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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
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

Birthplace: Mexico, Mexico City

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: The Adolescents, Quisiera Ser Hombre, Tres Mujeres en la Hoguera

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
Dec. at 73 (1891-1964)

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Adolfo Best Maugard also known as Fito Best (June 11, 1891 – August 25, 1964) 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: 54

Birthplace: North America, Americas, Mexico, Latin America

Nationality: Mexico

Adolfo Dávila García (born 1965) is a Mexican video and film director 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: 39

Birthplace: Mexico, Coahuila, Latin America, Torreón, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: En pos de Dios

Adolfo K. Franco is a film producer and screenwriter.
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Adrián Ortiz Maci... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Adrián Ortiz Maciel Age: 43

Birthplace: Michoacán, Zamora, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Nebraska

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
Age: 63

Birthplace: Toluca, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Adriana Barraza (born March 5, 1956) is a Mexican actress, acting teacher, and director. In 1999 director Alejandro González Iñárritu cast her as the mother of Gael ...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: 49

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: 15 Metros

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
Age: 35

Birthplace: North America, Americas, Mexico, Latin America

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Zombo

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

Birthplace: Jalisco, Mexico, Latin America, Guadalajara, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Crabgrass Manifesto, Hinge

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: 48

Birthplace: Los Mochis, Mexico, Latin America, Americas, Sinaloa

Nationality: Mexico

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 M... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Age: 42

Birthplace: Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Bella, Little Boy

José Alejandro Gómez Monteverde (born 13 July 1977) is a Mexican film director. His first film, Bella took top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival by winning the ...more
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Alejandro Gonzále... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Age: 56

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: The Hire: Powder Keg, Amores perros, Behind Biutiful: Director's Flip Notes, Detrás del dinero, 21 Grams, + more

Alejandro González Iñárritu (; American Spanish: [aleˈxandɾo ɣonˈsales iˈɲaritu]; born 15 August 1963) is a Mexican film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known ...more
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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Age: 90

Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

Nationality: Chile, France

Films Directed: Tusk, The Dance of Reality, Abel Cain, Fando & Lis, Santa Sangre, + more

Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker. Since 1948, Jodorowsky has worked as a novelist, screenwriter, a poet, a ...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: 51

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: The Convict Patient

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
Age: 53

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Santitos, No Eres Tu, Soy Yo, My Mexican Shivah

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
Age: 87

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Picking Up the Pieces, Like Water for Chocolate, Tacos de oro, Dare to Love Me, The Magnificent Ambersons, + more

Alfonso Arau Incháustegui (born January 11, 1932) 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
Dec. at 80 (1919-1999)

Birthplace: Autlán, Jalisco, Jalisco, Mexico, Latin America, + more

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Yo pecador, Creo en ti, El mundo de los vampiros, Happiness, Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro, + more

Alfonso Corona Blake (2 January 1919 – 21 January 1999) was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 27 films between 1956 and 1971. His film The Road of Life won the Honourable ...more
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Alfonso Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Age: 58

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Paris, je t'aime, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mamá También, Who's He Anyway, + more

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (US: ; Spanish: [alˈfonso kwaˈɾon] pronunciation ; born 28 November 1961) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His work ...more
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Alfredo B. Crevenna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Nationality: Mexico, Germany

Films Directed: Puerto Maldito, El Garañón, La mujer sin lagrimas, Muchachas de Uniforme, Comezon a la Mexicana, + more

Alfredo B. Crevenna (22 April 1914 – 30 August 1996) 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

Birthplace: Puebla, Mexico

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Adrift in Manhattan, Washington Heights, Fugly!, Nothing like the Holidays, Yellow, + more

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: 76

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Nina ... Amada Mia, Gavilán o Paloma, Call Me Mike

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
Dec. at 84 (1928-2012)

Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Enigma compartida

Carlos Fuentes Macías (; Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos ˈfwentes] (listen); November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012) was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), ...more
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Álvaro Curiel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Mexico
Álvaro Curiel Age: 46

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Acorazado

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: 31

Birthplace: Jalisco, Mexico, Latin America, Guadalajara, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Holiday

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: 42

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Nationality: Mexico

Films Directed: Kung Fu Magoo, Magos y Gigantes, El Agente 00-P2

Andrés Couturier is a film director and an actor.