Who’s the Better Director? Penny Marshall or John Hughes

Welcome to round two of Face/Off! For the next 12 weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round one matches against each other 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.


Penny Marshall

1980s to 2000s Directorial Features: Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986), Big (1988), Awakenings (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), Renaissance Man (1994), The Preacher’s Man (1996), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)


John Hughes

1980s & 1990s Directorial Features: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Weird Science (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), She’s Having a Baby (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), Curly Sue (1991)


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

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Face/Off: Marshall vs. Hughes

Who's the better director?


Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the next round.

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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