Who’s the Better Director? Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay

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.


Roland Emmerich

1970s  to 1990s Directorial Features: Franzmann (1979), The Noah’s Ark Principle (1984), Joey (1985), Hollywood-Monster (1987), Moon 44 (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998)

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: The Patriot (2000), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 10,000 BC (2008), 2012 (2009), Anonymous (2011), White House Down (2013), Stonewall (2015), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Midway (2019)


Michael Bay

1990s & 2000s Directorial Features: Bad Boys (1995), The Rock (1996), Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

2010s Directorial Features: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Pain & Gain (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)


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

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Face/Off: Emmerich vs. Bay

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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