Who’s the Better Director? Michael Mann or Martin Campbell

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.


Michael Mann

1980s & 1990s Directorial Features: Thief (1981), The Keep (1983), Manhunter (1986), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999)

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Ali (2001), Collateral (2004), Miami Vice (2006), Public Enemies (2009), Blackhat (2015)


Martin Campbell

1970s to 1990s Directorial Features: The Sex Thief (1973), Three for All (1975), Eskimo Nell (1975), Criminal Law (1988), Defenseless (1991), No Escape (1994), GoldenEye (1995), The Mask of Zorro (1998)

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Vertical Limit (2000), Beyond Borders (2003), The Legend of Zorro (2003), Casino Royale (2006), Edge of Darkness (2010), Green Lantern (2011), The Foreigner (2017)


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

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Face/Off: Mann vs. Campbell

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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