El Salvador (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

Popularity▲ A-Z User Rating Number of Votes US Box Office Runtime Year Release Date Date of Your Rating Your Rating

Relentless (I) (2018)

TV-MA | 95 min | Thriller

An American mother searches for her daughter who was kidnapped by human traffickers in Central America.

Director: Lance Tracy | Stars: Sydney Sweeney, Elpidia Carrillo, Courtenay Taylor, Lauren Shaw

Votes: 336

Unforgivable (2020)

35 min | Documentary, Short

A ruthless hitman for the 18th Street gang deals with his sexuality inside an evangelical Salvadoran prison, where he is not just guilty of crimes, but of an unforgivable sin under God and gang: being gay.

Director: Marlén Viñayo

Votes: 29

La vida loca (2008)

90 min | Documentary

"La Vida Loca" reflects a depressing and hopeless reality. The documentary, by photojournalist and filmmaker Christian Poveda, follows some of the members of "la dieciocho", the so-called ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Poveda | Stars: José Roberto Martínez, Silvia Portillo López, Ana Burgos Arévalo, José Luis Rosales

Votes: 836

The Empty Classroom (2015)

108 min | Documentary, Drama

Under the creative direction of Gael Garcia Bernal, ten award-winning directors tell the story of the high school dropout crisis in Latin America in an anthology of narrative and ... See full summary »

Directors: Flávia Castro, Mariana Chenillo, Pablo Fendrik, Carlos Gaviria, Tatiana Huezo, Lucrecia Martel, Nicolás Pereda, Eryk Rocha, Pablo Stoll, Daniel Vega Vidal, Diego Vega Vidal | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Estefania Piñeres

Votes: 32

Days of Light (2019)

88 min | Drama, Thriller

A solar storm hits Central America. Its inhabitants must face life disconnected from technology. Fear, friendship and love emerge as they come together with others, while the skies are lit by lights never seen before.

Directors: Gloria Carrión Fonseca, Julio López Fernández, Enrique Medrano, Mauro Borges Mora, Enrique Pérez Him, Sergio Ramírez | Stars: Agustín Acevedo, Adela Aguero, Mauricio Aguilar, Alondra Altamirano

Votes: 15

The Black Pirates (1954)

74 min | Adventure

Pirates searching for treasure take over a small town in Central America where they believe the loot is buried, but discover that a church has been built over the spot. They force the ... See full summary »

Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Anthony Dexter, Martha Roth, Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Clarke

Votes: 36

The Engineer (2013)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Israel is El Salvador's only criminologist. In one of the world's most dangerous countries, his job is to unearth the hundreds murdered and buried by the rival gangs MS-13 and 18 Street.

Directors: Mathew Charles, Juan Luis Passarelli

Votes: 41

In the Region of Ice (1976)

37 min | Short

In this American Film Institute-subsidized short subject, Fionnula Flanagan plays a sharp-tongued but compassionate nun, while Peter Lempert is cast as a sullen, emotionally disturbed boy. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Fionnula Flanagan, Peter Lampert, Vance Colvig Jr., John Durren

Votes: 30

A Bridge Apart (2014)

56 min | Documentary, Drama, News

A Bridge Apart looks at the epic migration of immigrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States from the point of view of the migrants themselves. Haunting photography, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Maniglia Jr. | Star: Edward James Olmos

Votes: 14

The Beast (2010)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Drama

A journey of hope and dead.

Director: Pedro Ultreras

Votes: 55

Cachada: The Opportunity (2019)

80 min | Documentary, Drama

Five Salvadoran women take to the stage to tell their stories about being poor, single moms and working as street vendors.

Director: Marlén Viñayo | Stars: Evelyn Chileno, Ruth H. Vega, Magdalena Henríquez, Wendy Henríquez

Votes: 54

Malacrianza (2014)

70 min | Drama

Don Cleo, a humble seller of Piñatas, who lives in a little town in El Salvador; arrives at home after a long day of work to find an extortion letter at his door steps. That letter tells ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Menendez | Stars: Salvador Solís, Karla Valencia, Demetrio Aguilar, Leandro Sanchez Arauz

Votes: 76

Lunch Box (2017)

10 min | Short, Horror

A teacher begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a red lunch box.

Director: Ed Hsbn | Stars: Alejandra Nolasco, Patricia Rodriguez

La Palabra de Pablo (2018)

TV-MA | 84 min | Drama

Loosely inspired by Shakespeare's Othello, La Palabra de Pablo (Pablo's Word) tells the story of a broken contemporary Salvadorian upper middle class family - struggling with jealousy and revenge.

Director: Arturo Menendez | Stars: Paola Baldion, Carlos Aylagas, Leandro Sanchez Arauz, Luis Cherubini

Votes: 58

Hoy (2021)

68 min | Drama

In the capital of El Salvador, the drivers of a bus, a taxi, a minibus and a private car confront the ravages of 12 years of civil war that continue to torment the country.

Director: Luis Ricardo Landaverde | Stars: Ariana Chong, Rodrigo Marroquin, Norman Miranda, Jose Carlos Ramos

Surviving Guazapa (2008)

TV-14 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Opposing forces, a government soldier and a guerrilla are trapped together in the heavily-bombed area around the Guazapa volcano. After a hostile meeting, an unlikely friendship develops ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto d'Avila Alegria | Stars: Roberto Josue Alegria, Geovanny Alvarado, Salvador Bermudez, Carlos Cruz

Votes: 26


15 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi | Completed

A seemingly ordinary Salvadoran woman discovers she is far from being ordinary. Based in El Salvador, Melaktik showcases the different forms of gender violence present in this Central ... See full summary »

Directors: Pedro Guzmán, Sofía Samour | Stars: Vanesa Tomasino, Fernando Rodriguez, Mónica Aguilez, Carlos Aylagas

Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero (2011)

97 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In the 1970s, as El Salvador moved irrevocably closer to civil war, one man was known as the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, the disappeared. Appointed Archbishop in 1977, Monsenor ... See full summary »

Directors: Ana Carrigan, Juliet Weber | Stars: Pablo Alvarenga, Alberto Arene, Salvador Carranza, Marta Cerna

Votes: 24

1932: Scars of Memory (2002)

88 min | Documentary

In 1932 the army and "citizen militias" in El Salvador brutally crushed an uprising of peasants in western El Salvador, killing 10,000 people. Survivors share their harrowing memories, many for the first time.

Directors: Jeffrey Gould, Carlos Henriquez

El cuarto de los huesos (2015)

52 min | Documentary

A poorly equipped and underpaid team of forensic anthropologists is sent to study the countless mass graves in El Salvador, trying to identify the victims using fragments of bodies. ... See full summary »

Director: Marcela Zamora

Votes: 23

Tres caminos (2008)

84 min | Drama

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Director: Edwin Arevalo | Stars: Aurora Ares, Roberto Bladimir Arevalo, Jaffet Argumedo, Anna Beauchamp

La batalla del volcán (2018)

93 min | Documentary

A group of veterans "guerrilla and soldiers" faces hatred from the past and a prevailing grief when they return, 25 years later, to the neighborhoods of San Salvador where they fought the final battle of the Salvadoran Civil War.

Director: Julio López Fernández

Votes: 6

Polvo de gallo

70 min | Drama | Post-production

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Director: Julio López Fernández | Stars: Paola Miranda, Egly Larreynaga, Alicia Chong

One, the Story of a Goal (2010)

102 min | Documentary

In the early 1980s, at the beginning of what would become a 12-year-long civil war, El Salvador's talented football team was one national institution upon which both the left and the right ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlos Moreno, Gerardo Muyshondt

Votes: 31

Ride Report (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Adventure

RIDE REPORT is a feature length documentary that follows two young men on a motorcycle journey spanning 10000 miles through Central and South America. It explores how the modern day ... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Kendall, Tiernan Turner | Stars: Brandon Kappert, Matt Kendall, Tiernan Turner

Votes: 16

Ausencias (I) (2015)

26 min | Documentary, Short

Lulú wakes up to an empty house. After 5 years, absence has turned her life into a limbo, but she still has hopes of finding her son and husband alive after they were kidnapped on their way to Monterrey Airport, México.

Director: Tatiana Huezo

Votes: 15

Connected by Coffee (2014)

70 min | Documentary, Adventure

Connected By Coffee tells the story of Latin American coffee farmers and how our daily brew is deeply connected to a troubled past and hopeful future. Following a 1000-mile journey from ... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Dennis | Stars: Matt Earley, Chris Treter

Votes: 13

Los peces fuera del agua (1969)

80 min | Drama

Olivia is a disturbed woman who shows some signs of amnesia and madness. Accompanied only by Esther, she fantasizes that some day her beloved Julio will return, but he only writes her ... See full summary »

Director: José David Calderón | Stars: Isabel Dada, Gilda Lewin, Ernesto Merida

Votes: 16

A Question of Conscience: The Murder of the Jesuit Priests in El Salvador (1990)

Documentary, Short

Set under the background of the Salvadoran Civil War, the story of the November 16, 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter in El Salvador. Salvadoran Army soldiers... See full summary »

Director: Ilan Ziv | Stars: Ricardo Espinoza Guerra, Jon Sobrino

Blood of the Martyrs (2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

On November 16, 1989, six Jesuits and two women were brutally murdered in El Salvador by US trained and funded commandos of the Salvadoran army. This is their story.

Director: Erik Lohr

Jalón (2020)


A day in the life of a Salvadoran taxi driver. Attempting to survive the grim realities in San Salvador, Gabriela Rodriguez prioritizes her family as she is pulled in many directions.

Director: Adam Chadwick | Stars: Vanesa Tomasino, Estuardo Tale, Andrea Tale, Samuel Hernández Campos

Votes: 13

Searching for Dragons (2016)

82 min | Documentary, Adventure

A large stone dragon inspires a filmmaker to quit his job and journey from the Arctic to Panama to renew his purpose and question the mythology of the North American dream.

Director: Dan Gainsford

De Barlavento a Sotavento (2020)

90 min | Documentary

Arturo, Wendy and Amílcar, live in a volcanic lake in El Salvador. Ancestral lives converge in their inner transformation, starting with the sport of sailing, learn to dominate nature, ... See full summary »

Director: Pilar Colomé | Stars: Arturo Merchez, Wendy Merchez, Amilcar Sánchez

La ReBusqueda (2014)

135 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

La ReBusqueda is the first romantic comedy ever made in Central America.

Director: Alvaro Jared Martínez | Stars: Carlo Arrechea, Pacun Lopez, Cristina Melendez, Mishelle Molina

Votes: 29

El cadáver exquisito (2011)

90 min | Drama, Fantasy

"Exquisite Corpse" combines documentary, fiction and experimental film-making as it traverses the social and oniric landscape of a region struggling between modernity and tradition. A ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Ruano | Stars: Rossemberg Rivas, Malado Baldwin, Alejandra Palomo, Cristina López

Votes: 10

Spinning Southward (2010)

108 min | Documentary, Animation, Adventure

A documentary film following 3 bicyclists who traveled from the far northern shores of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska - through 13 countries - to Ushuaia, Argentina in support of the National Brain ... See full summary »

Director: Nateon Ajello | Stars: Nateon Ajello, John Logsdon, Mike Logsdon


Drama | Announced

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Director: Arturo Menendez

La cigüeña metálica

57 min | Documentary, History, War | Post-production

Ana Lilian, Ricardo and Blanca tell about their lives from the moment in which they became missing kids of the Salvador War until present days.

Director: Joan López

Vientos de Octubre (2020)

9 min | Short, Drama

For Lourdes, a writer of the Salvadoran diaspora, returning to her native country means having to face complex emotions around a misogynistic environment that triggers her anxiety. Once ... See full summary »

Director: Heinz Kobernik | Stars: Maya Salomé, Frida Karlos, Sandro Stivella

Matlatl (2017)

90 min | Horror, Mystery

After a tragic death, a family of three is forced to move to a desolated part of the country only to be haunted by mythical creatures.

Director: Migue Siman | Stars: Carlos Cardona, Augusto Morales, Paulina Miguel, Mauricio Fuentes

Votes: 25

Manlio Argueta Poetas y Volcanes (2010)

40 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Through the voice of writer and survivor Manlio Argueta, El Salvador's turbulent historical era is revealed, a period when many artists and writers suffered imprisonment, persecution and exile.

Director: Carolina Rivera

Memorias (II) (2013)

77 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary about the life of Alejandro Cotto, a film making pioneer from El Salvador. We explore his early life, his involvement in the cinema as a volunteer projectionist while he was ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Arevalo | Star: Alejandro Cotto

Children of the Diaspora: For Peace and Democracy (2013)

56 min | Documentary, Family, History

Children of the Diaspora is a documentary about the historical and ideological origins of USEU, the Union of Salvadoran University Students, in the United States. Set in 2009, this film ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Carcamo | Stars: Daniel Alvarenga, Denny Alvarez, Ricardo Avalos, Diana Baires

Museum of Infinite (2020)


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Director: Ernesto Bautista

Cinema Libertad (2010)

PG | 25 min | Short, Drama

Nacho and Ela give life back to the old and abandoned Cinema Libertad with the use of a ray of light, they both tell stories to the people living inside the old cinema.

Director: Arturo Menendez | Stars: David Acuña, Edgar Aquino, Leandro Sanchez Arauz, Regina Cañas

Votes: 21

Roque Dalton, fusilemos la noche! (2013)

87 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Roque Dalton was the Bertolt Brecht of Central America. His live was an adventure story, his political struggle against the Salvadorian dictatorships brought him into jail various times. ... See full summary »

Director: Tina Leisch

Votes: 15

Mission 10 Documentary (2012)

87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

A full-length documentary (90 min) covering 16 college student-led mission trips shot through the eyes of 9 student videographers at Southwestern A/G University. Armed with a backpack of ... See full summary »

Votes: 12

En un rincón del alma (2016)


An emotional journey through more than half a century of the Cuban Revolution through the personal and collective memory of the prominent Cuban journalist, screenwriter and writer Eliseo ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Dalton

Saltwater Buddha (2015)

60 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

After leaving a note for his family, a lost teenager runs away to Hawaii with just enough cash for a surfboard. Through surfing misadventures, zen monasteries, and travels, he finds his way home.

Director: Lara Popyack | Star: Jaimal Yogis

Votes: 6

El Libro Supremo (2013)

90 min | Horror, Mystery

Deadly evil forces hunt four curious and ambitious teenagers who stole a black magic manuscript from a witch crafter who it wants it back.

Director: Roberto d'Avila Alegria | Stars: Mauricio Escobar, Moony Arrivillaga, Fhernando Santacruz, Milena Gonzalez

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