Top 10 Most Overrated Film Directors

The Top Ten
1 Quentin Tarantino Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American filmmaker, actor, film critic and author. His films are characterized by frequent references to popular culture and film history, nonlinear storylines, dark humor, stylized violence, extended dialogue, pervasive use of profanity, cameos and... read more

He cemented the idea of non-linear films into Hollywood, says one of the comments. The idea of 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 writing a script with those ideas is not what I call "being talented." Overrated!

2 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 boring and lengthy Titanic. This director has done it all.

I quite frequently argue that 'The Terminator' and 'Aliens' are his best films because they were the ones in which he had the least creative control. He has no creativity.

His technical achievements are marvelous, but he can't manage to develop characters.

3 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. He makes 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 beat the same tired old drum over and over. It's boring and makes him overrated as a result.

4 Christopher Nolan Christopher Edward Nolan, CBE (born 30 July 1970), is a British-American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His films have grossed more than US$5 billion worldwide and have garnered 11 Academy Awards from 36 nominations... read more

Well, I don't think he deserves to be #1, but yeah, he is still pretty overrated. While he has directed and written 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 are his films. They sometimes have pretentious dialogue, the pacing can really drag, and most of his movie endings feel weak. There are many other flaws that his films have, but I think people overlook them because the good stuff works so well that it overshadows the things that are kinda boring, bland, and pretentious.

Overall, he is a great director, but calm down, people... he is not a god, per se.

5 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 concepts, 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. However, 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.

THX-1138 is great. American Graffiti and Star Wars are good films. However, they are not directed well. The Star Wars prequels are not good films.

6 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 film 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! Disappointing.

In "Vertigo," there was the scene that everybody's heard of before and is tired of, 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. 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. 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 afterward!

In "The Birds," there is no ending. It all ends in the middle of the main event, leaving it at the most random point in the story! We establish that birds attack people for some reason and nothing else! That's like saying that mosquito brains are necessary for survival or that blue cars are better than black cars, but not saying why!

So why do people like Hitchcock?! He doesn't know how to conclude a storyline and puts in a couple of good scenes that everyone's sick of hearing about, letting the rest of the film stink like medieval socks! What did anybody see in him?!?! That's a rhetorical question. There's nothing to see in him!

7 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.

All he does is make exploding movies, but there is just one movie of his that I truly love a lot: Pearl Harbor.

Other than that, just boring!

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

This guy's number 7? He should be number 1.

8 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.

9 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.

10 Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing material for television in the 1950s, mainly Your Show of... read more

Same jokes over and over again. Maybe two or three movies with a decent ending, but otherwise, his endings suck in so many of his movies. His characters are mostly always the same (a lawyer, a girl who works in an art gallery, an artist, a writer...).

He's supposed to be great and the best director in showing us New York, but it's always Manhattan, the Village... I think that Martin Scorsese is a thousand times better at showing us the "real" New York.

There's also too much Jewish humor in his movies (he's supposed to be an atheist?). His ideas for most of his films lack 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 much credit. Overrated!

The Newcomers

? Robert Zemeckis Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American director, film producer and screenwriter frequently credited as an innovator in visual effects.
The Contenders
11 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

He gutted LOTR and The Hobbit, turning them into mindless and stupid action movies.

12 Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and photographer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinematic history. He died at the age of 71.

He's a great director, but there are others that are better than him.

I know he's revered, and I might be making myself look stupid by admitting this, but I don't understand any of his films.

His movies are good, but they always come with side effects like unnecessary scenes, overlong runtime, boredom, etc.

13 Wes Anderson Wesley Wales Anderson is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative styles.

"Style over substance" or "All sizzle, no steak" are the expressions that come to mind when I think of Wes Anderson's films.

All quirkiness and little substance.

14 Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) 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.

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.

I must say that I find his films to be too sweet. Too nice. In fact, even 'Saving Private Ryan,' past the half-hour mark, is too patriotic.

15 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.

Well, he was good, but not anymore. Just like every other old director, they don't go with the flow. They're still stuck in the 80s. They are just old-fashioned.

16 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 first 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 ham-fisted Jesus symbolism... Nothing! (Especially when it has no relation to the film whatsoever.)

He only made three 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.

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

Tired of hearing about this guy everywhere I go. He's such an overrated hack.

18 David Yates

Directed the 3 worst harry potter movies. Deathly Halows part 2 is the best though. But the other suck

19 Kenji Mizoguchi
20 Oliver Stone William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Stone won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as writer of Midnight Express (1978), and wrote the gangster film remake Scarface (1983). Stone achieved prominence as writer and director of... read more

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

With the exception of 'Platoon' and 'Salvador,' and some of his edgier work, each of his films is American schmaltz.

21 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".

Mulholland Drive made me want to jump off a cliff.

22 Danny Boyle
23 Kevin Smith Kevin Patrick Smith is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster.

Kevin Smith at 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.

24 Paul Greengrass
25 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.

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