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Top 10 Salma Hayek movies

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Salma Hayek, the 56-years-old Mexican Lebanese actress/producer, has enjoyed her status as a global superstar for over two and a half decades. She’s earned many accolades and nominations for her performance in more than 80 acting credits. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021. The actor/producer broke through numerous Hollywood stereotypes by never limiting herself to a genre. During her renowned career, we have seen her in dramas, biographies, comedies, action films, Sci-fi, voiceovers, and more.

Although her roles are broad and diverse, she has often portrayed independent, strong-willed women in her movies. Besides her voluptuous beauty and seductive voice, she is also known for extensive philanthropy. However, what gave her global recognition is her movie career. We tribute to her contribution to the industry by listing her top 10 movies of all time.

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  1. Frida

Year: 2002

Director: Julie Taymor

Genre: Biography, Romance, Drama

Cast: Salma Hayek, Mía Maestro, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush,

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Frida was a passion project for Hayek. She played the main role of Frida Kahlo, an acclaimed Mexican artist. Her performance in the movie earned her 46 nominations for global awards, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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  1. Desperado

Year: 1995

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

Cast: Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin

IMDB Rating: 7.1

Hayek played Carolina in Desperado. She depicts a practical bookshop owner who supported El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) in his battle against Bucho and his gang. Her performance in the movie brought her under the spotlight for fans, filmmakers, and critics alike. Desperado became a box office hit that launched Salma’s acting career outside of Mexico and brought Antonio Banderas into light as a potential leading man in the industry.

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  1. Traffic

Year: 2000

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama

Cast: Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones

IMDB Rating: 7.6

The fans and the critics highly praised the movie, which explored three perspectives related to the illegal-drug trade industry. Hayek (Rosario) is Juárez’s glamorous mistress in the movie. The movie aims to realistically narrate a nuanced story to its audience without taking a preaching or judgmental tone. The talented cast worked very well to depict the plot details with perfection. The ensemble cast includes Don Cheadle, Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Erika Christensen, Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Brolin, Topher Grace, and Benjamin Bratt.

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  1. Fools Rush In

Year: 1997

Director: Andy Tennant

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama

Cast: Salma Hayek, Matthew Perry, Jon Tenney

IMDB Rating: 6.1

Hayek plays Isabel Fuentes in the movie. Her performance as a free-spirited Mexican-American photographer is naturally captivating. The movie takes a romantic-comedy turn when Isabel gets pregnant after her one-night stand with Alex Whitman (Matthew Perry of Fiends). This story moves around the different cultural backgrounds and personalities of the character’s cultures. The two lead roles are set to determine whether they have a future together despite the differences, or only their baby is the only catalyst in their relationship.

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  1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Year: 2017

Director: Patrick Hughes

Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy

Cast: Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson

IMDB Rating: 6.9

Hayek (Sonia Kincaid) is Darius Kincaid’s wife in the movie. He is one of the most infamous hitmen. Darius is forced to team up with Michael Bryce (a successful private bodyguard) to stop a mutual enemy. The success of The Hitman’s Bodyguard gave way to a sequel, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, in 2021.

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  1. Across the Universe

Year: 2007

Director: Julie Taymor

Genre: Drama Fantasy, History

Cast: Salma Hayek, Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Across the Universe is a wonderfully paid tribute to The Beatles’ songs. The movie’s plot and characters are based on many of the band’s songs’ lyrics. Hayek plays the Bang Bang Shoot Shoot 5 Nurses. She also contributed a cameo performance with her playback vocals to the song “Happiness Is a Warm Gun.”

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  1. Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Year: 2003

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime

Cast: Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp

IMDB Rating: 6.3

Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the follow-up to Desperado and the third and final installment in Robert Rodriguez’s “Mexico” trilogy. Hayek returns as Carolina. The film was a good watch mainly due to the big names on its banner, including Johnny Depp, Eva Mendez, Mickey Rourke, and many others.

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  1. Bandidas

Year: 2006

Director: Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning

Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime

Cast: Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz, Steve Zahn

IMDB Rating: 5.7

Salma Hayek (Sara Sandoval) teams up with Penélope Cruz to form a Mexican bank-robbing pair in the movie. The Western action-comedy is set in the 1890s. Salma/Sara is a wealthy, educated woman keen to avenge her father’s murder. She aims to steal lands from Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam) and give them back to the original owners, the poor Mexicans of the area.

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  1. Savages

Year: 2012

Director: Oliver Stone

Genre: Action, Drama, Crime

Cast: Salma Hayek, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively

IMDB Rating: 6.4

In Savages, Hayek plays Elena “La Reina” Sánchez. She is a Mexican cartel leader, head bent on forming a partnership with a popular Californian cannabis company. The action-drama plot escalates into a violent and messy story when a battle starts between the two sides.

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  1. Bliss

Year: 2021

Director: Mike Cahill

Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Romance

Cast: Salma Hayek, Stars, Owen Wilson, Nesta Cooper

IMDB Rating: 5.3

Bliss is an Amazon Prime Video exclusive in which Hayek portrays Isabel Clemens. She is a homeless drug addict whose friendship with Greg Wittle (Owen Wilson) turns into a dark drama. The actors’ performance takes the viewers on the plot’s twisting and turning ride between fantasy and reality.



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