My 25 best spanish directors

by jojitogij | created - 17 Apr 2012 | updated - 31 Jan 2014 | Public

1. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Tesis (1996). His film ...

2. Mario Camus

Director | Young Sánchez

Camus started studying Law, but soon left his studies to enter the IIEC (now EOC) in 1956, where he got a director's diploma in 1963 with the training film El borracho (1962) and, finally, ended up as a professor. He worked with Carlos Saura in several screenplays during the early 60s (Los golfos (...

3. José Luis Garci

Writer | Canción de cuna

Born on January 20th of 1944 in Madrid, Spain, José Luis Garci is without a doubt one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film in Spain and perhaps the best known writer in the country. He has left a distinguished talent in his successful movies throughout the years: La ...

4. Luis García Berlanga

Writer | Bienvenido Mister Marshall

Berlanga commenced his studies in Valencia in1928, although in 1929 his family sent him and his brother Fernando (due to a lung disease) to the Beau-soleil hospital school in Switzerland. In 1930, he returned to the San José School in Valencia where he stayed until 1931, the year in which the ...

5. Benito Zambrano

Director | Solas

Born in the South of Spain, Benito Zambrano first studied drama for three years with a view to becoming a theater director. He then worked for the Spanish television as a photographer and a camera operator. After a while, he felt the urge to turn to movie-making. This was the early 1990s and, as ...

6. Jaume Balagueró

Writer | [Rec]

Jaume Balagueró was born on November 2, 1968 in Lleida, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain as Jaume Balagueró i Bernat. He is a writer and director, known for [Rec] (2007), The Nameless (1999) and Mientras duermes (2011).

7. José Luis Cuerda

Director | La lengua de las mariposas

José Luis Cuerda was born on February 18, 1947 in Albacete, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for Butterfly (1999), The Others (2001) and Los girasoles ciegos (2008).

8. Jaime de Armiñán

Writer | Mi querida señorita

Jaime de Armiñán was born on March 9, 1927 in Madrid, Spain as Jaime de Armiñán Oliver. He is a writer and director, known for Mi querida señorita (1972), El amor del capitán Brando (1974) and El nido (1980). He was previously married to Elena Santonja.

9. Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

Writer | La residencia

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador was born on July 4, 1935 in Montevideo, Uruguay as Narciso Esteban Ibáñez Serrador. He is a writer and director, known for The House That Screamed (1970), Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) and Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez (1972). He has been married to Adriana Gardiazábal ...

10. Juan Antonio Bardem

Writer | Calle Mayor

Juan Antonio Bardem was born on June 2, 1922 in Madrid, Spain as Juan Antonio Bardem Muñoz. He was a writer and director, known for Main Street (1956), La venganza (1958) and Death of a Cyclist (1955). He was married to María Aguado Barbado. He died on October 30, 2002 in Madrid.

11. Enrique Urbizu

Director | La caja 507

Enrique Urbizu was born in 1962 in Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for La caja 507 (2002), No habrá paz para los malvados (2011) and La vida mancha (2003).

12. Álex de la Iglesia

Director | El día de la bestia

A spanish cult director, author of Day of the Beast (El día de la bestia (1995)) and Acción mutante (1993) have their own very strong but small followings, and Dance With the Devil (Perdita Durango (1997)) will go down in history as probably the weirdest Javier Bardem film ever made (...

13. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

14. David Trueba

Director | Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados

David Trueba was born on September 10, 1969 in Madrid, Spain as David Rodríguez Trueba. He is a director and writer, known for Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados (2013), Soldados de Salamina (2003) and The Good Life (1996).

15. Fernando León de Aranoa

Writer | Barrio

Fernando León de Aranoa was born on May 26, 1968 in Madrid, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Barrio (1998), Los lunes al sol (2002) and Princesas (2005).

16. Julio Medem

Director | Lucía y el sexo

Julio Medem was born in San Sebastian in northern Spain. As a teenager Medem made short movies with a super-8 camera owned by his father. Some of those films are "El ciego" (1976), "El jueves pasado" (1977) and "Fideos" (1979.) Wanting to know more about the darkest corners of the human mind, Medem...

17. Vicente Aranda

Director | Amantes

Vicente Aranda was born on November 9, 1926 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Vicente Aranda Ezquerra. He was a director and writer, known for Lovers: A True Story (1991), Libertarias (1996) and El Lute: Run for Your Life (1987). He was married to Teresa Font. He died on May 26, 2015 in Madrid, ...

18. Montxo Armendáriz

Writer | Silencio roto

Montxo Armendáriz was born on January 27, 1949 in Olleta, Navarra, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Broken Silence (2001), Secrets of the Heart (1997) and Las cartas de Alou (1990).

19. Carlos Saura

Writer | Cría cuervos

Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to ...

20. José Luis Borau

Writer | Leo

Born in Zaragoza (Spain). 1949. He began to study law in Zaragoza. 1952. He began to publish articles about cinema in the newspaper "El Heraldo de Aragon". April 1954-January 1956. Critic of cinema in the same newspaper. 1957. Enters the spanish Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias ...

21. Imanol Uribe

Director | Días contados

Imanol Uribe was born on February 28, 1950 in San Salvador, El Salvador as Imanol Karmel Uribe Bilbao. He is a director and writer, known for Numbered Days (1994), La luna negra (1989) and Bwana (1996).

22. Josefina Molina

Director | Esquilache

Josefina Molina was born on November 14, 1936 in Córdoba, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain as Josefina Molina Reig. She is a director and writer, known for Esquilache (1989), Función de noche (1981) and Lo más natural (1991).

23. Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón

Writer | Demonios en el jardín

Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón was born on January 2, 1942 in Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain as José-Manuel Gutiérrez Sánchez. He is a writer and director, known for Demonios en el jardín (1982), Maravillas (1981) and Habla, mudita (1973).

24. Pilar Miró

Director | El perro del hortelano

Born to a military family. Attends law studies before starting a newspaper career. In 1960 starts on TV. Joins the Socialist Party in 1976 and conducts the electoral campaign in 1982 and in the same year she is designated General Director of Cinema. Resigning in 1985, the next year she joins the ...

25. Ricardo Franco

Director | La buena estrella

Ricardo Franco was born on May 24, 1949 in Madrid, Spain as Ricardo Franco Rubio. He was a director and writer, known for La buena estrella (1997), Berlín Blues (1988) and Lágrimas negras (1998). He died on May 20, 1998 in Madrid.