Who’s the Better Director? The Coen Brothers or The Wachowskis

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.


Joel & Ethan Coen

1980s & 1990s Directorial Features: Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998)

2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The Ladykillers (2004), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009), True Grit (2010), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Hail, Caesar! (2016), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)


Lana & Lilly Wachowski

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Bound (1996), The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Speed Racer (2008), Cloud Atlas (2012), Jupiter Ascending (2015)


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

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Face/Off: Coens vs. Wachowskis

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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