Who’s the Better Director? John Woo or Sofia Coppola

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 Woo

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Dead Knot (1968), Ouran (1968), The Young Dragons (1974), The Dragon Tamers (1975), Princess Chang Ping (1976), Hand of Death (1976), Money Crazy (1977), Hello, Late Homecomers (1978), Follow the Star (1978), Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

1980s Directorial Features: From Riches to Rags (1980), To Hell with the Devil (1981), Laughing Times (1981), Plain Jane to the Rescue (1982), The Time You Need a Friend (1984), Run, Tiger, Run (1985), Heroes Shed No Tears (1986), A Better Tomorrow (1986), A Better Tomorrow II (1987), The Killer (1989), Just Heroes (1989)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Bullet in the Head (1990), Once a Thief (1991), Hard Boiled (1992), Hard Target (1993), Broken Arrow (1996), Face/Off (1997), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Windtalkers (2002), Paycheck (2003), Red Cliff: Part I (2008), Red Cliff: Part II (2009), Reign of Assassins (2010), The Crossing (2014), The Crossing: Part II (2015), Manhunt (2017)


Sofia Coppola

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010), The Bling Ring (2013), A Very Murray Christmas (2015), The Beguiled (2017)


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

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Face/Off: Woo vs. Coppola

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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