Who’s the Better Director? Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford 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.


Martin Scorsese

1960s to 1980s Directorial Features: Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1967), Boxcar Bertha (1972), Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), Kundun (1995), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Silence (2016), The Irishman (2019)


Francis Ford Coppola

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Tonight for Sure (1962), The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962; co-director), Dementia 13 (1963), You’re a Big Boy Now (1966), Finian’s Rainbow (1968), The Rain People (1969), The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979)

1980s Directorial Features: One from the Heart (1982), The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), Captain EO (1986), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Gardens of Stone (1987), Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), New York Stories (1989; co-director)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: The Godfather Part III (1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Jack (1996), The Rainmaker (1997), Youth Without Youth (2007), Tetro (2009), Twixt (2011)


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

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Face/Off: Scorsese 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.


This ends the first round of Face/Off. Round 2 will begin Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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