9 Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

Portuguese movies whether made in Brazil, Portugal or Mozambique are underrated. There's no doubt that the movie-making process is different from the Hollywood cutouts we're so accustomed to. However, this is what makes watching these films so enjoyable. Here is a list of 9 Portuguese movies that are worth watching. The list includes Brazilian, Portuguese, Mexican and Mozambican films. Some are based on a Portuguese-language work. I hope you will enjoy watching some of them.


Terra Sonâmbula (Mozambique, 2007) 

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

An adaption of Mia Couto novel of the same name, Terra Sonâmbula "Sleep Walking Land" shows the story of Mozambique torn by civil war and the midsts of it all is young Muidinga who dreams of finding his family. 

Sangue do Meu Sangue (Portugal)


Portuguese Movies Worth Watching


Directed by João Canijo, "Blood of My Blood" shows the life of a poor family living in Lisbon suburbs. At some points, the movie is emotional and hard to watch. But this is a great piece of work done by the director. Not to mention, it has an incredible cast. 

The Duel: A Story Where Truth Is Mere Detail (Brazil, 2015)

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

The movie stars Brazilian actor José Wilker and Portuguese actor Joaquim Almeida. The story is based on a Jorge Amado book. Captin Vasco arrives in the village of Periperi and conquers the inhabitants with his stories as a traveler.

Tropa de Elite (Brazil, 2007)

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

Captain Nascimento, played by talented Brazilan actor Wagner Moura is a captain of a task force that is responsible for cleaning Rio de Janeiro streets from drug dealings before the Pope comes to visit. Very gut-wrenching but really important to watch. It gives the audience an idea of how corruption works in Brazil and shows the conditions of people living in the slums. One of the best movies I have ever seen.

Amor de Perdição (Portugal, 1943)

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

A movie based on a novel written by Camilo Castelo Branco. A story about two people who fall in love, but their family hate each other. It's very dramatic but very powerful.

Florbela (Portugal, 2012)

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

A film based on the life of the Portuguese poet, Florbela Espanca. The talented artist struggled to prove herself as an established female poet in an arena controlled by men. The movie is good and shows a lot of important aspect's of Florbela's life and what she had gone through.
To be a poet it's to be taller, it's to be greater
Than men! Biting as the one who kisses!
It's to be a beggar and give as if you were
King of the Kingdom of Pain and Beyond the Pain!
 Florbela Espanca "To be a poet" 

The Convent (Portugal, 1995)

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

The movie was written and directed by famous Porto director Manoel Oliveira who directed more than 60 films and lived to be 106 years old. The Convent stars Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich. The story is about a professor who's trying to prove that Shakespeare was born in Spain.

Capitães de Abril (Portugal, 2002)

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

Maria de Medeiros's movie takes the audience back in time when Portugal was forever changed by the 25th of April Carnation Revolution. The movie highlights the remarkable work done by the Portuguese captain armies who helped defeat the 41-year-old dictatorship and reinstall a democratic system.

El crimen del padre Amaro (Mexico, 2002)

Portuguese Movies Worth Watching

This is a Mexican adaptation of a famous Eça de Queiroz book called O Crime do Padre Amaro. It's a beautiful piece of art both cinematically and literature-wise and it's not worth spoiling. 

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