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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
Died 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 71 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 51 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
Died 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
Died 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 72 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 54 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
Died at 84 (1928-2012) Carlos Fuentes Macías audio was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz, Aura, Terra Nostra, The Old Gringo and Christopher Unborn. In his obituary, ...more

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Octavio Paz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died 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 57 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 40 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
Died 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
Died 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 45 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 55 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 39 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 63 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 47 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 89 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
Died 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
Died 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 86 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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

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Guillermo Arriaga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 60 Guillermo Arriaga Jordán is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. Self-defined as “a hunter who works as a writer,” he is best known for his BAFTA-nominated script for 21 ...more

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Ismael Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 87 (1917-2004) Ismael Rodríguez was an acclaimed Mexican film director. Rodríguez directed many major stars, including Pedro Infante, Dolores del Río, María Félix, and even ...more

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Arturo Ripstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 75 Arturo Ripstein y Rosen is a Mexican film director.

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Vicente Fox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 76 Vicente Fox Quesada is a Mexican businessman who was President of Mexico from 1 December 2000, to 30 November 2006 under the National Action Party. He is also the Co-President of the Centrist ...more

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Julio Bracho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 69 (1909-1978) Julio Bracho Gavilán was a Mexican film director and screenwriter. Bracho was born as ninth of eleven children of Julio Bracho y Zuloaga and his wife Luz Pérez Gavilán. His ...more

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Juan Rulfo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 69 (1917-1986) Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Vizcaíno, best known as Juan Rulfo was a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. He is one of Latin America's esteemed authors and earned ...more

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Carlos Reygadas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 47 Carlos Reygadas Barquín is an actor.

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Yareli Arizmendi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Yareli Arizmendi is a Mexican-American actress, writer, and director.

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Rodrigo Prieto is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 53 Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer.

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Cesar Millan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 49 Cesar Millan, is a Mexican American self-taught dog trainer. He is widely known for his television series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, broadcast in more than eighty countries worldwide from ...more

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José Emilio Pacheco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 75 (1939-2014) José Emilio Pacheco Berny audio was a Mexican poet, essayist, novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the major Mexican poets of the second half of the 20th century. The ...more

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Diego Rivera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 71 (1886-1957) Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and the husband ...more

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Sor Juana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 44 (1651-1695) Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H., was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain, known in her lifetime as "The Tenth Muse." ...more

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Roberto Gómez Bolaños is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 89 Roberto Gómez Bolaños, more commonly known by his pseudonym Chespirito, was a Mexican screenwriter, actor, comedian, film director, television director, playwright, songwriter, and ...more

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Chavela Vargas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 93 (1919-2012) Isabel Vargas Lizano, better known as Chavela Vargas, was a Costa Rican-born Mexican singer. She was especially known for her rendition of Mexican rancheras, but she is also recognized for her ...more

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Fernando Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 76 Fernando Vallejo Rendón is a novelist, filmmaker and essayist, born in Colombia. He obtained Mexican nationality in 2007. Vallejo was born and raised in Medellín, though he left ...more

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Carlos Gallardo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 52 Carlos Gallardo is a Mexican actor, producer and occasional screenwriter and director, and frequent collaborator with his friend, director Robert Rodriguez.

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Juan Carlos Rulfo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 54 Juan Carlos Rulfo Aparicio is a Mexican screenwriter and director son of author Juan Rulfo. He has written, produced, and photographed several films. He is married to Valentina Leduc Navarro a ...more

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Cantinflas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Died at 82 (1911-1993) Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes, known casually as Mario Moreno, and known professionally as Cantinflas, was a Mexican comic film actor, producer, and screenwriter. He often portrayed ...more

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Rodrigo Santacruz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 39 Mexican actor and writer of Mexican and Colombian descent.Actor y escritor mexicano de descendencia mexicana y colombiana.

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Ilan Stavans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 57 Ilan Stavans is a Mexican-American, essayist, lexicographer, cultural commentator, translator, short-story author, publisher, TV personality, and teacher known for his insights into American, ...more

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Luis Mandoki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 64 Luis Mandoki is a Mexican film director working in Mexico and Hollywood. Luis Mandoki studied Fine Arts in Mexico and at the San Francisco Art Institute, the London College of Printing, and the ...more

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Pam Muñoz Ryan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 67 Pam Muñoz Ryan is a Mexican American writer. Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley of California on December 25, 1951. She began writing when she was ...more

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Paz Alicia Garciadiego is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
age 69 Paz Alicia Garciadiego is a Mexican screenwriter known for her scripts for her husband's movies.

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Hugo Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Mexico
Hugo Rodríguez age 60 Hugo Rodríguez is a film producer.