Brazilian movies have become popular worldwide and the Brazilian film industry are making films of high quality, just like films from from Hollywood and Bollywood.
The Top 10 Brazilian Movies
Below are my top 10 favorite movies that have come from Brazil.
1. City of God (2002)
Description: Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a housing project built in the 1960’s that–in the early 80’s–became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro that take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
The film received twenty nomination and four Academy Award nominations in 2004, City of God garnered the largest audience for a domestic film in 2002, with over 3.1 million tickets sold, and a gross of 18.6 million reais ($10.3 million). The film also grossed over 7 million US$ in the U.S. and over 30 million worldwide.
2. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups, this film has became one of my all time Brazil movie favorites and has become very popular around the world.
3. Elite Squad (2007)
Description: In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged. Captain Nascimento is trying to find a man to replace him.
4. City of Men (2007)
City of Men tells the story about two young friends Acerola, a.k.a Ace (Douglas Silva), an 18-year-old still carrying baby fat, admits that he is frightened and unprepared to care for his infant son as his wife, Cris (Camila Monteiro), leaves to find work in Sao Paulo. Although Ace loves his little boy, he is only a child in a man’s body himself, and he begs her not to go. For him to assume full parental responsibility is almost unimaginable.
5. Sons of Francisco (2005)
Description: Francisco is a very simple and poor man who dream to see his children become country music stars. The film begins in 1962 in an impoverished-looking part of the state of Goias, in central Brazil, with Zeze (whose given name is Mirosmar) still in the womb, and Francisco (Angelo Antonio), a tenant farmer, hooking up a primitive radio. Francisco has decided that his son will escape from poverty and that music will be the way.
The film was one of the most successful Brazilian movies in the last twenty years and the biggest box office draw of 2005. This Brazilian movie grossed the equivalent of $13 million worldwide, and a total of $8 million in Brazil, a record for Brazilian cinema.
6. The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)
The story takes place in Brazil in 1970, when the country was ruled by a military dictatorship and its national soccer team, led by Pelé, was making its way toward the finals of the World Cup. Accordingly, sports and politics both play parts in this film, directed by Cao Hamburger, which filters the tumult and trauma of Brazilian history through the perceptions of a 12-year-old boy named Mauro.
7. A Dog’s Will (2000)
Description: Two young friends are struggling to live in northern of Brazil. Chico is a kind simple liar, and Jack’s often get them both out of trouble. Their adventures include convincing a priest to give mass for a dead dog, and getting a girl’s boyfriends to leave town so Chico can woo her. When Jack is killed by gangsters and he must outsmart the Devil and then meet with the Virgin Mary and Christ to secure them both a good place in heaven.
8. The Middle of the World (2003)
Description: The Middle of the World (No meio do mundo) is a road movie on bicycles. It is freely adapted from the true story of an unemployed truck driver who, with his wife and five children, pedals from Paraíba, in the poverty-stricken Northeast of Brazil, all the way to Rio de Janeiro looking for a job.
Romão (the father) feels destined to earn 1000 reais (about 550 US$) a month – a vast sum for Brazilian standards. On four bikes, the family goes through five states, knows solidarity and indifference, aggressiveness and cordiality. A 2000-mile odyssey through the hinterlands of Brazil all the way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s best-known postcard. The Middle of the World shows the quest for the dream of a decent life – a story of dreams and hope.
9. Central Station (1998)
Description: A old woman called Dora, works at the Central Station of Rio de Janeiro writing letters for customers that doesn’t know how to write and mailing them. She hates customers and calls them ‘trash’. Josue is a 9-year-old boy who has never met his father. His mother is sending letters to his father through Dora. When she dies in a car accident, Dora takes Josue on a trip to try find his father Dora.
The actress, Fernanda Montenegro (Dora) became the first Brazilian actress ever to be nominated for an Academy Award and was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards in the same year, in the category best actress in a motion picture drama by Central Station (Central do Brasil).
10. Rio ( 2011)
Although this movie is not from Brazil, it is based in Brazil and was released first in Brazilian cinemas before anywhere else in the world. It is one of my favorite movies, so I thought I would include it on here.
Rio is a Disney Cartoon, the story take place in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil , the movie is about a parrot named, Blue, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.
What’s Your Favorite Brazilian Movies?
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