List of Spanish Civil War films

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Below is an incomplete list of fictional feature films which include events of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) in the narrative.

For short films about the Spanish Civil War, see the List of World War II short films.

Films made during the Spanish Civil War[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative title)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1937 United States The Last Train from Madrid James P. Hogan Drama. Refugees flee bombing of Madrid
1938 United States Blockade William Dieterle Drama. Peasant supports the Republic
1938 Spanish 2nd Republic

& France

L'Espoir, sierra de Teruel La Esperanza. Sierra de Teruel Boris Peskine & André Malraux Action Drama. Showing organisation of defence of the 2nd Spanish Republic by the Republican airforce filmed on location in Northern Spain . The Subsecretaría de Propaganda del Ministerio de Estado of the defeated Republic is listed as one of the production companies. Includes scenes of street fighting and a bombing raid.
1938 Mexico Refugiados en Madrid Refugiados en Madrid Alejandro Galindo Drama. Refugees in Madrid
Spanish guerrillera and American anti-Fascist in For Whom the Bell Tolls

Films made afterwards[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative title)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1939 Italy Carmen Among the Reds Carmen fra i rossi Edgar Neville Tragic love between two Nationalist agents among the Republicans[1]
1939 Italy, Spain Front of Madrid Frente de Madrid Edgar Neville Tragic love between two Nationalist agents among the Republicans[2]
1940 United States Arise, My Love Mitchell Leisen Romantic comedy. Spanish Civil War through French capitulation, 1940
1940 Italy The Man of the Legion L'uomo della legione Romolo Marcellini Italian veteran of the War of Ethiopia volunteers to fight for the Falange in Spain
1940 Italy, Spain The Siege of the Alcazar L'assedio dell'Alcazar (Italian)
Sin novedad en el Alcázar (Spanish)
Augusto Genina Drama. Siege of the Alcázar in Toledo, 1936
1943 United States The Fallen Sparrow Richard Wallace Spy thriller based on Dorothy B. Hughes novel
1943 United States For Whom the Bell Tolls Sam Wood Drama based on Ernest Hemingway novel. American joins guerrillas in attack on bridge
1943 Italy Special Correspondents Inviati speciali Romolo Marcellini An Italian journalist discovers an enemy female agent in the Spanish Civil War and then in Egypt during World War II
1956 East Germany Mich dürstet Karl Paryla
1960 United States, Italy The Angel Wore Red La sposa bella Nunnally Johnson Romantic drama from Bruce Marshall novel
1960 East Germany Five Cartridges Fünf Patronenhülsen Frank Beyer
1964 United States Behold a Pale Horse Fred Zinnemann Drama loosely based on the life of Francesc Sabaté Llopart. After the war, a Republican exile in France launches raids into Spain.
1971 France Viva la muerte Fernando Arrabal
1975 Bulgaria Doomed Souls Osadeni Dushi (Осъдени Души) Vulo Radev Romance drama based on Dimitar Dimov novel
1976 Italy A Life Sold Una vita venduta Aldo Florio Two Italian soldiers of the Corpo Truppe Volontarie. Based on Leonardo Sciascia short novel L'antimonio
1976 United Kingdom The Madness (TV) James Cellan Jones [3]
1977 Canada Bethune (TV) Eric Till Drama. Montreal doctor Norman Bethune in Spain, then China for Sino-Japanese War
1982 Spain Valentina (TV) Crónica del alba. Valentina Antonio José Betancor A Spanish Republican POW recounts the story of his childhood sweetheart
1986 Spain Dragon Rapide Dragon Rapide Jaime Camino Drama. Gen. Franco prepares his uprising against the Republic from Spanish Morocco, 1936
1986 Spain Voyage to Nowhere El viaje a ninguna parte Fernando Fernán Gómez Comedy-drama based on director's novel. Travelling comedy troupe during war and post-war Francoist Spain
1990 Canada, France, China Bethune: The Making of a Hero [4] Phillip Borsos Drama. Montreal doctor Norman Bethune in Spain, then China for Sino-Japanese War
1995 United Kingdom Land and Freedom Ken Loach Historical drama based on similarities to George Orwell's book Homage to Catalonia.
1996 Spain Libertarias Libertarias Vicente Aranda Drama.
1997 Spain, France, United States, Puerto Rico The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca [4] Marcos Zurinaga Drama based on Ian Gibson book. Poet Federico García Lorca, 1936
1998 Spain The Girl of Your Dreams La niña de tus ojos Fernando Trueba Comedy-drama. Actress Imperio Argentina and pro-Franco movie-makers travel to Nazi Germany
1999 Spain Butterfly's Tongue La lengua de las mariposas José Luis Cuerda
2003 Spain Soldiers of Salamis Soldados de Salamis David Trueba War drama
2004 Canada, United Kingdom Head in the Clouds John Duigan Drama.
2010 Spain, France The Last Circus Balada triste de trompeta (Spanish) Álex de la Iglesia Horror comedy-drama. Son of Republican militiaman carries out his own war over a woman
2011 Spain Ispansi! Ispansi! (Españoles) Carlos Iglesias Drama. Secret Falangist escorts orphans to USSR in time for Second World War
2011 United States, Spain, Argentina There Be Dragons [4] Roland Joffé Drama.
2012 United States Hemingway & Gellhorn Philip Kaufman Story depicts the occasion that the two journalist met each other in Spain while they were both covering the Spanish Civil War.
2013 Spain A Forbidden God Un Dios prohibido Pablo Moreno Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War
2014 Spain Under a Blanket of Stars Bajo un manto de estrellas Óscar Parra de Carrizosa Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War
Actress Ivana Baquero of Pan's Labyrinth in Toronto

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror [edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2001 Spain, Mexico The Devil's Backbone El Espinazo del Diablo Guillermo del Toro Horror/Thriller.
2006 Spain, Mexico Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro Fantasy/Drama. Parable influenced by fairy tale of young girl's escape into abandoned labyrinth with mysterious faun creature in Francoist Spain, May–June 1944
2012 Spain El Bosque El Bosc Óscar Aibar Sci-Fi/Drama. Story of a family torn apart during the Spanish Civil War in Lower Aragon. The husband takes refuge using a portal to another world. 1936

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Unless otherwise stated, the source for film information is the IMDb.

  1. ^ Filmed at the same time of Frente de Madrid, but with some different members of the cast (for example the male protagonist is Fosco Giachetti instead of Rafael Rivelles).
  2. ^ Filmed at the same time of Carmen fra i rossi, but with some different members of the cast (for example the male protagonist is Rafael Rivelles instead of Fosco Giachetti).
  3. ^ The cast of characters in The Madness, a BBC production, includes the following historical figures: Prieto, Largo Caballero, Dolores Ibarruri, Gen. Queipo de Llano, Andres Nin, General Mola, Gen. Asensio Torrado, Vicente Uribe, Jesus Hernandez (Education Minister), Garcia Oliver, Giral, Galarza (Interior Minister), Federica Montseny, Alvarez Del Vayo, Negrin, General Miaja, and General Rojo. Generals Queipo de Llano and Mola are Nationalists; the other leaders are all Republicans. The role of Francisco Largo Caballero was played by Patrick Stewart.
  4. ^ a b c This film is an international co-production shot in English.