Film Directors The Most Overrated Directors of All Time  

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List of the most overacted directors in the film industry of all times. Often the success, both critically and financially, of a movie rests on the director’s head. Directors are responsible for the film angles, the actor’s performances, and the editing of a movie. When a movie does well,people praise the director. However, some directors have earned far too much praise for their mediocre work. Many of the overrated directors on this list made a few amazing movies that are often put on the best films lists, but then made many more average to bad movies. These directors rested on their famous name,rather than their talents.

Some of the filmmakers on this list focus too much on pretentious abstract themes, while others use too many “homages” instead of originality. Directors like Michael Bay and James Cameron make the highest-grossing films that are big and loud, but not very critically beloved.Other directors like Hitchcock have an impressive amount of great films, but far more flops under their belts.

Who are the most overrated directors of all time? This list features directors who are well-known but don’t often make quality films. Whether they started out as an amazing director and started to make bad films or was more famous for the things in front of the camera, these directors aren’t as great as they’re built up to be.

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823 213
Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Transformers, Armageddon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

2
627 328
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable

3
473 97
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Tiny Furniture, Creative Nonfiction

4
454 179
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces

5
507 312
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Love & Basketball

6
492 435
George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

7
196 51
Chris Weitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added American Pie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Antz

8
347 328
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

9
359 254
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Movie 43

10
253 250
Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia

11
191 95
Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Independence Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow

12
206 109
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Cabin Fever, Hostel, Knock Knock

13
254 227
Baz Luhrmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet

14
298 272
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

15
318 299
Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Platoon, Scarface, JFK

16
176 77
Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Garden State, Wish I Was Here

17
289 292
Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette

18
240 337
Darren Aronofsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain

19
258 151
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters

20
194 137
Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail

21
124 75
Todd Phillips is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added The Hangover, Old School, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

22
143 74
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Sonny

23
87 48
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Jeepers Creepers, Powder, Jeepers Creepers 2

24
212 150
J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Armageddon

25
432 370
James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Titanic, Avatar, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

26
106 40
Paul Weitz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added American Pie, Antz, About a Boy

27
290 389
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

28
137 69
Paul Feig is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
MartyMJJ777 added Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher

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101 39
Michel Hazanavicius is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added The Artist, The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo

30
180 243
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
gschwayze added The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty

31
338 565
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1

32
147 139
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Bulworth, Heaven Can Wait, Reds

33
172 171
John Waters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby

34
176 218
Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
WarrenMitchell added The Avengers, Toy Story, The Cabin in the Woods

35
97 66
Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Election, Sideways, Jurassic Park III

36
132 199
Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Band of Outsiders

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75 28
Olivier Dahan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added La Vie en rose, Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse, Grace of Monaco

38
141 225
Terrence Malick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life, Badlands

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99 61
Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Juno, Ghostbusters II, Up in the Air

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83 46
Mike Leigh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Secrets & Lies, Naked, Topsy Turvy

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66 31
Olivier Assayas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Carlos, Paris, je t'aime

42
89 51
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

43
233 560
Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
levalex88 added The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

44
69 35
Claude Lanzmann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Shoah, Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, Sobibór

45
79 52
Guy Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

46
69 40
Roland Joffé is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added The Killing Fields, The Mission, Super Mario Bros.

47
124 101
Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

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65 35
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added The Disaster Artist, As I Lay Dying, The Broken Tower

49
59 50
Colin Trevorrow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Safety Not Guaranteed, Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World

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54 48
Robert Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Sin City, Kill Bill Volume 2, From Dusk till Dawn