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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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690 170
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

2
538 251
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
343 62
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Lena Dunham Tiny Furniture, Creative Nonfiction

4
383 147
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Barbra Streisand Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces

5
431 241
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
412 346
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
299 258
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
300 199
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Seth MacFarlane Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Movie 43

9
265 205
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Judd Apatow Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

10
146 34
Chris Weitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Chris Weitz American Pie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Antz

11
168 78
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
227 187
Baz Luhrmann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet

13
212 214
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
155 72
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

The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

15
279 251
Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Oliver Stone Platoon, Scarface, JFK

16
209 282
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
249 243
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
138 56
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
104 48
Todd Phillips is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
165 115
Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Nora Ephron When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail

21
67 27
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Victor Salva Jeepers Creepers, Powder, Jeepers Creepers 2

The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century

22
161 101
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
175 117
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Woody Allen Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters

24
113 42
Paul Feig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
MartyMJJ777 added Paul Feig Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher

25
87 24
Michel Hazanavicius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Michel Hazanavicius The Artist, The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo

26
158 134
John Waters is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
John Waters Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby

27
377 320
James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
James Cameron Titanic, Avatar, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

28
102 57
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Nicolas Cage Sonny

The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time

29
89 30
Paul Weitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Paul Weitz American Pie, Antz, About a Boy

30
155 210
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
gschwayze added Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty

31
84 44
Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Alexander Payne Election, Sideways, Jurassic Park III

32
292 482
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1

33
242 337
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Tim Burton Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

34
120 174
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
146 180
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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66 19
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
74 30
Mike Leigh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Mike Leigh Secrets & Lies, Naked, Topsy Turvy

38
61 19
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
125 199
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
117 124
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Warren Beatty Bulworth, Heaven Can Wait, Reds

41
109 68
Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Jon Favreau Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

42
62 24
Claude Lanzmann is listed (or ranked) 42 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

The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

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83 46
Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Jason Reitman Juno, Ghostbusters II, Up in the Air

44
210 491
Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
levalex88 added Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

45
64 28
Roland Joffé is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Roland Joffé The Killing Fields, The Mission, Super Mario Bros.

46
67 33
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Ben Stiller Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

47
56 32
Guy Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Guy Ritchie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch

48
111 93
Roman Polanski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Roman Polanski Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist

49
108 121
Pedro Almodóvar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Pedro Almodóvar The Skin I Live In, Bad Education, All About My Mother

50
136 234
Ron Howard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Ron Howard Apollo 13, American Graffiti, A Beautiful Mind