12 Films That Capture Hispanic American Experiences

 “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”; Anthony Ramos in “In the Heights”; Eugenio Derbez and Loreto Peralta in “Instructions Not Included.” Photo Courtesy: Sony Pictures/Warner Bros./Pantelion Films

Let’s get Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off in a very cinematic way: with a roundup of films written, directed or starring people whose ancestors are from Spanish-speaking cultures.

Rather than making a selection that would include a bunch of titles from Latin American or Spanish filmmakers focusing on experiences from abroad, we’ve prioritized movies that are at least partially set in the U.S. and capture Latinx, Latine and Hispanic experiences.

We’ve tried to capture the broad concept of Latinidad with this list. You’ll see stories from many immigrant perspectives but also those of first-, second- and third-generation people with Latin roots who may not necessarily speak Spanish, and many tales of folks who feel divided between their two identities.