Famous Mexican Directors

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 1 Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro
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Famous As: Film Director Best Known For Movies 'Pan's Labyrinth' & 'The Shape of Water'
Birthdate: October 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most popular Mexican filmmakers of all time. Along with Alejandro Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón, he is known as one of the Three Amigos of Cinema. He also played a major role as a former special effects makeup artist. In 2018, he was named in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 2 Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu

Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexican filmmaker, Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu, is known internationally for his films about the human condition. Beginning his entertainment career as a radio host, he started composing music and producing films as the years went by. The recipient of many prestigious awards, he is the first Mexican filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

 3 Diego Luna

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toluca, Mexico

Diego Luna is a Mexican actor, singer, producer, and director. The son of a popular set designer, he was exposed to show business as a young boy. He started acting when he was just seven and appeared in many telenovelas. He then moved to films and has appeared in many hit films, including Open Range and The Terminal.  

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 4 Anthony Quinn

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: June 3, 2001
Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. He also delivered stellar performances in the films Zorba the Greek, Wild Is the Wind, and The Guns of Navarone. He had exhibited his artwork and also written two memoirs.

 5 Alfonso Cuarón

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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: November 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Alfonso Cuarón is a Mexican filmmaker who works in a wide range of genres. He has multiple romantic, action, drama, and fantasy movies to his credit. The son of a doctor and a biochemist, he chose an unconventional profession for himself. After completing his studies, he began working as a director. He has received four Academy Awards. 

 6 Luis Buñuel

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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: July 29, 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

 7 Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico
Mexican-born American director and actor Mario Van Peebles gained fame with films such as USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage and New Jack City, both of which he directed and appeared in. He is the son of director Melvin Van Peebles and portrayed him in his biopic Baadasssss!
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 8 Adan Canto

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Acuña Municipality, Mexico
Adan Canto is best known as Sunspot from the film X-Men: Days of Future Past and as Paul Torres in the series The Following. He played real-life politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in the Netflix series Narcos. He also directed the award-winning short film The Shot through his own production house.

 9 Salma Hayek

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Hailing from Mexico, Salma Hayek moved to Hollywood and attained fame with films like Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, Wild Wild West, Dogma, Tale of Tales, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Her breakthrough role was the film Frida in 2002 for which she received critical appreciation. She works to raise awareness about violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.

 10 Ramon Novarro

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Durango, Mexico
Died: October 30, 1968

Ramon Novarro was a Mexican-American actor who went on to become one of the most bankable actors during the 1920s and early-1930s. Promoted as a Latin lover, Ramon Novarro was regarded as a sex symbol in Hollywood. His murder, which took place on October 30, 1968, inspired several works of art like short stories, songs, and TV series.

 11 Kuno Becker

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Famous As: Actor who became famous for his role in the 2005 film, Goal! and its sequels
Birthdate: January 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 12 Alfonso Arau

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Famous As: Actor & Film director
Birthdate: January 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Alfonso Arau is a Mexican actor, singer, and filmmaker. A well-known name in both American and Mexican film industries, Arau has directed several successful films like A Walk in the Clouds and Like Water for Chocolate. Alfonso Arau has won five Ariel Awards and a BAFTA nomination so far in his career.

 13 María Elena Velasco

María Elena Velasco
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Famous As: Actress, Director
Birthdate: December 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Puebla, Mexico
Died: May 1, 2015

 14 Bill Melendez

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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: November 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hermosillo, Mexico
Died: September 2, 2008

Bill Melendez was a character animator, voice actor, and film director. He is best known for working on the Peanuts animated specials. He began working for Disney in 1935. In an extensive career spanning over six decades, he won six Primetime Emmy Awards. He also had five Grammy Award nominations and one Academy Award nomination. 

 15 Jonás Cuarón

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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Filmmaker Jonás Cuarón was no stranger to the world of entertainment, being the son of Oscar-winning Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. Jonás, who is known for including the immigration theme in his projects, had collaborated with Alfonso on Gravity. He has also directed, written, and produced the award-winning movie Desierto.

 16 Brontis Jodorowsky

Brontis Jodorowsky
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mexico

 17 Emilio Fernández

Emilio Fernández
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Military personnel, Film actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coahuila
Died: August 6, 1986

Emilio Fernández was a Mexican film actor, director, and screenwriter. One of the most prolific directors of the 1940s and 1950s, Fernández is best remembered for his work in the 1944 romantic film María Candelaria, which won the prestigious Palme d'Or in the Cannes Film Festival in 1946.

 18 Daniel Giménez Cacho

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Spanish-born Mexican actor Daniel Giménez Cacho has appeared in countless Mexican films, such as Solo con tu pareja and Cronos. Known for collaborating with popular Hispanic filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón, the actor has also won an Ariel Award for his role in Profundo Carmesí.

 19 Rolando Villazón

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Famous As: Opera Singer
Birthdate: February 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fuentes de Satélite, Mexico

Rolando Villazón is a Mexican opera director and operatic tenor. He achieved international recognition in 1999 when he became the runner up of the annual opera competition, Plácido Domingo's Operalia. Apart from performing at prominent opera houses, Rolando Villazón also records solo CDs.

 20 Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo

Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 21 Carlos Reygadas

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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mexico City

Carlos Reygadas is a Mexican filmmaker whose movies feature spiritual journeys of his main characters. He is best known for creating art films renowned for their emotionally charged stories, long takes, and expressionistic cinematography. His 2007 film Silent Light is often counted among the best films of the decade.

 22 Alejandro Bichir

Alejandro Bichir
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Famous As: Actor and a member of the Bichir family
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 23 Ilya Salkind

Ilya Salkind
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: July 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 24 Rafael Banquells

Rafael Banquells
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: June 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: October 27, 1990

 25 Patricia Riggen

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Famous As: Film director best known for directing the 2007 film Under the Same Moon
Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

 26 Adan Jodorowsky

Adan Jodorowsky
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

Adan Jodorowsky is a French-Mexican actor, musician, and director. Apart from his work as a musician, Jodorowsky has earned fame as a director, winning critical appreciation and prestigious awards for his 2012 film The Voice Thief. In 2014, the movie was selected by Diane Pernet to compete at the world's first festival about fashion films, ASVOFF.

 27 Eva Norvind

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway
Died: May 14, 2006

Eva Norvind was a Norwegian-born Mexican writer, actress, director, documentary producer, and sex therapist. After working as a Playboy Bunny at age 18, Norvind went on to develop interest in sexuality and erotic power exchange. Her life and career inspired the 1997 movie Didn't Do It For Love. Eva Norvind's last film Born Without (2007) won several posthumous honors.

 28 Otto Sirgo

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 29 Luis Mandoki

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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 30 Beatriz Sheridan

Beatriz Sheridan
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Famous As: Actress, Director
Birthdate: June 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, México
Died: April 30, 2006

 31 Fernando Vallejo

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Famous As: Novelist, Essayist
Birthdate: October 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

 32 Enrique Segoviano

Enrique Segoviano
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Famous As: He is best known as director of Chespirito's various 1970s
Birthdate: December 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic

 33 Arturo Ripstein

Arturo Ripstein
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

 34 Kristoff Raczyñski

Kristoff Raczyñski
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 35 Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

Tatiana Huezo is a film director of Mexican and Salvadoran nationality. She gained international recognition for her first documentary film El lugar más pequeño, which is about the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, she received the Fénix Award for her documentary film Tempestad, which also won the prestigious Ariel Award for Best Director in 2017.

 36 Gunther Gerzso

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Famous As: Painter, Screenwriter, Director
Birthdate: June 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 21, 2000

 37 Felipe Cazals

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Famous As: Film Director, Film producer
Birthdate: July 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: October 16, 2021

 38 Alejandro Galindo

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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
Died: February 1, 1999

Alejandro Galindo was a Mexican film director and screenwriter best remembered for directing films like Espaldas Mojadas and Campeón sin corona. Many of his films were critically appreciated for the portrayal of its characters through which the complexities of modern urban life were explored. Alejandro Galindo boasts of an expansive filmography which includes horror, film noir, comedy, and drama.