Who’s the Better Director? Stanley Kubrick or Terry Gilliam

Welcome to round three of Face/Off! For the next six weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round two 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 Two: David Lynch (15-6)

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)


Terry Gilliam

Who He Beat in Round Two: Ridley Scott (10-10; won coin toss)

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Jabberwocky (1977), Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Tideland (2005), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), The Zero Theorem (2013), The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)


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

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Face/Off: Kubrick vs. Gilliam

Who's the better director?


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

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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