Complete Chronological List of Goya Best Film Winners Ranked


Spanish cinema is gearing up for an evening of glitz and glamour on Saturday, February 10, 2024, as the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences celebrates the 38th edition of the Goya Awards in Valladolid. This year’s ceremony is set to honor the best in film, showcasing the thriving state of Spain’s film industry, a fact underscored by the country’s impressive tally of three Oscar nominations.

But as we anticipate the future victors, it’s worth taking a trip down memory lane to reminisce about past winners. Throughout the years, numerous films have captivated audiences and critics alike, securing their place in the Spanish cinematic pantheon. It begs the question – who have been the biggest winners so far? Which movies have left the most enduring impressions?

Let’s dive into a comprehensive list of all the films that have earned the coveted title of Best Film at the Goya Awards from its very inception:

– ‘The journey to nowhere’ (Fernando Fernán Gómez, 1986)
– ‘The animated forest’ (José Luis Cuerda, 1987)
– ‘Women at the edge of a nervous attack’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)
– ‘The dream of the crazy monkey’ (Fernando Trueba, 1989)
– ‘Oh, Carmela!’ (Carlos Saura, 1990)
– ‘Lovers’ (Vicente Aranda, 1991)
– ‘Belle Epoque’ (Fernando Trueba, 1992)
– ‘everyone to jail’ (Luis García Berlanga, 1993)
– ‘days counted’ (Imanol Uribe, 1994)
– ‘No one will talk about us when we are dead’ (Agustín Díaz Yanes, 1995)
– ‘Thesis’ (Alejandro Amenábar, 1996)
– ‘The good star’ (Ricardo Franco, 1997)
– ‘The girl of your eyes’ (Fernando Trueba, 1998)
– ‘Everything about my mother’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)
– ‘The ball’ (Achero Mañas, 2000)
– ‘The others’ (Alejandro Amenábar, 2001)
– ‘Mondays in the sun’ (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2002)
– ‘I give you my eyes’ (Icíar Bollaín, 2003)
– ‘out to sea’ (Alejandro Amenábar, 2004)
– ‘The secret Life of the words’ (Isabel Coixet, 2005)
– ‘Return’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006)
– ‘Loneliness’ (Jaime Rosales, 2007)
– ‘Camino’ (Javier Fesser, 2008)
– ‘Cell 211’ (Daniel Monzón, 2009)
– ‘Black bread’ (Agustí Villaronga, 2010)
– ‘There will not be peace for the evil ones’ (Enrique Urbizu, 2011)
– ‘Snow White’ (Pablo Berger, 2012)
– ‘Living is easy with your eyes closed’ (David Trueba, 2013)
– ‘The minimal island’ (Alberto Rodríguez, 2014)
– ‘Truman’ (Cesc Gay, 2015)
– ‘Late for anger’ (Raúl Arévalo, 2016)
– ‘The bookstore’ (Isabel Coixet, 2017)
– ‘Champions’ (Javier Fesser, 2018)
– ‘pain and glory’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019)
– ‘The girls’ (Pilar Palomero, 2020)
– ‘The good boss’ (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2021)
– ‘The beasts’ (Rodrigo Sorogoyen, 2022)

As cinephiles, we might get curious about how these films stack up against each other. To sort through the best of the best, we’ll look to their ratings on FilmAffinity, a Spanish platform particularly suited for assessing films from the nation’s cinema. Should we encounter ties in ratings, the film with the higher number of votes will be given precedence. This method seems fair as it recognizes the effort to maintain a high average rating across a larger number of reviews.

According to FilmAffinity ratings, here’s how some of the standout films rank, along with the streaming platforms where you can find them:

– ‘Cell 211’ (7.7) – Available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix
– ‘Thesis’ (7.7) – Available on Disney+, FlixOlé, HBO Max, and Netflix
– ‘The journey to nowhere’ (7.7) – Available on FlixOlé and RTVE
… and many others, each offering a unique window into Spanish society, history, and imagination.

While platforms and availability may change, the legacy these films have left on Spanish cinema is indelible. Whether sweeping epics, intimate dramas, or groundbreaking narratives, these titles have not only won Goya Awards but also the hearts of viewers, carving out a special place in the annals of film history.

As the 38th Goya Awards approach, we’re reminded not only of the artistry and craft that go into filmmaking but also of the stories and voices that continue to resonate through these distinguished winners. With the red carpet ready to welcome a new batch of cinematic triumphs, the legacy of Spain’s Goya Award-winning films endures, inviting us all to discover and re-discover their magic.

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