Best Mexican Directors

The list of the 100 best mexican film directors workin today
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1.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist) and worked on making his own short films...
“ Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno), The Devil's Backbone (El espinazo del diablo), Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Cronos ” - Dean_C
 
2.
Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mamá También ” - Dean_C
 
3.
Arturo Ripstein
Director, Deep Crimson
Arturo Ripstein began his career as assistant director (unbilled) of Luis Buñuel in Ángel exterminador, El (1962). His father, Alfredo Ripstein, Jr. produced his first film, a western written by Gabriel García Márquez titled Tiempo de morir (1965). Ripstein filmography is very praised in Mexico and Europe...
“ Deep Crimson (Profundo carmesí), Principio y fin, No One Writes to the Colonel (El coronel no tiene quien le escriba) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ La furia de un dios, Canoa, Las poquianchis ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Those Who Remain (Los que se quedan), Juan - I Forgot I Don't Remember (Del olvido al no me acuerdo), In the Pit (En el hoyo) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Rabioso sol - rabioso cielo, Broken Sky (El cielo dividido), A Thousand Peace Clouds Encircle the Sky (Mil nubes de paz cercan el cielo, amor, jamás acabarás de ser amor) ” - Dean_C
 
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer, The Revenant
Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006)...
“ Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Innocent Voices (Voces Inocentes), Gaby: A True Story, Fraude: México 2006 ” - Dean_C
 
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Alfonso Arau
Alfonso Arau has had a long and fruitful career both in front of and behind the camera and is one of the most prominent filmmakers of the Latino community in Hollywood. He was a drama disciple of Seki Sano--a Japanese teacher, classmate of Lee Strasberg with Konstantin Stanislavski in Russia--and traveled the world from 1964 to 1968 with his one-man show...
“ El águila descalza, Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate), A Walk in the Clouds ” - Dean_C
 
10.
Carlos Carrera
With only three feature films, Carlos Carrera is considered one of the best young directors of the new Mexican cinema. He began as an animator at 12 years old and wrote, produced and directed a number of animated-shorts before filming his first live-action movie, a docummentary short titled Vestidito Blanco como la Leche Nido...
“ La vida conyugal, La mujer de Benjamín, The Crime of Father Amaro (El crimen del padre Amaro) ” - Dean_C
 
11.
Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
Hermosillo is one of the most successful Mexican directors of the last twenty years. Born in Aguascalientes, a small city in central Mexico, Hermosillo's films have dissected the hypocrisy of Mexican middle class and "torn the curtain" behind which many perversities are hidden. He has become an important...
“ Naufragio, The Passion of Berenice (La pasión según Berenice), Dona Herlinda and Her Son (Doña Herlinda y su hijo) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Cosa fácil, Días de combate, Llámenme Mike ” - Dean_C
 
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“ El infierno, Herod's Law (La ley de Herodes), Un mundo maravilloso, ” - Dean_C
 
14.
Francesco Taboada Tabone
He wa born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico on 25th May of 1975. He studied Communication Sciences in the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Cuernavaca. Now he is working on his new project about another Mexican revoltionary hero, Francisco Villa.
“ Pancho Villa: La revolución no ha terminado, The Last Zapatistas - Forgotten Heroes (Los últimos zapatistas, héroes olvidados), Tin Tan ” - Dean_C
 
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“ The Violin (El violin) ” - Dean_C
 
16.
Jorge Fons
Fons studied film production in the Universitary Center of Film Studies at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), belonging to the very first generation of Mexican directors who studied to become filmmakers. His short film Caridad (1973) -part of the trilogy Fe Esperanza y Caridad (1973)- is still considered one of the best movies in Mexican cinema...
“ Midaq Alley (El callejón de los milagros), Red Dawn (Rojo amanecer), El quelite ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Héroes verdaderos ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Old Thieves: The Legend of Artegio (Los ladrones viejos. Las leyendas del artegio), El Cielo Abierto, Pulque Song (La canción del pulque) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Under the Same Moon (La misma luna) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Tear This Heart Out (Arráncame la vida), Dos crímenes ” - Dean_C
 
21.
“ Nora's Will (Cinco días sin Nora) ” - Dean_C
 
22.
“ Espiral ” - Dean_C
 
23.
“ Un mexicano más, Alarido del terror, El descuartizador ” - Dean_C
 
24.
“ Bella ” - Dean_C
 
25.
María Novaro
Born in Mexico City. Cinematographic studies from 1980 to 1985. She work in the industry as a sound mixer, a cinematographer and an assistant director until her first feature as a director in 1989, _Lola (1990)_.
“ The Good Herbs (Las buenas hierbas), Leaving No Trace (Sin dejar huella), Danzón ” - Dean_C
 
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“ La otra familia, Paradas continuas, Al otro lado ” - Dean_C
 
27.
“ El último país mágico, ” - Dean_C
 
28.
“ ¿Cómo ves?, Frida (Frida - naturaleza viva), Reed - México insurgente ” - Dean_C
 
29.
“ Insignificant Things (Cosas insignificantes) ” - Dean_C
 
30.
“ El estudiante ” - Dean_C
 
31.
“ Bajo California: El límite del tiempo, Only God Knows (Sólo Dios sabe) ” - Dean_C
 
32.
“ Bad Habits (Malos hábitos) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ News from Afar (Noticias lejanas) ” - Dean_C
 
34.
“ Los confines ” - Dean_C
 
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“ The Burning Plain ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Under the Salt (Bajo la sal) ” - Dean_C
 
37.
Gabriel Retes
Son of stage actor-director Ignacio Retes and actress Lucila Balzaretti, Gabriel Retes began acting classical theater when he was 12 years old. In early 70s he began directing short films in S8mm. and developed an extensive filmography in that format. His feature film debut, a shocking film about urban violence...
“ Bienvenido-Welcome, El bulto, Nuevo mundo ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Morenita - el escándalo ” - Dean_C
 
39.
Fernando Lebrija
Director, Amar a morir
Fernando Lebrija, born in Guadalajara Mexico. He completed a Masters in Fine arts in Film at the American Film Institute. Also a year of postgraduate studies in Screenwriting at UCLA, as well as completing directing course at USC, also in Los Angeles. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Fernando had a successful career as a Television Director-Producer...
“ Amar a morir ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Hidalgo - La historia jamás contada, Sex, Shame & Tears (Sexo, pudor y lágrimas), Lucía - Lucía (La hija del caníbal) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Tres piezas de amor en un fin de semana, To and Fro (De ida y vuelta) ” - Dean_C
 
42.
Marisa Sistach
Sistach belongs to the prolific generation of Mexican women directors graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in the 80s. She was awarded with the Ariel (Mexican Academy Award) for her live action short titled ¿Y si Platicamos de Agosto? (1980). Sistach has developed an interesting career directing docummentaries in which she explores the feminine nature...
“ Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (Nadie te oye: Perfume de violetas), The Comet (El cometa), El brassier de Emma ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Duck Season (Temporada de patos), Lake Tahoe ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Black Sheep (Oveja negra) ” - Dean_C
 
45.
“ Rudo y cursi ” - Dean_C
 
46.
“ Broken Hearts (Corazones rotos), Cilantro y perejil, The Cost of Living (El costo de la vida) ” - Dean_C
 
47.
“ Nocaut, Salón México , Desiertos mares ” - Dean_C
 
48.
“ Elisa antes del fin del mundo, The Mountain Hawk (El gavilán de la sierra), Wandering Lives (Vidas errantes) ” - Dean_C
 
49.
“ La leyenda de la Nahuala, Nikté ” - Dean_C
 
50.
“ Love, Pain and Vice Versa (Violanchelo) ” - Dean_C
 
51.
“ Zurdo ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Silent Light (Stellet licht), Japan (Japón), Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo) ” - Dean_C
 
53.
“ Todo el poder, Amar te duele, A Second Chance (El segundo aire) ” - Dean_C
 
54.
Alejandro Springall
Producer, Santitos
Alejandro Springall studied filmmaking at the London Film School (1987-1991). He returned to Mexico City in 1991, and started working with Mexican producer Bertha Navarro. In 1997 he founded Springall Pictures, his production company. Since 1996 he has been working closely with John Sayes, Maggie Renzi and Lemore Syvan...
“ Santitos, My Mexican Shivah (Casarse está en hebreo), No eres tú - soy yo ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Acosada, Golpe de suerte, Cananea ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Una película de huevos, Otra película de huevos y un pollo ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Una película de huevos, Otra película de huevos y un pollo ” - Dean_C
 
58.
Sergio Arau
Cartoonist, painter, musician, and filmmaker, Sergio Arau considers himself a multi-undisciplined artist. Born and raised in Mexico he began his entertainment career as a political cartoonist and founded the still popular Mexico City newspapers, Uno Mas Uno and La Jornada. He made his musical debut by forming the seminal rock group...
“ Naco es chido, A Day Without a Mexican (Un día sin mexicanos) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Mi último día ” - Dean_C
 
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“ A Beautiful Secret (Un secreto de Esperanza), Inesperado amor, Angeluz ” - Dean_C
 
61.
“ Efectos secundarios, Casi divas ” - Dean_C
 
62.
“ Rosario Tijeras ” - Dean_C
 
63.
“ Así ” - Dean_C
 
64.
“ Miss Bala, Voy a explotar, Drama/Mex ” - Dean_C
 
65.
Amat Escalante
Director, Heli
“ Sangre, Los bastardos ” - Dean_C
 
66.
“ Leap Year (Año bisiesto) ” - Dean_C
 
67.
Salvador Carrasco
Director/writer Salvador Carrasco was born in Mexico City and now resides in Los Angeles. He graduated in 1991 with a degree in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, receiving the Founders Day Honors Award. At NYU he wrote and directed three award-winning short films: Alone with His Void...
“ La otra conquista ” - Dean_C
 
68.
Olallo Rubio
Olallo Rubio grew up in San Diego and Mexico City. Olallo began his media career in 1995, at the age of 17, working as a DJ/host for Mexico's number one rock radio station at the time: Radioactivo 98.5 FM; in 2002, he became the managing director of the station. During Olallo's radio years he fought for freedom of speech by challenging government and corporate censorship...
“ This Is Not a Movie ” - Dean_C
 
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“ X-mas - Inc. (Navidad, S.A.) ” - Dean_C
 
70.
“ Cabeza de Vaca, Life Kills (Vivir mata), De la calle ” - Dean_C
 
71.
“ Fuera del cielo ” - Dean_C
 
72.
Fez Noriega
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Trapped
“ Te presento a Laura ” - Dean_C
 
73.
“ Brijes 3D ” - Dean_C
 
74.
“ Ópera ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Martín al amanecer , Santos peregrinos ” - Dean_C
 
76.
“ Nothing Like the Holidays, Washington Heights, Adrift in Manhattan ” - Dean_C
 
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Jorge Michel Grau
Jorge Michel Grau obtains a B.A. in Communication from the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 1994-1998 and then graduates with honors in Film Direction from the Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (CCC); in his professional career he has started as a producer of documentaries and cultural and educational television programs...
“ We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay) ” - Dean_C
 
78.
Alan Coton
Director, Nesio
“ Sofía, Nesio, Soba ” - Dean_C
 
79.
“ Calacán, Alex Lora: Esclavo del Rocanrol ” - Dean_C
 
80.
“ Alicia, Go Yonder (Vete más lejos Alicia) ” - Dean_C
 
81.
“ The Tiger of Santa Julia (El tigre de Santa Julia), The First Night (La primera noche), La última noche ” - Dean_C
 
82.
“ 3:19 ” - Dean_C
 
83.
“ Conejo en la luna, Morena, Amar ” - Dean_C
 
84.
Diego Luna
Actor, Milk
Diego Luna Alexander was born on December 29, 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Alejandro Luna and Fiona Alexander, who worked as a costume designer. His father is Mexican and his mother was British, of Scottish and English descent. His mother died when Diego was only two, in a car accident. He soon became immersed in his father's passion...
“ Abel, J.C. Chávez ” - Dean_C
 
85.
Angel M. Huerta
Writer, Inspiración
Born on September 12, 1977, in Monterrey, México from father Angel Mario Huerta and mother María Cantú. He is an Author, Screenwriter and Director, known for Inspiración (2001) and Seres: Génesis (2010). He now works full time as an Author and Screenwriter. He is also one of Mexico's most successful script doctors.
“ Inspiración , Seres: Genesis ” - Dean_C
 
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Rigoberto Castañeda
Born in Mexico City. Helmer of several school shortfilms, standing out "Necrofilia" and "Sin Sentido", making a world wide recognition at film festivals. His dream has been always to make Horror films, one of his favorite genres, as Science Fiction and Fantasy. He writes his first feature based on a widely known Mexican legend...
“ KM 31: Kilometre 31 (KM 31: Kilómetro 31), Blackout ” - Dean_C
 
87.
“ Así del precipicio ” - Dean_C
 
88.
“ Recien cazado, 7 mujeres - 1 homosexual y Carlos ” - Dean_C
 
89.
Fernando Kalife
Director, 7 días
Fernando Kalife, based in Monterrey, Mexico, wrote and directed 7 Días (2005), nominated for 5 Mexican Academy Awards. This was U2's first appearance in a film, the movie includes scenes from Vertigo Tour and the band's soundtrack for the movie. His second film, 180º, was edited by Oscar-winning editor Hughes Winborne...
“ 7 días, 180º ” - Dean_C
 
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Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When he was fourteen...
“ Déficit ” - Dean_C
 
91.
“ AAA - la película: Sin límite en el tiempo ” - Dean_C
 
92.
“ Propiedad ajena, Corazón de melón ” - Dean_C
 
93.
“ El búfalo de la noche ” - Dean_C
 
94.
“ Hasta el viento tiene miedo ” - Dean_C
 
95.
Fabrizio Prada
Director, Real Time
Screenwriter, producer and director, he graduated from the International School of Film and Television (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. His first movie "Tiempo Real" (Real Time), is a film made with no cuts, in a single take of 86 minutes, that opened a new category in the Guinness World Records TM being the first film with no cuts...
“ Real Time (Tiempo real) ” - Dean_C
 
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“ Ángel caído ” - Dean_C
 
97.
“ Persecución infernal, Cicatrices, Punto y aparte ” - Dean_C
 
98.
“ Seis días en la oscuridad ” - Dean_C
 
99.
“ Espinas, El libro de piedra, Cañitas. Presencia ” - Dean_C
 
100.
Eduardo Barraza
Eduardo Barraza (Chihuahua, Chih, Mexico 1979) Director, producer, writer and Bootmaker. He has a degree in mass media by the Itesm. Specialized in Film Directing by the New York Film Academy. He and his wife Beny Treviño producer, founded the company Film Chihuahua Studios. In the 2006 presents "Superniño" short-film made only with the help of children's...
“ La sombra del sahuaro, Un diluvio ” - Dean_C