missing child, infidelity, kidnapping, crimes, couples, family problems, human nature, dishonesty, destructive relationship, mistress, brazilian, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Just Like Our Parents (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Rosa is in her late 30s, a child of the 1970s with divorced parents. She lives with her own family in São Paulo. Overwhelmed by an eruption of individual passions, lies and the expectations of three generations, she tries to discover who she really ...
Style: touching, suspense, tense, disturbing, psychological
Plot: adultery, family relations, death of mother, loss of mother, cancer, terminal illness, infidelity, mother daughter relationship, playing piano, beach, flashback, female nudity ...
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Nise: The Heart of Madness (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After being released from prison, Dr. Nise da Silveira is back at work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeirom where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock in the treatment of schizophrenics. Ridiculed by ...
Style: captivating, light, entertaining
Plot: mental patient, disturbed individual, brazilian history, art exhibition, historical event, mental institution, female artist, mentally unstable, brazilian, painter, mental illness, psycho ...
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
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The Man from the Future (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Zero (Wagner Moura) is a brilliant scientist, but unfortunate because 20 years ago was publicly humiliated and lost in college Helena (Alinne Moraes) the love of his life. One day, an accidental experience with one of his inventions makes him travel ...
Style: semi serious, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, existence paradox, hopes, love and romance, inventions and discoveries, disorder, destiny, changing the past or future, true love, scientist, sent to the past, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
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Lisbela and the Prisoner (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers, such as the woman who gets transformed into a gorilla. He ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, hitman, couples, love and romance, cons and scams, fall in love, infidelity, small town, crimes, cuckold, brazilian, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 3K
The Killer (2017)
Genre: Action, Western
Country: Brazil
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In lawless badlands, reclusive Cabeleira sets out to discover the fate of his gunman father and grows to be a feared assassin himself.
Style: suspenseful, tense, exciting, brutal, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: wilderness, killer, crimes, hitman, one man army, violence spree, professional killer, lone hero, tough guy, vigilante, dark hero, righteous rage ...
Time: 1940s
Place: brazil, northeast brazil
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Artificial Paradises (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Artificial Paradises tells the story of Nando and Erika, two young people in their twenties who meet several times without noticing. It tells the story of the subculture of electronic music and rave parties and drugs like MDMA.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sexy, sexual
Plot: fall in love, best friends, life is a bitch, drug abuse, haunted by the past, youth, music festival, radio dj, innocence lost, alcohol abuse, menage a trois, drug smuggling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: amsterdam, latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, USA, Brazil
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Elio Perlman is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.
Style: sincere, touching, homoerotic, disturbing, lgbt cinema ...
Plot: gay, summer, lgbt, gay relationship, gay teenager, gay love, first love, sexual tension, teenage boy, homosexuality, homosexual, love ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: italy
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 199K
The Lighthouse (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Brazil, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Style: gothic, suspense, psychological, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: lighthouse, hallucination, symbolism, lighthouse keeper, drunkenness, storm, isolation, nightmare, island, fight, homoeroticism, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: new england
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 82K
Frances Ha (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Brazil
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious, mumblecore ...
Plot: friendship, dancer, group of friends, roommate, direction and purpose, follow your dream, bittersweet, dancer's life, loneliness, social relations, boyfriend, supportive friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, japan, paris france, sacramento california ...
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The Second Mother (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After leaving her daughter Jessica in a small town in Pernambuco to be raised by relatives, Val spends the next 13 years working as a nanny to Fabinho in São Paulo. She has financial stability but has to live with the guilt of having not raised ...
Style: touching, disturbing, emotional, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Plot: class differences, family relations, nanny, family problems, mother daughter relationship, housekeeper, parent child relationship, female protagonist, architecture, loneliness, depression, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: brazil, latin america, sao paulo brazil, south america, rio de janeiro ...
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 6.5
 227K
Ad Astra (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: China, USA, Brazil
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.
Style: exciting, futuristic, touching, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: outer space, astronaut, space exploration, moon, trapped in space, father son relationship, solar system, spacecraft, space mission, journey, space station, space pirate ...
Time: near future, future
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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, touching, talky ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, prison, politics, prison sex, friendship, torture, betrayal, introspection, dishonesty, buddies, confined, prison life ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil
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Neighboring Sounds (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Life in a middle-class neighbourhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which ...
Style: serious, tense, suspense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: masturbation, neighbor, social decay, vigilantism, life is a bitch, crimes, society, dull life, class differences, rich and poor, suburban life, petty criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
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Boy & the World (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Country: Brazil
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Suffering because of his father departure to the big city, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by bug-engines and strange beings. An unusual animation with various artistic techniques that portrays the issues of the ...
Style: stylized, touching, atmospheric, surreal, serious
Plot: obsessive quest, self discovery, escapades, youth, globalization, little boy, surrealism, travel, brazilian, adventure, missing person, coming of age ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 5K
The Clown (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The life of the owners of Circus Esperança, Puro Sangue e Pangaré, father and son, who plays two clowns. At a certain point, Pangaré starts showing tiredness and sadness for being an unhappy clown.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Plot: circus, follow your dream, self discovery, introspection, identity crisis, escapades, family relations, parents and children, on the road, countryside, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
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Monica and Friends: Lessons (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Brazil
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the sequel of Turma da Mônica - Laços, we follow Monica, Jimmy Five, Maggy and Smudge dealing with the consequences of a mistake made at school. At the same time, they face transformations from childhood to adolescence and are about to discover ...
Style: feel good, humorous, captivating, entertaining, satirical ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, school, friends, teenage life, teenager, satire, schoolboy, adventure, adolescence, humour, schoolgirl ...
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 103K
Elite Squad (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA, Argentina
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting crime, police brutality, drug lord, police corruption, law enforcement, slum, crimes, squad, team, leader, society, poverty ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, berlin germany
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