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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.
  • Abel Salazar

    Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Adolfo Best Maugard

    Adolfo Best Maugard

    Dec. at 73 (1891-1964)

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    Adolfo Best Maugard also known as Fito Best (June 11, 1891 – August 25, 1964) was a Mexican... more on Wikipedia
  • Adolfo Dávila

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceNorth America, Americas, Mexico, Latin America


    Adolfo Dávila García (born 1965) is a Mexican video and film director who has primarily... more on Wikipedia
  • Adolfo K. Franco

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceMexico, Coahuila, Latin America, Torreón, Americas


    Films DirectedEn pos de Dios

    Adolfo K. Franco is a film producer and screenwriter.
  • Adrián Ortiz Maciel

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceMichoacán, Zamora, Mexico, Latin America, Americas


    Films DirectedNebraska

    Adrián Ortiz Maciel is a film director, editor and screenwriter.
  • Adriana Barraza

    BirthplaceToluca, Mexico


    Adriana Barraza (born March 5, 1956) is a Mexican actress, acting teacher, and director. In... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Romero Zavala

    Age: 49

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


    Films Directed15 Metros

    Alan Romero Zavala is a film director, screenwriter, and film producer.
  • BirthplaceMexico


    Films DirectedZombo

    Alberto Belli is a film director, producer and editor.
  • Aldo Velasco

    Aldo Velasco is a playwright, film editor, screenwriter and film director.
  • Alejandro Felix Montiel

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceLos Mochis, Mexico


    Alejandro Félix Montiel is a Mexican professional boxer and is the former IBA Flyweight... more on Wikipedia
  • Alejandro Gómez Monteverde

    BirthplaceTampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico


    Films DirectedBella, Little Boy

    José Alejandro Gómez Monteverde (born 13 July 1977) is a Mexican film director. His first... more on Wikipedia
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alejandro Solar Luna

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    Films DirectedThe Convict Patient

    Alejandro Solar Luna is a film director and a screenwriter.
  • BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    Films DirectedSantitos, No Eres Tu, Soy Yo, My Mexican Shivah

    Alejandro Springall is a Mexican film director and producer. Springall studied filmmaking at... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfonso Aráu

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    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.
  • Alfonso Corona Blake

    Dec. at 80 (1919-1999)

    BirthplaceAutlán, Mexico


    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfonso Cuarón

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfredo B. Crevenna

    Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfredo De Villa is a film director from Puebla, Mexico. He is best known for directing award... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfredo Gurrola

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


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

    Alfredo Gurrola is a film director, film editor, screenwriter, television director and film...
  • Carlos Fuentes

    Carlos Fuentes

    Dec. at 84 (1928-2012)

    BirthplacePanama City, Panama


    Films DirectedEnigma compartida

    Carlos Fuentes Macías (; Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos ˈfwentes] (listen); November 11, 1928 – May 15,... more on Wikipedia
  • Álvaro Curiel

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


    Films DirectedAcorazado

    Álvaro Curiel is a screenwriter, film and television director.
  • Ana de Loera

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceJalisco, Mexico, Latin America, Guadalajara, Americas


    Films DirectedHoliday

    Ana de Loera is a screenwriter and film director.
  • Andrés Couturier

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceMexico City, Mexico


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

    Andrés Couturier is a film director and an actor.