Who’s the Better Director? Alejandro González Iñárritu or Spike Lee

Welcome to the inaugural season of Face/Off! This season, we’re pitting two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and letting YOU, the commenters, decide on who reigns supreme!

You have to decide which director is better than the other? Various factors could play into your decision from who takes the biggest risks to who has the more distinctive style. Remember, it isn’t so much about which director has made the most money at the box office or won the most awards, but, in your mind, which director simply makes better films.

Let’s analyze the filmography of today’s challengers.


Alejandro González Iñárritu

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006), Biutiful (2010), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), The Revenant (2015)


Spike Lee

1980s & 1990s Directorial Features: Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), She’s Gotta Have It (1986), School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), Clockers (1995), Girl 6 (1996), Get on the Bus (1996), He Got Game (1998), Summer of Sam (1999)

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Bamboozled (2000), 25th Hour (2002), She Hate Me (2004), Inside Man (2006), Miracle at St. Anna (2008), Red Hook Summer (2012), Oldboy (2013), Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014), Chi-Raq (2015), Pass Over (2018), BlacKkKlansman (2018)


Only one can move on. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Iñárritu vs. Lee

Who's the better director?


Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the next round.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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