Top 50 Brazilian Directors

by BaalMan78 | created - 06 May 2011 | updated - 06 May 2011 | Public

1. Glauber Rocha

Director | Terra em Transe

He studied Law. He also directed theatre pieces, wrote movie criticisms and took part in the creation and development of the 'cinema novo' movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, becoming its theoretical leader and first embassador in Europe. After "Barravento (1962)", a trilogy of films and "Antonio ...

2. Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias

Cinematographer | A Herança

Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias was born on November 5, 1922 in Cajubi, São Paulo, Brazil. He was a cinematographer and director, known for A Herança (1970), O Vigilante (1992) and A Opção (1981). He died on February 8, 2007 in São Paulo, São Paulo.

4. Braz Chediak

Writer | Eu Dou O Que Ela Gosta

Braz Chediak was born on June 1, 1942 in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a writer and director, known for Eu Dou O Que Ela Gosta (1975), O Grande Desbum... (1978) and Álbum de Família (1981).

5. Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Director | O Amuleto de Ogum

Nelson Pereira dos Santos was born on October 22, 1928 in São Paulo, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for O Amuleto de Ogum (1974), Memórias do Cárcere (1984) and Tenda dos Milagres (1977). He was married to Ivelise Ferreira. He died on April 21, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, ...

6. Rogério Sganzerla

Director | O Bandido da Luz Vermelha

Rogério Sganzerla was born on May 4, 1946 in Joaçaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for The Red Light Bandit (1968), O Signo do Caos (2005) and The Woman of Everyone (1969). He was married to Helena Ignez. He died on January 9, 2004 in São Paulo, Brazil.

7. Júlio Bressane

Director | Filme de amor

Júlio Bressane was born on February 13, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and writer.

8. Joaquim Pedro de Andrade

Director | Macunaíma

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade was born on May 25, 1932 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for Macunaima (1969), Conjugal Warfare (1974) and The Brazilwood Man (1982). He was married to Ana Maria Galano, Cristina Aché and Sarah de Castro Barbosa. He died on September 10, 1988 ...

9. Ruy Guerra

Director | Estorvo

Ruy Guerra left his studies in Portugal for to go to the School of Cinema in Paris. After having worked as assistant for various French directors he moved to Brasil and participated with his first two films in the birth of the "Cinema Novo": "Os Cafajestes (1962)" and "Os Fuzis (1964)" which won ...

10. Walter Salles

Director | Central do Brasil

Walter Salles was born on April 12, 1956 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Walther Moreira Salles Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Central Station (1998), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) and Foreign Land (1995). He is married to Maria Klabin. They have one child.

11. Ana Carolina

Director | Mar de Rosas

Ana Carolina was born on September 27, 1943 in São Paulo, Brazil as Ana Carolina Teixeira Soares. She is a director and writer, known for Sea of Roses (1978), Heart and Guts (1982) and Amélia (2001).

12. Eduardo Coutinho

Director | Edifício Master

Eduardo Coutinho was born on May 11, 1933 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Eduardo de Oliveira Coutinho. He was a director and writer, known for Edifício Master (2002), The Mighty Spirit (1999) and Babilônia 2000 (1999). He was married to Maria das Dores de Oliveira. He died on ...

13. Fernando Meirelles

Director | Blindness

Fernando Meirelles was born in a middle class family in São Paulo City, Brazil.

He studied architecture at the university of São Paulo. At the same time he developed an interest in filmmaking. With a group of friends he started producing experimental videos and video art. They won a huge number of ...

14. Luiz Sérgio Person

Director | Cassy Jones, o Magnífico Sedutor

Luiz Sergio Person (1936-1976) crossed the Brazilian cultural scene like a comet. He acted, wrote, directed and produced works of both cinema and theatre, worked as a commercial director and journalist. He established one of the most solid bodies of work in Brazilian cinema with only five feature ...

15. Cláudio Assis

Director | A Febre do Rato

Cláudio Assis was born on December 19, 1959 in Caruaru, Pernambuco, Brazil. He is a director and actor, known for Rat Fever (2011), Mango Yellow (2002) and Bog of Beasts (2006).

16. José Padilha

Producer | Tropa de Elite

He is best known for directing the Brazilian critical and financial successes Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and the 2014 remake of RoboCop. He has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Elite Squad in 2008. He is also the producer and director of the ...

17. Hector Babenco

Director | Carandiru

Hector Babenco was born on February 7, 1946 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Héctor Eduardo Babenco. He was a director and writer, known for Carandiru (2003), Pixote (1981) and Lucio Flavio (1977). He was married to Bárbara Paz, Raquel Arnaud and Xuxa Lopes. He died on July 13, 2016 in ...

18. Leon Hirszman

Director | Eles Não Usam Black-Tie

One of the most important Brazilian directors of all time, Leon Hirszman is best remembered for the realistic manner of dealing with social and political themes in his works, from documentaries to feature films. His career started with a segment filmed for Cinco vezes Favela (1962) and The Deceased...

19. Beto Brant

Director | O Invasor

Beto Brant was born in 1964 in Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for The Trespasser (2001), Belly Up (1997) and Cão Sem Dono (2007).

20. Sergio Bianchi

Writer | Cronicamente Inviável

Sergio Bianchi was born in 1945 in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil as Sérgio Luís Bianchi. He is a writer and director, known for Chronically Unfeasible (2000), The Tenants (Don't Like It, Leave) (2009) and A Causa Secreta (1994).

21. Roberto Santos

Writer | A Hora e Vez de Augusto Matraga

Roberto Santos was born in a working-class suburb of São Paulo in 1928. Started his cinema activities around 1952, in the first big studio built in Brazil, the Vera Cruz Studio. In 1956 makes his first movie, "O Grande Momento" ("The Great Momment"), the first neo- realistic movie made in Brazil. ...

22. Domingos de Oliveira

Writer | Todas as Mulheres do Mundo

Domingos de Oliveira was born on September 28, 1935 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Domingos José Soares de Oliveira. He was a writer and actor, known for Todas as Mulheres do Mundo (1966), Amores (1998) and Barata Ribeiro, 716 (2016). He was married to Priscilla Rozenbaum, Leila Diniz...

24. João Moreira Salles

Director | Nelson Freire

João Moreira Salles was born in 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and producer, known for Nelson Freire (2003), Santiago (2007) and No Intenso Agora (2017). He was previously married to Branca Viana.

25. Fernando Coni Campos

Director | O Mágico e o Delegado

Fernando Coni Campos was born on April 15, 1933 in Conceição do Almeida, Bahia, Brazil as Fernando Luís Cony Campos. He was a director and writer, known for O Mágico e o Delegado (1983), Voyage to the End of the World (1968) and Um Homem e Sua Jaula (1969). He died on December 24, 1988 in ...

26. Arnaldo Jabor

Writer | Toda Nudez Será Castigada

Arnaldo Jabor was born on December 12, 1940 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a composer and writer, known for All Nudity Shall Be Punished (1973), Tudo Bem (1978) and The Marriage (1975). He is married to Suzana Villas Boas.

27. Jorge Furtado

Writer | O Homem Que Copiava

Jorge Furtado was born on June 9, 1959 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He is a writer and director, known for The Man Who Copied (2003), Two Summers (2002) and Under Pressure (2017).

28. Carlos Reichenbach

Cinematographer | Alma Corsária

Carlos Reichenbach was born on June 14, 1945 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil as Carlos Oscar Reichenbach Filho. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Buccaneer Soul (1993), Dois Córregos: Verdades Submersas no Tempo (1999) and Filme Demência (1986). He was married to...

29. Maurice Capovila

Director | O Profeta da Fome

Maurice Capovila was born on January 16, 1936 in Valinhos, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for The Prophet of Hunger (1970), O Jogo da Vida (1977) and Harmada (2003).

30. Sérgio Ricardo

Composer | A Noite do Espantalho

Sérgio Ricardo was born on June 18, 1932 in Marília, São Paulo, Brazil as Joao Lutfi. He is an actor and composer, known for A Noite do Espantalho (1974), That World and Mine (1964) and O Lado Certo da Vida Errada (1996). He has been married to Irene Cristina Gurgel since 1988. They have one child....

31. Vladimir Carvalho

Director | Conterrâneos Velhos de Guerra

Vladimir Carvalho was born on January 31, 1935 in Itabaiana, Paraíba, Brazil as Vladimir Carvalho da Silva. He is a director and writer, known for Conterrâneos Velhos de Guerra (1991), Rock Brasília: Era de Ouro (2011) and O Evangelho Segundo Teotônio (1984).

32. Andrea Tonacci

Director | Blablablá

Andrea Tonacci was born in 1944 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Blablablá (1968), Serras da desordem (2006) and Bang Bang (1971). He died on December 16, 2016 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

33. Humberto Mauro

Director | Braza Dormida

Pioneer of Brazilian cinema. Humberto Mauro began his career in the provinces in 1926 and was brought to Rio de Janeiro by producer-director Adhemar Gonzaga in 1930. He went on to direct several features which were praised for their uniquely Brazilian style - notably Ganga Bruta (1933) - as well as...

34. Suzana Amaral

Director | A Hora da Estrela

Suzana Amaral was born in 1932. She is a director and writer, known for Hour of the Star (1985), Uma Vida em Segredo (2001) and Hotel Atlântico (2009).

35. Paulo César Saraceni

Director | A Casa Assassinada

Paulo César Saraceni was born on November 5, 1933 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for The Murdered House (1971), O Viajante (1998) and Capitu (1968). He was married to Ana Maria Nascimento e Silva. He died on April 14, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

36. Neville de Almeida

Director | Matou a Família e Foi ao Cinema

Neville de Almeida was born in 1941 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a director and actor, known for Killed the Family and Went to the Movies (1991), Rio Babilônia (1982) and Os Sete Gatinhos (1980).

37. Karim Aïnouz

Director | A Vida Invisível

Karim Aïnouz is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and visual artist.

Aïnouz debuted as a feature director with "Madame Satã" (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2002). Other works include "Central Airport THF" (Berlin Amnesty Prize 2018), "Futuro Beach" (Berlin Competition 2014), "The Silver Cliff" (...

38. Carlos Alberto Prates Correia

Director | Castelar e Nelson Dantas no País dos Generais

Carlos Alberto Prates Correia was born in 1941 in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for Castelar e Nelson Dantas no País dos Generais (2007), Miniero Cabaret (1980) and Noites do Sertão (1984).

39. Alberto Cavalcanti

Director | O Canto do Mar

Born in Brazil in 1897, Alberto Cavalcanti began his film career in France in 1920, working as writer, art director and director. He directed the avant-garde documentary Nothing But Time (1926) ("Nothing but Time"), a portrait of the lives of Parisian workers in a single day. He moved to England in...

40. Anselmo Duarte

Writer | O Pagador de Promessas

Anselmo Duarte was born on April 21, 1920 in Salto, São Paulo, Brazil. He was an actor and writer, known for The Given Word (1962), O Crime do Zé Bigorna (1977) and Vereda de Salvação (1965). He was married to Ilka Soares. He died on November 7, 2009 in São Paulo, São Paulo.

41. Carlos Diegues

Director | Xica da Silva

Carlos Diegues was born on May 19, 1940 in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil as Carlos Diégues. He is a producer and director, known for Xica da Silva (1976), The Greatest Love of All (2006) and Better Days Ahead (1989). He has been married to Renata Maria de Almeida Magalhães since 1982. They have one child...

42. David Neves

Director | Memória de Helena

David Neves was born on May 14, 1938 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a director and writer, known for Memória de Helena (1969), Muito Prazer (1979) and Jardim de Alah (1988). He died on November 23, 1994 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

44. Marcelo Gomes

Writer | Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus

Marcelo Gomes was born on October 28, 1963 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. He is a writer and director, known for Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005), I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You (2009) and O Homem das Multidões (2013).

45. José Eduardo Belmonte

Director | Se Nada Mais Der Certo

José Eduardo Belmonte was born in 1970 in Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for If Nothing Else Works Out (2008), Conception (2005) and Alemão: Both Sides of the Operation (2014).

46. Silvio Tendler

Director | Jango

Silvio Tendler was born in 1950 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for Jango (1984), The JK Years: A Political Trajectory (1981) and Glauber o Filme, Labirinto do Brasil (2003).

48. Helena Solberg

Director | Vida de Menina

Helena Solberg was born in 1942 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. She is a director and assistant director, known for Vida de Menina (2003), Double Day (1976) and Palavra (en)cantada (2008).

50. Walter Lima Jr.

Director | A Ostra e o Vento

Walter Lima Jr. was born on November 26, 1938 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for The Oyster and the Wind (1997), Os Desafinados (2008) and Plantation Boy (1965). He was previously married to Telma Costa and Anecy Rocha.



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