Top Ten Underrated Film Directors

Established filmmakers who haven't got enough credit for their work on the big screen.

The Top Ten

1 Rob Reiner Rob Reiner
2 Edgar Wright
3 Walter Hill Walter Hill
4 David Gordon Green
5 Martin McDonagh
6 Lynne Ramsay
7 Andrew Dominik
8 David Ayer
9 Duncan Jones
10 Douglas Sirk

Douglas Sirk made several masterful movies during the 50s and earlier, most of which were successful in their initial release but forgotten over time.
He exlored social issues like racism, sexism in Hollywood, two class society, promiscuity, alcohol addiction, war, prejudices and other then-controversial topics in heartbreaking dramas like "Imitation of Life", "All that Heaven Allows", "Written on the Wind" or "A Time to Love and a Time to Die", among many others. He also made more mainstream movies like film noirs, westerns or history films in between, but his main filmography consists of sociocritic melodramas.
Please, even if you never heard of him or his movies - if you love the art of classic filmmaking, watch the 4 films I listed above. You will adore them. Else you'll miss some of the best works of cinema history. - Martin_Canine

The Newcomers

? Gregg Araki Gregg Araki
? Joseph Kosinski

Has only done a couple of movies (Tron: Legacy and Oblivion), but has so far proven to be quite an underrated talent in directing.
His movies show stylish visuals, ambitious storytelling, are atmospherically beautiful and are good for watching multiple times.
I think out of the two I like Tron: Legacy more, but Oblivion was pretty good as well. I'd be interested to see what he does next.

The Contenders

11 Michael Haneke Michael Haneke
12 Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll has made the mistake of directing video game adaptions to finance his more ambitious movies from the money he makes from them. Boll is not a fan of video games and his adaptions were made without putting his heart and soul into it, him pissing off the game's fan base. But check his original movies: "Assault on Wall Street", the "Rampage" movies, "Darfur",...
And if you don't see "Postal" as an adaption of the game, it is really funny in a Trey Parker and Matt Stone kind of way. Boll didn't create "Postal" as a game adaption, it was actually planned as an original movie, but if he didn't use that name for the film, studios didn't want to produce it due to its risky humor.
Boll is a passionate filmmaker when it comes to his own projects, but his subjects are often so touchy that no big film studio would finance them. So Boll directs mediocre mainstream movies to make a quick buck and independently finance his movies. Don't judge Boll by movies like "Alone in the Dark" or ...more - Martin_Canine

13 Rian Johnson
14 Paul W.S. Anderson
15 Takeshi Kitano
16 Uli Edel
17 Isao Takahata
18 Michael Moore Michael Moore
19 Michael Bay Michael Bay Michael Benjamin Bay is an American filmmaker known for directing and producing big-budget action films characterized by fast cutting, stylistic visuals and extensive use of special effects, including frequent depiction of explosions. V 1 Comment
20 Dexter Fletcher
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