While we love us a good Netflix or Hulu bingewatch, we have to admit they are lacking when it comes to classic Spanish-language fare. That’s why we were so excited when the aptly-named Pantaya streaming service announced it’d be stacking their catalogue with a slew of, not only, the most recent flicks like No Manches Frida and Nosotros los Nobles, but with what might be the largest selection of movies from Mexico’s Golden Age.

The Lionsgate-backed service is a goldmine for those looking to catch classics featuring Cantinflas, Pedro Infante, María Felix, and many of the silver-screen legends that made their mark in early twentieth century Mexican cinema. To help you out, we’ve rounded out a list of films to check out if you want to start your very own crash course on Mexico’s Golden Age. From romantic melodramas to hilarious comedies of errors, you can’t go wrong with these ten features, all of which are available to stream from the comfort of your home on Pantaya.

1

Que Dios me perdone

Director Tito Davison
Country Mexico
Production Year 1948
Synopsis

María Felix plays a classic femme fatale with a twist – her character is a concentration camp survivor who uses her sexuality to elicit information from unwitting men at the height of Mexico City’s World War II spy games. Meanwhile, a series of inexplicable murders can only be solved by a psychologist, played by Julián Soler.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details
May God Forgive Me
Director Tito Davison
Country Mexico
Writer Tito Davison Xavier Villaurrutia José Revueltas
Producer Gregorio Walerstein
Production Year 1948
Running Time 97 minutes
2

Doña Diabla

Director Tito Davison
Country Mexico
Production Year 1949
Synopsis

Another “woman wronged + exacting vengeance” story in the style of the original “doña” film, Doña Bárbara, Doña Diabla features Félix vamping it up as Ángela (what’s in a name, you say?), a well-to-do woman wronged by her husband, but not for long. With claps of thunder punctuating her contemptuous dialogue, a Cruella De Vil-like bolt of silver supercharging her glossy black mane, and a way with a cigarette that shows how well she can make, er, anything crumple, Doña Diabla is pure Doña Dominitrix payoff, no strings attached. Gilded, guilty pleasure for wicked ladies and those who (can’t help but) love them.

Maria-Christina Villaseñor

Film Details

Director Tito Davison
Country Mexico
Production Year 1949
3

La malquerida

Country Mexico
Production Year 1949
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Synopsis

Raymunda (Dolores del Rio) is a widow about to be married to Esteban (Pedro Armendáriz). At first, her daughter Acacia (Columba Domínguez) rejects her new stepfather, thinking all he was after was their family money. But as the years go by, her rejection turns to the kind of illicit love that melodrama films are made of!

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Emilio Fernández
Country Mexico
Genre Romance Drama
Writer Emilio Fernández Mauricio Magdaleno
Producer Francisco Cabrera
Production Year 1949
Running Time 86 minutes
4

Ahí está el detalle

Country Mexico
Production Year 1940
Synopsis

Unbeknownst to the head of the Cayetano household, Cantinflas is sneaking around with Paz, the maid. One night he finds himself mistaken for the brother of Mr. Cayetano’s wife which leads to the kind of comedy of errors (involving a gangster, a rabid dog, and a bountiful inheritance!) the Mexican star was so known for.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
You're Missing the Point
Director Juan Bustillo Oro
Country Mexico
Genre Comedy
Writer Juan Bustillo Oro Humberto Gómez Landero
Producer Jesús Grovas
Production Year 1940
Running Time 103 minutes
5

Flor silvestre

Country Mexico
Production Year 1943
Synopsis

During the Mexican Revolution, don Francisco kicks out of his house and disowns his own son, José Luis for marrying a peasant woman called Esperanza, who’s then kidnapped by a pair of fake revolutionaries that José Luis then has to track down.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Emilio Fernández
Country Mexico
Genre Romance Drama
Writer Emilio Fernández Mauricio Magdaleno
Producer Agustín J. Fink
Production Year 1943
Running Time 90 minutes
6

Camino del infierno

Country Mexico
Production Year 1951
Synopsis

Camino del infierno tells the story of a love triangle gone dangerously wrong. León desperately longs after Leticia, but she’s his best friend’s (and boss!) lover. Given that she’s an ambitious minx, Leticia agrees to give herself to León in exchange for betraying her lover and his friend and steal his fortune in the process.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Miguel Morayta
Country Mexico
Genre Crime Drama
Writer Miguel Morayta
Producer Óscar J. Brooks Felipe Mier
Production Year 1951
Running Time 89 minutes
7

La Valentina

Country Mexico
Production Year 1966
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Synopsis

In the midst of the Mexican Revolution, Valentina’s husband is murdered the night of their wedding day. Stricken by righteous grief, she swears to never fall in love again. That promise is put to the test when she’s kidnapped by an arms dealer on the orders of a federal army captain who’s madly in love with her. As usual, the film is a perfect María Felix vehicle that shows exactly why she’s one of the most enduring screen icons of the twentieth century.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Rogelio A. González
Country Mexico
Genre Adventure Drama
Writer José María Fernández Unsáin
Producer Gregorio Walerstein
Production Year 1966
Running Time 94 minutes
8

Los Gavilanes

Country Mexico
Production Year 1956
Synopsis

Two men pining for the same woman don’t know that they’re half-brothers. To complicate things, one of them belongs to Los Gavilanes, a band of merry men who sack the rich to feed the poor. The rivalry and blood feud comes to a head in this Pedro Infante classic that thrills with its story of love and revenge.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Vicente Oroná
Country Mexico
Genre Drama
Writer Aurora Brillas Vicente Oroná
Producer Antonio Matouk
Production Year 1956
Running Time 102 minutes
9

Tierra de pasiones

Country Mexico
Production Year 1943
Synopsis

A romantic melodrama for the ages starring Jorge Negrete and Margarita Mora set against the backdrop of La Zandunga, a feast in the town of Tehuanchitán to celebrate the start of the mango harvest.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director José Benavides Jr
Country Mexico
Genre Adventure
Writer Alejandro Galindo Marco Aurelio Galindo
Producer David Negrete
Production Year 1943
Running Time 101 minutes
10

Maria Candelaria

Country Mexico
Production Year 1944
Synopsis

It is 1909. María Candelaria (Dolores del Rio) faces prejudice in her hometown of Xochimilco. Not only is she the child of a prostitute but she’s of indigenous descent. Nevertheless, she hopes to get married to her lover Lorenzo Rafael, in spite of the fact that a greedy shop owner in town has his sights set on the young woman. Things only get more complicated in this sumptuous melodrama when María Candelaria falls ill with malaria forcing Lorenzo Rafael to go through unspeakable lengths to cure her.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Emilio Fernández
Country Mexico
Genre Romance Drama
Writer Emilio Fernández Mauricio Magdaleno
Producer Agustín J. Fink
Production Year 1944
Running Time 97 minutes