Top Ten Most 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

She understand trauma and visualizing social darkness better than any director today, maybe with the exception of Fincher. If DC ever make a Cassandra Cain/Batgirl movie, Ramsay is the only one capable of pulling it off. Period

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 Paul W.S. Anderson
16 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

17 Guillermo del Toro Guillermo del Toro Guillermo del Toro Gómez is a Mexican filmmaker, author, actor, and former special effects makeup artist.
18 Takeshi Kitano
19 Uli Edel
20 Isao Takahata
21 Tony Scott
22 Matthew Vaughn
23 Robert Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez
24 Michael Moore Michael Moore Michael Francis Moore is an American documentary filmmaker, left-wing activist, and author. One of his first films, Bowling for Columbine, examined the causes of the Columbine High School massacre and overall gun culture of the United States.
25 Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.
26 James Mangold
27 Denis Villeneuve Denis Villeneuve
28 Dexter Fletcher
29 Bob Rafelson
30 Jerry Schatzberg
31 Chris Columbus
32 Frank Darabont
33 Russell Mulcahy
34 Steve Miner
35 Jack Sholder
36 Renny Harlin
37 Jon Amiel
38 Michael Apted
39 Christian Duguay
40 Alan Parker
41 Roland Emmerich
42 Penny Marshall
43 Philip Kaufman
44 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder is an American filmmaker, best known for his action and science fiction films.
45 Frank Perry
46 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.
47 Jaume Collet Serra
48 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.

49 Gregg Araki Gregg Araki
50 Brad Bird
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Top Remixes

1. Douglas Sirk
2. Michael Haneke
3. Uwe Boll
1. Edgar Wright
2. Rian Johnson
3. Martin McDonagh
1. Rob Reiner
2. Edgar Wright
3. Walter Hill


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