1980s Portuguese-language Movies

Public list by WPS with 71 movies or TV shows/series

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Love Strange Love(1982)

2h 3min | Drama, History
2.9/5 (with 22 votes)

A man remembers forty-eight crucial hours in his life when, as a child, he visited his mother, the favorite woman of an important politician, in a bordello owned by him, right before some important political changes in 1937 Brazil. In those hours, he discovers his own sexuality.


2h 8min | Crime, Drama
3.9/5 (with 80 votes)

10-year-old Pixote endures torture, degradation, and corruption at a local youth detention center where two of its members are murdered by policemen who frame Lilica, a 17-year-old trans hustler. Pixote helps Lilica and three other boys escape and they start to make their living by a life of crime which only escalates to more violence and death.

Directed by Héctor Babenco - With Marília Pêra, Rubens de Falco, Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Edilson Lino, ...

Kiss of the Spider Woman(1985)

| 2h | Drama
3.6/5 (with 120 votes)

The story of two radically different men thrown together in a Latin American prison cell. One is Valentin, a journalist being tortured for his political beliefs. The other is Molina, a gay window-dresser who fills their lonely nights by spinning romantic fantasies drawn from memories of old movies.

Isle of Flowers(1989)

13min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 84 votes)

A tomato is planted, harvested and sold at a supermarket, but it rots and ends up in the trash. But it doesn’t end there: Isle of Flowers follows it up until its real end, among animals, trash, women and children. And then the difference between tomatoes, pigs and human beings becomes clear.

Directed by Jorge Furtado

Twenty Years Later(1984)

1h 59min | Documentary
4.1/5 (with 24 votes)

Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981, looking for the same places and people, showing what had ocurred since then, and trying to gather a family whose patriarch, a political leader fighting for rights of country people, had been murdered.

Directed by Eduardo Coutinho

Massacre in Dinosaur Valley(1985)

1h 28min | Adventure, Action, Horror
2.5/5 (with 27 votes)

A plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, and its passengers must battle their way through cannibals, slave traders, wild animals and murderous piranha fish to safety.

They Don't Wear Black Tie(1981)

2h 14min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 26 votes)

Otavio is an idealistic union leader trying to organize workers at a factory to resist the company's exploitative practices. His son, Tião, one of the employees, is more of a realist and doesn't want to risk losing his job by striking. This clash of perspectives puts the father and son at odds. Fortunately, Tião's mother, Romana, is on hand to act as a moderator between the two opinionated men.

The Cannibals(1988)

1h 35min | Drama, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

This odd film is a major representative of an even odder film genre: direct-to-celluloid opera. It was commissioned by the Portuguese master of style, director Manoel de Oliveira from composer João Paes. Musically, it ranges from 19th-century romanticism to popular, modernist and even "post-modernist" styles. In the initially tame story, a host-narrator tells the story of a wedding between the two lovebirds: Viscount d'Aveleda and the beautiful Marguerite. However, what happens in the bridal chamber is incredibly bizarre. The events after that are even stranger (the film out-does even Luis Buñuel in that department), and the wedding guests and family indulge in cannibalism, among other perversions.

Os Trapalhões e o Mágico de Oróz(1984)

2.8/5 (with 26 votes)

Didi, Soró and Tatu in search food and water head for the town of Oróz. On their journey they find a Scarecrow, a man in a metal vat, and later are arrested by a Lion Sheriff.

Directed by Dedé Santana

In the White City(1983)

1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 14 votes)

Fed up with the sea, Paul, a Swiss mechanic working in the noisy bowels of a merchant ship, lands in Lisbon.

Super Xuxa Versus Baixo Astral(1988)

2.4/5 (with 23 votes)

Baixo Astral, an evil spirit who lives in the sewers, and whose mission is to bring unhappiness to the world, sees Xuxa on TV asking children to fight for a better world. Threatened by those words, he declares war on her and devises a plan: helped by his allies Titica and Morcegão, he kidnaps Xuxo, her dog. Helped by Xixa (a gypsy caterpillar) and Rafa, a rebel teenager, Xuxa goes on a mission to get her dog back and save the world from Baixo Astral.

Directed by Anna Penido, David Sonnenschein - With Xuxa

Hour of the Star(1985)

1h 36min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 28 votes)

Macabéa has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time, she listens to a radio station called Time; on Sundays, she likes to ride the metro. Then she meets Olímpico, a northeasterner like herself, who has dreams of becoming a congressman.

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Mulher Objeto(1981)

2h 5min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

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1h 39min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 15 votes)

In 1925, Gabriela, a poor, uneducated, yet charming woman becomes cook, mistress, and then wife of Nacib, a bar owner in Ilhéus, a small Brazilian coastal town run by the local colonels.

The Age of the Earth(1980)

2h 28min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

Four Third-World Christs try to stop the American industrialist John Brahms in Glauber Rocha's experimental film inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini's murder.


1h 55min | Documentary, History
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

The story of João "Jango" Goulart, the Brazilian left-wing president deposed by the military.

Directed by Silvio Tendler

The Brazilwood Man(1982)

1h 46min | Comedy, History
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Fantasy comedy about Brazilian writer Oswald de Andrade, one of the most important icons of Modernism in Brazil. In the film, Oswald is played by two actors: Ítala Nandi, as his feminine anima, and Flávio Galvão, as the masculine half.

Go Ahead, Brazil!(1982)

1h 45min | Crime, Drama
3.7/5 (with 8 votes)

Mid-1970s. When the military regime's "economic miracle" and the victory of the Brazilian football team on the World Cup serve as a distraction for the persecution of opposition leaders by the political police of the dictatorship. Under this context, Jofre Godoi da Fonseca, an alienated middle-class man, is mistaken for Sarmento, a political activist he met at an airport prior to his assassination. He is then arrested for being "subversive".


2h 46min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 9 votes)

The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.

A Portuguese Farewell(1986)

1h 25min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

In Africa, during the colonial war, a patrol is lost in the bush and a soldier dies in operation. Twelve years later, in Portugal, the soldier family meets in peace.

The Story of Fausta(1988)

1h 30min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Fausta is a survivor who dreams of building a house on land she's buying on the installment plan. Meanwhile she lives in a one-room tin-roofed hovel with her idle husband, João, and she works as a maid. Through it all she's a scourge, arguing, jeering and being jeered, but also displaying the spirit and energy of her idol, Tina Turner.

Avaete, Seed of Revenge(1985)

1h 50min | Drama
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Little Indian boy survives his tribe massacre, growing up together with his wish for revenge and his quest for his own identity. Based on a true story.


3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

Quilombo dos Palmares was a real-life democratic society, created in Brazil in the 17th century. This incredibly elaborate (and surprisingly little-known) film traces the origins of Quilombo, which began as a community of freed slaves. The colony becomes a safe harbor for other outcasts of the world, including Indians and Jews. Ganga Zumba (Toni Tornado) becomes president of Quilombo, the first freely elected leader in the Western Hemisphere. Naturally, the ruling Portuguese want to subjugate Zumba and his followers, but the Quilombians are ready for their would-be oppressors. The end of this Brave New World is not pleasant, but the followers of Zumba and his ideals take to the hills, where they honor his memory to this day. Writer/director Carlos Diegues takes every available opportunity to compare the rise and fall of Quilombo with the state of affairs in modern-day Brazil.

Directed by Carlos Diegues - With João Nogueira

Better Days Ahead(1989)

1h 32min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Earning her living by dubbing American TV Series, a woman dreams of becoming an international Hollywood star.

Dead Man's Seat(1984)

2h 11min | Drama, Mystery
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

A newspaper reporter comes across a man and woman arguing on the beach, and after obligingly driving the woman around when she seeks him out, he takes her back to discover that the man has been murdered. The woman takes off, but the reporter, after many twists and turns, runs into her on a train. They start a relationship, but he had better pay closer attention to how he got to know her in the first place.

I Love You(1981)

1h 50min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 6 votes)

Man meets woman, and invites her home. The two start an intense relationship in order to shield themselves from loneliness.

Recollections of the Yellow House(1989)

2h 2min | Comedy, Drama
4.2/5 (with 11 votes)

Lisbon, 1989. A middle-aged poor man, tormented by an illness, lives in a cheap room in a family boarding house, in the old section of the city's waterfront.

The Jester(1987)

2h | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Set four years after the Portuguese revolution and the simultaneous loss of the Portuguese empire in Africa, the story concerns a director who sells guns to finance his play.

The Man That Was Turned into Juice(1980)

1h 37min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 12 votes)

Deraldo, a popular poet from Northeast Brazil, arrives in the capital of São Paulo, making a living only from his poetry and pamphlets. All is well until he is mistaken for a multinational worker who killed the boss at a party where he received the title of symbolic worker.

Heart and Guts(1982)

1h 40min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

Financial problems in a religious school for girls force the government to interfere. While waiting in the conference hall to communicate the fact to the school administrators, the intervenor falls asleep and a crazy dream begins, involving teachers, students and strange characters.

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