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List of famous writers from Mexico, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Mexico is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Mexican writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Mexico and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has a variety of writers in it, from Carlos Bolado to Carlos Pellicer.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Mexican writers?" and "Which writers are from Mexico?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Mexico in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Mexico, but they're all of Mexico descent.
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Anthony Quinn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. 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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Edward James Olmos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 72
Edward James Olmos is an American actor and director. Among his most memorable roles are William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime ...more
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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 52
Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker. He is the creator, star, writer, director, and editor of the acclaimed FX comedy series ...more
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Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 83 (1900-1983)
Luis Buñuel Portolés was a filmmaker who worked in Spain, Mexico and France. When Luis Buñuel died at age 83, his obituary in the New York Times called him "an ...more
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Chano Urueta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 75 (1904-1979)
Chano Urueta was a Mexican film director.
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Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 73
Cheech Marin is an comedian, actor and screenwriter.
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Guillermo del Toro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 55
Guillermo del Toro Gómez is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, ...more
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Carlos Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 84 (1928-2012)
Carlos Fuentes Macías audio was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are Aura, Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo and Christopher Unborn. The New York Times described him as ...more
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Octavio Paz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 84 (1914-1998)
Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican poet-diplomat and writer. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the ...more
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Alfonso Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 58
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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Gael García Bernal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 41
Gael García Bernal is a Mexican film actor, director, and producer. He founded Canana Films in Mexico City.
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Luis Alcoriza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 74 (1918-1992)
Luis Alcoriza de la Vega was a respected Mexican screenwriter, film director, and actor. Alcoriza was born in Spain and established himself in Mexico from 1940. His 1962 film Tlayucan was ...more
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Emilio Fernández is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)
Emilio "El Indio" Fernández was a Mexican film director, actor and screenwriter. He was one of the most prolific film directors of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s ...more
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Roberto Orci is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 46
Roberto Gaston Orci is a Mexican-American film and television writer and producer.
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Alejandro González Iñárritu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 56
Alejando G. Iñárritu is a film director.
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Diego Luna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 40
Diego Luna Alexander is a Mexican actor known for his childhood telenovela work, a starring role in the film Y tu mamá también and supporting roles in American films, including ...more
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Paul Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 64
Paul Rodriguez's career has spanned more than two decades and includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 30 films and countless television series and specials. His first big break ...more
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Thalía is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 48
Ariadna Thalia Sodi Miranda, known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, published author, actress and entrepreneur, who has sung in various languages including Spanish, English, ...more
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Alejandro Jodorowsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 90
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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Tito Davison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 73 (1912-1985)
Tito Davison was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. He directed 60 films between 1937 and 1982.
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Alfonso Reyes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 70 (1889-1959)
Alfonso Reyes Ochoa was a Mexican writer, philosopher and diplomat.
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Alfonso Aráu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 87
Alfonso Arau Incháustegui is a Mexican actor and director.
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Roberto Gavaldón is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 77 (1909-1986)
Roberto Gavaldón was a Mexican film director. Eight of Gavaldón's films were featured on the list 100 Best Movies of the Cinema of Mexico. His 1958 film Ash Wednesday was entered ...more
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Fernando de Fuentes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 64 (1894-1958)
Fernando de Fuentes is a film director, a screenwriter and a film producer.
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Miguel M. Delgado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Dec. at 89 (1905-1994)
Miguel Melitón Delgado was a Mexican film director and screenwriter best known for directing thirty-three of Cantinflas' films, under contract of Posa Films. He directed 139 films between ...more