Known as “El Rey” or Chente, Vicente Fernández is an undisputed icon of ranchera music. With his easily recognizable mustache and charro outfit, he’s been a staple of Mexican culture for more than half a century.  Over the course of his career, the singer earned three Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, 14 Lo Nuestro Awards, and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And while many will associate him solely with his music — more than 50 albums and 300 songs — the Guadalajara-born performer also boasts a storied history on the big screen.

Often playing downtrodden men who picked fights with those wealthier and more powerful than him, Fernandez extolled the same kind of populist spirit that made him such a beloved musical treasure. Often working as a producer of his own films, he made plenty of classics that championed underdogs and the working class. With such ample repertoire — all of which remains hard to find in the streaming age — we’ve found five to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Check them out below.

All the movies below are available to stream on Pantaya, a new streaming service that’s like Netflix for Spanish-language movies.

1

El Arracadas

Country Mexico
Production Year 1978

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Synopsis

As a boy, Mariano Landeros saw his father be murdered, and he swears to his mother that he’ll track down and kill the man responsible. With an earring as his only clue, Mariano takes down anyone who gets in his way, facing love, hate and violence.


Film Details

Director Alberto Mariscal
Country Mexico
Genre Adventure Action Drama
Writer Adolfo Torres Portillo
Production Year 1978
Running Time 110 minutes
2

El cuatrero

Country Mexico
Production Year 1989

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Synopsis

The cheater Alvaro and his accomplice Mariana decieve the powerful rancher Lazaro. A veterinarian reveals the scammers’ hiding place and Lazaro makes a plan to prevent the police from catching them.


Film Details
3

Sinvergüenza Pero Honrado

Country Mexico
Production Year 1985

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Synopsis

Alberto wants to have a relationship with Carmen, but her parents are opposed because of his bad reputation. Alberto looks for a way to clean his name and marry Carmen.


Film Details

Director Rafael Villaseñor Kuri
Country Mexico
Genre Comedy Drama
Production Year 1985
Running Time 93 minutes
4

El Coyote y la Bronca

Country Mexico
Production Year 1980

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Synopsis

The rancher Juan El Coyote and Trinidad take pride in their exemplary family. One day, the children of Juan get into big troubles causing a terrible event in the town and putting the family’s good standing in peril.


Film Details

Director Rafael Villaseñor Kuri
Country Mexico
Genre Adventure Comedy Drama
Writer Adolfo Torres Portillo
Production Year 1980
Running Time 92 minutes
5

Tu camino y el mio

Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Production Year 1973

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Synopsis

A young mechanic fights for the love of the woman of his dreams, but first must figure out how to approach since she is currently in love with a man who does not feel anything for her.


Film Details

Director Chano Urueta
Country Mexico
Writer Adolfo Torres Portillo
Production Year 1973
Running Time 85 minutes
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