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Famous Film Directors from Mexico

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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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  • Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

    BirthplaceMexico, Mexico City

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedThe 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.  ...more
  • Dec. at 73 (1891-1964)

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    Adolfo Best Maugard also known as Fito Best (June 11, 1891 – August 25, 1964) was a Mexican painter, film director and screenwriter.   ...more
  • BirthplaceNorth America, Americas, Mexico, Latin America

    NationalityMexico

    Adolfo Dávila García (born 1965) is a Mexican video and film director who has primarily directed short films and documentaries.  ...more
  • BirthplaceMexico, Coahuila, Latin America, Torreón, Americas

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedEn pos de Dios

    Adolfo K. Franco is a film producer and screenwriter.
  • BirthplaceZamora, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedNebraska

    Adrián Ortiz Maciel is a film director, editor and screenwriter.
  • BirthplaceToluca, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    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 García Bernal's character in  ...more
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

    NationalityMexico

    Films Directed15 Metros

    Alan Romero Zavala is a film director, screenwriter, and film producer.
  • BirthplaceNorth America, Americas, Mexico, Latin America

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedZombo

    Alberto Belli is a film director, producer and editor.  ...more
  • Aldo Velasco is a playwright, film editor, screenwriter and film director.
  • BirthplaceLos Mochis, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    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.  ...more
  • BirthplaceTampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Latin America, Tamaulipas

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedBella, 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 “People's Choice  ...more
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

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

    Alejandro González Iñárritu (; American Spanish: [aleˈxandɾo ɣonˈsales iˈɲaritu]; born 15 August 1963) is a Mexican film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for telling international  ...more
  • BirthplaceTocopilla, Chile

    NationalityChile, France, Mexico

    Films DirectedTusk, The Dance of Reality, Abel Cain, Fando & Lis, Santa Sangre

    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 playwright, an  ...more

    #119 of 251 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#216 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#47 of 64 The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

  • BirthplaceMexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedThe Convict Patient

    Alejandro Solar Luna is a film director and a screenwriter.
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedSantitos, 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 producer  ...more
  • BirthplaceMexico, Mexico City

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedPicking Up the Pieces, Like Water for Chocolate, Tacos de oro, Dare to Love Me, The Magnificent Ambersons

    Alfonso Arau Incháustegui (born January 11, 1932) is a Mexican actor and director.  ...more
  • Dec. at 80 (1919-1999)

    BirthplaceAutlán, Jalisco, Jalisco, Mexico, Latin America

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedYo pecador, Creo en ti, El mundo de los vampiros, Happiness, Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro

    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 Mention  ...more
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedParis, je t'aime, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mamá También, Who's He Anyway

    Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (US: ; Spanish: [alˈfonso kwaˈɾon] pronunciation ; born 28 November 1961) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor. His work has received  ...more

    #400 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want To Have A Beer With#23 of 149 The Greatest Hollywood Screenwriters Of All-Time, Ranked#73 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

  • Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

    BirthplaceHesse, Eurasia, Germany, Frankfurt

    NationalityMexico, Germany

    Films DirectedPuerto Maldito, El Garañón, La mujer sin lagrimas, Muchachas de Uniforme, Comezon a la Mexicana

    Alfredo B. Crevenna (22 April 1914 – 30 August 1996) was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 151 films between 1945 and 1995.  ...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 Sundance  ...more
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedNina ... Amada Mia, Gavilán o Paloma, Call Me Mike

    Alfredo Gurrola is a film director, film editor, screenwriter, television director and film producer.
  • Dec. at 84 (1928-2012)

    BirthplacePanama City, Panama

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedEnigma 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), Aura  ...more
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedAcorazado

    Álvaro Curiel is a screenwriter, film and television director.
  • BirthplaceGuadalajara, Mexico

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedHoliday

    Ana de Loera is a screenwriter and film director.
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

    NationalityMexico

    Films DirectedKung Fu Magoo, Magos y Gigantes, El Agente 00-P2

    Andrés Couturier is a film director and an actor.