Who’s the Better Director? Clint Eastwood or Roman Polanski

Welcome to round two of Face/Off! For the next 12 weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round one matches against each other 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.


Clint Eastwood

Who He Beat in Round One: Charlie Chaplin (13 to 7)

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: Play Misty for Me (1971), High Plains Drifter (1973), Breezy (1973), The Eiger Sanction (1975), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Bronco Billy (1980), Firefox (1982), Honkytonk Man (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988)

1990s Directorial Features: White Hunter Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999),

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009), Hereafter (2010), J. Edgar (2011), Jersey Boys (2014), American Sniper (2014), Sully (2016), The 15:17 to Paris (2018), The Mule (2018), Richard Jewell (2019)


Roman Polanski

Who He Beat in Round One: Claire Denis (12 to 0)

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965), Cul-de-sac (1966), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Macbeth (1971), What? (1972), Chinatown (1974), The Tenant (1976), Tess (1979)

1980s to 2010s Directorial Features: Pirates (1986), Frantic (1988), Bitter Moon (1992), Death and the Maiden (1994), The Ninth Gate (1999), The Pianist (2002), Oliver Twist (2005), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), The Ghost Writer (2010), Carnage (2011), Venus in Fur (2013), Based on a True Story (2017), An Officer and a Spy (2019)


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

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Face/Off: Eastwood vs. Polanski

Who's the better director?


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

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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