Who’s the Better Director? Werner Herzog or Sergio Leone

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.


Werner Herzog

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Signs of Life (1968), Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970), Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), Heart of Glass (1976), Stroszek (1977), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979)

1980s, 1990s, 2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Fitzcarraldo (1982), Where the Green Ants Dream (1984), Cobra Verde (1987), Scream of Stone (1991), Invincible (2001), The Wild Blue Yonder (2005), Rescue Dawn (2006), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? (2009), Queen of the Desert (2015), Salt and Fire (2016), Family Romance, LLC. (2019)


Sergio Leone

1950s to 1980s Directorial Features: The Last Days of Pompeii (1959), The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Duck, You Sucker! (1971), Once Upon a Time in America (1984)


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

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Face/Off: Herzog vs. Leone

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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