Alfonso Cuarón is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer and editor.

Cuarón’s film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography at the Academy Awards in 2017.

Cuarón has been nominated for three Golden Globes, winning twice.

Who Is Alfonso Cuarón?

Cuarón was born on October 23, 1961 in Mexico City to Alfonso Guzmán Martínez and María Cuarón García-Gutiérrez.

His father worked for a petroleum company, while his mother studied English literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and later became an educator.

Cuaron studied at UNAM’s School of Arts and Sciences from 1981 to 1985 where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science.

He continued his studies at UCLA Film School where he received an MFA in film direction in 1993.

Upon graduating from UCLA, Cuaron began teaching there as well until 1998 when he returned to Mexico to begin work on his first feature film Y Tu Mamá También (2001).

Best Alfonso Cuarón Movies

Here are the best movies directed by Alfonso Cuarón.

1. Children of Men (2006)            

Children of Men is a gripping dystopian thriller that leaves you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, this film takes place in a world where women have become infertile and the youngest person on Earth has just died.

The film follows the journey of a former activist, played by Clive Owen, as he’s tasked with protecting a pregnant woman and getting her to safety.

The cinematography in this film is absolutely stunning, with long takes that are both beautiful and intense.

The acting is also top-notch, with Owen delivering a standout performance as a reluctant hero. The supporting cast, including Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, also add depth to the story.

What really sets Children of Men apart, however, is its message.

This film explores themes of hope, despair, and the human spirit in a way that is both thought-provoking and relevant to our current world.

It’s a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll, and a must-watch for fans of dystopian fiction.

Children Of Men
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine (Actors)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Director) - Alfonso Cuaron (Writer) - Marc Abraham (Producer)
  • English, Spanish (Playback Language)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)

2. Y tu mamá también (2001)

Y tu mamá también is a coming-of-age road trip movie that explores the complexities of friendship, sexuality, and social class in modern-day Mexico.


Director Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful storytelling and the incredible performances by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdú make this film an instant classic.

The film’s non-linear structure and narration provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of the three main characters, as they embark on a journey of self-discovery that challenges their beliefs and relationships.

The film’s themes of love, desire, and mortality are explored with a raw honesty that is both refreshing and poignant.

The cinematography is stunning, capturing the beauty of the Mexican landscape and the vibrancy of its culture.

The use of handheld cameras and natural lighting adds to the film’s realistic and immersive feel.


3. Roma (2018) 

Roma is a breathtaking masterpiece that takes you on an emotional journey through the life of a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico City.

Alfonso Cuarón’s direction is impeccable, guiding the audience through every scene with a delicate touch that makes you feel like you’re right there with the characters.

The cinematography is nothing short of stunning, with each shot carefully crafted to capture the essence of the time and place.

The black and white visuals enhance the stark beauty of the urban landscape and the personal struggles of the characters.

Yalitza Aparicio’s performance as Cleo is simply outstanding, conveying the character’s depth and complexity with a quiet grace that speaks volumes.

The supporting cast is equally impressive, bringing authenticity to the film’s portrayal of class and social dynamics.

Roma (2018) [Criterion Collection] UK Only [DVD] [2019]
  • Yalitza Aparicio (Actor)
  • English (Subtitle)

4. Gravity (2013)

Gravity is a cinematic masterpiece that will leave you breathless.

From the opening shot, director Alfonso Cuarón sets a tone of tension and suspense that never lets up.

Sandra Bullock delivers a stunning performance as Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first space mission, who finds herself stranded in space after a satellite accident.

George Clooney also shines as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski, who tries to guide Stone back to Earth.

The visuals are nothing short of stunning. Cuarón’s use of long takes and seamless CGI create a sense of weightlessness that feels both realistic and otherworldly.

The space setting is both beautiful and terrifying, as the vast emptiness of space is contrasted with the danger of debris hurtling towards our protagonists.

The film’s sound design is also worth noting.

The silence of space is punctuated by the sounds of Stone’s breathing and heartbeat, adding to the already palpable tension.

Gravity is a true cinematic achievement and a must-watch for anyone who loves sci-fi, suspense, or just great filmmaking in general. Don’t miss this one.


  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (Actors)
  • Alfonso Cuarón (Director) - Jonás Cuarón (Writer) - Stephen Jones (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

5. Paris, je t’aime (2006)

Paris, je t’aime is a cinematic masterpiece that takes viewers on a journey through the beauty, and complexity of the City of Love.

This anthology film features 18 short vignettes, each directed by a different filmmaker, that capture different corners of Paris and the unique stories that unfold within them.

From the charming and whimsical “Faubourg Saint-Denis” to the heart-wrenching “Père-Lachaise,” each segment is a work of art in its own right, showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of the city through a range of genres and styles.

The film also boasts an impressive cast, including Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and many more.

What sets Paris, je t’aime apart is its ability to capture the essence of Paris through its people and their stories.

Each segment is a love letter to the city, a celebration of its beauty, history, and culture.

Watching this film is like taking a stroll through the streets of Paris, with each segment offering a new perspective and a deeper understanding of the city and its inhabitants.

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6. A Little Princess (1995)            

A Little Princess is a heartwarming and visually stunning adaptation of the classic children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Director Alfonso Cuarón beautifully captures the magic and imagination of Sara Crewe (played brilliantly by Liesel Matthews) as she navigates the challenges of life at a strict boarding school after the sudden loss of her beloved father.

The film is a feast for the eyes, with lush costumes, magnificent sets, and cinematography that transports the audience into Sara’s vivid world of storytelling and make-believe.

The supporting cast is also fantastic, with standout performances by Eleanor Bron as the stern headmistress, and Liam Cunningham as Sara’s father.

But what really makes A Little Princess stand out is its message of kindness and resilience in the face of adversity.

Despite the hardships she faces, Sara remains optimistic and generous, inspiring those around her to do the same.

A Little Princess
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, Liesel Matthews (Actors)
  • Alfonso Cuarón (Director) - Richard LaGravenese (Writer) - Mark Johnson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

7. Great Expectations (1998)      

As a lover of both literature and film, I was excited to watch the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations.

I must say, the film did not disappoint.

Director Alfonso Cuarón’s vision of Charles Dickens’ classic novel is both visually stunning and emotionally resonant.

The sweeping shots of the Florida marshlands and the haunting score perfectly capture the mood and tone of the story.

Ethan Hawke delivers a nuanced and captivating performance as the tormented protagonist Pip. Gwyneth Paltrow also shines as the enigmatic and alluring Estella.

The chemistry between the two leads is palpable, making their doomed love story even more tragic.


The supporting cast, including Anne Bancroft and Robert De Niro, also give strong performances that bring depth and complexity to the story.

Great Expectations
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria (Actors)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Director) - Charles Dickens (Writer) - Art Linson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a magical cinematic experience that transports you straight into the wizarding world.

Director Alfonso Cuarón masterfully captures the essence of J.K. Rowling’s beloved novel, bringing the story to life with stunning visuals and a darker tone that sets it apart from the previous films in the series.

The film follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they navigate their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is overshadowed by the escape of notorious convict Sirius Black.

The trio’s performances are top-notch, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson showcasing their growth as actors and their chemistry as friends.

But it’s the introduction of new characters that truly elevate the film. Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Sirius Black is nothing short of captivating, while David Thewlis brings a nuanced performance as Remus Lupin.

The addition of the Dementors, the soul-sucking guards of Azkaban prison, adds a layer of fear and tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The film’s score, composed by John Williams, is a standout element that perfectly captures the whimsy and wonder of the wizarding world while also adding to the film’s darker undertones.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson (Actors)
  • Alfonso Cuarón (Director) - J.K. Rowling (Writer) - Tanya Seghatchian (Producer)
  • English (Playback Languages)
  • English (Subtitle)

9. Sólo con tu pareja (1991)

Sólo con tu pareja is a delightful rom-com that showcases the wit and humor of Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.

The film follows the misadventures of Tomás Tomás, a womanizing bachelor who gets his comeuppance when he’s falsely diagnosed with AIDS and begins to see the error of his ways.

Cuarón’s direction is sharp and playful, with a visual style that’s both vibrant and stylish.


The film’s pacing is snappy and the dialogue is witty, making for a thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience.

The cast is top-notch, with Daniel Giménez Cacho delivering a standout performance as Tomás Tomás.

He’s charming, smarmy, and ultimately lovable in the role, making it easy to root for him even as he’s getting his just desserts.

Solo Con Tu Pareja (English Subtitled)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Dobrina Liubomirova, Claudia Ramirez (Actors)
  • Alfonso Cuarón (Director) - Alfonso Cuarón| (Writer) - Alfonso Cuarón (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)

Characteristics of Alfonso Cuarón Movies

 The movies of Alfonso Cuarón have a certain characteristic.

First, it is the way he presents his characters. The director usually makes his protagonists very human, with strong emotions and desires,

who try to reach their goals but are often confronted by obstacles. In this sense, the protagonist is always an ordinary person who does not have special qualities or abilities, but who tries to overcome these difficulties.

Second, the director gives life to his characters through revealing their innermost feelings and thoughts.

This is done through the use of dialogue in which they express themselves clearly and without fear of being misunderstood by their partners.

In addition, there are moments when they reveal their emotions through music or even gestures.

Finally, there is one more important characteristic that deserves mention: each character has a clear goal in mind which will lead him or her to achieve something valuable at the end of the film;

thus we can say that Alfonso Cuarón’s films are characterized by helping people find their place in life by developing their personality along with achieving personal goals and objectives.

Best Alfonso Cuarón Movies – Wrapping Up

The best movies from Alfonso Cuarón are the ones that he wrote, directed and produced. The ones that he worked on with his partner, Carlos Cuarón.

The ones that were based on his own life story. The ones where he got to explore new genres and try out new ideas.

It’s no surprise that the man who made Gravity and Children of Men has so many great films in his oeuvre. But how do you decide which is the best?

Alfonso Cuarón is one of those directors whose work seems to have a unique energy that makes it stand out from all others (if there is such a thing as an “other”).

The man has done it all: he started out as an actor and more recently became a successful screenwriter/director too (he wrote Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

He’s won awards in both fields and managed to make both blockbusters (Gravity) and arthouse fare (Children of Men).



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