Top 100 Spanish & Portuguese Directorsby minalex | created - 26 Nov 2012 | updated - 7 months ago | Public
89 Spanish and 9 Portuguese directors. Also, two foreign directors (one American and one Italian) who made films in Spain.
Director | Un portero modelo
Segundo de Chomón became involved in film through his wife, who was an actress in Pathé films. In 1902 he became a concessionary for Pathé in Barcelona, distributing its product in Spanish-speaking countries and managing a factory for the coloring of Pathé films. He began shooting footage of ...
4. Florián Rey
Writer | La aldea maldita
Spanish director Florian Rey began his career in the film industry in the 1920s as an actor, but he soon switched careers and directed his first film in 1924. His 1927 film La hermana San Sulpicio (1927) starred Spanish actress Imperio Argentina, whom he later married. His best-known film is La ...
Writer | Faustina
José Luis Sáenz de Heredia was born on April 10, 1911 in Madrid, Spain as José Luis Sáenz de Heredia y Osio. He was a writer and director, known for Faustina (1957), Don Juan (1950) and Historias de la radio (1955). He was married to María Ascensión Casado Iturbide. He died on November 4, 1992 in ...
Writer | Los últimos de Filipinas
During the 1940s, Antonio Román was Spain's most celebrated filmmaker and went on to become one of the managers of the Cooperativa Cinematográfica Castilla. Originally planning to be a pharmacist, he instead turned to film criticism, writing for some of Spain's most distinguished journals. By 1934,...
Director | Misión blanca
Of aristocratic origin, while attending college, and theatergoers will soon begin to combine classroom with on stage performances. Adding to the Society of Emilio Thuiller, debuting on camera in 1924 with "The House of Troy, and forming his own company shortly thereafter. Although Juan de Orduña is...
Writer | Plácido
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 ...
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.
12. Ladislao Vajda
Director | Es geschah am hellichten Tag
Ladislao Vajda was born on August 18, 1906 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as László Vajda Weisz. He was a director and writer, known for It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958), Marcelino pan y vino (1955) and Mi tío Jacinto (1956). He died on March 25, 1965 in Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain.
Cinematographer | Fuego en Castilla (Tactilvisión del páramo del espanto)
Writer | El Lazarillo de Tormes
César Fernández Ardavín was born on September 22, 1921 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as César Fernández-Ardavín y Ruiz. He was a writer and director, known for El Lazarillo de Tormes (1959), Cerca de las estrellas (1962) and La llamada de África (1952). He died on September 7, 2012 in Boadilla ...
16. Marco Ferreri
Writer | Storie di ordinaria follia
Marco Ferreri was born on May 11, 1928 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Storie di ordinaria follia (1981), Dillinger Is Dead (1969) and L'udienza (1972). He was married to Jacqueline Ferreri. He died on May 9, 1997 in Paris, France.
18. Manuel Summers
Writer | Del rosa al amarillo
Manuel Summers was born on March 26, 1935 in Seville, Seville, Andalucía, Spain as Manuel Summers Rivero. He was a writer and director, known for Del rosa al amarillo (1963), La niña de luto (1964) and Juguetes rotos (1966). He was married to Consuelo Rodriguez Marquez. He died on June 12, ...
Director | 091 Policía al habla
José María Forqué was born on March 8, 1923 in Zaragoza, Spain as José María Forqué Galindo. He was a director and writer, known for 091 Policía al habla (1960), Amanecer en Puerta Oscura (1957) and Un hecho violento (1960). He was married to Carmen Vázquez Vigo. He died on March 17, 1995 in...
Director | Los tarantos
Francisco Rovira Beleta was born on September 25, 1912 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for Los tarantos (1963), Los atracadores (1962) and Hay un camino a la derecha (1953). He died on June 23, 1999 in Barcelona.
26. Angelino Fons
Director | Fortunata y Jacinta
Angelino Fons was born on March 6, 1936 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Angelino Fons Fernández. He was a director and writer, known for Fortunata y Jacinta (1970), La busca (1966) and Peppermint Frappé (1967). He was married to Coral Pellicer. He died on June 7, 2011 in Madrid.
28. Jesús Franco
Writer | El tesoro de la diosa blanca
He was only six years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and an easy-read novel writer (...
Actor | Todo sobre mi madre
Spanish actor and director of cinema and theater. Son of the actress Carola Fernán Gómez. When he was three years old he comes back to Spain from Argentina. He has written comedies, novels and poem books. He plays a wide repertoire of roles from comedy to drama.
32. 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 ...
Writer | Los novios búlgaros
Spanish movies director. He studied cinema in Paris at the IDHEC. He began working in cinema in 1966, though he became famous in the years of the spanish transition to the democracy with provoking films. Drugs, delinquence, terrorism and generational problems are the common subjects in his films.
Writer | I tre del Colorado
He was born in 1918, although there isn't a consensus as some books date his birth in 1925. He was one of the main directors of the Spanish horror boom in the 70s, specially for his quartet of films about the living dead templars which started with Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972).
35. Fernando Arrabal
Writer | L'arbre de Guernica
Fernando Arrabal was born on August 11, 1932 in Melilla, Spanish Protectorate of Morocco, Spain. He is a writer and actor, known for L'arbre de Guernica (1975), Long Live Death (1971) and I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse (1973). He has been married to Luce Moreau since February 1, 1958.
36. Javier Aguirre
Director | Tiempo abierto
Javier Aguirre was born on June 13, 1935 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain as Javier Aguirre Fernández. He is a director and writer, known for Tiempo abierto (1963), Pasajes tres (lo viejo, lo nuevo y más) (1961) and El insólito embarazo de los Martínez (...
Director | Symptoms
José Ramón Larraz was born in 1929 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as José Ramón Larraz Gil. He was a director and writer, known for Symptoms (1974), La visita del vicio (1978) and Deviation (1971). He died on September 3, 2013 in Málaga, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain.
38. 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 ...
39. Carlos Saura
Writer | Peppermint Frappé
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 ...
40. Jaime Chávarri
Director | A un dios desconocido
Jaime Chavarri is a professional lawyer who had a lot of amateur experience with his Super 8 camera. His first professional movie was Los viajes escolares (1976), with an autobiographical touch but it was misunderstood by most critics. Later he worked with the producers 'Elías Querejeta (I)' (El ...
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 Historias para no dormir (1964). He has been married to Adriana Gardiazábal since 1974....
43. Iván Zulueta
Director | Arrebato
Iván Zulueta was born on September 29, 1943 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain as Juan Ricardo Miguel Zulueta Vergarajauregui. He was a director and writer, known for Arrebato (1979), Un, dos, tres... al escondite inglés (1970) and Delirios de amor (1989). He died on ...
44. 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.
45. 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 ...
Director | A Mulher do Próximo
José Fonseca e Costa was born on June 27, 1933 in Caala, Angola as José Manuel Carvalheiro da Fonseca e Costa. He was an actor and director, known for A Mulher do Próximo (1988), Sem Sombra de Pecado (1983) and Cinco Dias, Cinco Noites (1996). He died on November 1, 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.
47. Antonio Mercero
Director | Planta 4ª
Spanish director, author of great success TV series and several award-winning films. His father, a staff chief in a local tyre factory, was shot by the anarchists in the Spanish Civil War when he was only 6 months old. His mother wanted him to study Law, and that's what he did. He starting studying...
52. 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 (...
59. Fernando Trueba
Writer | Belle Epoque
Trueba studied Imagen at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, was cinema critic for the newspaper 'El País' and for 'La Guía del Ocio' and also founded the journal "Casablanca". At the movies his first success was Opera Prima (1980) following the style of the "comedia madrileña". He had ...
60. Bigas Luna
Writer | Angustia
Bigas Luna was born on March 19, 1946 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Josep Joan Bigas Luna. He was a writer and director, known for Anguish (1987), Jamón, Jamón (1992) and La teta y la luna (1994). He was married to Celia Orós. He died on April 6, 2013 in La Riera de ...
Actor | Recordações da Casa Amarela
Born in Figueira da Foz, a cosmopolitan beach resort, moved to Lisbon at the age of 15. In 1963 studies cinema at London School of Technique and starts his first movie at 1965 only concluded five years later. "Silvestre" from Portuguese short stories was presented at Venice Film Festival, where he ...
Director | The Oxford Murders
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 (...
63. 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), El Lute: Run for Your Life (1987) and Tirante el Blanco (2006). He was married to Teresa Font. He died on May 26, 2015 in ...
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 ...
Writer | Nueve cartas a Berta
Martín Patino studied philosophy and arts but also attended the School of Cinema. He debuted at the movies with "Nueve cartas a Berta" (1967), one of the most important films of the New Spanish Cinema (nuevo cine español). The film "Canciones para después de una Guerra" (1971) which reconstructs ...
67. 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...
68. 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 ...
69. 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 ...
Director | Airbag
Juanma Bajo Ulloa was born in Vitoria, a small town in northern Spain where he has set most of his movies.
From his childhood he has been in contact with the audiovisual business. His family owns a popular magazine in Vitoria specialized in photography.
At 14 he started making short movies in super-8...
73. 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 ...
Director | Je rentre à la maison
Manoel de Oliveira was born on December 11, 1908 in Oporto, Portugal as Manoel Candido Pinto de Oliveira. He was a director and writer, known for Je rentre à la maison (2001), Os Canibais (1988) and Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997). He was married to Maria Isabel Brandão de ...
77. Isabel Coixet
Director | The Secret Life of Words
Isabel Coixet was born on April 9, 1960 in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Isabel Coixet Castillo. She is a director and writer, known for The Secret Life of Words (2005), My Life Without Me (2003) and Cosas que nunca te dije (1996).
89. Icíar Bollaín
Director | Te doy mis ojos
Born in Madrid, Iciar Bollain has worked as an actress in films such El Sur (1983), directed by Víctor Erice; Sublet (1991) directed by Chus Gutiérrez, Malaventura (1988) directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón; El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990) and Un Paraguas para Tres (1992) directed by Felipe Vega, ...
98. Oriol Paulo
Writer | El cuerpo
Oriol Paulo studied audiovisual communication at Pompeu Fabra University and film at the Los Angeles Film School.
As a scriptwriter, he wrote screenplays for small screen films such as Ecos (2006) and Codi 60 (2011), but is best known for his work in series such as Absolute majority (2004) and The ...