Most Overrated Film Directors

The Top Ten

1 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.

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.

Fanboys. em.

Good director.
GOOD.

Nothing more. Oh sorry, apparently he's the next holy grail.
Fires me up that such incredible visionaries are overshadowed by people who went to see a movie at the cinema, and it was better than most other blockbusters they saw (ie transformers, fast and furious- the usual Hollywood drivel) and that makes him the god of film.

Maybe, for once in your lives, you should try to THINK- before you say something.

Not BAD, but so horribly overrated it kills me.
Try PT Anderson, Leone, Tarkovsky, Kurosawa, Bergman, Tarantino, Scorsese, Melville, Renoir, Hitchcock... ANYONE

And for those who say he's the next Kubrick- It is very clear you have never seen a Stanley Kubrick film. At least I hope not.

Nice to see him at no.3. At least some people agree

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.

I don't think he is bad or any or his movies are bad but I think they are all really overrated. One thing I dislike is how dull the look of everything is, so grey and boring. He even made the world of Gotham city and batman look boring. I get that was kind of the point as he wanted to make it feel like a real city but personally I didn't like that

2 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!

There is nothing cinematic about his films, all films are like cheap stage plays, prolonged dialogues full of slangs. You can not call those films comedy, you can not even call them acting. You never feel pity on any on the character ever when they die very miserably.

You people bashing his style of directing do realize that its purposeful right? His films are meant to be over the top and gratuitous in terms of language and violence. The man is brilliant but I give you the knocks on Django and The Hateful Eight.

3 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

Titanic and Avatar: The most overrated movies ever. Both directed by James Cameron.

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

I guess he must be on the first of over-rated movie directors

4 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.

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.

Yes his movies are not as great just remember he made the dumbo remake

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!

5 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!

Steven Spielberg has made some good blockbusters, but none are good enough to be considered all time greats. Being prolific does not make you a great film director.

His work has been getting worse and worse until it has come to Ready player one, which straight up sucked. The book was way better.

6 Ridley Scott Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science fiction horror film Alien, further works include the neo-noir dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner, historical drama Gladiator, and science fiction film The Martian.

He is an okay director but gets way too much credit

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...

7 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.

Not at all overrated, but his talent window was sadly brief. THX1138 and Star Wars were masterpieces... and then *poof*

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

Him and Michael Bay are some of the best film directors ever

8 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.

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.

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

The Rock is the only movie of his I can tolerate.

9 David Fincher David Andrew Leo Fincher is an American film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and music video director.

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

10 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 is no ending to it. It all ends in the middle of the main ...more

I think you see it all wrong. He never won an oscar in his career for a good reason. Was concidered in his time as too commercial by critics, not very good in lightning / photography effects, poor in special effects etc... His overrating status came in the seventies ( an era of crisis after the " golden " sixties ) when people were appreciating simple cheap techniques to make movies ( films in one room with one camera, cheap decors... ). His simple use of technique was teached at filmacademies later on. He became a model for B-movie directors what contributed to his popularity by the general public who in return overrated his talent.

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.

Some of his movies had really good stories but he was no " master " in putting his stories into quality films. Bad special effects, bad lightning ( as a movie director you should tell the " director of photography / lightning " how you want your film to be realistic as possible )... If he never won an oscar in his life, it's for a good reason. Mediocre made-films that are getting too much credit for being exeptional.

The Contenders

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

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

He looks like a Japanese George Lucas.

More like underrated in my opinion

Get him off please!

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

His only good film is his 1st film, the Dawn of the Dead remake, then he married his way into the industry, marrying a Warner Bros. chief executive and making the most pretentious pieces of garbage I've ever seen, e.g. Watchmen, Batman V Superman. There's nothing clever about hamfisted Jesus symbolism... Nothing! (Especially when it has no relation to the film what so ever)

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.

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

Snyder is best

13 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.

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.

How can be be number 1 best directors list

15 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.

16 J.J. Abrams

He just copies other people, especially when making prequels and sequels to previous film trilogies

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

17 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?

18 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!

19 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.
20 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!

21 Tucker Max
22 Jason Friedberg
23 Dennis Dugan
24 Zach Braff
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

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