Pixar's Coco, the gorgeous film about celebrating the Day of the Dead, family and the people that came before us, took the world by storm and won two Oscars recently. Though it marks the first Latino-inspired animated movie by Disney, it's not the first time that Hollywood has decided to tell our stories. 

More from MamásLatinas: 14 Spanish-language movies (with subtitles!) to watch on Netflix

We don't even have to go back to West Side Story. The 1961 film that told the story of the rivalry between a Latino and a white gang and made Rita Moreno a star.

In the last 20 years, there have been lots of movies with Latino main characters, many directed by Latinos, and some of them have even broken several records. Take a look. You will be impressed and inspired.

The movie 'Selena' changed a lot of lives. 1

Warner Bros.

The 1997 biographical drama about Selena Quintanilla, the Mexican-American singer who died too young, launched J.Lo into international stardom.


'Tortilla Soup' is a remake of the Taiwanese film 'Eat Drink Man Woman.' 2

Samuel Goldwyn Films

The 2001 Hollywood remake told the story of three Latina sisters whose father is a chef who is slowly is losing his sense of taste.


'Real Women Have Curves' was America Ferrera's breakout role. 3

Newmarket Films

The movie about a Latina girl coming of age and accepting her body as it is, was just the beginning of an incredibly diverse career for Ferrera. Eventually, it led to roles in How To Train Your Dragon and the headliner in Ugly Betty.

'Maria Full of Grace' revolves around a pregnant 17 year-old. 4

Fine Line Pictures

In this 2004 crime drama, Maria lives with her unemployed sister and her niece when she is offered a position as a drug mule.


'A Day Without a Mexican' intended to focus on the contributions of Latinos to this country. 5

Televisa Cine

The 2004 satire of racism is a hidden gem in dark humor.


'Nacho Libre', with Jack Black and Ana de la Reguera, came out in 2006. 6

The movie is loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta, a Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a luchador to support his orphanage. This comedy about luchadores is sure to make you laugh until you cry.


'Quinceañera' is a moving and realistic tale about two Mexican American teens. 7

Sony Pictures Classics

This sad coming-of-age tale surrounds two cousins who become estranged from their family.

'Under the Same Moon' is a funny and inspiring story about family. 8

Fox Searchlight

The 2007 heartwarming tale about Carlitos and his mother, Rosario, starring Kate del Castillo and Eugenio Derbez, should be watched with multiple tissues in hand to wipe the tears of joy and sadness off of your face.


If you're going to watch 'Sin Nombre', be prepared. 9

Focus Features

The 2009 film is produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna and is a brutal crime drama about a Honduran teenage girl trying to immigrate to the United States and a boy caught up in gang life.

'A Better Life' is inspiring and teaches a life lesson. 10

Summit Entertainment

Mexican actor Demian Bichir stars in this drama about an illegal Mexican immigrant trying to reconnect with his son.


'Filly Brown' is a story about a struggling Latina rapper. 11

Indomina Releasing

This 2012 drama stars our favorite virgin Gina Rodriguez and Jenni Rivera, in her only film role. La Diva de la Banda was already dead when the movie premiered and it was a sad tribute to her acting talent.

'Instructions not Included' was Eugenio Derbez's first movie. 12

Pantelion Films

The 2013 production is the most viewed movie in the history of Mexico and U.S. Latino audiences.


'Pulling Strings' is a great Latino date night movie. 13


Jane the Virgin's Jaime Camil stars in this 2013 bilingual romantic comedy about a struggling Mexican mariachi singer and an American diplomat.

'Cantinflas' was made for hardcore fans of the comedian. 14

Pantelion Films

This biographical drama, which premiered in the U.S. in 2014, surrounds legendary Mexican comedian Mario "Cantinflas" Moreno and his partnership with Mike Todd while making the 1956 adventure-comedy Around the World in 80 Days.


'The Book of Life' was the first big movie about the Day of the Dead. 15

20th Century Fox

The 2014 movie told a love story inspired by the stories of Mexican folklore with a star-studded cast that includes Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Kate del Castillo.

'600 Miles' will keep you on the edge of your seat. 16

Pantelion Films

The 2015 thriller stars non-Latino Tim Roth alongside Mexican actor Kristyan Ferrer. It's about a weapons smuggler who kidnaps an ATF agent.


'McFarland, USA' has a very talented and diverse cast. 17

Walt Disney Pictures

Macfarland, USA stars Kevin Costner among a predominantly Latino cast about track runners.

'How to be a Latin Lover' was Eugenio Derbez's second movie as a filmmaker. 18

Pantelion Films

The 2017 movie, about an aging gigolo, made over $61 million worldwide and is considered one ofthe most sucessful Latino films of all times.


'Lowriders' is the first non-horror movie from the producers of 'Paranormal Activity.' 19

Universal Pictures

This crime drama, starring Demian Bichir and Eva Longoria, centers around a teenage grafitti artist who must choose between his father and his criminal brother when a lowrider event is held.

'Coco' tells the story of a kid named Miguel who loves music but the film is deep on so many levels. 20


Miguel travels to the land of the dead on El Día de los Muertos and experiences the most beautiful world, learns about the love of his family, and realizes that you do really have to "seize your moment."

Coco is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen and it's message that will resonate with every family, Latino or not.