Did you know that there are loads of great Salsa films out there? Tonight is the night to get those feet up, have a night off and watch a film that will entertain both your brain and those Salsa feet. Some films are better than others of course so choose carefully: Born Romantic is a great way to start. It’s also my favourite Salsa film of all time. We’ve done all of the hard work so you can sit back, relax and watch one of the best Salsa films ever.
Born Romantic (2000)
This is a great Brit Flick centred around a London Salsa Club. It’s another one about love and how dancing completely transforms people’s lives and relationships. Unlike some other Salsa films, it does actually have a plot, you find yourself warming to the characters and laughing too. Highly recommended viewing for any UK Salsero!
7 Dias en La Habana (7 Days in Havana)
The official film website site describes it as: “… a contemporary snapshot of this iconic and eclectic city, seen through a feature-length movie made up of 7 chapters directed by 7 international filmmakers.” That means you get lots of mini-films displaying the best of what some call the underworld of Havana, It’s honest, authentic and features the lovely Alexander Abreu.
Cuban Fury (2014)
It’s the Salsa hit film of the year and another that tries to keep a little humour in the Salsa film. It stars Nick Frost, Yanet Fuentes and Susana Montero and has received mixed reviews from those who have seen it- some love it, some aren’t so keen. Nick Frost learns to dance in an attempt to impress his boss. Do real men dance?
Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights (2004)
This one is set in the time of the Cuban revolution when the lead character Katy’s family moves to Cuba from the USA. Next comes the usual Romeo-and-Juliet story with something big coming between the two lovers..It’s no Dirty Dancing (original) but might be worth a watch.
Dance with Me (Baila Conmigo) 1998
Dance with Me is a film about love and both Latin and Salsa dance. It follows Cuban Rafael to Houston, Texas where he meets and falls in love with dancer Ruby and there are the typical dramatic dating-a-dancer scenarios. It stars Vanessa L. Williams and Chayanne and features some pretty good music on the soundtrack too.
El Cantante (2006)
This film is a biographical account of the late Hector Lavoe’s rise to fame, relationships and spiral into drug use, Starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, you get some Salsa and a bit of dramatised history rolled into one.
What better way to improve your life than by dancing Salsa?This is just what Puerto Rican “Rico” attempts to do by entering a dancing contest, Things get a little tricky when the club owner sets her sights on him. Looks dated but is very cute!
A young pianist discovers Salsa and falls in love with a lady. Sounding all familliar? The music is pretty good in this one so make sure you watch it! We couldn’t find a trailer so here is a brief scene:
Sex, Love and Salsa (2014)
Sex, Love and Salsa is an independent film from NY, It’s the story of a Salsa dancer who just can’t choose between his three women. It’s been billed as an honest look at behind the scenes of the Salsa scene.
Along Came Polly (2004)
Now, this film is not about Salsa dancing but features it quite amusingly. If you’re into RomComs and dancing Salsa, this will be right up your street. Featuring Jennifer Aniston leading Ben Stiller astray with her ‘risky’ activities.
Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
Don’t worry, we do realise that this is not a Salsa film exactly. But so many of us love it for its adding a little traditional Cuban vibe to our day that we thought we’d include it anyway. It’s got all the oldies, all of the classic songs you hear and is perfect for a chilled out Sunday evening.
When your feet are just too tired to dance, you can still indulge your passion with a few Salsa films. We have named the main ones but have left out films where Salsa only makes a brief appearance as well as the ones that are billed as ‘Salsa films’ but are actually Latin ballroom or Samba.
What are your favourite Salsa films? Would you add any to the list? Let us know in the comments below.
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