Best Mexican Directorsby Dean_C | created - 29 Aug 2011 | updated - 30 Aug 2011 | Public
The list of the 100 best mexican film directors workin today
Writer | El laberinto del fauno
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 (1973)) and worked on making his ...
Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno), The Devil's Backbone (El espinazo del diablo), Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Cronos
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 ...
Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mamá También
Director | Profundo carmesí
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...
Deep Crimson (Profundo carmesí), Principio y fin, No One Writes to the Colonel (El coronel no tiene quien le escriba)
Director | El año de la peste
Felipe Cazals was born on July 28, 1937 in Guéthary, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France as Felipe Cazals Siena. He is a director and writer, known for El año de la peste (1979), Las vueltas del citrillo (2005) and Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976).
La furia de un dios, Canoa, Las poquianchis
Director | En el hoyo
Juan Carlos Rulfo was born in 1964 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and cinematographer, known for In the Pit (2006), Those Who Remain (2008) and Juan, I Forgot I Don't Remember (1999). He is married to Valentina Leduc Navarro. They have one child.
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)
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)
Producer | Biutiful
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 ...
Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel
8. Luis Mandoki
Director | Voces inocentes
Luis Mandoki was born in 1954 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and producer, known for Innocent Voices (2004), La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas (2012) and Message in a Bottle (1999).
Innocent Voices (Voces Inocentes), Gaby: A True Story, Fraude: México 2006
9. Alfonso Arau
Actor | Three Amigos!
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 ...
El águila descalza, Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate), A Walk in the Clouds
10. Carlos Carrera
Director | De la infancia
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 ...
La vida conyugal, La mujer de Benjamín, The Crime of Father Amaro (El crimen del padre Amaro)
Director | La pasión según Berenice
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 ...
Naufragio, The Passion of Berenice (La pasión según Berenice), Dona Herlinda and Her Son (Doña Herlinda y su hijo)
12. Alfredo Gurrola
Director | Llámenme Mike
Alfredo Gurrola was born on August 11, 1943 in Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Llámenme Mike (1979), El escuadrón de la muerte (1985) and Días de combate (1982).
Cosa fácil, Días de combate, Llámenme Mike
13. Luis Estrada
Writer | El infierno
Luis Estrada was born on January 17, 1962 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and director, known for his films that openly criticize the Mexican political system and the controversial issues that revolve around it, like El Infierno (2010), La Ley de Herodes (1999) and La ...
El infierno, Herod's Law (La ley de Herodes), Un mundo maravilloso,
Director | 13 pueblos
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
16. Jorge Fons
Director | El Callejón de los Milagros
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)-...
Midaq Alley (El callejón de los milagros), Red Dawn (Rojo amanecer), El quelite
17. Carlos Kuri
Director | Héroes verdaderos
Old Thieves: The Legend of Artegio (Los ladrones viejos. Las leyendas del artegio), El Cielo Abierto, Pulque Song (La canción del pulque)
19. Patricia Riggen
Director | The 33
Patricia Riggen was born on June 2, 1970 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She is a director and producer, known for The 33 (2015), The Cornfield (2002) and Under the Same Moon (2007). She is married to Checco Varese. They have one child.
Under the Same Moon (La misma luna)
20. Roberto Sneider
Director | Me estás matando Susana
Roberto Sneider was born on September 1, 1962 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and producer, known for You're Killing Me Susana (2016), Tear This Heart Out (2008) and Shameless (2011).
Tear This Heart Out (Arráncame la vida), Dos crímenes
21. Mariana Chenillo
Director | Cinco días sin Nora
Nora's Will (Cinco días sin Nora)
23. René Cardona III
Director | Alarido del terror
René Cardona III was born in 1962 in Mexico City, Mexico. He was a director and actor, known for Alarido del terror (1991), Fray Justicia (2009) and Un brillante propósito (2009). He died on May 16, 2021 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Un mexicano más, Alarido del terror, El descuartizador
Director | Bella
Alejandro Monteverde was born on July 13, 1977 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico as Jose Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. He is a director and writer, known for Bella (2006) and Little Boy (2015). He has been married to Ali Landry Monteverde since April 8, 2006. They have three children.
25. María Novaro
Director | Las buenas hierbas
The most successful woman director of Mexican cinema studied Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Film Production at the University Center of Film Studies (CUEC) in Mexico City. She began her career as assistant director of Alberto Cortés in Amor a la vuelta de la ...
The Good Herbs (Las buenas hierbas), Leaving No Trace (Sin dejar huella), Danzón
26. Gustavo Loza
Writer | Al otro lado
La otra familia, Paradas continuas, Al otro lado
Cinematographer | Valle sagrado de Urubamba
Immigrated from Spain to Mexico at the age of eight with his family.
El último país mágico,
28. Paul Leduc
Director | Frida, naturaleza viva
Paul Leduc was born on March 11, 1942 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Paul Leduc Rosenzweig. He was a director and writer, known for Frida Still Life (1983), Cobrador: In God We Trust (2006) and Reed: Insurgent Mexico (1972). He was married to Bertha Navarro. He died on October 21, 2020...
¿Cómo ves?, Frida (Frida - naturaleza viva), Reed - México insurgente
Director | Ciclo
Andrea is a Mexican-Canadian filmmaker who grew up all over North America: from the cosmopolitan city of Toronto where she was born, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylania ( and yes, she is a hardcore Steelers fan) to the tiny mining town of Hannah, Wyoming to the megalopolis Mexico City, where she resides ...
Insignificant Things (Cosas insignificantes)
30. Roberto Girault
Director | Los árboles mueren de pie
31. Carlos Bolado
Director | Bajo California: El límite del tiempo
Carlos Bolado was born on February 6, 1964 in Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico as Carlos Bolado Muñoz. He is a director and editor, known for Bajo California: El límite del tiempo (1998), Promises (2001) and Only God Knows (2006).
Bajo California: El límite del tiempo, Only God Knows (Sólo Dios sabe)
32. Simón Bross
Director | Malos hábitos
Bad Habits (Malos hábitos)
34. Mitl Valdez
Producer | Los vuelcos del corazón
Mitl Valdez was born on July 24, 1949 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a producer and director, known for Los vuelcos del corazón (1996), Tras el horizonte (1984) and Los confines (1987).
Guillermo Arriaga was born on March 13, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), 21 Grams (2003) and Amores Perros (2000).
The Burning Plain
36. Mario Muñoz
Director | Bajo la sal
Under the Salt (Bajo la sal)
37. Gabriel Retes
Actor | Bienvenido-Welcome
Son of stage actor-director Ignacio Retes and actress Lucila Balzaretti, Gabriel Retes began acting classical theater when he was twelve 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 ...
Bienvenido-Welcome, El bulto, Nuevo mundo
39. Fernando Lebrija
Producer | Amar a morir
Fernando Lebrija, a Mexican-American filmmaker, 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 in Los Angeles. Before starting making feature films, Fernando had a successful career...
Amar a morir
40. Antonio Serrano
Director | Sexo, pudor y lágrimas
Antonio Serrano was born on May 17, 1955 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999), Lucía, Lucía (2003) and Hidalgo - La historia jamás contada. (2010).
Hidalgo - La historia jamás contada, Sex, Shame & Tears (Sexo, pudor y lágrimas), Lucía - Lucía (La hija del caníbal)
41. Salvador Aguirre
Director | De ida y vuelta
Salvador Aguirre was born on January 28, 1965 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and assistant director, known for To and Fro (2000), From Mesmer, with Love or Tea for Two (2002) and Love on a Wkend (2009).
Tres piezas de amor en un fin de semana, To and Fro (De ida y vuelta)
42. Marisa Sistach
Director | Nadie te oye: Perfume de violetas
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 ...
Violet Perfume: No One Is Listening (Nadie te oye: Perfume de violetas), The Comet (El cometa), El brassier de Emma
43. Fernando Eimbcke
Director | Temporada de patos
Duck Season (Temporada de patos), Lake Tahoe
Director | Oveja negra
Black Sheep (Oveja negra)
45. Carlos Cuarón
Writer | Y tu mamá también
Carlos Cuarón was born on October 2, 1966 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Carlos José Cuarón Orozco. He is a writer and director, known for Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Rudo y Cursi (2008) and Sugar Kisses (2013).
Rudo y cursi
46. Rafael Montero
Director | Cilantro y perejil
Rafael Montero was born on October 9, 1953 in Mexico, D.F., Mexico. He is a director and writer, known for Cilantro y perejil (1996), Casas grandes: Una aproximación a la Gran Chichimeca (1986) and Broken Hearts (2001).
Broken Hearts (Corazones rotos), Cilantro y perejil, The Cost of Living (El costo de la vida)
Director | Desiertos mares
Nocaut, Salón México , Desiertos mares
Director | Vidas errantes
Juan Antonio de la Riva was born on December 21, 1953 in San Miguel de Cruces, Durango, Mexico. He is a director and writer, known for Wandering Lives (1985), Elisa Before the End of the World (1997) and The Mountain Hawk (2002).
Elisa antes del fin del mundo, The Mountain Hawk (El gavilán de la sierra), Wandering Lives (Vidas errantes)
Director | Violanchelo
Love, Pain and Vice Versa (Violanchelo)
51. Carlos Salcés
Editor | En el espejo del cielo
Carlos Salcés was born on February 29, 1972 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is an editor and director, known for En el espejo del cielo (1998), Zurdo (2003) and Bienvenido-Welcome (1994).
52. Carlos Reygadas
Producer | Stellet Licht
Carlos Reygadas was born on October 10, 1971 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Carlos Reygadas Castillo. He is a producer and director, known for Silent Light (2007), Post Tenebras Lux (2012) and Japón (2002). He is married to Natalia López.
Silent Light (Stellet licht), Japan (Japón), Battle in Heaven (Batalla en el cielo)
Producer | Hasta morir
Fernando Sariñana was born on December 15, 1958 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a producer and director, known for 'Til Death (1994), Dark City (2002) and Amar te duele (2002). He is married to Carolina Rivera. They have one child.
Todo el poder, Amar te duele, A Second Chance (El segundo aire)
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 ...
Santitos, My Mexican Shivah (Casarse está en hebreo), No eres tú - soy yo
Acosada, Golpe de suerte, Cananea
Director | Una película de huevos
Una película de huevos, Otra película de huevos y un pollo
Writer | Una película de huevos
Rodolfo Riva Palacio Alatriste was born on May 18, 1970 in Mexico City, Mexico. He is a writer and producer, known for A Movie of Eggs (2006), Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure (2015) and Another Egg and Chicken Movie (2009).
Una película de huevos, Otra película de huevos y un pollo
58. Sergio Arau
Director | A Day Without a Mexican
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...
Naco es chido, A Day Without a Mexican (Un día sin mexicanos)
Director | Cuatro lunas
Mi último día
60. Leopoldo Laborde
Director | Un secreto de Esperanza
A Beautiful Secret (Un secreto de Esperanza), Inesperado amor, Angeluz
61. Issa López
Writer | Vuelven
Efectos secundarios, Casi divas
62. Emilio Maillé
Director | Los años Arruza
Writer | La Sangre Bárbara
64. Gerardo Naranjo
Director | Miss Bala
Miss Bala, Voy a explotar, Drama/Mex
65. Amat Escalante
Director | La región salvaje
Amat Escalante was born on February 28, 1979 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Amat Escalante Wool. He is a director and writer, known for The Untamed (2016), Heli (2013) and Los bastardos (2008).
Sangre, Los bastardos
66. Michael Rowe
Director | Año bisiesto
Leap Year (Año bisiesto)
Director | La otra conquista
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 ...
La otra conquista
68. Olallo Rubio
Writer | This Is Not a Movie
Olallo Rubio grew up in San Diego and Mexico City. He began his media career in 1995, at the age of 19, working as a DJ/host for Mexico's number one rock radio station at the time: Radioactivo 98.5 FM. In 2002, he became Managing Director of the station. During Olallo's radio years he fought for ...
This Is Not a Movie
69. Fernando Rovzar
Director | Monarca
Fernando Rovzar was born on January 24, 1980 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Fernando Javier Rovzar Diez-Barroso. He is a director and producer, known for Monarca (2019), Sr. Ávila (2013) and Mentada de Padre (2019). He has been married to Sylvia Wardly since October 30, 2004. ...
X-mas - Inc. (Navidad, S.A.)
Director | Eco de la montaña
Nicolás Echevarría was born on August 8, 1947 in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Eco de la montaña (2014), Cabeza de Vaca (1991) and Teshuinada, semana santa Tarahumara (1979).
Cabeza de Vaca, Life Kills (Vivir mata), De la calle
72. Fez Noriega
Director | Te presento a Laura
Te presento a Laura
73. Benito Fernández
Director | Sabel Redemption
Made all background illustrations on his first movie "Sabel Redemption" only the portraits on Desoto's castle were commissioned to other artists.
Director | Ópera
Director | Santos peregrinos
Juan Carlos Carrasco was born on October 25, 1970 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is known for his work on Santos peregrinos (2004), José Barrientos (1997) and El Amor No Puede Esperar (2019).
Martín al amanecer , Santos peregrinos
Nothing Like the Holidays, Washington Heights, Adrift in Manhattan
Director | Somos lo que hay
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 ...
We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay)
78. Alan Coton
Director | Sofía
Sofía, Nesio, Soba
80. Elisa Miller
Director | Roma
Alicia, Go Yonder (Vete más lejos Alicia)
81. Alejandro Gamboa
Director | El tigre de Santa Julia
Alejandro Gamboa was born on February 2, 1954 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and art director, known for The Tiger of Santa Julia (2002), La primera noche (1998) and El Pantera (2007).
The Tiger of Santa Julia (El tigre de Santa Julia), The First Night (La primera noche), La última noche
Director | Guten Tag, Ramón
Conejo en la luna, Morena, Amar
84. Diego Luna
Actor | Rogue One
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 ...
Abel, J.C. Chávez
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 ...
Inspiración , Seres: Genesis
Director | KM 31: Kilómetro 31
Rigoberto Castañeda was born in Mexico City, studied in the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (Mexico City's film school). Helmer of several school short films, standing out "Necrophilia" and "Sin Sentido", making a worldwide recognition at film festivals. His dream has always been to make ...
KM 31: Kilometre 31 (KM 31: Kilómetro 31), Blackout
88. Rene Bueno
Director | Tijuana I Love You
In 2004, with a $380,000 budget writes and directs the film "7 mujeres, 1 homosexual y Carlos" all shot in Tijuana on 35mm format and with a cast that included Mauricio Ochmman, Adriana Fonseca, Luis Felipe Tovar, and Rogelio Guerra, among others. This romantic comedy was distributed in Mexico by ...
Recien cazado, 7 mujeres - 1 homosexual y Carlos
89. Fernando Kalife
Director | 180º
Fernando Kalife, is a writer / director based in Monterrey, Mexico. He wrote, produced and directed "Becoming Champions" series on Netflix.
Fernando Kalife studied film at the University of South California, where he was invited to the Master Program as a Visiting Scholar.
He wrote 7 Días (2005), ...
7 días, 180º
Actor | Mozart in the Jungle
Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara to Patricia Bernal, an actress/model & José Ángel García, an actor/director. His stepfather's cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. He began his acting career as a child, working w/ his parents in a variety of plays. At 14, he starred in a soap opera called El ...
Director | La Leyenda del Chupacabras
AAA - la película: Sin límite en el tiempo
92. Luis Vélez
Director | Háblame de amor
Propiedad ajena, Corazón de melón
94. Gustavo Moheno
Gustavo Moheno was born on January 7, 1973 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Gustavo Daniel Moheno Torralba. He is a writer and director, known for Eddie Reynolds y Los Ángeles de Acero (2014), Jirón de Niebla (2013) and Lecciones para canallas (2021).
Hasta el viento tiene miedo
95. Fabrizio Prada
Director | Tiempo real
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 ...
Real Time (Tiempo real)
97. Paco del Toro
Director | Cicatrices
Persecución infernal, Cicatrices, Punto y aparte
98. Gabriel Soriano
Writer | Colores Verdaderos
Seis días en la oscuridad
100. Eduardo Barraza
Director | La sombra del sahuaro
Eduardo Barraza (Chihuahua, Chih, Mexico 1979) Director, producer, writer. He has a degree in mass media by the Monterrey Institute. Specialized in Film Directing by the New York Film Academy. He and his wife Beny Treviño producer, founded the company Septimo Cielo Films. In the 2006 presents "...
La sombra del sahuaro, Un diluvio