50 directors of Spanish Cinema that made great movies

by coprofilms-2 | created - 03 May 2018 | updated - 03 May 2018 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

3. Luis García Berlanga

Writer | Plácido

Berlanga commenced his studies in Valencia in1928, although in 1929 his family sent him and his brother Fernando (due to a lung disease) to the Beau-soleil hospital school in Switzerland. In 1930, he returned to the San José School in Valencia where he stayed until 1931, the year in which the ...

4. Carlos Saura

Writer | Peppermint Frappé

Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to ...

5. Fernando Fernán Gómez

Actor | El abuelo

Spanish actor and director of cinema and theater. Son of the actress Carola Fernán Gómez. When he was three years old he comes back to Spain from Argentina. He has written comedies, novels and poem books. He plays a wide repertoire of roles from comedy to drama.

6. Víctor Erice

Director | El sur

Víctor Erice was born on June 30, 1940 in Karrantza, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain as Víctor Erice Aras. He is a director and writer, known for El Sur (1983), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and The Quince Tree Sun (1992).

7. Vicente Aranda

Director | Amantes

Vicente Aranda was born on November 9, 1926 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Vicente Aranda Ezquerra. He was a director and writer, known for Lovers: A True Story (1991), El Lute: Run for Your Life (1987) and The Maidens' Conspiracy (2006). He was married to Teresa Font. He died on May 26, 2015 in...

8. Fernando Trueba

Writer | Belle Epoque

Trueba studied Imagen at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, was cinema critic for the newspaper 'El País' and for 'La Guía del Ocio' and also founded the journal "Casablanca". At the movies his first success was Opera Prima (1980) following the style of the "comedia madrileña". He had ...

9. Edgar Neville

Writer | La vida en un hilo

Edgar Neville was born on December 28, 1899 in Madrid, Spain as Edgar Neville Romrée (conde de Berlanga de Duero). He was a writer and director, known for La vida en un hilo (1945), El último caballo (1950) and Flamenco (1952). He was married to Ángeles Rubio Argüelles y Alessandri. He died ...

10. José Luis Cuerda

Director | La lengua de las mariposas

José Luis Cuerda was born on February 18, 1947 in Albacete, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for Butterfly (1999), The Others (2001) and The Blind Sunflowers (2008). He died on February 4, 2020 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

11. Iván Zulueta

Director | Arrebato

Iván Zulueta was born on September 29, 1943 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain as Juan Ricardo Miguel Zulueta Vergarajauregui. He was a director and writer, known for Rapture (1979), Un, dos, tres... al escondite inglés (1970) and A MAL GAM A (1976). He died on December ...

12. Montxo Armendáriz

Writer | Secretos del corazón

Montxo Armendáriz was born on January 27, 1949 in Olleta, Navarra, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Secrets of the Heart (1997), Broken Silence (2001) and Stories from the Kronen (1995).

13. José Antonio Nieves Conde

Director | Todos somos necesarios

José Antonio Nieves Conde was born on December 22, 1915 in Segovia, Castilla y León, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for Todos somos necesarios (1956), Surcos (1951) and El diablo también llora (1965). He was married to María Luisa Mascuñán. He died on September 14, 2006 in Madrid...

14. Juan Antonio Bardem

Writer | Calle Mayor

Juan Antonio Bardem was born on June 2, 1922 in Madrid, Spain as Juan Antonio Bardem Muñoz. He was a writer and director, known for Main Street (1956), La venganza (1958) and Death of a Cyclist (1955). He was married to María Aguado Barbado. He died on October 30, 2002 in Madrid.

15. Florián Rey

Writer | La aldea maldita

Spanish director Florian Rey began his career in the film industry in the 1920s as an actor, but he soon switched careers and directed his first film in 1924. His 1927 film Sister San Sulpicio (1927) starred Spanish actress Imperio Argentina, whom he later married. His best-known film is The Cursed...

16. Enrique Urbizu

Director | No habrá paz para los malvados

Enrique Urbizu was born in 1962 in Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain. He is a director, known for No Rest for the Wicked (2011), Box 507 (2002) and Life Marks (2003).

17. Álex de la Iglesia

Director | The Oxford Murders

A spanish cult director, author of Day of the Beast (The Day of the Beast (1995)) and Acción mutante (1993) have their own very strong but small followings, and Dance With the Devil (Dance with the Devil (1997)) will go down in history as probably the weirdest Javier Bardem film ever made (...

18. Jaume Balagueró

Writer | [Rec]

Jaume Balagueró was born on November 2, 1968 in Lleida, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain as Jaume Balagueró i Bernat. He is a writer and director, known for REC (2007), Sleep Tight (2011) and The Nameless (1999).

19. Mario Camus

Director | Young Sánchez

Camus started studying Law, but soon left his studies to enter the IIEC (now EOC) in 1956, where he got a director's diploma in 1963 with the training film El borracho (1962) and, finally, ended up as a professor. He worked with Carlos Saura in several screenplays during the early 60s (The ...

20. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis (1996). His film ...

21. Rafael Gil

Director | Teatro Apolo

Rafael Gil was born on May 22, 1913 in Madrid, Spain as Rafael Gil Álvarez. He was a director and writer, known for Teatro Apolo (1950), La calle sin sol (1948) and I Was a Parish Priest (1953). He died on July 10, 1986 in Madrid.

22. José María Forqué

Director | 091 Policía al habla

José María Forqué was born on March 8, 1923 in Zaragoza, Spain as José María Forqué Galindo. He was a director and writer, known for 091 Policía al habla (1960), Whom God Forgives (1957) and Violent Fate (1959). He was married to Carmen Vázquez Vigo. He died on March 17, 1995 in Madrid, ...

23. Pedro Olea

Director | El maestro de esgrima

Pedro Olea was born on June 30, 1938 in Bilbao, Basque Provinces, Spain as Pedro Maria Olea Retolaza. He is a director and writer, known for El maestro de esgrima (1992), The Ancines Woods (1970) and Akelarre (1984).

24. Imanol Uribe

Director | Días contados

Imanol Uribe was born on February 28, 1950 in San Salvador, El Salvador as Imanol Karmel Uribe Bilbao. He is a director and writer, known for Numbered Days (1994), La luna negra (1989) and Orange Honey (2012).

25. Francisco Rovira Beleta

Director | Los tarantos

Francisco Rovira Beleta was born on September 25, 1912 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for Los tarantos (1963), Los atracadores (1962) and Hay un camino a la derecha (1953). He died on June 23, 1999 in Barcelona.

26. Fernando León de Aranoa

Writer | A Perfect Day

Fernando León de Aranoa was born on May 26, 1968 in Madrid, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for A Perfect Day (2015), Mondays in the Sun (2002) and Barrio (1998).

27. José Luis Sáenz de Heredia

Writer | Faustina

José Luis Sáenz de Heredia was born on April 10, 1911 in Madrid, Spain as José Luis Sáenz de Heredia y Osio. He was a writer and director, known for Faustina (1957), Don Juan (1950) and Historias de la radio (1955). He was married to María Ascensión Casado Iturbide. He died on November 4, 1992 in ...

28. Basilio Martín Patino

Writer | Nueve cartas a Berta

Martín Patino studied philosophy and arts but also attended the School of Cinema. He debuted at the movies with "Nueve cartas a Berta" (1967), one of the most important films of the New Spanish Cinema (nuevo cine español). The film "Canciones para después de una Guerra" (1971) which reconstructs ...

29. Carlos Serrano de Osma

Director | Parsifal

Carlos Serrano de Osma was born on January 16, 1916 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for The Evil Forest (1951), Embrujo (1948) and The Island Princess (1954). He died on July 26, 1984 in Alicante, Spain.

30. Manuel Mur Oti

Writer | Orgullo

Manuel Mur Oti was born on October 25, 1908 in Vigo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain. He was a writer and director, known for Orgullo (1955), A Man on the Road (1949) and El batallón de las sombras (1957). He died on August 5, 2003 in Madrid, Spain.

31. Antonio Drove

Writer | ¿Qué se puede hacer con una chica?

Antonio Drove was born on November 1, 1942 in Madrid, Spain as Antonio Drove Fernández-Shaw. He was a writer and director, known for ¿Qué se puede hacer con una chica? (1970), Tocata y fuga de Lolita (1974) and The Truth on the Savolta Affair (1980). He died on September 24, 2005 in ...

32. José Luis Garci

Director | Canción de cuna

Born on January 20th of 1944 in Madrid, Spain, José Luis Garci is without a doubt one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film in Spain and perhaps the best known writer in the country. He has left a distinguished talent in his successful movies throughout the years: La ...

33. Ana Mariscal

Actress | Un hombre va por el camino

Ana Mariscal was born on July 31, 1923 in Madrid, Spain as Ana María Rodríguez-Arroyo Mariscal. She was an actress and director, known for A Man on the Road (1949), Una sombra en la ventana (1945) and Segundo López, aventurero urbano (1953). She was married to Valentín Javier. She died on ...

34. Agustí Villaronga

Director | El niño de la luna

Agustí Villaronga was born on March 4, 1953 in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain as Agustí Villaronga i Riutort. He is a director and writer, known for Moon Child (1989), Black Bread (2010) and 99.9 (1997).

35. Joaquim Jordà

Writer | Un cos al bosc

Joaquim Jordà was born on August 9, 1935 in Santa Coloma de Farners, Girona, Catalonia, Spain as Joaquim Jordà i Català. He was a writer and director, known for A Body in the Woods (1996), Monkeys Like Becky (1999) and De nens (2003). He died on June 23, 2006 in Barcelona, Catalonia.

36. Juanma Bajo Ulloa

Director | Airbag

Juanma Bajo Ulloa was born in Vitoria, a small town in northern Spain where he has set most of his movies.

From his childhood he has been in contact with the audiovisual business. His family owns a popular magazine in Vitoria specialized in photography.

At 14 he started making short movies in super-8...

37. J.A. Bayona

Director | El orfanato

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Orphanage (2007), The Impossible (2012) and A Monster Calls (2016).

38. Julio Medem

Director | Lucía y el sexo

Julio Medem was born in San Sebastian in northern Spain. As a teenager Medem made short movies with a super-8 camera owned by his father. Some of those films are "El ciego" (1976), "El jueves pasado" (1977) and "Fideos" (1979.) Wanting to know more about the darkest corners of the human mind, Medem...

39. Gonzalo Suárez

Writer | Remando al viento

Gonzalo Suárez was born on July 30, 1934 in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain as José Suárez Sánchez. He is a writer and director, known for Rowing with the Wind (1988), El extraño caso del doctor Fausto (1969) and Oviedo Express (2007).

40. Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

Writer | ¿Quién puede matar a un niño?

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador was born on July 4, 1935 in Montevideo, Uruguay as Narciso Esteban Ibáñez Serrador. He was a writer and director, known for Who Can Kill a Child? (1976), The House That Screamed (1969) and Historias para no dormir (1966). He was married to Adriana Gardiazábal and Diana Nauta...

41. Isabel Coixet

Director | The Secret Life of Words

Isabel Coixet was born on April 9, 1960 in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Isabel Coixet Castillo. She is a director and writer, known for The Secret Life of Words (2005), My Life Without Me (2003) and Things I Never Told You (1996).

42. Francisco Regueiro

Writer | Padre nuestro

Francisco Regueiro was born in 1934 in Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain. He is a writer and director, known for Padre nuestro (1985), Madregilda (1993) and The Good Love (1963).

43. Benito Perojo

Director | Goyescas

Benito Perojo was born on June 14, 1894 in Madrid, Spain. He was a director and producer, known for Goyescas (1942), A Prisoner Has Escaped (1935) and Marianela (1940). He died on November 11, 1974 in Madrid.

44. Eloy de la Iglesia

Writer | Los novios búlgaros

Spanish movies director. He studied cinema in Paris at the IDHEC. He began working in cinema in 1966, though he became famous in the years of the spanish transition to the democracy with provoking films. Drugs, delinquence, terrorism and generational problems are the common subjects in his films.

45. Jesús Franco

Writer | Der Teufel kam aus Akasava

He was only six years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and an easy-read novel writer (...

46. Benito Zambrano

Director | Solas

Born in the South of Spain, Benito Zambrano first studied drama for three years with a view to becoming a theater director. He then worked for the Spanish television as a photographer and a camera operator. After a while, he felt the urge to turn to movie-making. This was the early 1990s and, as ...

47. Icíar Bollaín

Director | Te doy mis ojos

Born in Madrid, Iciar Bollain has worked as an actress in films such El Sur (1983), directed by Víctor Erice; Sublet (1991) directed by Chus Gutiérrez, Malaventura (1988) directed by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón; El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990) and Un Paraguas para Tres (1992) directed by Felipe Vega, ...

48. Daniel Monzón

Writer | Celda 211

Daniel Monzón was born in 1968 in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain as Daniel Monzón Jerez.

49. Manuel Martín Cuenca

Director | Caníbal

Manuel Martín Cuenca was born on November 30, 1964 in Almería, Almería, Andalucía, Spain. He is a director and writer, known for Caníbal (2013), The Motive (2017) and Half of Oscar (2010).

50. Eugenio Martín

Writer | El precio de un hombre: The Bounty Killer

Eugenio Martín was born on May 15, 1925 in Ceuta, Spain as Eugenio Martín Márquez. He is a writer and director, known for The Ugly Ones (1966), Viaje romántico a Granada (1955) and Horror Express (1972).



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