Who’s the Better Director? John Huston or Billy Wilder

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.


John Huston

1940s & 1950s Directorial Features: The Maltese Falcon (1941), In This Our Life (1942), Across the Pacific (1942), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), We Were Strangers (1949), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Red Badge of Courage (1951), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), Beat the Devil (1953), Moby Dick (1956), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958), The Roots of Heaven (1958)

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: The Unforgiven (1960), The Misfits (1960), Freud (1962), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Bible (1966), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), Casino Royale (1967; co-director), Sinful Davey (1969), A Walk with Love and Death (1969), The Kremlin Letter (1970), Fat City (1972), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Mackintosh Man (1973), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Independence (1976), Wise Blood (1979)

1980s Directorial Features: Phobia (1980), Victory (1981), Annie (1982), Under the Volcano (1984),  Prizzi’s Honor (1985), The Dead (1987)


Billy Wilder

1930s & 1940s Directorial Features: Mauvaise Graine (1934), The Major and the Minor (1942), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), Double Idemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), Death Mills (1945), The Emperor Waltz (1948), A Foreign Affair (1948)

1950s Directorial Features: Sunset Boulevard (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), Stalag 17 (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Some Like It Hot (1959)

1960s to 1980s Directorial Features: The Apartment (1960), One, Two, Three (1961), Irma la Douce (1963), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), Avanti! (1972), The Front Page (1974), Fedora (1978), Buddy Buddy (1981)


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

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Face/Off: Huston vs. Wilder

Who's the better director?


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

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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