#TBT: 9 Latino Movies That Will Forever Be Classics


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Each week, we take a look back at the people, places, and things that left their mark on Latino culture. This week’s #TBT is all about 9 iconic Latino movies that have proven over the years to be cultural classics.

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.

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