Who’s the Better Director? Denis Villeneuve or Sam Mendes

Welcome to round three of Face/Off! For the next six weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round two 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.


Denis Villeneuve

Who He Beat in Round Two: Alejandro González Iñárritu (18 to 5)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: August 32nd on Earth (1998), Maelström (2000), Polytechnique (2009), Incendies (2010), Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2013), Sicario (2015), Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017)


Sam Mendes

Who He Beat in Round Two: Kathryn Bigelow (12 to 5)

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 to the Battle Royale. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Denis Villeneuve vs. Mendes

Who's the better director?


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

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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