Top Ten Underrated Film Directors

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

The Top Ten

1 Edgar Wright

Needs way more praise than he gets

2 Rob Reiner Rob Reiner Robert Reiner is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. As an actor, Reiner first came to national prominence with the role of Michael Stivic on All in the Family, a role that earned him two Emmy Awards during the 1970s.
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 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.

Made mistakes but not an awful director

Ok he had the sixth sense, unbreakable, signs, village, visit and split. Even lady in the water wasn't bad

The Contenders

11 Rian Johnson
12 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

13 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.

A Director who if Far Better than he gets credit for. Michael Bay is a Director with unique Ideas and a Creative Style.

He's not the best director, but he's OK.

14 Michael Haneke Michael Haneke
15 Guillermo del Toro
16 Paul W.S. Anderson
17 Uwe Boll Uwe Boll Uwe Boll is a German-born Canadian filmmaker and restaurateur, whose work includes several films adapted from video games.

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

18 Takeshi Kitano
19 Uli Edel
20 Isao Takahata
21 Jonathan Demme
22 Tony Scott
23 Matthew Vaughn
24 Robert Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez
25 Barry Sonnenfeld
26 Michael Moore Michael Moore
27 Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.
28 James Mangold
29 Denis Villeneuve Denis Villeneuve
30 Dexter Fletcher
31 Bob Rafelson
32 Jerry Schatzberg
33 Chris Columbus
34 Frank Darabont
35 Russell Mulcahy
36 Steve Miner
37 Jack Sholder
38 Renny Harlin
39 Jon Amiel
40 Michael Apted
41 Christian Duguay
42 Alan Parker
43 Roland Emmerich
44 Penny Marshall
45 Philip Kaufman
46 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder is an American filmmaker, best known for his action and science fiction films.
47 Frank Perry
48 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.
49 Jaume Collet Serra
50 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.

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Top Remixes

1. Edgar Wright
2. Rian Johnson
3. Guillermo del Toro
1. Douglas Sirk
2. Michael Haneke
3. Uwe Boll
1. Rob Reiner
2. Edgar Wright
3. Walter Hill


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