Who’s the Better Director? David O. Russell or Sam Mendes

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.


David O. Russell

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Spanking the Monkey (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Three Kings (1999), I ♥ Huckabees (2004), The Fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), Joy (2015)


Sam Mendes

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: American Beauty (1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Jarhead (2005), Revolutionary Road (2008), Away We Go (2009), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), 1917 (2019)


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

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Face/Off: Russell vs. Mendes

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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