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

Welcome to round two of Face/Off! For the next 12 weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round one 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 Round One: James Cameron (11 to 4)

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 Lynch

Who He Beat in Round One: Woody Allen (14 to 4)

1970s to 2000s Directorial Features: Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Lost Highway (1997), The Straight Story (1999), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006)


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

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Face/Off: Kubrick vs. Lynch

Who's the better director?


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


This ends the second round of Face/Off. Round 3 will begin Sunday, August 2, 2020.

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Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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