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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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542 136
Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Michael Bay Transformers, Armageddon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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2
449 186
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable

3
316 115
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Barbra Streisand Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces

4
218 42
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Lena Dunham Tiny Furniture, Creative Nonfiction

5
360 199
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Spike Lee Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Love & Basketball

6
332 270
George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
George Lucas Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

7
251 205
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Kevin Smith Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

8
224 163
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Judd Apatow Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

9
230 144
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Seth MacFarlane Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Movie 43

10
195 155
Baz Luhrmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet

11
128 49
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Eli Roth Cabin Fever, Hostel, Knock Knock

12
233 213
Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Oliver Stone Platoon, Scarface, JFK

13
175 188
Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Lars von Trier Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia

14
122 54
Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Roland Emmerich Independence Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow

15
98 21
Chris Weitz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Chris Weitz American Pie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Antz

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16
170 230
Darren Aronofsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain

17
209 204
Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette

18
108 38
Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Zach Braff Garden State, Wish I Was Here

19
141 93
Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Nora Ephron When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail

20
77 35
Todd Phillips is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Todd Phillips The Hangover, Old School, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

21
318 260
James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
James Cameron Titanic, Avatar, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

22
102 55
J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added J.J. Abrams Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Armageddon

23
134 167
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
gschwayze added Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty

24
243 380
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1

25
202 268
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Tim Burton Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

26
84 26
Paul Feig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
MartyMJJ777 added Paul Feig Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher

27
128 111
John Waters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
John Waters Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby

28
106 70
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Woody Allen Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters

29
65 17
Michel Hazanavicius is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Michel Hazanavicius The Artist, The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo^! Nest of Spies

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66 33
Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Alexander Payne Election, Sideways, Jurassic Park III

31
66 19
Paul Weitz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Paul Weitz American Pie, Antz, About a Boy

32
36 16
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Victor Salva Jeepers Creepers, Powder, Jeepers Creepers 2

33
184 396
Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
levalex88 added Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

34
101 153
Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Jean-Luc Godard Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Band of Outsiders

35
119 151
Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Joss Whedon The Avengers, Toy Story, The Cabin in the Woods

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54 12
Olivier Dahan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Olivier Dahan La Vie en rose, Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse, Grace of Monaco

37
85 43
Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Jon Favreau Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

38
51 10
Olivier Assayas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Olivier Assayas Carlos, Paris^! je t'aime, Demonlover

39
108 174
Terrence Malick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life, Badlands

40
58 19
Mike Leigh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Mike Leigh Secrets & Lies, Naked, Topsy Turvy

41
71 35
Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Jason Reitman Juno, Ghostbusters II, Up in the Air

42
99 112
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Warren Beatty Bulworth, Heaven Can Wait, Reds

43
62 44
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Nicolas Cage Sonny

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55 20
Roland Joffé is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Roland Joffé The Killing Fields, The Mission, Super Mario Bros.

45
52 18
Claude Lanzmann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Claude Lanzmann Shoah, Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, Sobibór

46
83 62
Roman Polański is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Roman Polański Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist

47
99 168
Wes Craven is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Wes Craven Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

48
96 109
Pedro Almodóvar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Pedro Almodóvar The Skin I Live In, Bad Education, All About My Mother

49
120 208
Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Ron Howard Apollo 13, American Graffiti, A Beautiful Mind

50
37 14
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Ben Stiller Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty