Best new Spanish Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Spanish movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Alberto Rodríguez, Rodrigo Sorogoyen & David Trueba Spain's biggest directors?

Pedro Almodovar, Julio Medem, Alejandro Amenabar… just a few names to remind you of the greatness of Spanish cinema. But what had the past years to offer? We made a list of the best Spanish movies!

I had to admit to myself that I did not see many films from Spain before this article. Until now, that is. Spanish directors seemed conspicuous by their absence at recent important film festivals. How come? Sure, the country has been through better times economically, but isn’t malaise usually a source of inspiration? And what about Spain’s position as Europe’s stronghold of quality horror films?

New Spanish movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    DIRECTOR: Terry Gilliam
    CAST: Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård

    A 21st century ad man from London ends up in Don Quixote's 17th century Spain. Read more

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  • Everybody Knows

    DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi
    CAST: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi

    After his acclaimed film 'The Saleman', Iranian director Asghar Farhadi went to Spain for his next movie. Starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, 'Everybody Knows' is a poignant romance drama about a Argentinian-Spanish couple slowly crumbling apart when they travel from Buenos Aires to Madrid. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

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Best Spanish movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Spanish movies

  • The Fury of a Patient Man

    DIRECTOR: Raúl Arévalo
    CAST: Antonio de la Torre Luis Callejo Ruth Díaz

    Jose has just been released from prison. 8 years ago, he took part in a jewel robbery that went terribly wrong. Now that he is free again, he is determined to avenge the men who got away. In order to do so, he slowly builds an intricate scheme. Suspenseful and atmospheric, 'The Fury of a Patient Man' is yet another great Spanish thriller. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2016

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  • El guardián invisible

    DIRECTOR: Fernando González Molina
    CAST: Javier Botet Marta Etura Colin McFarlane |

    Inspector Amaia Salazar heads an investigation which will take her back to Elizondo, the rainy village in the heart of Navarre where she was born, and to which she had hoped never to return... Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 3rd, 2017

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  • El móvil

    DIRECTOR: Manuel Martín Cuenca
    CAST: Javier Gutiérrez María León Antonio de la Torre

    Álvaro is a poor man obsessed with the idea of writing 'high literature'. He starts provoking conflicts to write about them. Planning all the conspiracy for a possible murder doesn't let him see that, in fact, he is the real victim. Read more

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 18th, 2017

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Best Spanish movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Spanish movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • La Isla Mínima

    DIRECTOR: Alberto Rodríguez
    CAST: Javier Gutiérre Raúl Arévalo María Varod

    A killer is slaughtering women in Marshland and two homicides detectives working on the case have their unsettled differences. To bring the killer to justice they need to... Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 10th, 2015

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  • Julietta

    DIRECTOR: Pedro Almodóvar
    CAST: Emma Suárez Adriana Ugarte Daniel Grao

    After the somewhat disappointing 'Los amantes pasajeros', Almodóvar returns with a stylish and gripping new film. Title character Julietta is a middle-aged woman, seemingly happy (re-)married. She is about to move abroad with her husband, as she stumbles upon a friend of her long-lost daughter. What follows is a painful reconstruction... beautifully shot, colored and scored, Julietta marks a return to form by Spain's wunderkind. Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 8th, 2016

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  • Stockholm

    DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
    CAST: Javier Pereira Aura Garrido Jesús Caba

    A nice low budget flick which brings Richard Linklaters’ classic Before Sunrise to mind. A boy meets a girl in Madrid (no, not Stockholm), tells her he loves her which the girls finds hard to believe. What follows is a dialogue-driven story in real time, a long walk through a city at night, where the boy has to convince the girl. In the second part of the film, the morning after, it becomes painfully clear that both are seeking something entirely different. Stockholm offers nothing we haven’t seen before but is fresh and nicely naturalistic acted. Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 8th, 2013

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  • Vivir Es Fácil con los Ojos Cerrados

    DIRECTOR: David Trueba
    CAST: Javier Cámara Natalia de Molina Francesc Colomer


    Spain, 1966. Antonio is a teacher who uses Beatles-songs to teach his students English. When he finds out John Lennon is shooting a film in Almeria, he embarks on a road trip, planning on meeting his idol. Along the way he picks up a few colorful hitchhikers. Vivir Es Fácil con los Ojos Cerrados (‘Living is easy with eyes closed’, a phrase from Strawberry Fields) is a nice bitter sweet road movie. Enjoyable, even touching at some times, even though the film sometimes tries a little too hard to reanimate the sixties, as is often the case with period films. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 17th, 2014

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  • Los Ilusos

    DIRECTOR: Jonás Trueba
    CAST: Francesco Carril Aura Garrido Pedro C. Lozano

    Another charming low budget film, albeit in another fashion than Stockholm. Los Ilusos feels like modern nouvelle vague film. It’s shot in black and white, the acting is spontaneous and it deals with a couple of cinephile twenty-somethings from Madrid. The story revolves around two young aspiring filmmakers reflecting on love, life and cinema. Los Ilusos is a so called meta film: a film about film which has a nice nostalgic vibe to it. Read more

    RATING: 68/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 13th, 2013

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  • 10.000 km

    DIRECTOR: Carlos Marques-Marcet
    CAST: Natalia Tena David Verdaguer Sirius Flatz

    We have seen the story about whether love can survive long distance before, but this time it has been told rather well. Director Carlos Marques-Marcet was in charge of editing It Felt like Love, a film covering the same topic, and he must have learned quite a bit from that. This film is equally subtle, and perhaps even more relatable. Sure, we have social media, Skype and other technological means of communication, but actual intimate contact remains key in a healthy relationship. This film about a couple in two apartments far away from each other shows us all the pitfalls of a long distance relationship in modern times. Read more

    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 10th, 2015

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  • La Noche Que Mi Madre Mato a Mi Padre

    DIRECTOR: Inés París
    CAST: Belén Rueda Diego Peretti Eduard Fernández

    Aging actress Isabella, a scriptwriter and two producers meet in a country house, in hopes of making a deal. But then the actress' ex-boyfriend Carlos and his new lover show up unexpectedly. A comedy of murder and betrayal in the veins of Agathie Cristie's best work is about to unravel. Read more

    RATING: 61/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 29th, 2016

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  • Caníbal

    DIRECTOR: Manuel Martín Cuenca
    CAST: Antonio de la Torre Olimpia Melinte María Alfonsa Rosso

    Speaking of quality Spanish horror films; Caníbal once again proves Spaniards are pretty good at making those. Caníbal is a stylish, minimalist take on the well-known cannibal theme. Carlos is a quiet and gentle tailor from Granada who kidnaps young, foreign women to take them to an isolated mountain cabin and eat them. He works discrete. Things start to get mixed up for him however when he falls in love with Nina, his last victim’s sister. Caníbal is beautifully shot and ultimately more atmosphere-driven than plot-driven. Read more

    RATING: 59/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 25th, 2014

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  • La Cueva

    DIRECTOR: Alfredo Montero
    CAST: Marta Castellote Xoel Fernández Eva García-Vacas |

    The Spanish tradition of creating indie horror films is not over yet. Here is another Spanish ‘found footage’ horror film (REC!) about a group of five youngsters descending into a hidden cave. Of course everything goes terribly wrong. The concept doesn’t sound too exciting, but La Cueva got pretty raving reviews after it was viewed at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. And it is indeed rather interesting and shockingly realistic. Read more

    RATING: 58/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 11th, 2014

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  • Los Amantes Pasajeros

    DIRECTOR: Pedro Almodóvar
    CAST: Javier Cámara Pepa Charro Cecilia Roth

    Actually this film shouldn’t be on this list. It’s fairly horrible. But since it’s directed by Pedro Almodóvar, without any doubt Spain’s most prolific director, I think it has to be mentioned at least. Just to make sure you skip it. Because after 2011’s great gothic horror La Piel Que Habito, probably Almodóvars’ best effort since La Mala Educación (2004), it couldn’t disappoint more. This tedious and cliché-filled comedy deals with a dozen of people on a plane that is about to crash. Facing death, the passengers start sharing each other’s wildest fantasies. I’m not sure whether this movie had to be more or less vulgar in order to work. Let’s hope Almodóvar finds his old shape back with his next one. Read more

    RATING: 56/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 13th, 2013

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