Who’s the Better Director? Richard Donner or Tony Scott

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.


Richard Donner

1960s, 1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: X-15 (1961), Salt and Pepper (1968), Lola (1969), The Omen (1976), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980; uncredited), Inside Moves (1980), The Toy (1982), The Goonies (1985), Ladyhawke (1985), Lethal Weapon (1987), Scrooged (1988), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

1990s & 2000s Directorial Features: Radio Flyer (1992), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Maverick (1994), Assassins (1995), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Timeline (2003), 16 Blocks (2006), Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006)


Tony Scott

1980s & 1990s Directorial Features: The Hunger (1983), Top Gun (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Revenge (1990), Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Fan (1996), Enemy of the State (1998)

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Spy Game (2001), Man on Fire (2004), Domino (2005), Déjà Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), Unstoppable (2010)


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

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Face/Off: Donner vs. Scott

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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