Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz Sánchez is a Spanish actress and model, signed at age 15, made her acting debut at 16 on television and her feature film debut the following year in Jamón, jamón (1992), to critical acclaim.  Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky and Blow. She has since built a successful career, appearing in films from a range of genres, from thrillers to family friendly holiday features. She has received critical acclaim for her roles in Volver (2006) and Nine (2009) receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for each. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cruz has modeled for companies such as Mango, Ralph Lauren and L'Oréal. Penélope and her younger sister Mónica Cruz have designed items for Mango.  Cruz has volunteered in Uganda and India; she donated her salary from The Hi-Lo Country to help fund the late nun's mission. A wax sculpture of Cruz will be placed in a premier spot in the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris.

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To Rome with Love (2012)

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Four tales unfold in the Eternal City: While vacationing in Rome, architect John encounters a young man whose romantic woes remind him of a painful incident from his own youth; retired opera director Jerry discovers a mortician with an amazing voice, and he seizes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Elliot Page  •  Woody Allen  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Penélope Cruz

Four tales unfold in the Eternal City: While vacationing in Rome, architect John encounters a young man whose romantic woes remind him of a painful incident from his own youth; retired opera director Jerry discovers a mortician with an amazing voice, and he seizes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Elliot Page  •  Woody Allen  •  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Penélope Cruz

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Mind blowing

David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Kurt Russell

David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cameron Crowe
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Kurt Russell

Open Your Eyes (1997)

Inspiring

A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro Amenábar
CAST:  Eduardo Noriega  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Chete Lera  •  Fele Martínez

A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro Amenábar
CAST:  Eduardo Noriega  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Chete Lera  •  Fele Martínez

All About My Mother (1999)

A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Cecilia Roth  •  Marisa Paredes  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Candela Peña

A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Cecilia Roth  •  Marisa Paredes  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Candela Peña

All the Pretty Horses (2000)

The year is 1949. A young Texan named John Grady finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured south of the border by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his pal embark on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Bob Thornton
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Henry Thomas  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Sam Shepard

The year is 1949. A young Texan named John Grady finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured south of the border by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his pal embark on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Bob Thornton
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Henry Thomas  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Sam Shepard

Bandidas (2006)

Set in the late 19th century. When a ruthless robber baron takes away everything they cherish, a rough-and-tumble, idealistic peasant and a sophisticated heiress embark on a quest for justice, vengeance…and a few good heists.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Rønning  •  Espen Sandberg
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Salma Hayek  •  Dwight Yoakam  •  Steve Zahn

Set in the late 19th century. When a ruthless robber baron takes away everything they cherish, a rough-and-tumble, idealistic peasant and a sophisticated heiress embark on a quest for justice, vengeance…and a few good heists.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Rønning  •  Espen Sandberg
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Salma Hayek  •  Dwight Yoakam  •  Steve Zahn

Belle Époque (1992)

In 1931, a young soldier deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters, Fernando likes all of them and they like him, so he has to decide which one to love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fernando Trueba
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Gabino Diego  •  Ariadna Gil  •  Fernando Fernán Gómez

In 1931, a young soldier deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters, Fernando likes all of them and they like him, so he has to decide which one to love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fernando Trueba
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Gabino Diego  •  Ariadna Gil  •  Fernando Fernán Gómez

Don't Tempt Me (2001)

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Victoria Abril  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Demián Bichir

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Victoria Abril  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Demián Bichir

Blow (2001)

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A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Demme
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ethan Suplee  •  Ray Liotta

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Demme
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ethan Suplee  •  Ray Liotta

Live Flesh (1997)

A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Liberto Rabal  •  Francesca Neri  •  Javier Bardem  •  Penélope Cruz

A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Liberto Rabal  •  Francesca Neri  •  Javier Bardem  •  Penélope Cruz

Chromophobia (2005)

Encouraged by his editor to seek 'sexy stories that sell', a reporter preys upon the private life of an erstwhile friend, with disastrous results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Fiennes
CAST:  Ben Chaplin  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Ian Holm

Encouraged by his editor to seek 'sexy stories that sell', a reporter preys upon the private life of an erstwhile friend, with disastrous results.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Fiennes
CAST:  Ben Chaplin  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Ian Holm

Don't Move (2004)

While waiting for the brain surgery of his daughter Angela, victim of a motorcycle accident, the surgeon Timoteo recalls his torrid affair with and passion for Italia, a simple woman from slums in the periphery of the big city where he lives. The ghost of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Castellitto
CAST:  Sergio Castellitto  •  Claudia Gerini  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Angela Finocchiaro

While waiting for the brain surgery of his daughter Angela, victim of a motorcycle accident, the surgeon Timoteo recalls his torrid affair with and passion for Italia, a simple woman from slums in the periphery of the big city where he lives. The ghost of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Castellitto
CAST:  Sergio Castellitto  •  Claudia Gerini  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Angela Finocchiaro

Gothika (2003)

After a car crash, a criminal psychologist regains consciousness only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband—but she has no memory of committing the crime. As she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mathieu Kassovitz
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Penélope Cruz

After a car crash, a criminal psychologist regains consciousness only to find that she's a patient in the same mental institution that currently employs her. It seems she's been accused of murdering her husband—but she has no memory of committing the crime. As she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mathieu Kassovitz
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Penélope Cruz

Head in the Clouds (2004)

A romantic drama set in 1930s England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bessé shares her Paris apartment with an Irish schoolteacher, Guy Malyon, and Mia, a refugee from Spain. As the world drifts toward war, Gilda defiantly pursues her hedonistic lifestyle and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Stuart Townsend  •  Thomas Kretschmann

A romantic drama set in 1930s England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bessé shares her Paris apartment with an Irish schoolteacher, Guy Malyon, and Mia, a refugee from Spain. As the world drifts toward war, Gilda defiantly pursues her hedonistic lifestyle and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Duigan
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Stuart Townsend  •  Thomas Kretschmann

Masked and Anonymous (2003)

Amidst unrest, organizers put on a benefit concert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Charles
CAST:  Bob Dylan  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Penélope Cruz  •  John Goodman

Amidst unrest, organizers put on a benefit concert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Charles
CAST:  Bob Dylan  •  Jeff Bridges  •  Penélope Cruz  •  John Goodman

Noel (2004)

Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chazz Palminteri
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Alan Arkin  •  Paul Walker  •  Penélope Cruz

Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chazz Palminteri
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Alan Arkin  •  Paul Walker  •  Penélope Cruz

Sahara (2005)

Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure hunt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Breck Eisner
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Steve Zahn  •  William H. Macy

Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure hunt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Breck Eisner
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Steve Zahn  •  William H. Macy

Volver (2006)

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Raimunda lives and works in Madrid with her husband Paco and their daughter Paula. Raimunda's sister Sole lives nearby. The two sisters miss their mother Irene who died several years ago in a house fire along with their father. When a former neighbor from their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Carmen Maura  •  Lola Dueñas  •  Blanca Portillo

Raimunda lives and works in Madrid with her husband Paco and their daughter Paula. Raimunda's sister Sole lives nearby. The two sisters miss their mother Irene who died several years ago in a house fire along with their father. When a former neighbor from their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Carmen Maura  •  Lola Dueñas  •  Blanca Portillo

Jamon Jamon (1992)

Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia becomes pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, most likely against the wishes of his parents. Jose Luis' mother is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bigas Luna
CAST:  Javier Bardem  •  Tomás Martín  •  Jordi Mollà  •  Penélope Cruz

Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia becomes pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, most likely against the wishes of his parents. Jose Luis' mother is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bigas Luna
CAST:  Javier Bardem  •  Tomás Martín  •  Jordi Mollà  •  Penélope Cruz

Woman on Top (2000)

Set to the intoxicating rhythms of Brazil, "Woman on Top" is a spicy, sexy comedy about the magic of food, love and music. Meet Isabella, a sultry enchantress born with the special gift of melting the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When she decides to break ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fina Torres
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Murilo Benício  •  Harold Perrineau  •  Mark Feuerstein

Set to the intoxicating rhythms of Brazil, "Woman on Top" is a spicy, sexy comedy about the magic of food, love and music. Meet Isabella, a sultry enchantress born with the special gift of melting the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When she decides to break ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fina Torres
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Murilo Benício  •  Harold Perrineau  •  Mark Feuerstein
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