Who’s the Better Director? Terrence Malick or Jane Campion

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.


Terrence Malick

1970s to 2010s Directorial Features: Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998), The New World (2005), The Tree of Life (2011), To the Wonder (2012), Knight of Cups (2015), Song to Song (2017), A Hidden Life (2019)


Jane Campion

1980s & 2000s Directorial Features: Two Friends (1986), Sweetie (1989), An Angel at My Table (1990), The Piano (1993), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Holy Smoke! (1999), In the Cut (2003), Bright Star (2009)


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

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Face/Off: Malick vs. Campion

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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