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The Most Overrated Movies of All Time  

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List Rules Movies on this list have received some critical acclaim (they should have a Metascore of 50 or more) but you think they are terrible

The most overrated movies of all time in one list, ranked in order of how overrated they really are. Being overrated doesn't mean it's not a good movie, or even a classic movie, it just means the movie's not living up to the hype surrounding it. Some of these overrated movies are Academy Award winners, some are the best comedies of all time, and some are even considered to be among the best movies ever by some, they are all overhyped and don't quite live up to all of the positive attention they've received.  

These are movies that film critics hailed as brilliant, movies your friends said you had to see, comedies you would fall over laughing at, and dramas so deep you'd never look at the world the same way again. Except that you did watch them, they did suck, and now you're questioning your friends's taste in everything. From Avatar and all the Twilights, to Love Actually (you monster) and Trainspotting (maybe? Up to you!), these are the films you hate, despite their popularity and/or acclaim.

What are the most overrated films? What classic movies are overrated? What are some top movies that everyone loves but some people hate? This is by no means a complete list of overrated movies, but it's a whole bunch of them. If you know of a supposedly great movie that's overrated and not on the list of the most overrated movies, make sure to add it so other people can save their time and give it a miss.
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

Metascore: 83 Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Bay

Metascore: 61 Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line. An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil ...more

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Metascore: 74 Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ang Lee

Metascore: 87 Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

Metascore: 53 The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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Shakespeare in Love is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Madden

Metascore: 87 Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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The Fast and the Furious... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rob Cohen

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Hostel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins, Jay Hernandez

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eli Roth

Metascore: 55 Hostel is a 2005 American horror film written, produced, and directed by Eli Roth and starring Jay Hernandez. The film tells the story of two college students traveling across Europe, who find ...more

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bill Condon

Metascore: 76 Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road ...more

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Metascore: 87 The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2008

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Twilight is a 2008 American vampire romance film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. ...more

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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Released: 1999

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Metascore: 81 The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

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Monster's Ball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Heath Ledger

Released: 2001

Directed by: Marc Forster

Metascore: 69 Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by German-Swiss director Marc Forster starring Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger. The film tells the story of a poor ...more

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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more

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The Twilight Saga: Break... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick

Released: 2012

Directed by: Bill Condon

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is a 2012 American romantic fantasy and adventure film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The second part ...more

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, Kane Hodder

Released: 2010

Directed by: Adam Green

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Paranormal Activity 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tod Williams

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris

Released: 2004

Directed by: Paul Haggis

Metascore: 69 This movie is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Metascore: 82 Chicago is a 2002 American musical comedy film adapted from the satirical stage musical of the same name, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago. The film ...more

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James Wan

Metascore: 74 Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more

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The Hunger Games Franchi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl

Released: 2007

Directed by: Judd Apatow

Metascore: 85 Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd Apatow. The films stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the ...more

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Cold Mountain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Movies of All Time
Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

Released: 2003

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Metascore: 73 Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more

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