Thursday, December 15, 2011

Which is Better?

Billy Wilder
10 sample films:

Some Like It Hot
Sunset Blvd
Double Indemnity
The Front Page
The Fortune Cookie
The Seven Year Itch
The Apartment
Buddy Buddy
The Spirit of St. Louis


Woody Allen
10 sample films:

Hannah and her Sisters
Deconstructing Harry
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Mighty Aphrodite
Midnight in Paris
Whatever Works
The Purple Rose of Cairo

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section


  1. I have only seen two films from Wilder and three from Allen, but right now my vote goes to Wilder, easily. Sunset Boulevard is one of the best films I have seen, and I just haven't been impressed by anything from Allen yet.

  2. Wow! That's easy, but also difficult, to answer. It's easy, because Wilder is clearly the best storyteller ever -- but hard, because Allen has some of the best, most memorable, characters ever.

    But, when it comes down to it... Wilder films are more cinematic. Both filmmakers are gifted storytellers, but Wilder uses characters, performance, story AND visuals in a much more skilled manner.

  3. I like both, but Wilder wins because I've seen more movies from him.

  4. Hands Down Wilder. His versatility is amazing. And I do have a little problem with Allen as an actor.

  5. I really have nothing profound to say as I've only seen one Billy Wilder film in Some Like It Hot and has seen a lot of films by Woody Allen.

  6. Billy Wilder, hands down. A strong case could be made for him to not just be better than Allen, but to be the best director ever. Take a look at his incredible run of films from the early 40s to the mid 60s. He also made great films not just from his own scripts, but from other people's scripts, too. Other directors also turned his scripts into award winning films.

  7. Holy god, tough choice. I've seen every movie Woody Allen has made, yet I'm still inclined to go with Wilder.

    Let me put it this way, Woody Allen has made some great films, but nothing he's done comes close to the power of Wilder's The Lost Weekend. A masterpiece.

  8. While a have seen a few of Wilder’s films, and consider him to be a far better director, I still have a soft spot for Woody Allen’s works (which I have seen almost all of). If the choice was solely based on whose films I am more likely to re-watch on a whim then Allan would probably win. However, looking at overall works, Wilder wins hands down.

  9. I love both of these guys but no matter how much I like the Woodman, he cannot compete with films Some Like It Hot, Double Indemnity, The Apartment.....

  10. There's are my two favorite directors, and I've seen all of their films. That being said, Wilder, handily. Though Allen's work is more revealing of him and the way one man can see the world, Wilder's films always come across as peeling back the curtain and showing us how we ourselves work.

    Still, a damned tough choice.


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