Most Overrated Film Directors

The Top Ten

1 Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan Christopher Edward Nolan is an English film director, producer, and screenwriter who holds both British and American citizenship. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century.

Even though he is overrated, still he doesn't deserve to be on number 1. Those guy usually hate movies like Inception or Interstellar, most likely they missed great twisting of those movie. When I first watched Inception as 12 years old, I thought "what's so special about it. It's overrated". But then again I watched it few years later, then I realized I had missed one of the most leading trails of this movie. - zxm

Well, I don't think he deserves to be #1, but yeah he is still pretty overrated. While he has directed and wrote many great films over the course of his career, many people say that he is the best of the best and that his movies are totally flawless and perfect in every way. I'm, sorry people, but he is not a flawless director nor his films are. They all sometimes have prentetious dialogue, the pacing can really drag and most of his movies's endings feel weak. There are many other flaws that his films have, but I think people overlook them because the good stuff work so well, that they overshadow the things that are kinda boring, bland and prentetious. Overall he is a great director, but calm down people... he is not a god per say.

Remember guys, this is for OVERRATED directors, not BAD ones. By all account, Nolan is a good director, but is kinda pretentious and way overrated.

Are you people kidding me? This guy is not overrated he is underrated. Inception (my favorite) was great, Intersteller was great, Dunkirk was pretty good, the Dark Knight is good, The Dark Knight Rises is great, Batman Begins is good. The only bad movie he made is Memento.

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2 Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, writer, and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear story lines, satirical subject matter, an anesthetization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular ...read more.

He cemented the idea of non-linear films into hollywood says one of the comments (? ). The idea from non-linear storytelling comes from Stanley Kubrick's movie " The Killing ". The movie " Pulp fiction " is just a copy of that movie with ingredients of another 50's movie, Robert Aldrich's " Kiss me deadly ". There's no originality in his movies and I think it's right like another comment says that he should stop " paying homage to exploitation films ". Taking ideas from existing movies from the past and write a script with those ideas, is not what I call " being talented ". Overrated!

The most overrated director working currently in modern society. While his 90's work still holds up extremely well today, his 21st century work is nowhere near as good. They are over stylish films with little substance, unpleasant violence and are too bleeding long. He should spend less time paying homage to the exploitation films he grew up and be concerned about making great films that stand alone. And get back into that editing room for God's sake! - Mrveteran

While he is not the greatest of all time, he is truly brilliant. Films like Pulp Fiction cemented the idea of non linear films into Hollywood. The notion that he is overrated could be true. However, the notion is isn't brilliant is damn near a sin.

This guy is such an idiot. He is going to ruin Star Trek. So overrated. Oh, and to the people who vote Christopher Nolan and George Lucas:

HOW DARE YOU VOTE SUCH WONDERFUL FILM DIRECTORS WHO CHANGED THE CINEMATIC WORLD! BURN!

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3 James Cameron James Cameron James Cameron is a Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, and deep-sea explorer. He is best known for his films, The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic, and Avatar. He is also the third person in history to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ...read more.

He is seriously highly overrated. Only terminator 2 and aliens are his good movies but the rest of them suck. Ranging from the scientifically inaccurate, unrealistic avatar to the the boring and lengthy titanic. This director has done it all

That picture explains everything! - BoltMarksman

He's made some fantastic films no question, but on the whole he gets much more praise than he deserves

I never enjoyed titanic or avatar or just any other movie he has directed

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4 Tim Burton Tim Burton Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, Gothic, eccentric, and quirky fantasy films such as Beetle-juice (1988), Edward Scissor-hands (1990), the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), the biographical film ...read more.

His movies are just Hot Topic pandering at this point. Not everything has to be gothic, but Burton is a one-trick pony and doesn't seem to get that. Making every project of his dark and moody for the sake of it. He's predictable and boring. I enjoyed his earlier work when he was trying to get his foot in the door but enough is enough. I'd like to see him try doing something different for once. He's like stale weeks-old milk. I'd like to see some range. Good Directors have a wide range of styles and change things up every now and then but Burton continues to bash the same tired old drum over and over. It's boring and it makes him overrated as a result.

He was good until he started doing the same crap over and over, nearly every single one of his new films just looks like he's trying to duplicate Nightmare Before Christmas but it just never works

No how is sweeney todd anything like Nightmare Before Christmas?

His films are rubbish. He's been acclaimed for years, has a huge fan base and just makes the same films over and over with the same cast.

He just makes dark films that nobody understands

That's just cause you can't understand them. Most people these days can't understand anything! - GuitarGodSam

5 Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history.

No. This is just...no. This man is a prolific director: Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Indiana Jones, ET, Schindler's List. Even Hook, while not a perfect movie, is still entertaining and well directed. There is no reason for this man to be on the list.

I hate it when people say "He makes movies for children." because that's not all true! So you really think Temple of doom, Schindler's List, and Saving Private Ryan are for kids? Of course not!

No. This guy is amazing. Just no.

A Panderer to the popular vote, Flintstones, E.T. and A.I. because it was Kubrick's (a true master) and he still bothced it up. A clown really, a sad one.

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6 Ridley Scott

Well he was good... but not anymore... just like every other old directors... they don't go wit the flow... they're still stuck in the 80's... they are just old fashioned... - supermatte

7 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.

I just have to respond to that stupid comment because of how stupid it is. That stupid question" When in the history of mankind has anyone ever OVERRATED Michael Bay" would be as stupid of a question if you replaced his name with the name of any stupid pop star on that question. So since he made a bunch of money for himself and the people he worked with, that makes him a great man? Gee, that would mean that El Chapo is a great man since he made a bunch of money for himself and many murderous drug traffickers. Bay does not have McDonald's syndrome, which is obviously something that you made up. Bay does not appeal to everyone, and neither does McDonald's, since most people aren't fat, and many people never were. Bay mostly appeals to teens and people with ADHD problems. That doesn't make Bay a winner. That just means that he appeals to his target audience. If he's a winner, then so are the people that made the baby geniuses films, the twilight films, or the films of the scary movie ...more

If you're going to make a Michael Bay film, just remember that there are fans who will always, I repeat, always expect to have everything in there: No story, but just two hours of endless explosions, attractive women, sexual innuendos, slapstick and sexual humor, Steve Jablonsky music, Linkin Park music in the credits, more screen time of the main stars, car chases, shaky cameras, giant robots, military, male protagonists, helicopters at the sunset, product placements, fast cuts, fast-pacedness, etc. So they can canonize it. Oh, and why I put him on the list is because of the DAMN FANBOYS! D:< THEY WORSHIP HIM LIKE A GOD! THEY'RE CRAZY, STUPID, OVERZEALOUS, DEFENSIVE, AND PLAIN GULLIBLE, AND WON'T TAKE CRITICISM! When someone criticizes Michael Bay or his movies, THEY WILL LITERALLY GET INTO FIGHTS OVER IT! I'M NOT KIDDING! I do have no problem with people liking Michael Bay and his movies, but it's that he doesn't even know you, he's hard to get along with; he's likely ...more

When in the history of mankind has anyone ever OVERRATED Michael Bay? I won't say he's underrated, but he's vastly under-appreciated. If his job is to make money for the studio... then it would only follow that the man is tremendously good at what he's being hired to do. Bay suffers from McDonald's syndrome; make something good enough for mass culture and advertise the hell out of it, then watch as the hordes empty their pockets before you. Everyone will buy your product and hate you later.

Sorry guys, Bay is a winner. The only man in his position to have ever earned his team more money is weirdly above him on this list.

Michael Bay Presents: EXPLOSIONS! - PerfectImpulseX

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8 Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, was an English-American film director and producer, at times referred to as "The Master of Suspense".

Alfred Hitchcock every time. Every Hitchcock I've ever seen always ended stupidly. It always looked like it would get interesting but it NEVER DID! In "Rear Window", there was an exciting tension scene that led to not very much. There's a small fight and they "confirm" the murders! Disappoints. In "Vertigo", there was the scene that everybody's heard of before and is tired with, and the rest is basically following this girl and not learning much for an hour, and then another hour watching the characters get to know each other again, before the most stupid ending in which there's a huge drama about them COMPLAINING about the scene that everyone's seen! In "Dial "M" for Murder", the film itself is OK, but it ends in spectacular stupidity, when they know that the detectives know who did it, but they just watch him for tedious minutes and then the film ends, without anyone seeing them do anything afterwards! In "The Birds", there ...more

Him being on this list is absolutely disgusting. He almost invented the horror genre of films. He was a brilliant innovator of filming. Inventing several techniques that are still used today. And, the idea that his film are "predictable" or "full of cliches" are idiotic. The reason you think this is because his ideas have been parodied over and over again. He was a true genius.

He's like the Beatles for me. Apparently you had to be there to appreciate it. A few decades of evolution later, neither would appear very innovative. But your elders will ALWAYS try to regale you with their respective progeny and how they 'changed everything'.

When you've grown up, learned and experienced things in a time period where so many have produced material influenced by the innovators, it is very hard to recognize and give credit to the original brilliance. - Billyv

Star Wars is the greatest film of all time. George Lucas made good changes. Greedo shot first. Jar-Jar Binks is the greatest character of all time and Attack of the Clones is the most thought-provoking and most emotional film of all time.
Signed, Alfred Hitchcock Jr

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9 David Fincher

Said I do hearing about this guy everywhere I go. Yes such an overrated hack.

10 Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.

Get him off please! - wren6

He looks like a Japanese George Lucas. - PerfectImpulseX

So tired of hearing about him, and how "great" his movies are.

HE IS UNDERRATED

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The Contenders

11 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder is an American filmmaker, best known for his action and science fiction films.

300 is a pathetic Gladiator wannabe! There I said it!

He only made 3 good movies: Man of Steel, Dawn of the Dead, and 300! He made Sucker Punch, Batman v Superman, Legend of the Guardians, and Watchmen... All of which were bad... Or average.

He doesn't understand comics, Batman doesn't KILL PEOPLE

Snyder is best

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12 George Lucas George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.

Lucas might have borrowed some good concept, but his directing has always been very heavy-handed and questionable. The first Star Wars movie, though wildly popular on its release does not hold up but the Empire Strikes Back, in the hands of a qualified director, still looks good. Lucas' repackaging of the original three Star Wars films is an abomination. And really, let's not forget Howard The Duck and Willow.

American Graffiti was a great movie.

How is he overrated. He made the best movie franchise. Get him off right now please - wren6

Overrated as hell directed 2 good moviee

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13 Peter Jackson Peter Jackson Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a New Zealand filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known as the director, writer and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkein. He is also known for cult films like Bad ...read more.

If you vote this man higher on the list, I will assume that you've never seen anything the man directed before The Frighteners.

He gutted LOTR and he Hobbit, turning them into mindless and stupid action movies. - FrozenHatingPokefan

14 Upendra Rao

Don't know him. But after seeing him on top of "greatest director" I had checked his movies on IMDB. But more than 70% of his movies got ratings between 5-6 on IMDB. - zxm

How can be be number 1 best directors list

15 Oliver Stone Oliver Stone

Let me ask ya something kids, do you think George Bush orchestrated 9/11? Yeah? Well do I have the director for you!

Platoon was amazing! What are you talking about?

No

16 Mel Gibson Mel Gibson Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, namely his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series, and as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series.

He directed one of the most insufferable films of all time (Passion)

And a pretty damn solid effort (Apocalypto)

If you have the integrity to separate the art from the artist, it's a split decision for me.

Overrated. Enough said! - Strobo

17 Spike Lee

A several-decade long career of inciting racial tensions and yelling at Reggie Miller with a small break to film Inside Man like a sane person.

Racist scumbag! There's no putting it gently.

I don't like him at all. At least he isn't *shutters* Uwe Boll. - RalphBob

18 Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Ann Bigelow is an American director, producer, and writer. Her films include the vampire Western horror film Near Dark, the action crime film Point Break, the science fiction action thriller Strange Days, the mystery thriller The Weight of Water, the submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker, ...read more.
19 Tucker Max
20 Jason Friedberg
21 Dennis Dugan
22 Zach Braff
23 M. Night Shyamalan M. Night Shyamalan Manoj "M. Night" Shyamalan is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings.

Shyamalan, cut it out with your movie twists! They're not clever!

24 Kevin Smith Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith and the end of the 90s was kind of like when a hippie stops doing so many drugs and realizes they have no idea why they were listening to the Grateful Dead that whole time.

After Dogma, it's been downhill

25 James Gunn

Guardians of the galaxy is the worst out of all the movies he's directed

Honestly, what a terrible director

He should be number 1

26 Woody Allen Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.

Same jokes over and over again. Maybe two or three movies with a descent ending but otherwise his endings sucks on so many of his movies. His characters are most of the time always the same ( a lawyer, a girl who works on a art gallery, an artist, a writer... ). He's suposed to be great and the best director in showing us New York ( but it's always Mannathan, the village... I think that Martin Scorsese is a Thousand times better to show us the " real " New York ). There's also too many jewish comments and humor in his movies ( he's suposed to be an atheist? ). His ideas of most of his films have no originality ( most of his stories are rewritings of Ingmar Bergman movies ). I'm not saying that he's one of the worst directors and some movies ( not many ) are worth watching but he gets too many credits. Overrated!

27 J.J. Abrams J.J. Abrams

Is in capable of original idea's, cannot write to save his life, hasn't had a single good movie, and just re-hashes the same idea's again and again, nothing but a one trick fan-boy

28 Ethan Coen

The Coens are near the top. They don't miss. Their worst movie, if there was one may fall into just good.
The majority of their movies are solid and as good as it gets.

29 Paul Thomas Anderson

The worst of all. Its impossible to stand his movies, Most of the scenes are useless and take movie in no direction. But major disaster is the dialogues, all his films require superb edit. In turn good edit can chop off those films by 45%

30 Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. ...read more.
31 Wes Craven
32 Sofia Coppola Sofia Coppola
33 David Lynch David Lynch David Keith Lynch is an American director, screenwriter, producer, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era".

Just overrated

34 Joss Whedon

The Avengers is good, just not great.

35 Darren Aronofsky

A one trick player! Can't even direct to save his life! Mother is going to bomb the box office! Why the hell is anyone even anticipated for it? Black Swan was his only good movie and the rest are trash! Take lessons from Spielberg or Ridley Scott please! But since he's already an insult to those great directors, I highly doubt it. Cause he is too busy hooking up with an overrated to the extreme annoying actress! Yeah, I'm talking to you, J Law.

36 Alejandro G. IƱarritu
37 Martin Scorsese Martin Scorsese Martin Charles Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years. He is best known for directing films such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, ...read more.
38 Wes Anderson
39 Sam Mendes
40 Dario Argento

Not really overrated. He's one of the first directors to give us some " good B-movies " in the late sixties and early seventies in sex-violence-horror genres. Many directors and movies were inspired afterwards by his movies.

41 Paul Greengrass
42 Upendra Kannada
43 David Ayer

A one-trick pony, unlikable characters acting tough, yawn

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