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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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Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Transformers, Armageddon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
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Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces
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Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Love & Basketball
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Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Tiny Furniture, Creative Nonfiction
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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
WarrenMitchell added Ted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Movie 43
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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters
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Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Cabin Fever, Hostel, Knock Knock
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Chris Weitz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added American Pie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Antz
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Zach Braff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Garden State, Wish I Was Here
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Judd Apatow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Superbad, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin
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Paul Feig is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
MartyMJJ777 added Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher
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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
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Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia
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Paul Weitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added American Pie, Antz, About a Boy
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M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable
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Todd Phillips is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Jeepers Creepers, Powder, Jeepers Creepers 2
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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Platoon, Scarface, JFK
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Michel Hazanavicius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added The Artist, The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo
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Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette
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Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Bulworth, Heaven Can Wait, Reds
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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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John Waters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby
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The Wachowski brothers ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Bound, Speed Racer, The Animatrix
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Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Overrated Directors of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Juno, Ghostbusters II, Up in the Air