Famous Spanish Directors

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 1 Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar
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Famous As: Filmmaker, Director
Birthdate: September 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calzada de Calatrava, Spain

Pedro Almodovar is a Spanish screenwriter, filmmaker, and former actor. Regarded as one of the most successful Spanish filmmakers of all time, Almodovar has two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and five British Academy Film Awards under his belt. His films are characterized by complex narratives, irreverent humor, and great music.

 2 Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca
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Famous As: Poet, playwright
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: August 19, 1936

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theater director. He was a prominent member of the Generation of '27, a group of poets who essentially worked with avant-garde forms of art and poetry. He was homosexual and had a love affair with sculptor Emilio Aladrén. He mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

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 3 Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

One of the most popular Spanish-American actors of all time, Antonio Banderas has made a name for himself in Hollywood. Apart from being a successful actor, he is also an accomplished businessman. A perfume industry veteran, Antonio Banderas has been working with the fragrance and beauty company Puig for several years and is the brand's most popular representative.

 4 Luis Buñuel

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.  

 5 Nacho Vidal

Nacho Vidal
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: December 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mataró, Spain

Nacho Vidal is a Spanish pornographic actor, producer, director, writer, and camera operator. A protégé of popular Italian pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi, Vidal has appeared in more than 1,500 films. Over the course of his career, Vidal has won several awards like XBIZ Awards and Ninfa Awards. In 2012, he was made an inductee of the AVN Hall of Fame.

 6 Jordi Mollà

Jordi Mollà
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Jordi Mollà is a Spanish actor, writer, filmmaker, and artist. A critically acclaimed actor, Mollà has been thrice nominated for the prestigious Goya Award for Best Actor. His portrayal of Daniel in the 1997 Spanish drama film, The Lucky Star, earned him a Butaca Award. A self-taught painter, Mollà showcased his works at the Carmen de la Guerra in 2002.

 7 Álex Pina

Álex Pina
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Famous As: Director, Writer
Birthdate: June 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain

Álex Pina is a Spanish TV personality, writer, producer, director, and series creator. He is best known for creating one of the most popular heist crime drama series of all time, Money Heist. In 2019, Pina was named in The Hollywood Reporter magazine's Top International Showrunners of the Year list.

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 8 Amarna Miller

Amarna Miller
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Amarna Miller is a Spanish internet personality and former pornographic actress, director, writer, and producer. She has also appeared in popular magazines like Mongolia. Starting from 2014, Miller won three consecutive Ninfa Awards. After giving up on her pornographic career, Amarna Miller has been publishing literary works. She has also established herself as a popular YouTuber.

 9 Jaume Collet-Serra

Jaume Collet-Serra
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: March 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sant Iscle de Vallalta, Catalonia, Spain

Jaume Collet-Serra is a Spanish-American filmmaker best known for directing horror films like House of Wax, The Shallows, and Orphan. He is also known for his association with Liam Neeson, who has played important roles in many of Collet-Serra's films like Unknown, Run All Night, and The Commuter. 

 10 Sergio Peris-Mencheta

Sergio Peris-Mencheta
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Sergio Peris-Mencheta is a Spanish actor and theatre director. Apart from films, Peris-Mencheta has also appeared in many TV series and plays. A former rugby player, Sergio Peris-Mencheta gave up on his sports career to become an actor. He got his major breakthrough in 1998 when he landed an important role in a TV series titled Al salir de clase.

 11 Alejandro Amenabar

Alejandro Amenabar
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Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago

Alejandro Amenabar is a Spanish-Chilean music composer, screenwriter, and film director. An influential and respected personality in the Spanish film industry, Amenabar has won nine Goya Awards and two European Film Awards among many other prestigious awards. 

 12 Carlos Saura

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: January 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huesca, Spain

Renowned Spanish director Carlos Saura is known for his iconic films, which include the Academy Award-nominated Carmen and Tango. The son of a concert pianist mother, he specialized in dance dramas and tragedies. He has also included his childhood memories of the Spanish Civil War in his works.

 13 Jesús Franco

Jesús Franco
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: May 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain
Died: April 2, 2013

Spanish director, screenwriter, producer, actor, cinematographer, editor, musician and composer Jesús Franco Manera, considered as a cult director by both critics and public, is most reputed as a director of exploitation and B-movies. His expansive career spanning over five decades saw him writing, directing, producing and acting in around 173 feature films.

 14 Olivia Delcan

Olivia Delcan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Known for her roles in the popular television series like Locked Up and in films like Isla Bonita and Lejos del mar, Olivia Delcan is a popular Spanish actress, who is proficient in English, Spanish and Catalan. An alumnus from William Esper Studio (Manhattan) and William Layton Studio (Madrid), she also wrote and directed a play entitled About Last Night

 15 Nacho Vigalondo

Nacho Vigalondo
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor
Birthdate: April 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cabezón de la Sal

Writer, director and actor Nacho Vigalondo began his journey in 2001 with Código 7, not only writing and directing the short film, but also playing the part of Tipo in it. He received an Academy award nomination with his next work, 7:35 in the Morning.  Among his better known works are Timecrimes (2007), Extraterrestrial (2011) and Colossal (2016).

 16 Santiago Segura

Santiago Segura
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Carabanchel, Madrid, Spain

Spanish filmmaker and actor Santiago Segura Silva is best known for writing, directing and starring in the popular film series Torrente. He rose to fame with Torrente, el brazo tonto de la ley, the first film of the series, which emerged as the highest-grossing Spanish film of all time, later surpassed by its sequel Torrente 2: Misión en Marbella.   

 17 Torbe

Torbe
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Famous As: Pornographic actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portugalete, Spain

Torbe is a Spanish actor, producer, director, and businessman. He is known for his association with the online porn industry and has even appeared in several porn films. His success in the porn industry earned him opportunities to appear in mainstream films like Torrente 3: El protector. A controversial personality, Torbe has been accused of sex trafficking among other offenses.

 18 Álex de la Iglesia

Álex de la Iglesia
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: December 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bilbao, Spain

The Goya Award-winning director of cult films such as The Day of the Beast and Dance with the Devil, Álex de la Iglesia deals with macabre themes and dark comedy. Initially a comic book artist, he worked as a TV show decorator and art director before stepping into filmmaking.

 19 Javier Ambrossi

Javier Ambrossi
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Javier Ambrossi is a Spanish actor, writer, and director. Ambrossi is renowned for creating the musical La llamada, which he also directed. He then went on to adapt the musical into a film titled Holy Camp, which he directed along with his partner Javier Calvo. In 2017, he was named in the most important LGBT people list by El Mundo.

 20 Aldo sambrell

Aldo sambrell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: July 10, 2010

Aldo Sambrell was a Spanish actor, producer, and director. Between 1961 and 1996, Sambrell appeared in more than 150 films. Aldo Sambrell is best remembered for playing henchmen and other minor characters in various Western films, such as the Man with No Name Trilogy, Once Upon a Time in the West, and 100 Rifles.

 21 Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Municipality of Sant Adrià de Besòs, Spain

Isabel Coixet is a Spanish film director renowned for her filmmaking technique. Counted among the most prolific directors of contemporary Spain, Coixet has won several prestigious awards, such as Goya Awards, Forqué Awards, and Butaca Awards. A multi-talented personality, Isabel Coixet is also credited with founding a production company named Miss Wasabi Films.

 22 Cecilia Gessa

Cecilia Gessa
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid

Cecilia Gessa is a Spanish actress, director, producer, and former pornographic actress. Gessa, who was born into an artistic family, received training in acting, dancing, and singing. Apart from being a film personality, Cecilia Gessa also directs and manages her own event management company named Gessas’ Events Company.

 23 David trueba

David trueba
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid

David Trueba is a Spanish film director, novelist, and screenwriter. He is known for directing movies like The Good Life, Madrid, 1987, and Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed. The younger brother of Oscar-winning filmmaker Fernando Trueba, David Trueba has also directed several TV series. He is also known as the ex-husband of popular Spanish actress Ariadna Gil.

 24 Fernando Soto

Fernando Soto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Fernando Soto is a Spanish actor who has taken part in several theatre and film productions. He has also appeared in many TV series like Isabel, Hospital Central, and Money Heist. Apart from being an actor, Fernando Soto is also a director; he has directed plays like Rafael Spregelburd's La estupidez and Najwa Nimry's Drac Pack.

 25 Luis Eduardo Aute

Luis Eduardo Aute
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: April 4, 2020

 26 Tristán Ulloa

Tristán Ulloa
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: May 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orléans, France

Tristán Ulloa is a Spanish actor, director, and writer. His portrayal of Javi in the 1998 film Mensaka, earned him the Toulouse Cinespaña award for Best Actor and a nomination at the Goya Awards. He is also known for his performance in the critically acclaimed film Sex and Lucia, for which he received a Goya Award nomination for Best Actor. 

 27 Rodrigo Cortés

Rodrigo Cortés
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Famous As: Film director, Producer
Birthdate: May 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cenlle, Spain

Rodrigo Cortés is a Spanish film producer, director, writer, editor, and screenwriter. His 2010 English-language psychological thriller film Buried earned him international recognition as the film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Rodrigo Cortés is also known for directing the 2012 supernatural thriller film Red Lights, which starred popular actors like Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and Cillian Murphy.

 28 Fernando Trueba

Fernando Trueba
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: January 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Best known as the director of the Goya Award- and Academy Award-winning Spanish film Belle Époque, filmmaker Fernando Trueba initially worked as a film critic for El Pais. He also launched the journal Casablanca. His first foray in to animation, Chico and Rita, too was a huge success.

 29 Raúl Arévalo

Raúl Arévalo
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Famous As: Actor, Film director
Birthdate: November 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Móstoles, Spain

 30 Fernando Fernán Gómez

Fernando Fernán Gómez
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Famous As: Actor, Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: November 21, 2007

 31 Juan Antonio Bardem

Juan Antonio Bardem
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: October 30, 2002

 32 Fernando Arrabal

Fernando Arrabal
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: August 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melilla, Spain

Spanish-born French author and playwright Fernando Arrabal is best known for his absurdist plays. While he initially studied law, he later switched to drama. He has written and directed films such as Viva la Muerte, and his characters are often murderers or prostitutes amid cruel and pornographic themes.

 33 Paul naschy

Paul naschy
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: September 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: November 30, 2009

 34 Karra Elejalde

Karra Elejalde
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

 35 Icíar Bollaín

Icíar Bollaín
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Famous As: Actress, Film director
Birthdate: June 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 36 Imanol Arias

Imanol Arias
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Famous As: Actor Director
Birthdate: April 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Riaño, Spain

 37 Bigas Luna

Bigas Luna
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: April 6, 2013

Bigas Luna was a Spanish film director, designer, and artist whose works are characterized by a strong emphasis on the erotic. He was internationally known and made films in Spanish, Catalan, Italian, French, and English. Besides his career in the show business, he also ran an organic farm with his wife. He died of cancer in 2013. 

 38 Luis García Berlanga

Luis García Berlanga
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: June 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: November 13, 2010

 39 Rubén Ochandiano

Rubén Ochandiano
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 40 Mario camus

Mario camus
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santander, Cantabria Santander, Second Spanish Republic Spain

 41 Gregorio Martínez Sierra

Gregorio Martínez Sierra
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 6, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Community of Madrid, Spain
Died: October 1, 1947

 42 Gerardo Vera

Gerardo Vera
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Spain
Died: September 20, 2020

 43 Pilar Miró Romero

Pilar Miró Romero
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: October 19, 1997