The 25 Best Antonio Banderas Movies You Must See

    With a filmography of more than one hundred titles and including directors such as Alan Parker, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Neil Jordan or Robert Rodríguez, AAntonio Banderas He is one of the best valued Spanish actors at an international level. He is birthday today 61 years and we celebrate it reviewing a meteoric career in which, inevitably, there is a name that stands out above everything and everyone: Pedro Almodóvar.

    Among the actor’s upcoming projects is ‘Indiana Jones 5’, a new installment in the Harrison Ford saga, this time directed by James Mangold and in which he will share the bill with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson.

‘Labyrinth of passions’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 1982)

He had practically just arrived in Madrid from his native Malaga when Pedro Almodóvar gave him his first opportunity in his second film, starring Cecilia Roth and Imanol Arias and one of the greatest exponents of the so-called Madrid scene.

‘The Pharaoh’s Court’ (José Luis García Sanchez, 1985)

Ana Belén, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Agustín González, Mary Carmen Ramírez, José Luis López Vázquez and Juan Diego accompanied him in this adaptation of the zarzuela by Guillermo Perrín, Miguel Palacios and Vicente Lleó.

‘Matador’ (Pedro Almodovar, 1986)

Second collaboration with the director from La Mancha for which he obtained his first Goya nomination for Best Supporting Actor. It was also his first film with Carmen Maura, Chus Lampreave, Eusebio Poncela or Julieta Serrano.

‘The Law of Desire’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 1987)

The actor repeated with Eusebio Poncela and Carmen Maura in one of the most transgressive and best valued films by Almodóvar, for which he was nominated for the Silver Frames.

‘Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988(

Winner of five Goya Awards and nominated for an Oscar, the iconic comedy awarded him the Fotogramas de Plata for Best Film Actor.

‘Get off the Moor’ (Fernando Colomo, 1989)

Adaptation of the text by José Luis Alonso de Santos with Verónica Forqué, Aitana Sánchez Gijón and Juan Echanove.

‘Tie me up!’ (Pedro Almodovar, 1989)

It garnered the most Goya Award nominations (without getting any) and was one of Antonio’s last films before making the leap to Hollywood. Candidate for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, it features one of the most iconic sequences in Almodóvar’s cinema: Banderas, Victoria Abril and Loles León singing ‘Resistiré’ in a car.

‘The Kings of Mambo’ (Arne Glimcher, 1992)

First film in English (he barely spoke it at the time) by Antonio Banderas in which he played Néstor Castillo, a Cuban musician who fled Havana after a confrontation with gangsters from the club where he worked.

‘Philadelphia’ (Jonathan Demme, 1993)

His participation in this film that revolves around HIV and for which Tom Hanks won the Oscar for Best Leading Actor is moving.

‘The house of the spirits’ (Bille August, 1993)

In this adaptation of Isabel Allende’s novel, Banderas shared the shoot with Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Winona Ryder and Glenn Close.

‘Interview with the Vampire’ (Neil Jordan, 1994)

Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and a very young Kirsten Dunst accompanied him in the adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel in which he played the vampire Armand.

‘Desperado’ (Robert Rodriguez, 1995)

Sequel to ‘El mariachi’ with Salma Hayek and that started with the song that he himself sang and that became a success.

‘Two Much’ (Fernando Trueba, 1995)

Although he did not receive too many good reviews, Antonio was nominated for a Goya for his performance as two “twins” who tried to conquer Daryl Hannah and Melanie Griffith, whom he met during filming and with whom he was married until 2014.

‘Avoid’ (Alan Parker, 1996)

The adaptation of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, directed by the recently deceased Alan Parker, reunited Banderas with Madonna years after their meeting during a party organized by Almodóvar in Madrid and that the singer reflected in the documentary ‘En la bed with Madonna’.

‘The Mask of Zorro’ (Martin Campbell, 1998)

The film based on the legendary character, in which he shared the bill with Catherine Zeta-Jones, definitively established Banderas in Hollywood.

‘Spy Kids’ (Robert Rodriguez, 2001)

First installment of the family espionage franchise with Carla Gugino, Teri Hatcher, George Clooney…

‘Frida’ (Julie Taylor, 2002)

He played the painter David Alfaro Siqueiros in the Frida Kahlo biopic starring Salma Hayek.

‘The Code’ (Mimi Leder, 2009)

tour de force with Morgan Freeman in which he played a petty thief who knew the streets of New York like the back of his hand.

‘You will meet the man of your dreams’ (Woody Allen, 2010)

Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin accompanied Banderas on his debut with Woody Allen.

‘The skin I live in’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 2011)

The actor reunited with Almodóvar in the sinister adaptation of Thierry Jonquet’s novel ‘Tarántula’ with Elena Anaya, which won four Goyas, a BAFTA and a Fotogramas de Plata.

‘Puss in Boots’ (Chris Miller, 2011)

Well-deserved spin off of the character that appeared in several installments of ‘Shrek’ to which the actor lent his voice.

‘The Expendables 3’ (Patrick Hughes, 2014)

Antonio joined the franchise starring Sylvester Stallone in the third installment, where they had to face an enemy of the group.

‘Pain and glory’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019)

We have little left to say about Almodóvar’s latest film. His interpretation of the alter ego of the filmmaker from La Mancha gave him his first Oscar nomination. One of his most acclaimed characters internationally.

‘The Laundromat. Dirty money’ (Steven Soderbergh, 2019)

He brought Ramón Fonseca to life in this Netflix film based on the investigation of the Panama Papers and which brought together Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, James Cromwell…

‘The Adventures of Dr. Dolittle’ (Stephen Gaghan, 2020)

One of his latest works has been to embody the King of the Pirates in this new installment of the saga starring the character created by Robert Downey Jr.

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