Who’s the Better Director? Stanley Kubrick or David Fincher

Welcome to the semifinals of Face/Off: Battle Royale! For the next week we will be pitting two directors who won their quarterfinal 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.


Stanley Kubrick

Who He Beat in the Quarterfinals: Quentin Tarantino (30-30; won coin toss)

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)


David Fincher

Who He Beat in the Quarterfinals: Doug Liman (20-1)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Alien 3 (1992), Se7en (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Gone Girl (2014)


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: Kubrick vs. Fincher

Who's the better director?

Thanks for your answer!


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

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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