Who’s the Better Director? Orson Welles or Sergio Leone

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.


Orson Welles

1940s Directorial Features: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Journey into Fear (1943; co-director), The Stranger (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Macbeth (1948)

1950s to 2010s Directorial Features: Othello (1951), Mr. Arkadin (1955), Touch of Evil (1958), The Trial (1962), Chimes at Midnight (1965), The Immortal Story (1968), F for Fake (1974; co-director), Don Quixote de Orson Welles (1992), The Other Side of the Wind (2018)


Sergio Leone

1950s to 1980s Directorial Features: The Last Days of Pompeii (1959), The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Duck, You Sucker! (1971), Once Upon a Time in America (1984)


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

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Face/Off: Welles vs. Leone

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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