Who’s the Better Director? Quentin Tarantino or Stanley Kubrick

Welcome to the quarterfinals of Face/Off: Battle Royale! For the next three weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round three 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.


Quentin Tarantino

Who He Beat in Round Three: Joel & Ethan Coen (18-12)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglorious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)


Stanley Kubrick

Who He Beat in Round Three: Terry Gilliam (26-6)

1950s to 1990s Directorial Features: Fear and Desire (1953), Killer’s Kiss (1955), The Killing (1956), Paths of Glory (1957), Spartacus (1960), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Eyes Wide Shut (1999)


Only one can advance to the next stage of the Battle Royale. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Battle Royale: Tarantino vs. Kubrick

Who's the better director?


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

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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