Infrequent as they are, a new film from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron is always worth the wait. Let’s take a look back at all eight of Cuaron’s movies, ranked worst to best.
Born in Mexico City in 1961, Cuaron made his directorial debut when he was just 30-years-old with the Spanish-language farce “Solo con Tu Pareja” (1991). He was soon drafted by Hollywood to helm the children’s film “A Little Princess” (1995) and the modern day Charles Dickens adaptation “Great Expectations” (1998).
It was with “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2001), a sexy road trip comedy shot in Mexico, that Cuaron reaped his first Oscar nomination in Best Original Screenplay (alongside his brother, Carlos). He returned to America shortly thereafter to direct the third installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise, “The Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004).
Oscar voters took notice of the filmmaker once again with the dystopian future drama “Children of Men” (2006), for which he received Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing nominations. He hit the awards jackpot 7 years later with another sci-fi epic, “Gravity” (2013), becoming the first Hispanic to win Best Director. Cuaron picked up an additional prize for Best Film Editing, and the movie also won for its cinematography, score, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects.
With his follow-up “Roma,” Cuaron returned to his native Mexico City to tell a story about a poor maid (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio) working for a middle-class family in the early 1970s, based largely on his own memories of growing up. The film brought him Oscars for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film, as well as another nomination in Best Picture.
Tour our photo gallery above featuring all eight of Cuaron’s films, and see if your favorite tops the list.
– Original text and gallery published in October 2018.