It isn’t every day that Hollywood comes out with quality films starring Latinas. When they do, very few include the classic and beloved romantic comedy storyline. Whether you’re looking for something to watch while hosting a night in or just in need of some Saturday morning binge inspiration, here’s a look at the best rom-com movies starring Latinas available to stream online now.
“Hitch” / Colombia Pictures
Eva Mendes co-stars alongside Will Smith in this 2005 romantic comedy about a “date doctor” who meets the one woman who throws off his game. Mendes plays Sara, a gossip columnist based in New York genuinely looking to focus on her career than meeting guys. Smith is Alex “Hitch” Hitchens a professional coach in the business of teaching awkward, but truly “nice” men how to the women of their dreams. When Alex meets Sara, a clever Latina with a penchant for whip-smart lines, he suddenly loses his smooth airs and has to learn how to woo Sara on her terms.
Stream it on: Amazon
2. “Maid In Manhattan”
“Maid In Manhattan” / Colombia Pictures
This 2002 film rom-com classic stars Jennifer Lopez as a single mother working as a maid at a ritzy hotel in the heart of Manhattan who falls for a politician way out of her sphere. Smells like a Cinderella story already? Well, yes it is. But the best part is watching JLo’s character win over the guy of every woman’s dreams, work hard for her big career goals, and completely stun in a gorgeous gown all while sporting baby hairs.
3. “Fools Rush In”
“Fools Rush In” / Colombia Pictures
For the Latina with a thing for 90s romantic comedies, this hit starring Salma Hayek will not disappoint. Salma Hayek plays free-spirited Mexicana Isabel, a photographer who deeply believes in fate and her culture. Matthew Perry plays Alex Whitman an architect from New York City visiting Las Vegas for work. When he runs into Isabel outside of a unisex bathroom, sparks fly and soon enough the pair ends up getting entangled in a one night stand that will change their lives forever.
Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon
4. “From Prada to Nada”
“Prada to Nada” / Lionsgate
When you’re a Latina obsessed with an author like Jane Austen, life can be a bit hard. After all, the English writer of the 1800s never did much traveling outside of her home in Bath, let alone to Central and South America. Still, this take on her beloved novel Sense and Sensibility might do. Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega play two spoiled rich sisters (Nora and Mary) completely out of touch with their Mexican roots. When their father passes away, and they discover that he left them penniless, the two are forced to pack up their things and live with an estranged aunt living in East L.A. It doesn’t take long for the two sisters to find love interests on the east side and family members ready to shape up their understanding of their culture.
Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon, Netflix
5. Our Family Wedding
Fox Searchlight Pictures
If you’re looking for a film to fulfill your wedding vibe desires, look no further than this gem starring “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrera. The actress plays Lucia Ramirez, a Mexican-American who is both head over heels and shacked up with her African American boyfriend Marcus Boyd. For any Latina eagerly planning a wedding with the hopes of holding onto her own traditions as well as the ones of her spouse’s this is the perfect weekend watch.
BTW: “Jane The Virgin” actress Gina Rodrigues stars.
Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon, Netflix
6. Chasing Papi
“Chasing Papi” / 20th Century Fox
Roselyn Sánchez, Sofía Vergara, Jaci Velasquez star as three smart Latinas all cursed with the luck of falling for and being involved with the same two-timing (three-timing?) boyfriend. When the three women discover that their guy, Tomás, has been dating all three of them at the same time, they team up to exact the ultimate revenge.
Stream it on: HBO, Youtube, Amazon
7. After Sex
“After Sex” / Anchor Bay Entertainment
How very rare to find a mainstream romantic comedy film starring an Afro-Latina who embraces her queer identity. For those of us looking for something a little more relatable and diverse, this pic starring Zoe Saldana is essential. The Dominican Puerto Rican stars in this ensemble rom-com as Kat, a college student having a casual sexual relationship with her roommate Nikki (Mila Kunis). Watch Saldana as she navigates one storyline (in a series of seven others) that speaks to the complexity of modern-day relationships.
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8. ¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? /Don’t Blame The Kid
“Don’t Blame The Kid” /Adicta Films
Looking to fulfill your Spanish-language rom-com fix? This film starring Mexicana Karla Souza is everything you need. Watch the “How To Get Away With Murder Star as she plays Maru, a young woman who makes the crazy decision to have a child with a man she’s only ever had a one-night stand with.
Stream it on: Netflix
9. The Sweetest Thing
“The Sweetest Thing” / Columbia Pictures
Part Cuban actress, Cameron Diaz plays Christina, a successful interior designer and trou-chaser. Despite her player ways, Christina falls in love with a man she meets at a club and decides to take a road trip with her friend to see him again. Lovers of unapologetically raunchy films like “Bridesmaids” and “Girls Trip,” will fall in love with Blockbsuter hit that did it first.
BTW: If you’re looking for a film that has an actress whose character truly embraces la cultura, you won’t find it here. Still, you’ll get plenty of laughs.
Stream it on: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon
10. “Mosquita Y Mari”
San Joaquin Kit Fox
This 2012 Official Sundance Selection and the Official Selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival tells us about two “young Chicanas [who] contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.” Aurora Guerrero, the writer and director, crafted something truly incredible and special, touching on what it’s like to be a queer woman of color.
11. “Por La Libre”
Juan Carlos de Llaca
Ahhh, a film about growing pains. It follows Rodrigo and Rocco as they take a journey from Mexico City to Acapulco to accomplish their grandfather’s last wish. It hits home for anyone dealing with family issues, sexuality, and fighting with someone you’re really close to; like your cousins, brothers or sisters.
12. “The Best Things In The World”
Warner Bros. Pictures
Oh goodness, the feels in this movie! It tells the story of one family’s experience as the parent’s divorce, and the father comes out as gay. It’s a beautiful, funny, sad Brazilian film that hits on real issues that Latino families face. Get ready to laugh and cry.
13. “Confissões de Adolescente”
Confissões de Adolescente / Sony Pictures Entertainment
Lovers of “Tortilla Soup” will love this tale about a band of sisters while helping their father. The film is based on the diary entries of Maria Mariana, who also stars.
14. “The Way He Looks”
Based on the 2010 short film, “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone,“ is about a blind teenager, his best friend Giovana, and their changing relationship when Gabriel is introduced. It’s sweet, poignant, and touches on the relationship between two teenagers that constantly blurs the line between friendship and something more.
15. “The Year My Parents Went On Vacation”
Buena Vista International
This film is the perfect mix of drama and comedy exploring themes of politics and familial discord, all centered around a young boy’s obsession with the World Cup. It’s part coming of age, part political commentary, part nostalgic tale and will leave your heart aching. For anyone who has had to live the repercussions of their parents’ lives, this is for you.
16. “Lake Tahoe”
This film isn’t just visually unique and interesting. The story is fascinating and focuses on Juan, who crashes his family car into a pole and attempts to fix it. Of course, you can bet that he meets some interesting characters his way to fix his car that ultimately change his life.
17. My Best Friend’s Wedding
Cameron Diaz stars in, once again, another fantastic rom-com of the 90s. In this film starring Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz takes on the role of Kimmy, a sweet-faced heiress who is engaged to Michaela writer. Unfortunately is zany friend has other plans for their engagement.
18. “Raising Victor Vargas”
Raising Victor Vargas/ Samuel Goldwyn FilmsFireworks
This depiction of life in the early 2000’s in New York City’s Lower East Side explains what it’s like to grow up in a large Latino family. The film stars Victor Rasuk and Judy Marte.
19. “I Like It Like That”
I Like It Like That / Columbia Pictures
The Bronx-based comedy follows the highs and lows faced by a young, poor Puerto Rican couple. Starring Lauren Vélez and Jon Seda.
20. “Tortilla Soup”
Tortilla Soup / Samuel Goldwyn Films
It was hard not to get sucked into this TV favorite about sisters trying to grow under the watchful eye of their father. Starring Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors and Elizabeth Peña.
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