Who’s the Better Director? Danny Boyle or Robert Zemeckis

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.


Danny Boyle

1990s & 2000s Directorial Features: Shallow Grave (1994), Trainspotting (1996), A Life Less Ordinary (1997), The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Millions (2004), Sunshine (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

2010s Directorial Features: 127 Hours (2010), Trance (2013), Steve Jobs (2015), T2 Trainspotting (2017), Yesterday (2019)


Robert Zemeckis

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989)

1990s & 2000s Directorial Features: Back to the Future Part III (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009)

2010s Directorial Features: Flight (2012), The Walk (2015), Allied (2016), Welcome to Marwen (2018)


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

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Face/Off: Boyle vs. Zemeckis

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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