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The 15 Best Films by Pedro Almodóvar

Almodóvar's career is a bounty of riches, and any ranking of his work means something will surely be left out. Take a look back at his best movies.

Editorial use only. No book cover usage.Mandatory Credit: Photo by Canal+/Sony/GEM/Kobal/Shutterstock (10417437g)Asier Etxeandia as Alberto Crespo, Pedro Almodovar Director and Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo'Pain and Glory' Film - 2019A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Asier Etxeandia as Alberto Crespo, Pedro Almodovar, and Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo in “Pain and Glory”

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Pedro Almodóvar’s films talk to each other. Each one informs and inspires the next, and often, one will glance back to pick up the thematic pieces laid down by the last one. Call it the “Pedro Almodóvar Extended Universe.”

As “Parallel Mothers” heads into the Oscar race, with nominations for Best Actress Penelope Cruz and Best Original Score for Alberto Iglesias, look back at Almodóvar’s 15 best films — at least according to this writer, and not without begrudging feelings about what’s been left out.

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