10 Best Brazilian Movies on Netflix (2021)


Watching Brazilian movies on Netflix is a great way to practice Portuguese listening and vocabulary skills. Brazilian films also allow you to learn about the culture and gain exposure to various regional accents and slang.

Here are some of the finest Brazilian films on Netflix in 2021

Listed below are all Brazilian movies available on Netflix. I will make certain to update this article because they publish more titles.


1. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Portuguese: Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro)

Cast:  Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro 
Genre  Action, Crime, Drama 
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS:  Elite Squad is a movie about a distinctive force in Rio de Janeiro fighting organized crime and drug lords from the favelas.

The first movie shows Captain Nascimento and his troop of highly trained police agents combating with the drug gangs in the favelas of town.

On the flip side, the second film starts with Captain Nascimento being”encouraged” to a desk job, at which he soon realizes the source of the endless struggle in Rio de Janeiro is far more debatable than the drug lords, it is within the system.




2.Jonah (Portuguese: Jonas)

Cast:  Jesuíta Barbosa, Laura Neiva, Criolo
Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS:  The story dances around Jonah, a humble young boy that has a difficult life, and Branca, an outspoken buff girl.

This hopeless love between them makes Jonah kidnap Branca and hold her hostage inside a whale-shaped car for a carnival parade.

Trapped in the creature’s”belly,” they begin a romance. The film covers the Stockholm Syndrom and the sexual objectification of the female personality. Nonetheless, the machismo of their connection is upsetting.

Her nudity is tapped in a fetishistic way, which is even more unfortunate since Jonah is run by a woman.


3. Couples Counseling (Portuguese: O Amor no Divã)

Cast:  Zezé Polessa, Daniel Dantas, Fernanda Paes Leme
Genre Comedy
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS: Couples Counseling is about two couples who have problems in their relationships for various reasons and opt to seek counselling help to conserve their love life together.

While the premise isn’t original, the story surely does prevent some gender stereotypes, like a womanizer male spouse and a hysterical female partner.

The film is light and does not get too deep into complicated topics.


4. Love.com (Portuguese: Amor.com)

Cast:  Isis Valverde, Gil Coelho, Joaquim Lopes
Genre Comedy, Romance
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese


Katrina is a famed fashion blogger who places trends in the Brazilian marketplace through her popular videos online.

Fernando, consequently, is a vlogger for a video game channel that is not yet quite famous, but it’s beginning to kick out.

They meet by chance when Katrina needs help to protect against some nude photos from spreading over the world wide web, and they fall in love.

On the other hand, the very different worlds that they live in fast become a big problem, and that is the focus of the Brazilian film.



5. Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl (Portuguese: Bruna Surfistinha)

Cast:  Deborah Secco, Cássio Gabus Mendes, Drica Moraes
Genre Biography, Drama 
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS: The movie is all about Raquel, a young woman from São Paulo City. Raquel, who had been embraced by a middle-upper-class household, made a surprising conclusion: she left home to become a call girl.

Using the fake name Bruna Surfistinha, Raquel experienced many”specialist” experiences in her new job.

However, she gained national prominence when she recounted her sensual and affective experiences on a site, which later turned into a book and became a best seller.


6. The Killer (Portuguese: O Matador)

Cast:  Maria de Medeiros, Diogo Morgado, Kyle McCarley
Genre  Action, Western
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS: The Killer is a Brazilian movie that was played in 1940, in the countryside of Pernambuco State.

Sombra, a man who was raised by a hunter, abandons his entire life from the countryside to seek out his real father in the large city.

Then he finds out his dad was an executioner involved with the bead trade and decides to follow in his footsteps–after all, that is in his blood, and the territory is lawless.



7. Operações Especiais (English: Special Operations)

Cast: Cleo, Fabrício Boliveira, Thiago Martins
Genre Action, Crime
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS: A group of honest authorities is delivered to a country town to solve the issue of high crime. Soon they solve the issue while newcomer Francis (Cléo Pires) have to overcome their limitations to prove that it’s worth. They are acclaimed by public opinion. However, before long the program of the force of this law starts to annoy everyone and the true enemy is revealed. Is our society is ready to get an honest cop?


8. Kardec

Cast:  Leonardo Medeiros, Sandra Corveloni, Christian Baltauss
Genre Biography, Spiritual
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS: Kardec is a biography film about Allan Kardec’s journey. He was a French instructor, translator, and author.

He’s also the creator of spiritism, a religion broadly spread in Brazil (about 4 million followers).

The movie shows his trip out of when he worked as an educator in Paris till he started his process of codifying spiritism alongside his wife, Amélie-Gabrielle Boudet.



9. The Silence of the Sky (Spanish: Era El Cielo/Portuguese: O Silêncio do Céu)

Cast:  Leonardo Sbaraglia, Carolina Dieckmann, Chino Darín
Genre Drama, Thriller 
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS: The movie is about Diana, a housewife mom of two, being raped in her own home.

However, she decides to hide what happened and doesn’t inform anyone about it, including her husband.

Her husband, Mario, has his own secrets — concealed mysteries that are slowly destroying the couple’s relationship.

It is an Argentinean Brazilian movie based on a book and filled with strong emotions. It has that kind of tension which makes you think about it long after the movie has ended.



10. Sergio

Cast:  Wagner Moura, Ana de Armas, Brían F. O’Byrne 
Genre Biography, Drama, History 
Languages: Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese

SYNOPSIS: This movie is all about the life of Sergio de Mello, a charismatic Brazilian diplomatic who worked in Baghdad in 2003.

The movie features the events that took place in the Middle East, from the debate with an American diplomat to a terrorist offensive in his resort and more.

It is a lovely blend of history, love, and humankind.





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