Who’s the Better Director? Doug Liman or Michael Bay

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.


Doug Liman

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Getting In (1994), Swingers (1996), Go (1999), The Bourne Identity (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Jumper (2008), Fair Game (2010), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), The Wall (2017), American Made (2017)


Michael Bay

1990s & 2000s Directorial Features: Bad Boys (1995), The Rock (1996), Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

2010s Directorial Features: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Pain & Gain (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), 6 Underground (2019)


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

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Face/Off: Liman vs. Bay

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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