Best Brazilian Directors of All Time (Melhores Diretores Brasileiros de Todos os Tempos)

by heldergfernandes | created - 27 Sep 2012 | updated - 02 Oct 2012 | Public

Melhores diretores brasileiros, seja na televisão, cinema ou teatro.

Ordenado por ordem de nascimento.

1. 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.

2. Carlos Manga

Director | Um Só Coração

Carlos Manga was born on January 6, 1928 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as José Carlos Aranha Manga. He was a director and producer, known for One Heart (2004), Vamos com Calma (1956) and Garotas e Samba (1957). He was married to Denise and Inalda de Carvalho. He died on September 17, ...

3. Luiz Carlos Barreto

Writer | Casa de Areia

Luiz Carlos Barreto was born on May 20, 1928 in Sobral, Ceará, Brazil as Luiz Carlos Barreto Borges. He is a producer and writer, known for House of Sand (2005), Four Days in September (1997) and Isto É Pelé (1974). He is married to Lucy Barreto. They have two children.

4. 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. Antunes Filho

Director | Compasso de Espera

Antunes Filho was born on December 12, 1929 in São Paulo, SP, Brazil as José Alves Antunes Filho. He was a director and writer, known for Compasso de Espera (1969), Grande Teatro Tupi (1951) and TV de Vanguarda (1952). He died on May 2, 2019 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

7. 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 ...

8. Antonio Abujamra

Actor | Festa

Antonio Abujamra was born on September 15, 1932 in Ourinhos, São Paulo, Brazil. He was a director and actor, known for Festa (1989), A Gordinha (1970) and Super Plá (1969). He died on April 28, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

9. Herval Rossano

Director | A Escrava Isaura

Herval Rossano was born on April 23, 1933 in Campos dos Goitacases, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Herval Abreu. He was a director and actor, known for The Slave Isaura (2004), Caminos cruzados (1995) and A Sucessora (1978). He was married to Mayara Magri, Nívea Maria and Doris Guerrero. He died on May ...

10. 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 ...

12. Walter Avancini

Director | Rabo-de-Saia

Walter Avancini was born on April 18, 1935 in São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo, Brazil as Nunciato Walter Avancini. He was a director and producer, known for Rabo-de-Saia (1984), Boca de Ouro (1990) and Almas de Pedra (1966). He was married to Débora Fuchs. He died on September 26, 2001 in Rio de ...

13. 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...

14. José Celso Martinez Corrêa

Director | O Rei da Vela

José Celso Martinez Corrêa was born on March 30, 1937 in Araraquara, São Paulo, Brazil. He is an actor and director, known for King of Candle (1983), 25 (1977) and Prata Palomares (1972).

15. Daniel Filho

Director | Malu Mulher

Daniel Filho - Responsible for triggering an aesthetic revolution in Brazilian TV during the 1970s, he became a Midas of popular cinema in Brazil during the 2000s. He created one blockbuster after another, many adapted from the theatre. The "Se Eu Fosse Você" (If I Were You) franchise (2006-09), ...

16. Zelito Viana

Director | Avaeté - Semente da Vingança

Zelito Viana was born on May 5, 1938 in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil as José Viana Paula de Oliveira. He is a director and producer, known for Avaeté - Semente da Vingança (1985), Morte e Vida Severina (1977) and Villa-Lobos - Uma Vida de Paixão (2000). He is married to Vera Maria de Paula.

He was ...

17. 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.

18. 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 ...

19. João Batista de Andrade

Director | O Homem que Virou Suco

João Batista de Andrade was born on December 14, 1939 in Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a director and writer, known for O Homem que Virou Suco (1980), Doramundo (1978) and O Tronco (1999).

20. 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...

21. 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.

22. Celso Nunes

Actor | Flora

Celso Nunes was born in 1941 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. He is an actor, known for Flora (1996) and Passo a Passo com as Estrelas (1994).

23. 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).

24. Ugo Giorgetti

Director | Festa

Ugo Giorgetti was born in 1942 in São Paulo, SP, Brazil as Ugo César Giorgetti. He is a director and writer, known for Festa (1989), Boleiros: Era Uma Vez o Futebol... (1998) and Saturday (1995).

25. 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...

26. José Joffily

Director | Olhos Azuis

José Joffily was born on November 27, 1945 in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil as José Joffily Bezerra Filho. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Blue Eyes (2009), Who Killed Pixote? (1996) and A Maldição do Sanpaku (1991).

27. 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 ...

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. Dennis Carvalho

Director | Celebridade

Dennis Carvalho was born on September 27, 1947 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. He is a director and actor, known for Celebrity (2003), Songs of Betrayal (2010) and Tangled Hearts (2013).

31. Roberto Talma

Director | O Profeta

Roberto Talma was born on April 29, 1949 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Roberto Talma Vieira. He was a director and producer, known for The Prophet (2006), Negócio da China (2008) and Agora é Que São Elas (2003). He was married to Maria Zilda Bethlem. He died on April 23, ...

32. 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).

34. Marcos Paulo

Director | Porto dos Milagres

Marcos Paulo was born on March 1, 1951 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Marcos Paulo Simões. He was an actor and director, known for Port of Miracles (2001), A Indomada (1997) and Começar de Novo (2004). He was married to Antônia Fontenelle, Flávia Alessandra, Renata Sorrah, Márcia Mendes ...

35. Wolf Maya

Director | Senhora do Destino

Wolf Maya was born on September 10, 1953 in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil as Wolfrido Campos Maia Júnior. He is a director and producer, known for Her Own Destiny (2004), Snakes & Lizards (2006) and Hilda Hurricane (1998).

36. Guel Arraes

Director | O Auto da Compadecida

Guel Arraes was born on December 12, 1953 in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil as Miguel Arraes de Alencar Filho. He is a director and writer, known for A Dog's Will (2000), Lisbela and the Prisoner (2003) and A Comedy of Private Lives (1995). He has been married to Carolina Jabor since 2003. He was ...

37. Elias Andreato

Actor | Beleza Pura

Elias Andreato was born on March 8, 1955 in Rolândia, Paraná, Brazil as Elias Vicente Andreato. He is an actor and writer, known for Pure Beauty (2008), Brothers in Faith (2004) and Sai de Baixo (1996).

38. Bruno Barreto

Director | Flores Raras

Bruno Barreto was born on March 16, 1955 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Bruno Villela Barreto Borges. He is a director and producer, known for Reaching for the Moon (2013), Four Days in September (1997) and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976). He was previously married to Amy Irving.

39. 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 ...

40. 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.

41. Jayme Monjardim

Director | O Clone

Jayme Monjardim was born on May 19, 1956 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil as Jayme Monjardim Matarazzo. He is a director and producer, known for The Clone (2001), Pantanal (1990) and Olga (2004). He has been married to Tânia Mara since March 10, 2007. They have one child. He was previously married ...

42. 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 Meu Tio Matou um Cara (2004).

43. Luiz Fernando Carvalho

Director | Lavoura Arcaica

Carvalho studied Architecture and Literature. For cinema, still very young, in 1984, wrote and directed the short film "A Espera", based on "A Lover's Discourse: Fragments ", by Roland Barthes, which won the best film, actress and photography awards [Concha de Oro] at the 34th Festival de San ...

44. Ricardo Waddington

Director | A Favorita

Ricardo Waddington was born on December 22, 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Ricardo Capille Waddington. He is a director and producer, known for The Favorite (2008), Cabocla (2004) and The Enchanted Tale (2011). He was previously married to Helena Ranaldi and Lídia Brondi.

45. Cao Hamburger

Writer | O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias

Cao Hamburger was born in Sao Paulo. His second feature film, "The Year My Parents Went on Vacation", competed in the 2007 Berlin Film Festival and is the recipient of the Rio International Film Festival Audience Award and the Sao Paulo Association of Art Critics Award for Best Screenplay. His ...

46. 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).

47. 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 ...

48. Andrucha Waddington

Director | Casa de Areia

Andrucha Waddington (born January 20,1970) is a Brazilian film director, producer, and screenwriter.

His several film credits include "Me You Them" (2000), Mention spéciale of Un Certain Regard in Cannes, an Official Selection of Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals, Brazil's official entry to the ...



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