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Learn Spanish with Movies on Hulu: 9 Fun Flicks for Film Fans

Can you imagine anything better than making popcorn, curling up on the couch and streaming a great movie?

Well, how about doing all of that and practicing your Spanish at the same time?

Online streaming services like Hulu make it easy to get a daily dose of Spanish listening and reading practice. Plus, watching Spanish movies can be so enjoyable, you’ll hardly feel like you’re “studying” or “working.”

The Spanish-language movies on this list are all available for free if you have a Hulu subscription. Some of them were originally filmed in Spanish, while others are dubbed or subtitled.

In either case, these movies provide a fun way to study Spanish at any level—all without ever getting off the couch.
 


 
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How to Find Spanish Movies on Hulu

Luckily for Spanish speakers and learners, Hulu has made it very easy to access its collection of Spanish-language content.

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From the Hulu homepage, hover over the “Browse” tab in the upper left corner. Then, click on “Latino.” That’ll take you to a page with practically all of Hulu’s Spanish-language content, including TV and movies. This includes original Spanish-language content as well as a few dubbed options.

There you have it—practically all of Hulu’s Spanish-language offerings in one place! This article will focus on movies, but Hulu’s Latino page also has some quality Spanish-language TV offerings that are worth browsing as well.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the best Spanish-language movies on Hulu at the time of this writing. The nature of streaming services means that movies are constantly getting removed and added, while others aren’t watchable in all regions—so keep an eye on Hulu’s offerings to see what’s currently available. 

9 Spanish-language Movies on Hulu for Film Lovers and Language Learners

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Original Spanish Movies on Hulu

“Medianeras” (“Sidewalls”)

Genre: Indie/Romance

Country: Argentina

“Sidewalls,” or “Medianeras” in Spanish, is an adorably charming indie drama that viewers of all ages will surely connect to. Following the lives of two young Buenos Aires residents, it touches on the themes of loneliness, anxiety, technology and love in the context of urban living.

Beyond its romantic and relatable plot, this movie is also a sort of love (or love-hate) letter to the city of Buenos Aires. Anyone who’s traveled to Buenos Aires, or who’s thinking about going there, will enjoy this movie’s depiction of Argentina’s chaotically beautiful capital city.

“Sidewalls” is a quiet and elegant film. Unlike some of the other action-packed movies on this list, this film is all about poignant narration and sparse dialogue. After watching for a bit, you may find that you can turn off the subtitles and follow the movie just fine. Give it a try!

“Asmodexia”

Genre: Horror

Country: Spain

Fans of “The Exorcist” will surely want to check out this religious-based horror film set in rural Spain.

The movie is centered around the story of Eloy, the fallen leader of a powerful religious cult, and his teenage granddaughter, Alba. The two travel around the country exorcising demons while on the run from Eloy’s former cult. The movie also tells the stories of Ona and Diana, two former cult members who remain tied up in the lives of Eloy and Alba.

This movie’s bizarre twists and turns and fantastical plotlines make it a great choice for advanced Spanish learners. In the absence of a predictable plot, you’ll have to rely on your Spanish skills to follow what’s going on. If you’re a beginner or intermediate learner, just turn on the subtitles—it’ll help you resist the urge to cover your eyes during the scary scenes!

“Cesar Chavez”

Genre: Biopic

Country: Mexico and the United States

This emotionally and politically charged biopic follows the life of the labor leader and farmworker César Chávez as he struggles for workers’ rights. “Cesar Chavez” is a perfect choice for history buffs or for U.S.-based Spanish learners who want to better understand the history of the Latin community in their home country.

Because the movie is set near the U.S./Mexico border, and because its cast of characters includes Mexican migrants as well as Anglo-Americans, the movie frequently switches between Spanish and English. The Spanish sections are almost always accompanied by English subtitles. So, if you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready to watch an entire movie in Spanish, this would be a great place to start.

“Penumbra”

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Country: Argentina

“Penumbra” is an Argentine horror film that follows Marga, a hard-headed Buenos Aires-based realtor looking for a new tenant in an old apartment. But when Marga fills the empty apartment, she has no clue that her new tenants will soon plunge her into a world of horrors.

“Penumbra” offers a series of twists and turns that’ll keep viewers on the edge of their seats. If you’re into scary movies, you’ll likely be so caught up in the plot that you won’t find yourself fatigued by the Spanish language practice!

If you’ve spent some time browsing the Hulu “Latino” subheading (as described above), you may notice that this movie doesn’t appear there. Somehow, this one managed to elude categorization. Unfortunately, this means that it lacks some of the functionality of the other movies on this list: The audio is only available in Spanish and English-language subtitles cannot be turned off.

So, if you’re looking for a full immersive experience, this movie might not be for you—but it’s a great option for beginning learners who feel they need English subtitles or those looking to work more specifically on their (Argentine) accent.

“Ma Ma”

Genre: Drama

Country: Spain

Fans of Penelope Cruz (let’s be honest, isn’t that everybody?) will be thrilled to find this offering among Hulu’s Spanish-language content. In the 2015 “Ma Ma,” Cruz plays Magda, a woman suffering through sickness and tragedy. The movie follows Magda’s life, showing how her relationships change after an unexpected diagnosis. The movie is a gut-wrenching, emotional drama full of dialogue, and is therefore great for language practice.

Much like “Penumbra,” this movie somehow evaded the “Latino” subheading and therefore lacks the subtitle options of other offerings on this list. However, it’s still a valuable language tool, particularly for those practicing aspects of European Spanish like the seseo/ceceo (the area’s characteristic “lisp”) or the vosotros form.

If you’re interested in Spanish accents and regions, you might even watch it as a double-feature alongside “Penumbra.” Can you hear the differences in the characters’ accents?

Dubbed and Subtitled Spanish Movies on Hulu

“Hormiguitaz” (“Antz”)

Genre: Children’s/Animated

90’s babies will surely remember this adorable cartoon movie, which tells the story of a worker ant named Z who struggles to fit in with his ant community. Z is a lovable anti-hero who eventually rises up to save his community from an outside threat.

If you watched “Antz” as a kid, you may find that a basic familiarity with the plot helps you focus on grammar and vocabulary while watching in Spanish. In fact, this might be a great movie for those interested in transitioning from English subtitles to Spanish subtitles (or no subtitles at all).

Regardless of whether or not you’ve seen “Antz” before, the simplistic and child-friendly dialogue in this movie may prove easier than that of other movies on this list.

And, of course, this is a great choice for anyone looking to learn Spanish as a family, since this is truly a movie that appeals to both kids and adults.

“Escuadrón Suicida: Deuda Infernal” (“Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay”)

Genre: Comic Book/Animated

If you’re a comic book and sci-fi fan, you’ll doubtless be excited to learn that this animated “Suicide Squad” movie is available in Spanish on Hulu. This way, you can get your action movie fix while practicing Spanish at the same time.

Similar to “Antz,” the “Suicide Squad” animated movie would be a great movie to watch in Spanish if you’re already familiar with the characters and plot. Play around with the subtitles—you’ll be surprised how much of the Spanish vocabulary you’re able to follow if you already know more or less what’s going on in each scene.

If you’re learning Spanish with friends or with a language exchange partner, consider planning a “Suicide Squad” movie night. It’s a great way to learn Spanish socially, and you’ll be able to check each other’s comprehension as you go.

“The Oath”

Genre: Dark Comedy

This timely political comedy (with a dark twist) includes great performances by superstar comedians Tiffany Haddish and John Cho, among others.

Set in the present day, “The Oath” explores what would happen if American citizens were forced to declare an oath of allegiance to the president. Despite this fantastical concept and its wacky consequences, the charged political climate portrayed in “The Oath” feels all too real.

“The Oath” was produced by the same team that made “Get Out.” If you’re a fan of zany, politically-charged movies that toe the line between comedy and horror, you’ll love “The Oath.” Plus, Hulu has it dubbed in Spanish, so you can laugh, think and practice Spanish all at the same time.

As an added bonus, Hulu also has the movie in its original English version—so if you get stumped by a certain phrase or scene, you can always refer to the English version.

“Sword Art Online: The Movie—Ordinal Scale”

Genre: Anime

Have you ever had a Spanish teacher tell you to get creative in your search for language practice? Well, this dubbed anime movie certainly falls under the category of creative Spanish-learning resources!

“Sword Art Online: The Movie” is set in 2026, when a new virtual reality game called “Ordinal Scale” takes the world by storm. Main character Kirito and his friends log on to play but they soon uncover a conspiracy that threatens them and all the players—both in the virtual world and the real one.

This movie has all of the bombastic dialogue and crazy plotlines that are characteristic of anime, presented in the original Japanese with Spanish subtitles.

Whether or not you’re an anime buff, think of this as an exercise in super-fast Spanish reading comprehension. You’ll have to use context clues to follow the Spanish subtitles, without the crutch of an English translation (or even time to consult a dictionary). Give it a try!

 

These nine Spanish-language movies from Hulu represent different genres and countries of origin. But they’ll all make great Spanish practice for learners.

Which movie will you watch first?
 

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