Top 100 Latin American Directorsby minalex | created - 05 Dec 2012 | updated - 1 day ago | Public
Directors from Brazil (32), Mexico (23), Argentina (17), Cuba (9), Chile (5), Colombia (4), Uruguay (3), Bolivia, Curacao, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Peru and Surinam.
Director | Braza Dormida
Pioneer of Brazilian cinema. Humberto Mauro began his career in the provinces in 1926 and was brought to Rio de Janeiro by producer-director Adhemar Gonzaga in 1930. He went on to direct several features which were praised for their uniquely Brazilian style - notably Ganga Bruta (1933) - as well as...
Writer | Allá en el Rancho Grande
Director of two classic films of Mexican Cinema, Compadre Mendoza, El (1933) and ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! (1935), De Fuentes began his career as second assistant director in Santa (1931), the first "talkie" produced in Mexico. His technical abilities promoted him to direct Anónimo, El (1932). De ...
Director | El capitán aventurero
Arcady Boytler was born on August 31, 1890 in Moscow, Russian Empire as Arkady Sergeyevich Boytler. He was a director and actor, known for The Adventurous Captain (1939), The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1935) and Águila o sol (1938). He died on November 23, 1965 in Mexico City, Distrito ...
Director | Irma la mala
Raphael J. Sevilla was born on September 3, 1905 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He was a director and writer, known for Irma la mala (1936), Heart of a Bandit (1934) and Más fuerte que el deber (1931). He died on January 2, 1975 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Producer | Alô Alô Carnaval
Adhemar Gonzaga was born on August 26, 1901 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a producer and actor, known for Alô Alô Carnaval (1936), Loucos Por Música (1945) and Pif-Paf (1945). He was married to Didi Viana. He died on January 29, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro.
Writer | La perla
Emilio "El Indio" FernÃ¡ndez Romo is the most famous person in the history of Mexican movies. For an era he symbolized Mexico due to his violent machismo, rooted in the Revolution of 1910-17, and because of his staunch commitment to Mexican cultural nationalism. Sired by an ethnic Caucasian father ...
Director | O Canto do Mar
Born in Brazil in 1897, Alberto Cavalcanti began his film career in France in 1920, working as writer, art director and director. He directed the avant-garde documentary Rien que les heures (1926) ("Nothing but Time"), a portrait of the lives of Parisian workers in a single day. He moved to England...
11. Tom Payne
Actor | Sinhá Moça
Tom Payne was born on October 4, 1914 in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina as Thomas Payne. He was an actor and director, known for Sinhá Moça (1953), Ângela (1951) and Sai da Frente (1952). He was married to Eliane Lage. He died on September 15, 1996 in Alfenas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
12. Luis Buñuel
Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...
16. Anselmo Duarte
Writer | O Pagador de Promessas
Anselmo Duarte was born on April 21, 1920 in Salto, São Paulo, Brazil. He was an actor and writer, known for The Given Word (1962), O Crime do Zé Bigorna (1977) and Vereda de Salvação (1965). He was married to Ilka Soares. He died on November 7, 2009 in São Paulo, São Paulo.
Director | O Amuleto de Ogum
Nelson Pereira dos Santos was born on October 22, 1928 in São Paulo, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for O Amuleto de Ogum (1974), Memórias do Cárcere (1984) and Tenda dos Milagres (1977). He was married to Ivelise Ferreira. He died on April 21, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, ...
Director | A Casa Assassinada
Paulo César Saraceni was born on November 5, 1933 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for The Murdered House (1971), O Viajante (1998) and Capitu (1969). He was married to Ana Maria Nascimento e Silva. He died on April 14, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.
19. Glauber Rocha
Director | A Idade da Terra
He studied Law. He also directed theatre pieces, wrote movie criticisms and took part in the creation and development of the 'cinema novo' movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, becoming its theoretical leader and first embassador in Europe. After "Barravento (1962)", a trilogy of films and "Antonio ...
20. Ruy Guerra
Director | Estorvo
Ruy Guerra left his studies in Portugal for to go to the School of Cinema in Paris. After having worked as assistant for various French directors he moved to Brasil and participated with his first two films in the birth of the "Cinema Novo": "Os Cafajestes (1962)" and "Os Fuzis (1964)" which won ...
22. Roberto Santos
Writer | A Hora e Vez de Augusto Matraga
Roberto Santos was born in a working-class suburb of São Paulo in 1928. Started his cinema activities around 1952, in the first big studio built in Brazil, the Vera Cruz Studio. In 1956 makes his first movie, "O Grande Momento" ("The Great Momment"), the first neo- realistic movie made in Brazil. ...
23. Jorge Sanjinés
Director | Yawar Mallku
Sanjines made his first feature film, Ukamau (1966), under the auspices of the Bolivian Film Institute, of which he was named director in 1965. A landmark in the history of Bolivian cinema, Ukamau is a sympathetic depiction of the social problems of the Andean peasantry shot exclusively in Aymara, ...
Director | Fresa y chocolate
Cuba's greatest and best-known director, Tomas Gutierrez Alea fell in love with cinema at an early age, began as a documentarian much influenced by Italian neorealism and came into his own as an artist during Fidel Castro's regime. Over the years he has evinced a fondness for both historical and ...
26. Humberto Solás
Director | Barrio Cuba
One of the great filmmakers of revolutionary Cuba, Humberto Solás entered the film industry as a teenager, and made his first short at 18. After taking a film course at Centro Sperimentale de Cinema in Rome, he made a big impression with his 1966 medium-lenght fiction "Manuela", the first of many ...
Director | Macunaíma
Joaquim Pedro de Andrade was born on May 25, 1932 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for Macunaima (1969), Guerra Conjugal (1974) and Os Inconfidentes (1972). He was married to Ana Maria Galano, Cristina Aché and Sarah de Castro Barbosa. He died on September 10, 1988 in ...
36. Sergio Giral
Director | El otro Francisco
Sergio Giral is an American citizen born in Havana, Cuba out of a Cuban father and American mother. He was raised in New York until returned to Cuba at the times of the Revolution in 1960. He began working for The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, in 1961. He went on to make a ...
37. Helvio Soto
Director | Erase un niño, un guerrillero, un caballo...
Helvio Soto was born on February 21, 1930 in Santiago, Chile. He was a director and writer, known for Erase un niño, un guerrillero, un caballo... (1967), El ABC del amor (1967) and Il pleut sur Santiago (1975). He died on November 29, 2001 in Santiago.
39. Orlando Senna
Writer | Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica
Orlando Senna was born in 1940 in Afrânio Peixoto, Bahia, Brazil as Orlando de Salles Senna. He is a writer and director, known for Iracema - Uma Transa Amazônica (1975), Diamante bruto (1977) and Gitirana (1975). He is married to Conceição Senna.
40. Carlos Diegues
Director | Xica da Silva
Carlos Diegues was born on May 19, 1940 in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil as Carlos Diégues. He is a producer and director, known for Xica da Silva (1976), O Maior Amor do Mundo (2006) and Better Days Ahead (1989). He has been married to Renata Maria de Almeida Magalhães since 1982. They have one child. ...
41. Hector Babenco
Director | Carandiru
Hector Babenco was born on February 7, 1946 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Héctor Eduardo Babenco. He was a director and writer, known for Carandiru (2003), Pixote (1981) and Lúcio Flávio, o Passageiro da Agonia (1977). He was married to Bárbara Paz, Raquel Arnaud and ...
42. Leon Hirszman
Director | Eles Não Usam Black-Tie
One of the most important Brazilian directors of all time, Leon Hirszman is best remembered for the realistic manner of dealing with social and political themes in his works, from documentaries to feature films. His career started with a segment filmed for Cinco vezes Favela (1962) and The Deceased...
43. Raoul Ruiz
Director | Mistérios de Lisboa
Chilean director Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly ...
45. Francisco Norden
Director | Cóndores no entierran todos los días
Son of an Austrian father and a Colombian mother, Francisco Norden was born in Belgium. He studied architecture at the National University in Bogotá. He finished architecture in Paris at L'Ecole National des Beaux Arts, and then in London at the Polytechnic School of Architecture. In 1955 he ...
Director | El exilio de Gardel: Tangos
Fernando E. Solanas was born on February 16, 1936 in Olivos, Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Fernando Ezequiel Solanas. He is a director and producer, known for Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (1985), The Journey (1992) and Clouds (1998). He is married to Ángela Correa.
Writer | La montaña sagrada
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...
57. Alfonso Arau
Director | Como agua para chocolate
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 ...
58. Arturo Ripstein
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...
61. Walter Salles
Director | Central do Brasil
Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walther Moreira Salles Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Central Station (1998), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and Terra Estrangeira (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.
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 ...
64. Fabián Bielinsky
Writer | Nueve reinas
He graduated from ENERC (Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica), the most prestigious film school in Argentina, including Lucrecia Martel among its alumni and Anahí Berneri among its lecturers. He worked in several films as Assistant Director or co-writer, until his ...
67. Lucrecia Martel
Director | La mujer sin cabeza
Born in 1966 in Salta in the North of Argentina,Lucrecia Martel settled down in Buenos Aires where she attended the ENERC (National Film School). She started by directing a few shorts among which Historias Breves I: Rey muerto (1995), which garnered several awards in the international film festival...
Director | Blindness
Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.
He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos. They won a huge number of awards in ...
71. Carlos Carrera
Director | La mujer de Benjamín
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 ...
73. Pablo Stoll
Writer | 25 Watts
Born in Montevideo in 1974.
He studied social communication in the Catholic university of Uruguay where he started directing shorts movies. There he also met Juan Pablo Rebella, his partner as a writer and director in all his movies.
After finishing their degree, he started working in commercials and...
74. 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 ...
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 ...
76. Carlos Saldanha
Director | Rio
Carlos Saldanha is a Brazilian director of animated films. He was the director of Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Rio (2011), and the co-director of Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005).
Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his hometown in 1991 to ...
78. Daniela Thomas
Director | Terra Estrangeira
Daniela Thomas directs and writes films, creates opera and theater sets, writes and directs plays, designs exhibitions and creates installations. She was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1959, is based in São Paulo, but her work has been seen, exhibited and played around the world. It all started in the ...
79. José Padilha
Producer | Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro
He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the ...
82. Pablo Trapero
Director | El Clan
Pablo Trapero was born in San justo, Argentina in 1971. In 1999 he directed his first feature, Mundo Grua, which won the Critics Prize at Venice. In 2002, he opened his production company, Matanza Cine, that produces films for fellow filmmakers, as well as his own. His second feature, El Bonaerense...
83. Marco Bechis
The son of a Chilean woman of Swiss-French origins and an Italian father, he grew up in Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. At the age of twenty he was expelled from Argentina for political reasons: he landed in Milan and there he lived throughout the 1980s, while also spending lots of time in New York, ...
An Italian-Argentinian director
84. Rodrigo García
Writer | Nine Lives
A Colombian who grew up and started his career in Mexico.
87. Pablo Larraín
Writer | Tony Manero
Born in Santiago in 1976, Pablo Larraín is, along with Sebastián Lelio, Chile's greatest movie director as well as a major producer (through his Fabula company). Not for the weak-hearted, his films are straightforward, generally aggressive and interspersed with violence. They paint a hard-hitting ...
93. Sebastián Lelio
Director | Una Mujer Fantástica
Born in 1974, Sebastián Lelio is one of the leading figures (along with Pablo Larraín, Andrés Wood and a few others) of the post-dictatorship Chilean cinema. After graduating from the "Escuela de Cine de Chile" in Santiago, Lelio started by making shorts (he made five from 1995 to 2003, as well as ...