Brazilian Films to Watch on Netflix

30 Brazilian Films to Watch on Netflix (Updated March 2020)

Self-isolating? Social distancing? Make the most of your free time and practice your Portuguese by watching Brazilian films and series on Netflix.

I’ve compiled 30 Brazilian films (plus some Brazilian Series) with a synopsis and a trailer, available on Netflix UK. Although all of these films have English subtitles on Netflix, for some of them I couldn’t find subtitled trailers on YouTube, so I had to add the original trailer (good listening practice!).

Here’s my list:

 

1. Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode follows the young Ana, who studied fashion design dreaming of becoming a great stylist but dropped everything to become a digital influencer for a famous brand.

2. Nothing to Lose 

Evangelical leader Edir Macedo – founder and spiritual leader of The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God – overcomes obstacles and turmoil in pursuit of his religious conviction.

 

3. Nothing to Lose 2 

As controversy surrounds the evangelical church he helped found, Edir Macedo must juggle betrayals, politics and personal loss in this biopic sequel.

 

4. Forever Chape 

Forever Chape tells the story of the soccer team Chapecoense, from Santa Catarina, Brazil. A club with an incredible spirit that didn’t stop and in honour of the victims and the survivors of the tragedy, the club today looks reborn.

 

5. Radical – The Controversial Saga of Dadá Figueiredo 

Dada Figueiredo is the biggest anti-hero in Brazilian surf history. RADICAL RIO tells the story of a poor boy who trades the streets of the suburbs for the waves of Rio de Janeiro most popular surf spot at the 70s. Controversial and polemical, Dada is the living proof that neither victory nor defeat is eternal.

 

6. Vai Anitta

Go Behind the scenes with Brazilian pop icon Anitta, along with her friends and family, as she aims to create a new song and music video each month.

 

7. The Edge of Democracy

Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unravelling of two Brazilian presidencies.

 

8. Paradise Lost 

Marked by losses and mismatches, José’s eccentric family seek to be happy while locked in Paraíso Perdido, a nightclub that has stopped in time, where they sing popular romantic music.

 

9. A New Capitalism 

How to live in a world with social inequality? Entrepreneurs of Brazil, India, and Mexico found an alternative: to build a new capitalism, more just and human, with profitable businesses and, at the same time, eradicate poverty.

 

10. The Birth Reborn 

Mothers and medical professionals share their experiences with the controversial practice of Caesarean deliveries in Brazil.

 

11. The Birth Reborn 2

 Featuring raw and moving footage, experts make a case for increased autonomy in women’s choices for childbirth. 

 

 

12. Chatô – The King of Brazil 

The romanticized life of media mogul Assis Chateaubriand depicts him as the star of a televised trial, where his passions and achievements are judged.

 

13. Aquarius

The final holdout in her historic beachside building in Brazil, a retired music critic refuses to sell her apartment to developers bent on demolition. Aquarius is more of a character study, and it can be a bit slow. But the excellent performance by Sonia Braga more than makes up for the film’s shortcomings.

 

14. All the Reasons to Forget 

A Brazilian man tries to get over the recent breakup of a long-term relationship and is surprised to learn it’s more difficult than he thought it would be.

 

15. Kardec

In Catholic 19th-century France, professor Léon Rivail attends a séance and is moved to find spiritism, putting him in the authorities’ sights.

 

16. Laerte-se

The first Brazilian documentary on Netflix gives us an insight into the life and career of Laerte, one of the most promising cartoonists in Brazil.

 

17.  Felipe Neto – My Life Makes No Sense

YouTube sensation Felipe Neto brings the stories from his autobiographical book “ão Faz Sentido!” to the stage in this comedy special.

 

18. The Last Hangover

In this biblical “Hangover” spoof, the apostles awaken to find Jesus is missing and must piece together events of the previous night’s wild Last Supper. Made by the comedians from “Porta dos Fundos” YouTube channel.

 

19. The First Temptation of Christ

Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.

 

20. City of God: 10 Years Later 

A decade after the seminal Brazilian film “City of God”, this documentary reunites some of the cast and crew to find out what paths their lives took.

 

21.  Love.com 

When a fashion blogger falls for a video game vlogger, their romance goes viral. But separating their virtual life from reality gets complicated.

 

22.  Couples Counseling 

A seasoned couples therapist comes to realize she might need help with her own marriage after meeting a new pair of young clients.

 

23. Elena

In this documentary, the director remembers a beloved sister who left behind her life in Brazil and moved to New York with dreams of acting.

 

24.  Operações Especiais

In a crime-plagued area of Rio de Janeiro, a team of honest cops, including a determined rookie, fights corruption and mistrust on all sides.

 

25.  Rafinha Bastos: Ultimato

An off-colour joke nearly cost him everything. Brazilian comic Rafinha Bastos talks about that and much more, from his divorce to finding love again.

 

 

26. Marco Luque – Tamo Junto

Growing up in a Rio de Janeiro slum, Rocket is able to avoid being drawn into a life of drugs and crime by having a passion for photography. Amongst all the Brazilian films to watch on Netflix, this one is a must – a modern classic not to be missed.

27. Jonas

During Carnival, two teens from different classes meet years after being kept apart. Bad decisions lead the boy to hide with the girl inside a float.

 

28. Another Forever

Overtaken by the death of her beloved, a grieving woman decides to take a spontaneous trip to visit her friend and get her life back on track.

 

29. Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl

A young woman abandons her adopted family to become a high-priced prostitute in São Paulo, and documents her new life on a popular blog.

 

30. The Killer 

In lawless badlands, reclusive Cabeleira sets out to discover the fate of his gunman father and grows to be a feared assassin himself.

 

BRAZILIAN SERIES ON NETFLIX

 

1. Omniscient

After her dad is murdered, tech trainee Nina risks everything to find out why the Omniscient surveillance systems drones failed to monitor his killer

 

2. Samantha! 

Samantha Alencar was a child star in the 1980s, but time hasn’t been kind to her career since then. Hoping to launch herself back into the spotlight, Samantha tries to cling to the fringes of celebrity through harebrained schemes. When her ex returns to her after being released from prison, she begins to think she can benefit from the situation. Samantha later experiences the 21st-century version of fame by serving as a judge on a singing competition show and trying to gain followers on social media.

 

3. 3%

In a grimy near-future, 20-year-olds compete for a spot in an idyllic land known as the Offshore. Despite the low-budget feel to it, 3% is a very gripping sci-fi series.

 

4. Most Beautiful Thing

After the disappearance of her husband, Maria Luiza opens a Bossa Nova club in defiance of her normally conservative demeanour. The series is set in Rio in the late 50s and the main character, Maria Luiza, is from Sao Paulo, so this is a great series to hear both the ‘paulista’ and ‘carioca’ accents.

 

5. The Chosen One 

Undeterred by warning, doctors Lucia, Damiao and Enzo travel to isolated Aguazul with a Zika vaccine. But no one is ready for the passionate pushback.

 

6. Killer Ratings

Brazilian TV personality and politician Wallace Souza faces accusations of masterminding the violent crimes he reported on and rallied against.

6. Nobody’s Looking 

The first new guardian “angelus” in 300 years is added to the Angelus System. But his inquisitive nature disrupts the system’s rule-governed order.

 

7. Sintonia

A wounded Rita feels guilty about Cacau. Nando gets in trouble with law enforcement and Doni confronts Dondoka about stealing his music.

 

7. Brotherhood 

An honest lawyer reaches a moral crossroads after the cops force her to inform on her incarcerated brother, the leader of a rising criminal faction. 

 

8. The Mechanism 

When a police task force uncovers a widespread corruption scheme involving the Brazilian government and several prominent engineering firms, a scandal erupts in the South American country. After detective Marco Ruffo breaks open the case after chasing down money launderer Roberto Ibrahim but is unable to gather enough evidence to nail him, Ruffo’s partner Verena Cardoni picks up the case years later. The series — from “Narcos” creator José Padilha — is loosely inspired by true events.

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4 thoughts on “30 Brazilian Films to Watch on Netflix (Updated March 2020)”

  1. How about the José Padilha Elite Squad movies? Very violent, I know, but provides context for the O Mecanismo series?

    1. Hi Jean! Thank you for your comment. Elite Squad used to be available on Netflix UK, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore, that’s why I removed it from this list, since I only list here the titles available in the UK (where I’m based). Obrigado!

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