30. Alfonso Cuarón
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From an off-kilter AIDS comedy to a Harry Potter adventure — from a hormone-fueled road movie about horny teenagers to an Oscar-winning spectacle about a lone woman lost in space — Alfonso Cuarón has forged one of the most unpredictable and uncompromising careers in modern filmmaking.
Someone who’s not very familiar with his filmography would be startled to discover that a small but charmingly brilliant Spanish film Y Tu Mamá También was made by the same guy who directed two of the grandest science fiction films of this generation: Gravity (for which he became the first Mexican director to win an Oscar for Best Director) and Children of Men. His universally adored 2018 film Roma, which was released in theaters and on Netflix, cemented Cuarón’s place among the greatest auteurs working today.