Famous Mexican Directors

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Guillermo del Toro
(Film Director Best Known For Movies 'Pan's Labyrinth' & 'The Shape of Water')
Guillermo del Toro
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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.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu
(Director, Best Known for Making Psychological Drama Films)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inãrittu
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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.

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Diego Luna
(Actor Known for His Role in the Films 'Y tu mamá también', 'Rudo y Cursi' and 'Milk')
Diego Luna
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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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Alfonso Cuarón
(Mexican Filmmaker Known for Directing Films in a Variety of Genres)
Alfonso Cuarón
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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. 

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Eugenio Derbez
(Mexican Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Films: 'Instructions Not Included' and 'CODA')
Eugenio Derbez
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Birthdate: September 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villa Milpa Alta, Mexico

Eugenio Derbez is a Mexican actor and filmmaker best known for co-creating and starring in the family sitcom La familia P. Luche. After establishing himself in the Mexican film industry, he ventured into American films and TV series as well. His feature film Instructions Not Included became the most successful Spanish-language film in US. 

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Luis Buñuel
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer)
Luis Buñuel
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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.  

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Mario Van Peebles
(Director and Actor Best Known for His Films: ‘New Jack City’ and ‘USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage’)
Mario Van Peebles
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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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Salma Hayek
(The First Mexican Actress to be Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress)
Salma Hayek
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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.

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Kuno Becker
(Actor who became famous for his role in the 2005 film, Goal! and its sequels)
Kuno Becker
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Birthdate: January 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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María Elena Velasco
(Actress, Director)
María Elena Velasco
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Birthdate: December 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Puebla, Mexico
Died: May 1, 2015
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Alfonso Arau
(Actor & Film Director)
Alfonso Arau
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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.

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Jonás Cuarón
(Co-Writer of the 2013 Film 'Gravity' and Son of Director Alfonso Cuarón)
Jonás Cuarón
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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.
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Brontis Jodorowsky
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Birthdate: October 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mexico
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Emilio Fernández
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Military personnel, Film actor)
Emilio Fernández
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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.

Daniel Giménez Cacho
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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.

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Rolando Villazón
(Opera Singer)
Rolando Villazón
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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.

Jorge Ortiz de Pinedo
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Birthdate: March 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Carlos Reygadas
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Actor)
Carlos Reygadas
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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.

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Alejandro Bichir
(Actor and a member of the Bichir family)
Alejandro Bichir
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Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Ilya Salkind
(Film director, Film producer)
Ilya Salkind
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Birthdate: July 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Rafael Banquells
(Actor, Director)
Rafael Banquells
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Birthdate: June 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: October 27, 1990
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Adan Jodorowsky
(Musician)
Adan Jodorowsky
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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.

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Patricia Riggen
(Film director best known for directing the 2007 film Under the Same Moon)
Patricia Riggen
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Birthdate: June 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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Eva Norvind
(Actress)
Eva Norvind
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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.

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Otto Sirgo
(Actor, Director)
Otto Sirgo
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Birthdate: December 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Fernando Vallejo
(Colombian-born Mexican Essayist, Novelist, and Filmmaker)
Fernando Vallejo
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Birthdate: October 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Medellín, Colombia

Fernando Vallejo is a Colombian-born Mexican essayist, novelist, and filmmaker. He is best known for his semi-autobiographical novel La virgen de los sicarios, which was adapted into a film of the same name. Fernando Vallejo's life and career inspired a feature-length documentary titled La desazón suprema: retrato incesante de Fernando Vallejo.

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Luis Mandoki
(Film Director)
Luis Mandoki
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Birthdate: August 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Beatriz Sheridan
(Actress, Director)
Beatriz Sheridan
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Birthdate: June 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mexico City, México
Died: April 30, 2006
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Enrique Segoviano
(He is best known as director of Chespirito's various 1970s)
Enrique Segoviano
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Birthdate: December 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Arturo Ripstein
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Arturo Ripstein
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Birthdate: December 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
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Kristoff Raczyñski
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)
Kristoff Raczyñski
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Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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Tatiana Huezo
(Film director)
Tatiana Huezo
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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.

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Gunther Gerzso
(Painter, Screenwriter, Director)
Gunther Gerzso
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Birthdate: June 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 21, 2000
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Felipe Cazals
(Film Director, Film producer)
Felipe Cazals
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Birthdate: July 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: October 16, 2021
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Alejandro Galindo
(Mexican Screenwriter and Film Director)
Alejandro Galindo
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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.