Who’s the Better Director? John Landis or Ivan Reitman

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.


John Landis

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: Schlock (1973), The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983; co-director), Into the Night (1985), Spies Like Us (1985), Three Amigos (1986), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987; co-director), Coming to America (1988)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Oscar (1991), Innocent Blood (1992), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), The Stupids (1996), Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), Susan’s Plan (1998), Burke and Hare (2010)


Ivan Reitman

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: Foxy Lady (1971), Cannibal Girls (1973), Meatballs (1979), Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Legal Eagles (1986), Twins (1988), Ghostbusters II (1989)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Kindergarten Cop (1990), Dave (1993), Junior (1994), Fathers’ Day (1997), Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), Evolution (2001), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), No Strings Attached (2011), Draft Day (2014)


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

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Face/Off: Landis vs. Reitman

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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