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List of famous film directors from Mexico, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Mexico 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 Mexican directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Mexico and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Items here include everything from Felipe Cazals to Christopher Michael Roybal.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Mexican directors?" and "Which directors are from Mexico?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Mexico in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Mexican directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Abel Salazar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Abel Salazar Died at 78 (1917-1995) Abel Salazar was a Mexican actor, producer, and director. He appeared in 70 films between 1941 and 1989.

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Adolfo Best Maugard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Adolfo Best Maugard Died at 73 (1891-1964) Adolfo Best Maugard also known as Fito Best was a Mexican painter, film director and screenwriter.

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Adolfo Dávila is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Adolfo Dávila age 52 Adolfo Dávila García is video and film director born in Mexico who has primarily directed short films and documentaries.

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Adolfo K. Franco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Adolfo K. Franco age 37 Adolfo K. Franco is a film producer and screenwriter.

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Adrián Ortiz Maciel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Adrián Ortiz Maciel age 41 Adrián Ortiz Maciel is a film director, editor and screenwriter.

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Adriana Barraza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Adriana Barraza age 61 Adriana Barraza is a Mexican actress, acting teacher, and director. In 1999 director Alejandro González Iñárritu cast her as the mother of Gael García Bernal's ...more

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Alan Romero Zavala is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alan Romero Zavala age 47 Alan Romero Zavala is a film director, screenwriter, and film producer.

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Alberto Belli is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alberto Belli age 33 Alberto Belli is a film director, producer and editor.

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Aldo Velasco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Aldo Velasco Aldo Velasco is a playwright, film editor, screenwriter and film director.

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Alejandro Felix Montiel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alejandro Felix Montiel age 46 Alejandro Félix Montiel is a Mexican professional boxer and is the former IBA Flyweight Champion. Alejandro is the cousin of former three-time World Champion, Fernando Montiel.

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Alejandro Gómez Monteverde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alejandro Gómez Monteverde age 40 Jose Alejandro Gomez Monteverde is a Mexican film director. His first film, Bella took top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival by winning the “People's Choice Award”. The ...more

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Alejandro González Iñárritu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alejandro González Iñárritu age 54 Alejando G. Iñárritu is a film director.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alejandro Jodorowsky age 88 Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult ...more

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Alejandro Solar Luna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alejandro Solar Luna age 49 Alejandro Solar Luna is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Alejandro Springall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alejandro Springall age 51 Alejandro Springall is a Mexican film director and producer. Springall studied filmmaking at the London Film School. He returned to Mexico City in 1991 and started working with Mexican film ...more

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Alfonso Aráu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alfonso Aráu age 85 Alfonso Arau Incháustegui is a Mexican actor and director.

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Alfonso Corona Blake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alfonso Corona Blake Died at 80 (1919-1999) Alfonso Corona Blake was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 27 films between 1956 and 1971. His film The Road of Life won the Honourable Mention award at the 6th Berlin ...more

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Alfonso Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alfonso Cuarón age 56 Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer and editor best known for his dramas A Little Princess and Y Tu Mamá También, the fantasy film Harry ...more

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Alfredo B. Crevenna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alfredo B. Crevenna Died at 82 (1914-1996) Alfredo B. Crevenna was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 151 films between 1945 and 1995.

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Alfredo De Villa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alfredo De Villa Alfredo De Villa is a film director from Puebla, Mexico. He is best known for directing award winning films such as Adrift in Manhattan, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the ...more

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Alfredo Gurrola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Alfredo Gurrola age 74 Alfredo Gurrola is a film director, film editor, screenwriter, television director and film producer.

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Carlos Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlos Fuentes Died at 84 (1928-2012) Carlos Fuentes Macías audio was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz, Aura, Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo and Christopher Unborn. In his obituary, ...more

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Álvaro Curiel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Álvaro Curiel age 44 Álvaro Curiel is a screenwriter, film and television director.

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Ana de Loera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Ana de Loera age 29 Ana de Loera is a screenwriter and film director.

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Andrés Couturier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Andrés Couturier age 40 Andrés Couturier is a film director and an actor.

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Anthony Quinn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Anthony Quinn Died at 86 (1915-2001) Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican American actor, as well as a painter and writer. He starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially ...more

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Antonio Serrano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Antonio Serrano age 62 José Antonio Serrano Argüelles is a Mexican film director, actor, playwright and screenwriter. He graduated with a degree in Communications from the Universidad Iberoamericana. He ...more

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Carlos Velo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlos Velo Died at 79 (1909-1988) Carlos Velo was a Spanish film director. He directed 45 films between 1934 and 1983. His 1956 film Torero was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He was born in ...more

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Antonio Urrutia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Antonio Urrutia age 56 Antonio Urrutia is a film director and a screenwriter.

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Arcadi Palerm is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Arcadi Palerm age 44 Arcadi Palerm is a film director and screenwriter.

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Arcady Boytler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Arcady Boytler Died at 70 (1895-1965) Arcady Arcadievic Boytler Rososky was a producer, screenwriter, and director most renowned for his films during the golden age of Mexican cinema. Boytler was born in Moscow, Russia. During the ...more

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Armando Ciurana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Armando Ciurana age 45 Armando Ciurana is a film director and screenwriter.

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Armando Vega Gil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Armando Vega Gil age 62 Armando Vega Gil is a bassist, composer, writer, screenwriter, film director and actor.

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Arturo Martinelli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Arturo Martinelli age 37 Arturo Martinelli is a film director, screenwriter, film producer and film editor.

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Arturo Pons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Arturo Pons age 44 Arturo Pons is a film director and screenwriter.

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Arturo Ripstein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Arturo Ripstein age 74 Arturo Ripstein y Rosen is a Mexican film director.

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Aurora Martinez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Aurora Martinez Aurora 'Rory' Martínez, usually credited simply as “Rory,” is the credited director of at least 72 publicly released movies. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is happily ...more

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Benito Alazraki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Benito Alazraki Died at 86 (1921-2007) Benito Alazraki was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 40 films between 1955 and 1995.

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Benjamin Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Benjamin Williams age 37 Benjamin Williams is a film producer, director and writer.

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Bernardo Arellano is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Bernardo Arellano age 36 Bernardo Arellano is a film director, producer, editor, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Beto Gómez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Beto Gómez age 48 Beto Gómez is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Bill Melendez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Bill Melendez Died at 92 (1916-2008) José Cuauhtémoc "Bill" Meléndez was a Mexican American character animator, film director, voice artist and producer, known for his cartoons for Walt Disney ...more

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Blanca X. Aguerre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Blanca X. Aguerre age 41 Blanca X. Aguerre is a film director, film producer, and screenwriter

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Bob Wickersham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Bob Wickersham Died at 51 (1911-1962) Bob Wickersham is a film director, an animator and a screenwriter.

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Carlo Corea is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlo Corea Carlo Corea is a screenwriter, a film director and a film editor.

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Carlos Algara is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlos Algara age 33 Carlos Algara is a film producer, director, editor, screenwriter and costume designer.

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Carlos Armella is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlos Armella age 39 Carlos Armella is a screenwriter, film director, film editor and a film producer.

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Carlos Bolado is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlos Bolado age 53 Carlos Bolado is a Mexican filmmaker. He studied cinematography and sociology both in the same university, the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has worked as a soundman and editor on ...more

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Carlos Carrera is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlos Carrera age 55 Carlos Carrera is a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed El crimen del Padre Amaro, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2009 he directed ...more

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Carlos Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Carlos Cuarón age 51 Carlos José Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican screenwriter, film producer and film director. He is the brother of Alfonso Cuarón, and the uncle of Jonás Cuarón.