Most Overrated Film Directors

The Top Ten

1 Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan

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

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

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.

This guy is good

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2 Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American filmmaker and actor. His films are characterized by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, utilization of ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular culture, soundtracks 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

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.

i agree

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3 Tim Burton Tim Burton

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

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.

4 Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg

No. This is 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.

Go back to your area making movies for children

No. This guy is amazing. Just no.

Good director but too overrated.

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5 James Cameron James Cameron

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

Yes, by far the most boring and overrated director ever.

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6 Ridley Scott
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.

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.

Never knew he was overrated from the start! - BoltMarksman

No one actually likes this director.

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


9 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

Deserves the praise he gets - jack2244

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10 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.

Him and Michael Bay are some of the best film directors ever - Alpha101

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

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The Contenders

11 David Fincher
12 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 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.

13 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!

14 Mel Gibson Mel Gibson

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.

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

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.

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)

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16 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.

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17 Tucker Max
18 Jason Friedberg
19 Kathryn Bigelow
20 Ethan Coen
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