West Side Story (1961)
West Side Story is a film that can elicit love/hate feelings from Latinos. On one hand, it’s a movie that touches on the Puerto Rican immigrant experience in a time when Latinos weren’t seen on screen much. On the other hand, the majority of the cast, including the protagonists, were portrayed by non-Latino actors wearing brownface. The shining light of this whole production is Rita Moreno (a real Puerto Rican), who nabbed the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Anita.