Favorite Mexican film director?

by yrnej | created - 01 Apr 2014 | updated - 01 Apr 2014 | Public

At this year's Oscars, Alfonso Cuaron became the first Mexican to win Best Director, for Gravity. Which of these other Mexican film directors is your favorite?

Discuss the list here

1. Luis Alcoriza

Writer | Lo que importa es vivir

Luis Alcoriza was born on September 5, 1918 in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain as Luis Alcoriza de la Vega. He was a writer and director, known for Lo que importa es vivir (1987), Tlayucan (1962) and National Mechanics (1972). He was married to Janet Alcoriza. He died on December 3, 1992 in Cuernavaca,...

2. 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 ...

4. René Cardona Jr.

Director | Treasure of the Amazon

René Cardona Jr. was born on May 11, 1939 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He was a director and writer, known for Treasure of the Amazon (1985), The Bermuda Triangle (1978) and Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977). He died on February 5, 2003 in Mexico City, Mexico.

5. Carlos Carrera

Director | De la infancia

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 ...

6. Felipe Cazals

Director | El año de la peste

Felipe Cazals was born on July 28, 1937 in Guéthary, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France as Felipe Cazals Siena. He is a director and writer, known for El año de la peste (1979), Las vueltas del citrillo (2005) and Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976).

7. Miguel Contreras Torres

Director | ¡Viva la soldadera!

Miguel Contreras Torres was born on September 28, 1899 in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. He was a director and producer, known for ¡Viva la soldadera! (1960), No matarás (1935) and The Mad Empress (1939). He was married to Medea de Novara. He died on June 5, 1981 in Mexico City, Distrito ...

8. Rafael Corkidi

Cinematographer | Pafnucio Santo

Rafael Corkidi was born on May 20, 1930 in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico as Rafael Corkidi Acriche. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Pafnucio Santo (1977), Rulfo aeternum (1992) and Deseos (1977). He died on September 18, 2013 in Boca del Río, Veracruz, Mexico.

9. Carlos Cuarón

Writer | Y tu mamá también

Carlos Cuarón was born on October 2, 1966 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Carlos José Cuarón Orozco. He is a writer, known for Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Rudo y Cursi (2008) and Sugar Kisses (2013).

10. Guillermo del Toro

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 ...

11. Miguel M. Delgado

Director | Los tres mosqueteros

Miguel M. Delgado was born on May 17, 1905 in Mexico City, Mexico as Miguel Melitón Delgado Pardavé. He was a director and producer, known for The Three Musketeers (1942), Mr. Photographer (1953) and No me platiques más (1956). He died on January 2, 1994.

12. Emilio Fernández

Writer | La perla

Emilio "El Indio" Fernández 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. Born to a Mexican (Mestizo) father ...

13. Fernando de Fuentes

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 ...

14. Jorge Fons

Director | El Callejón de los Milagros

Fons studied film production in the Universitary Center of Film Studies at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), belonging to the very first generation of Mexican directors who studied to become filmmakers. His short film Caridad (1973) -part of the trilogy Fe Esperanza y Caridad (1973)-...

15. Roberto Gavaldón

Director | El niño y la niebla

Roberto Gavaldón was born on June 7, 1909 in Jiménez, Chihuahua, Mexico as Roberto Gavaldón Leyva. He was a director and writer, known for El niño y la niebla (1953), In the Palm of Your Hand (1951) and Las tres perfectas casadas (1953). He died on September 4, 1986 in Mexico City, Mexico.

16. Rogelio A. González

Writer | Los tres García

Rogelio A. González was born on January 27, 1920 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico as Antonio Rogelio González Villarreal. He was a director and writer, known for Los tres García (1947), La diligencia de la muerte (1961) and El vagabundo (1953). He died on May 22, 1984 in Saltillo, Coahuila, ...

17. Servando González

Director | Las grandes aguas

After a decade of work as a film laboratory technician, Servando Gonzalez was invited to study color in Hollywood.After his return in the mid 1950s he became involved with the ruling PRI party in Mexico and made documentaries, which led to his being asked in 1969 to film the presidential campaign ...

18. Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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 ...

19. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

Director | La tarea

Hermosillo is one of the most successful Mexican directors of the last twenty years. Born in Aguascalientes, a small city in central Mexico, Hermosillo's films have dissected the hypocrisy of Mexican middle class and "torn the curtain" behind which many perversities are hidden. He has become an ...

20. Leopoldo Laborde

Director | Un secreto de Esperanza

Taught film seminars in CUEC (National Autonomous University of Mexico film's school), Alfonso Cuarón's Alma Mater (2013-2016).

21. Paul Leduc

Director | Frida, naturaleza viva

Paul Leduc was born on March 11, 1942 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a director and writer, known for Frida Still Life (1983), El cobrador: In God We Trust (2006) and Reed, México insurgente (1973).

22. Miguel Morayta

Director | El mártir del Calvario

Miguel Morayta was born on August 15, 1907 in Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain as Miguel Morayta Martínez. He was a director and writer, known for El mártir del Calvario (1952), Tramp (1950) and La mujer marcada (1957). He died on June 19, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico.

23. María Novaro

Director | Lola

The most successful woman director of Mexican cinema studied Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Film Production at the University Center of Film Studies (CUEC) in Mexico City. She began her career as assistant director of Alberto Cortés in Amor a la vuelta de la ...

24. Juan Orol

Director | Gángsters contra charros

Juan Orol was born on August 4, 1897 in Ferrol, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain as Juan Rogelio García García. He was a director and producer, known for Gángsters contra charros (1948), Tania la bella salvaje (1948) and La diosa de Tahití (1953). He was married to Dinorah Judith, María ...

25. Gabriel Retes

Actor | Bienvenido-Welcome

Son of stage actor-director Ignacio Retes and actress Lucila Balzaretti, Gabriel Retes began acting classical theater when he was 12 years old. In early 70s he began directing short films in S8mm. and developed an extensive filmography in that format. His feature film debut, a shocking film about ...

26. 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...

27. Ismael Rodríguez

Writer | Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante)

Ismael Rodríguez was born on October 19, 1917 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Ismael Rodríguez Ruelas. He was a writer and director, known for Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1961), Tizoc (Amor indio) (1957) and Los tres García (1947). He died on August 7, 2004 in ...

28. Salvador Toscano

Director | Memorias de un mexicano

Director and Producer, who was born in 1872 and became one of the first Filmakers in Mexican cinema, he began studying to become an engineer, but eventually he became attracted to filmaking and in 1897, he opened the first movie theatre in Mexico city, a year later he began to produce and direct ...

29. Alfredo Zacarías

Writer | Crime of Crimes

Alfredo Zacarías was born on November 21, 1941 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Alfredo Héctor Zacarías Bustos. He is a writer and producer, known for Crime of Crimes (1989), The Bees (1978) and Capulina vs. The Mummies (The Terror of Guanajuato) (1973).

30. Miguel Zacarías

Producer | El dolor de los hijos

Miguel Zacarías was born on March 19, 1905 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Miguel Zacarías Nogaim. He was a producer and director, known for El dolor de los hijos (1949), Soledad (1947) and The Guns of Juana Gallo (1961). He died on April 20, 2006 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

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