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Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959)
This Oscar-winning classic is famed for its bossa nova soundtrack, but its love story inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has also stood the test of time.
City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002)
This Oscar-nominated crime drama gave international audiences a searing look at life in Rio's favelas, where many of the actors actually lived. The film also spawned a spinoff TV show and second film, both titled City of Men.
The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) (2014)
The arrival of a new male student gives blind teen Leonardo pause as he questions his sexuality and romantic possibilities in this coming-of-age drama.
Kiss of the Spider Woman (O Beijo da Mulher-Aranha) (1985)
William Hurt won an Oscar for his portrayal of Luis Molina, a man imprisoned for homosexual acts. The late Raúl Juliá co-stars as the leftist cellmate who slowly develops a friendship and romantic relationship with Molina as political and bureaucratic entanglements threaten their existence.
The House of Sand (Casa de Areia) (2005)
Real-life mother and daughter Fernanda Montenegro and Fernanda Torres play two women stranded in the Brazilian desert during the early 20th century. The story intertwines with scientific phenomena, war, and a dystopian-like emptiness as time passes with no escape in sight.