Who’s the Better Director? Brad Bird or J. J. Abrams

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.


Brad Bird

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: The Iron Giant (1999), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), Tomorrowland (2015), Incredibles 2 (2018)


J. J. Abrams

2000s to 2010s Directorial Features: Mission: Impossible III (2006), Star Trek (2009), Super 8 (2011), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)


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

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Face/Off: Bird vs. Abrams

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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