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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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751 191
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
583 284
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
401 80
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
419 160
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
466 277
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
452 384
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
171 44
Chris Weitz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Chris Weitz American Pie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Antz

8
330 222
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
320 296
Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Kevin Smith Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

10
176 77
Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Roland Emmerich Independence Day, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow

11
280 235
Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Judd Apatow Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin

12
230 231
Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Lars von Trier Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia

13
241 204
Baz Luhrmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet

14
179 97
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Eli Roth Cabin Fever, Hostel, Knock Knock

The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

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297 275
Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Oliver Stone Platoon, Scarface, JFK

16
156 65
Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Zach Braff Garden State, Wish I Was Here

17
265 267
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
221 309
Darren Aronofsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Fountain

19
182 127
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
111 62
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
215 135
Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Woody Allen Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters

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22
74 37
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Victor Salva Jeepers Creepers, Powder, Jeepers Creepers 2

23
122 66
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Nicolas Cage Sonny

24
181 125
J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added J.J. Abrams Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Armageddon

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124 53
Paul Feig is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
MartyMJJ777 added Paul Feig Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher

26
406 345
James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
James Cameron Titanic, Avatar, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

27
93 30
Michel Hazanavicius is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Michel Hazanavicius The Artist, The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo

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96 33
Paul Weitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Paul Weitz American Pie, Antz, About a Boy

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29
167 224
Kathryn Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
gschwayze added Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker, Point Break, Zero Dark Thirty

30
165 150
John Waters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
John Waters Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby

31
262 363
Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Tim Burton Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands

32
90 54
Alexander Payne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Alexander Payne Election, Sideways, Jurassic Park III

33
309 532
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volume 1

34
128 187
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
133 132
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Warren Beatty Bulworth, Heaven Can Wait, Reds

The Most Rewatchable Movies

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160 200
Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 36 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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71 25
Olivier Dahan is listed (or ranked) 37 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

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93 52
Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Jason Reitman Juno, Ghostbusters II, Up in the Air

39
130 211
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

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78 39
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

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223 524
Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
levalex88 added Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

42
62 27
Olivier Assayas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Olivier Assayas Carlos, Paris^! je t'aime, Demonlover

The Most Overrated Actors of All Time

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120 87
Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Jon Favreau Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

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80 43
Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Ben Stiller Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

45
65 31
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

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68 34
Roland Joffé is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Roland Joffé The Killing Fields, The Mission, Super Mario Bros.

47
56 44
Colin Trevorrow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Colin Trevorrow Safety Not Guaranteed, Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World

48
115 128
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
53 28
The Wachowski brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added The Wachowski brothers Bound, Speed Racer, The Animatrix

50
124 109
Roman Polanski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Roman Polanski Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist