Who’s the Better Director? Robert Zemeckis or Ron Howard

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.


Robert Zemeckis

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989)

1990s & 2000s Directorial Features: Back to the Future Part III (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009)

2010s Directorial Features: Flight (2012), The Walk (2015), Allied (2016), Welcome to Marwen (2018)


Ron Howard

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: Grand Theft Auto (1977), Night Shift (1982), Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Gung Ho (1986), Willow (1988), Parenthood (1989)

1990s & 2000s Directorial Features: Backdraft (1991), Far and Away (1992), The Paper (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Ransom (1996), EDtv (1999), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Missing (2003), Cinderella Man (2005), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Frost/Nixon (2008), Angels & Demons (2009)

2010s Directorial Features: The Dilemma (2011), Rush (2013), In the Heart of the Sea (2015), Inferno (2016), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)


Two enter, only one leaves. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Zemeckis vs. Howard

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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