Who’s the Better Director? Werner Herzog or Wolfgang Petersen

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.


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)


Wolfgang Petersen

1960s & 1970s Directorial Features: Stadt auf Stelzen (1965), Die rote Fahne (1968), Ich nicht (1969), Ich werde dich töten, Wolf (1971), Anna und Totò (1972), Smog (1973), Van der Valk und die Reichen (1973), One or the Other of Us (1973), Der Eine, der Andere (1974), Aufs Kreuz gelegt (1974), Die Stadt im Tal (1975), Stellenweise Glatteis (1975), Hans im Glück (1976), Vier gegen die Bank (1976), Planübung (1977), Die Konsequenz (1977), Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (1978)

1980s, 1990s, 2000s & 2010s Directorial Features: Das Boot (1981), The NeverEnding Story (1984), Enemy Mine (1985), Shattered (1991), In the Line of Fire (1993), Outbreak (1995), Air Force One (1997), The Perfect Storm (2000), Troy (2004), Poseidon (2006), Vier gegen die Bank (2016)


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

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Face/Off: Herzog vs. Petersen

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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