Let Them Fight! Penny Marshall vs. Sofia Coppola

Welcome to “Let Them Fight!”, where we pit two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and let YOU, the commenters decide on who reigns supreme! For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here .

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

Now on to today’s fighters, another pairing of actresses-turned-directors: Penny Marshall and Sofia Coppola.


Penny Marshall

Date of Birth: October 15, 1943 (age 74)

First Directorial Feature: Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986)

Latest Directorial Feature: Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)


Sofia Coppola

Date of Birth: May 14, 1971 (age 46)

First Directorial Feature: The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Latest Directorial Feature: The Beguiled (2017)


Alright, FIGHT!