Who’s the Better Director? John Hughes or Robert Zemeckis

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.


John Hughes

Who He Beat in Round Two: Penny Marshall (11 to 4)

1980s & 1990s Directorial Features: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Weird Science (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), She’s Having a Baby (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), Curly Sue (1991)


Robert Zemeckis

Who He Beat in Round Two: Danny Boyle (10 to 5)

1970s to 1990s 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), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997)

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009), 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: Hughes vs. Zemeckis

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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