The great debut of Amália as an actress was in the 1947 film Capas Negras. It was one of the great successes of Portuguese cinema, beating records of ticketing and headline permanence.
Then, it followed the 1947 film Fado, História de uma Cantadeira – another great hit, seen by thousands of spectators, week after week. The plot resembles to episodes of Amália Rodrigues’ life. However, in her biography, she claims that “(…) it has nothing to do with my story, unless the part where I married a guitarist and that I sold fruit.”.
After, “Fado” she is invited by Leitão de Barros to be the lead actress of the 1949 film Vendaval Misterioso, in the role of Eugénia da Câmara.
In 1958, she stars as the main actress in Sangue Toureiro, the first feature film of Portuguese fiction in colours. Amália Rodrigues plays the role of a succeeded fado singer, and Diamantino Viseu the one of a bullfighter.
It follows Fado Corrido, 1964 film, where the protagonists are the director himself and Amália Rodrigues, in the role of a fado singer.
At last, As Ilhas Encantadas, a 1965 film, the only one where she does not sing, was shot on the island of Porto Santo (Madeira). And it is in the film recordings that she ends up meeting Augusto Cabrita. “It was in the shootings of As Ilhas Encantadas that I met Augusto Cabrita. I was in Porto Santo, without make-up on, just with my hair tied up and, when I showed up all dressed up, he was very disappointed and did not want to photograph me like that. I had to tell him: « I am Amália Rodrigues, not Hunila, and I want photos of my own. »”, says in her biography to Vítor Pavão dos Santos.
These were her participation on the big screen as the protagonist. Besides those, Amália did also shorter appearances in various films.