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

List items include Filipa César, Silvino Santos and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Portuguese directors?" and "Which directors are from Portugal?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Portugal in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Portuguese 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 Portugal
Died at 57 (1889-1946) Abel de Lima Salazar, was a Portuguese physician, lecturer, researcher, writer and painter who worked and lived in Porto. He was the son of Adolfo Barroso Pereira Salazar and wife Adelaide da ...more

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Abi Feijó is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 62 Abi Feijó is a film director, film producer and film editor.

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Alberto Seixas Santos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 82 Alberto Seixas Santos is a Portuguese film director.

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Alexandre Melo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Alexandre Melo is an actor.

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Ana Linnea Lidegran Correia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Ana Linnea Lidegran Correia age 25 Ana Linnea Lidegran Correia is a film director and an animator.

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André Delhaye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
André Delhaye age 44

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António da Cunha Telles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
António da Cunha Telles age 83 António da Cunha Telles is a Portuguese film director and producer. He was born in Funchal.

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António da Silva is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
António da Silva age 38 Antonio Da Silva is an artist and film director.

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Antonio de Macedo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 87 António de Macedo was first a filmmaker and later a writer, university professor and lecturer. He gave up from filmmaking in the nineties as he felt systematically excluded from the state ...more

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António Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 48 António Ferreira is a Portuguese film director and producer.

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António Lopes Ribeiro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 87 (1908-1995) António Filipe Lopes Ribeiro was a Portuguese film director. Son of Manuel Henrique Correia da Silva Ribeiro and wife Ester da Nazaré Lopes, he was the older brother of actor

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António Reis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
António Reis Died at 64 (1927-1991) António Ferreira Gonçalves dos Reis, known as António Reis, was a Portuguese film director, screenwriter and producer, poet, sculptor and ethnographer. He was married to ...more

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António Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 35 'António Rodrigues is an actor, screenwriter and director, as well as dramatist, producer and musician.

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António Silva is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 85 (1886-1971) António Maria da Silva was a Portuguese actor. He appeared in more than 40 productions over his more than 50 years in acting.

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António-Pedro Vasconcelos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
António-Pedro Vasconcelos age 79 António-Pedro Saraiva de Barros e Vasconcelos, GCIH, is a Portuguese film director. He is the middle of three sons of Guilherme de Barros e Vasconcelos, a Lawyer and a Nobleman of the ...more

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Arthur Duarte is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 87 (1895-1982) Arthur Duarte was a Portuguese actor, screenwriter, production designer and film director.

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Augusto Cabrita is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 70 (1923-1993) Augusto Cabrita was a Portuguese film director and photographer.

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Augusto Fraga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Augusto Fraga Died at 90 (1910-2000) Augusto Fraga was a Portuguese film director.

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Bernardo Nascimento is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Bernardo Nascimento age 43 Bernardo Nascimento is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Carlos Domingomes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Carlos Domingomes age 38 Carlos Domingomes is a Portuguese film director. He is also a professor of cinema, video, photography, and sound at the ESAAA in Lisbon.

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Chianca de Garcia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 85 (1898-1983) Chianca de Garcia was a Portuguese film director.

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Claudia Varejão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Claudia Varejão age 38 Cláudia Varejão is a film director, cinematographer, film editor, and screenwriter.

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Constantino Esteves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Constantino Esteves Died at 71 (1914-1985) Constantino Esteves was a Portuguese film director.

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Diogo Costa Amarante is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Diogo Costa Amarante Diogo Costa Amarante is a film director, screenwriter and film editor.

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Edgar Pêra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 58 Edgar Henrique Clemente Pêra is a Portuguese filmmaker. He writes occasionally fiction and essays and is also a graphic comics artist. Edgar Pêra studied Psychology, but switched to ...more

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Eduardo Durao is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Eduardo Durao age 51 Eduardo Durão is a film director, editor, producer and screenwriter.

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Eduardo Geada is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Eduardo Geada age 73 Eduardo Geada is a Portuguese film director, screenwriter and professor.

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Fernando De Barros is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 87 (1915-2002) Fernando de Barros was a film director, film producer, screenwriter and actor.

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Fernando Garcia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Fernando Garcia age 35

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Fernando Lopes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 77 (1935-2012) Fernando Lopes, GCIH was a Portuguese film director. He was a Film teacher at the Portuguese National Conservatory, nowadays the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. He died, aged 76, in Lisbon due ...more

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Fernando Vendrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 56 Fernando Vendrell is a film and television director, film and television producer, and screenwriter.

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Fernão Lopez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Fernão Lopez Fernão Lopes was the first known permanent inhabitant of the remote Island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, an island that later became famous as the site of Napoleon's exile ...more

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Filipa César is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Filipa César age 43 Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin, and studied at the Faculty of Arts in Porto and Lisbon, the Academy of Arts in Munich and MA Art in Context, ...more

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Filipe Afonso is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Filipe Afonso age 33 Filipe Afonso is a film producer, film director, film editor, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Francisco Manso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Francisco Manso age 69 Francisco Manso is a film director and a film producer.

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Gonçalo Tocha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 39 Gonçalo Tocha is a film director, editor, producer, cinematographer, screenwriter and musician.

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Henrique Campos is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Henrique Campos Died at 74 (1909-1983) Henrique Campos was a Portuguese film director.

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Humberto Santana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Humberto Santana age 59 Humberto Santana is a film producer, screenwriter, actor, and film director.

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Ivo Ferreira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Ivo Ferreira age 43 Ivo Ferreira is a film director and producer, screenwriter and actor.

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Jean Garret is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 50 (1946-1996) Jean Garret is a film director.

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João Botelho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 69 João Botelho is a Portuguese film director. He has directed and written the screenplays of numerous films. His films have won several awards. His works have been nominated for the Venice ...more

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João Canijo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 61 João Canijo is a Portuguese film director. His film Get a Life was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. His 2011 film Blood of My Blood was selected ...more

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João César Monteiro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
Died at 64 (1939-2003) João César Monteiro was a Portuguese film director, actor, writer and film critic. He was born in Figueira da Foz on February 2, 1939 and died of cancer in Lisbon on February 3,

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João Correa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
João Correa age 75 João Correa is a film director.

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João Costa Menezes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
João Costa Menezes is a London-based Portuguese film actor, film producer and film director. After a degree in Law by the University of Coimbra and three years working as a lawyer in ...more

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João Lopes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
João Lopes age 64 João Lopes is a screenwriter and film director.

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João Mário Grilo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
João Mário Grilo age 60 João Mário Lourenço Bagão Grilo is a Portuguese film director, author and professor, born in Figueira da Foz. He attended economics at the University of Coimbra but ...more

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João Mendes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
João Mendes Died at 78 (1919-1997) João Mendes was a Portuguese film director. He directed 33 films between 1944 and 1982.

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João Nicolau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 43 João Nicolau is a film editor, film director, actor and screenwriter.

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João Pedro Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Portugal
age 52 João Pedro Rodrigues is a Portuguese film director whose activity started in 1997. He is considered to be part of The School of Reis film family. Having studied at the School of Theatre ...more