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List of famous film directors from Brazil, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Brazil has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Brazilian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Brazil and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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Abilio Pereira de Almeida is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 71 (1906-1977) Abilio Pereira de Almeida was a screenwriter, film producer and actor.

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Adrian Steinway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 40 Adrian Steinway (born October 19, 1978 in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil) is an award winning Brazilian actor who has performed on Broadway.

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Adriano Goldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 49 Adriano Goldman is a Brazilian television director and cinematographer born in São Paulo, Brazil. He won "Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic" during the 2009 Sundance ...more

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Alberto Botelho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Alberto Botelho Died at 88 (1885-1973) Alberto Botelho was a film director , cinematographer, film producer and screenwriter.

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Alberto Cavalcanti is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 85 (1897-1982) Alberto de Almeida Cavalcanti was a Brazilian-born film director and producer.

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Alejandro Landes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 38 Alejandro Landes is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter.

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Alex Viany is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Alex Viany Died at 74 (1918-1992) Alex Viany was a film director, film editor and screenwriter.

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Aluizio Abranches is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Aluizio Abranches Aluizio Abranches is a Brazilian filmmaker. He has worked extensively as an assistant director and producer in Brazil. His first feature film as director was in the 1999 film A Glass of Rage, ...more

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Aly Muritiba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 39 Aly Muritiba is a film producer, film director, screenwriter and film editor.

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Amácio Mazzaropi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 69 (1912-1981) Amácio Mazzaropi was a Brazilian actor and filmmaker.

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Amilar Alves is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 60 (1881-1941) Amilar Alves was a film director, editor, producer, writer and actor.

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Ana Beatriz Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 51 Ana Beatriz Soares Nogueira is a Brazilian actress. In 1987 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival for her role in the film Vera, directed by ...more

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Ana Carolina is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 75 Ana Carolina is a Brazilian film director and screenwriter. She directed seven films between 1969 and 2003. In 1978, she was a member of the jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival. ...more

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Ana Luiza Azevedo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 59 Ana Luiza Azevedo is a film and television director and screenwriter.

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Ana Maria Magalhães is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 68 Ana Maria Portinho Magalhães is a Brazilian film actress and director.

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André Lavaquial is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 40 André Lavaquial is a cinematographer, casting director, film director and producer.

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Andrucha Waddington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 48 Andrucha Waddington is a Brazilian film director, producer and screenwriter. He has directed eleven films since 1998. His film Eu Tu Eles was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the ...more

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Ângela Pires is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Ângela Pires is a film editor, screenwriter and film director.

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Angelo Lopes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Angelo Lopes age 42 Angelo Lopes is an actor, screenwriter, cinematographer and film editor, producer and director.

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Anibal Massaini Neto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 73 Anibal Massaini Neto is a film producer, film director and screenwriter.

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Anna Muylaert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 54 Anna Muylaert is a Brazilian screenwriter and television and film director. Anna studied filmmaking at the School of Communications and Arts at University of São Paulo from 1980 to 1984, ...more

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Anselmo Duarte is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 89 (1920-2009) Anselmo Duarte was a Brazilian actor, screenwriter and film director. His film O Pagador de Promessas won the Golden Palm at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival, and was also nominated for the Academy ...more

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Antonio Tibiriçá is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 70 (1898-1968) Antonio Tibiriçá was a screenwriter, film producer, film director and actor.

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Armando Praça is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Armando Praça age 40 Armando Praça is a film director and screenwriter.

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Arnaldo Jabor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 78 Arnaldo Jabor is a composer.

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Arturo Carrari is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 68 (1867-1935) Arturo Carrari was an early Italian Brazilian film director, film producer, screenwriter and occasional actor best known for his work in the Cinema of Brazil in the 1920s.

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Ary Severo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 91 (1903-1994) Ary Severo was a film director, screenwriter and an actor.

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Aurélio Teixeira is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 47 (1926-1973) Aurélio Teixeira was an actor and screenwriter, director and producer.

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Beto Souza is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Beto Souza age 57 Beto Souza is a film director, producer and a screenwriter.

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Branco Mello is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 56 Branco Mello is a Brazilian musician and actor, best known as the vocalist and bassist of Brazilian rock band Titãs. He has also played small but significant roles for the movies.

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Bruno Barreto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 63 Bruno Barreto is a Brazilian film director born in Rio de Janeiro. He has been making feature-length films ever since he was seventeen years old and remains one of Brazil's most accomplished and ...more

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Bruno Safadi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Bruno Safadi age 38 Bruno Safadi is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Camilo Cavalcante is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Camilo Cavalcante age 44 Camilo Cavalcante is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Flavio Alves is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Flavio Alves age 49 Flávio Pimenta Alves is a Brazilian writer, screenwriter, and film director resident in America since 1998. His movies consistently feature elderly characters as protagonists. He is best ...more

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Canuto Mendes de Almeida is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Canuto Mendes de Almeida Died at 84 (1906-1990) Canuto Mendes de Almeida was a screenwriter and film director.

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Cao Guimarães is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Cao Guimarães age 53 Cao Guimarães is a film editor, film director, screenwriter, cinematographer and an artist.

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Cao Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 56 Carlos Império Hamburger is a Brazilian screenwriter and director of movies and TV. He is the creator of the Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum series of programs for children in the TV Cultura of ...more

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Carine Adler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Carine Adler age 70 Carine Adler, Lady Reid of Cardowan is a Brazilian screenwriter and film director. She is probably best known as the second wife of British government minister Dr John Reid, Baron Reid, whom she ...more

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Carla Camurati is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Carla Camurati age 58 Carla Camurati is a Brazilian actress and filmmaker. She became notorious for acting in several Rede Globo's telenovela in the 1980s. She also acted on children's theater, starred on ...more

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Carlos Augusto de Oliveira is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Carlos Augusto de Oliveira age 44 Carlos Augusto de Oliveira is a Brazilian film director who has lived in Denmark since 2000.

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Carlos Coimbra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Carlos Coimbra Died at 80 (1927-2007) Carlos Coimbra was a Brazilian film editor, director and screenwriter. His film A Morte Comanda o Cangaço was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival.

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Carlos Diegues is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 78 Carlos Diegues, also known as Cacá Diegues, is a Brazilian film director. He was born in Maceió, Alagoas, and is best known as a member of the Cinema Novo movement.

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Carlos Reichenbach is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Died at 67 (1945-2012) Carlos Oscar Reichenbach Son was a Brazilian filmmaker.

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Carlos Saldanha is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 50 Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films who works with Blue Sky Studios. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, Rio 2, and the ...more

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Caru Alves de Souza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 36 Caru Alves de Souza is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Cássio Pereira Dos Santos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Cássio Pereira Dos Santos age 35 Cássio Pereira Dos Santos is a Brazilian film director and screenwriter.

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Cecilia Amado is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Cecilia Amado age 42 Cecília Amado is a film director.

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César Charlone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
age 60 César Charlone is an Uruguayan-born Brazilian film director, screenwriter, actor and cinematographer. He was born in Montevideo, but settled in Brazil, his current homeland. In 2003, he ...more

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Christian Schneider is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Christian Schneider age 45 Graduate in Audiovisual Production - Film and Video PUCRS, Post Graduate in Visual Poetics - Photography and Digital Imaging, registered in the APTC / ABD-RS (Professional Association of Motion ...more

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Cinthia Marcelle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Brazil
Cinthia Marcelle age 44 Cinthia Marcelle is a screenwriter and film director.