Spanish Melodramas: 20 Hot Movies About Love

For most people, Spain is associated with the hot sun, bright colors and hot locals. Spanish films about love are akin to the place of their birth – they are filled with the stormy passions of ardent seigneurs and senoritas. The heroes of these paintings love and hate especially emotionally, which is typical of the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, and the audience gets unique pleasure from Spanish melodramas.

Mad About Her (2021)

The character of the novelty of Spanish cinema, Adri’s favorite and lover of women, meets an extraordinary girl in a bar. Carla does not claim his attention for more than one night, and mysteriously disappears in the morning. But there was something about her that made the playboy look for his nightly acquaintance. Adri finds Carla in a psychiatric clinic , where she is undergoing treatment. This explains some of her oddities, but does not scare away a guy in love who decides to enter a special institution under the guise of a patient.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Loco por ella

Actors:
Alvaro Cervantes, Susanna Gomez, Luis Saera…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.6


Until the wedding do us part (2020)

The heroine of the Spanish comedy melodrama Marina owns a wedding agency, although she herself does not believe in the sanctity of marriage. This is due to the unsuccessful family life of her parents, which is why their daughter is not going to get married at all. However, a stormy night with a hot man Carlos shook the principles of the wedding organizer – she fell in love without memory. But Carlos came to the agency with his fiancee Alexia, who turned out to be Marina’s classmate, who once bullied her at school. Will the heroine succumb to the temptation to take revenge on her old offender?

Original title:
Hasta que la boda nos separe

Actors:
Belen Cuesta, Alejandro Garcia, Silvia Alonso…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Elisa and Marcela (2019)

Based on a true story, a romantic film about two fearless girls who dare to enter into a same-sex marriage in strict Catholic Spain in the early 20th century. Marcela and Elisa met as teenagers at a convent school, and their friendship soon developed into a more intimate relationship. Instead of, like all decent Spaniards, suppressing it in themselves, the lovers challenged the patriarchal foundations. Despite parental opposition and society’s condemnation, Elisa and Marcela found a way to stay together.

Original title:
Elisa y Marcela

Actors:
Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernandez, Sara Casasnovas…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6


Growing Up (2018)

Spanish romantic film with elements of comedy. Emma recently turned 30 and sees herself as a failure, unable to properly manage her time and settle in life. The girl ‘s best friend is expecting a baby and wants Emma to be his godmother. However, the couple has an important condition: the godparents must take over the upbringing of the baby if something happens to the parents. Emma and Martin, who have not even had time to get to know each other, are seriously frightened by this request.

Original title:
Hacerse mayor y otros problemas

Actors:
Silvia Alonso, Barbara Goenaga, Maria Esteve…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
IMDb – 4.4


Our Lovers (2016)

An intriguing Spanish melodrama about love with a very inventive plot. Irene and Carlos met in a cafe-reading room, where he came for the first time, and she was a regular. Young people quickly found a common language and started a kind of game with some rules – do not fall in love with each other, do not seek meetings and do not name names. The heroes managed to adhere to the code they invented, until Irene accidentally found out that Carlos was the husband of her cheating boyfriend’s mistress.

Original title:
Nuestros amantes

Actors:
Eduardo Noriega, Michelle Henner, Fele Martinez…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Palm trees in the snow (2015)

A poignant love story that has echoed through the decades. Clarence is a beautiful and hardworking girl who lives in the cold mountains . After discovering old letters from her father, she realizes that she did not know much about him, so she wants to uncover the intriguing mysteries of his life. Having gone to the hot island of Fernando Po, she discovers the world in a new way. She has to follow in the footsteps of difficult family secrets, where there was a place for great deeds, betrayal and great love.

Original title:
Palmeras en la nieve

Actors:
Mario Casas, Adriana Ugarte, Macarena Garcia…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Ma Ma (2015)

Magda is a young single mother who teaches at a school . The woman worries that she may fall under layoffs, and it will be difficult for her and her son, but soon her thoughts go in a completely different direction. It turns out that Magda has a serious illness that can lead to death. In parallel, she meets a man who was recently left without a family. New relationships make serious changes in the everyday life of both heroes.

Original title:
Ma ma

Actors:
Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Echeandia…

Country:
Spain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Sorry for Love (2014)

The protagonist of this Spanish film about love is 37-year-old Alex, who once met a young and wayward student. Shortly before this, he breaks up with his fiancee Elena. Starting to communicate with Nikki, a man experiences long-forgotten feelings and emotions. However, their differences also make themselves felt: the characters constantly quarrel. However, sympathy develops between them and they start dating. The problem is, Nikki is 20 years younger than Alex, and he’s not sure these feelings can lead to anything serious.

Original title:
Perdona si te llamo amor

Actors:
Paloma Bloyd, Daniele Liotti, Irena Montala…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


10,000 km: Love in the distance (2014)

A couple of lovers Sergi and Alex had grandiose plans for a joint future. Sergi dreamed of a family and children, but Alex first wanted to find her calling, which clearly did not consist in her current job as a waitress. When the girl got the chance to train as a photographer in Los Angeles, she jumped at it, although it meant spending a year away from her beloved. Sergi agreed to parting, believing that 10,000 kilometers was nothing for their relationship. But it soon became clear that even modern methods of communication do not guarantee an eternal feeling.

Original title:
10.000 Km

Actors:
Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, Sirius Flatz…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Ignition (2013)

The film tells about the passion and love that flared up under the hot sun of Spain. Navas and Ari are a couple of professional scammers . They pull off daring heists in between races . The scheme is simple: seductive beauty Ari distracts the attention of wealthy men, and her boyfriend and accomplices at this time rob them. Everything went smoothly until the charismatic guy Mikel appeared on the way of the robbers. Upon meeting him, Ari immediately falls in love, and finds herself in a difficult dilemma.

Original title:
Combustión

Actors:
Adriana Ugarte, Alberto Amman, Alex Gonzalez…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Summer Night in Barcelona (2013)

In the list of the best Spanish melodramas there is a film that describes several love dramas at once, which broke out at the moment when the sky of Barcelona was lit up by comet Rosa. It flew over the Earth and went out forever, but at the same time new feelings arose in Spain. However, Rose extinguished some feelings forever. Before the audience will appear six couples who fell under the influence of an unusual natural phenomenon.

Original title:
Barcelona nit d’estiu

Actors:
Francesc Colomer, Han Cornet, Joan Dauza…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Jigsaw of Love (2011)

The peculiarity of this film in the melodrama genre produced in Spain is that it was shot by thirteen graduate directors of the film school of Catalonia. In accordance with the number of creators, the plot lasts thirteen months, during which the mutual feelings of two students of the University of Barcelona blossom. Sun, an exchange student from Chicago, and Lucas, from Mallorca, met in a hostel and fell passionately in love. But is there a future for this relationship if Sun is about to return home?

Original title:
Puzzled Love

Actors:
Marcel Borras, Saras Gil, Artur Busquets…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Three meters above the sky (dilogue, 2010 and 2012)

It is almost impossible to imagine a list of films about love made in Spain without this hit, which, for sure, will have more than one generation of fans. An incredible melodrama about the love of two young people belonging to different social circles, who would never have met if it were not for chance.

Achi is a charismatic and unrestrained rebel, prone to taking unnecessary risks. Babi is a slightly naive daughter of wealthy parents, accustomed to a comfortable life. One day, the paths of the two cross, and lead to one of the most difficult love dramas in the world of cinema. Achi seems to the girl to be a narcissistic and frivolous young man, but this does not prevent the guy from falling in love with a proud beauty. Babi avoids the obsessive boyfriend in every possible way, but gradually realizes that she thinks about him more often than she would like.

Original title:
Tres metros sobre el cielo

Actors:
Mario Casas, Maria Valverde, Alvaro Cervantes…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Broken Embraces (2009)

The famous screenwriter and director Mateo Blanco has long been working under the pseudonym Harry Kane. More than ten years ago, he survived a terrible catastrophe , which deprived him of his sight and his beloved. Since then, the care of the cinematographer lies on the shoulders of longtime friend Judith and her young son, who helps Kane write new scripts. Their usual life is disrupted when it turns out that the famous businessman Martel has died. This has an unexpected effect on Harry, and he tells his assistant about the twisted love story that ended in that tragic accident.

Original title:
Los abrazos rotos

Actors:
Penelope Cruz, Lewis Omar, Blanca Portillo…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Threesome Etudes (2009)

In the beautiful student of the Academy of Arts , Maria Jose, two classmates are in love at once – Marcos and Jaime. Both are good-looking, talented and draw wonderful portraits of a girl. Unable to choose one of them, Maria decides to have a threesome romance. Having formed a love triangle, the guys and the girl live peacefully and happily together. But will not this idyll be destroyed by the hypocrisy of others and the insidious feeling of jealousy?

Original title:
Castillos de cartón

Actors:
Adriana Ugarte, Nilo Moore, Biel Duran …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Nymphomaniac Diaries (2008)

Sultry Spain seems to be created to be the scenery for films about love, such as this sensual melodrama. After the loss of a loved one, a young French woman, Valeria, moves to Spain, where she constantly finds herself in erotic adventures. Insatiable in sex, a girl changes men like gloves, first as an amateur, and then as a professional. Will she be able to see a real feeling in this sexual kaleidoscope?

Original title:
Diario de una ninfómana

Actors:
Belen Fabra, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Lum Barrera…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


8 dates (2008)

It is worth watching this anthology of eight short films, with humor telling about the different sides of love experiences. A hopelessly in love man and his brother, who imagined himself a homosexual, a married couple who decided to become swingers, and a guy who met fate in the face of an ugly but sensitive girl. All of them tirelessly seek their happiness, getting into touching and funny situations. And in the end, the heroes are united by the funeral of their beloved grandfather.

Original title:
8 citas

Actors:
Fernando Tejero, Jose Luis Garcia Perez, Belen Lopez…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Dark Blue Almost Black (2006)

Dark blue, almost black, is the color of the jacket, which Jorge has been eyeing for a long time, but at the same time cannot afford because of the difficult financial situation. Days fly by, the price of a thing is getting lower, but, passing by the shop window, the guy realizes that he is still unable to pay for such a purchase. Suddenly, a girl returns to Jorge’s life, whom he considers his first and only love. In parallel, the storyline of his brother, recently released from prison , is shown . He asks the protagonist for an unusual service, which he cannot decide on.

Original title:
Azuloscurocasinegro

Actors:
Kim Gutierrez, Marta Etura, Antonio de la Torre…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Carmen (2003)

One of the best film adaptations of the immortal novel by Prosper Merimee, where the writer is the main character and narrator. Traveling in Spain, the author meets Jose Navarro, who sacrificed his military career and future for the sake of a crazy passion for the fatal gypsy Carmen. But the sultry beauty was not long infatuated with Jose and quickly found a replacement for him. Consumed by jealousy, the rejected lover set foot on the road of revenge and murder.

Original title:
Carmen

Actors:
Paz Vega, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Antonio Decent …

Country:
Spain, Great Britain, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Talk to her (2002)

Showered with film awards, including an Oscar for best screenplay, the drama of the most famous director of modern Spain, Pedro Almodovar. In a private clinic, two men meet, united by a similar grief. Marco devotedly cares for his bullfighter friend, who was seriously injured by a bull and fell into a coma. An employee of the Benigno clinic, in love with a ballerina , who is also unconscious, gives advice to a friend in misfortune – to talk to his beloved. Will talking help bring women back to a fulfilling life?

Original title:
Hable con ella

Actors:
Javier Camara, Dario Grandinetti, Leonor Watling…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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