Who’s the Better Director? John McTiernan or Herbert Ross

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 McTiernan

1980s to 2000s Directorial Features: Nomads (1986), Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Medicine Man (1992), Last Action Hero (1993), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), The 13th Warrior (1999), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Rollerball (2002), Basic (2003)


Herbert Ross

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), T.R. Baskin (1971), Play It Again, Sam (1972), The Last of Sheila (1973), The Sunshine Boys (1975), Funny Lady (1975), The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), The Turning Point (1977), The Goodbye Girl (1977), California Suite (1978)

1980s & 1990s Directorial Features: Nijinsky (1980), Pennies From Heaven (1981), I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982), Max Dugan Returns (1983), Footloose (1984), Protocol (1984), The Secret of My Success (1987), Dancers (1987), Steel Magnolias (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990), True Colors (1991), Undercover Blues (1993), Boys on the Side (1995)


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

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Face/Off: McTiernan vs. Ross

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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