Directors, hmm. Overrated: Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove and The Shining was the only two I truly enjoyed, and little of both had to do with direction.) Danny Boyle (127 Hours redeemed him - has done a lot of mediocre films lately) Oliver Stone - (Usually pretty pompous and grandiose in his film-making gestures - loved his mini series Wild Palms) Ron Howard - (One of the biggest hacks in Hollywood. Jack-of-all trades, master of absolutely none). Wes Anderson - (Best thing he did was The Fantastic Mr. Fox - his calling might lie in animation IMO). Terrence Malick - (His films can be visually superb. He's also had some absolute stinkers). Peter Jackson - (Loved his early days with Brain Dead and Bad Taste. Has been mediocre since) George Lucas - (I'm not a Star Wars fan, and most of his work I'd attribute to Spielberg's presence). Stephen Spielberg - (Hasn't done much worth mentioning since AI - even that was a mixed bag). Underrated: Sam Peckinpah (Action directors in the 80's and beyond owe their careers to this man. Made slow-motion artful, not over-used cheese. His work is greatly overshadowed by his alcoholism and off-the-set drama). Walter Hill - (Master of the "man on a mission" films. He was a disciple of Pekinpah's and it shows). Paul Verhoeven - (Most remember him for Total Recall and Basic Instinct - two very good fllms on their own. But many forget his best films - Flesh + Blood, Robocop, etc.) Todd Field - (Doesn't do a ton of directing, but he's been masterful in the ones he has - go see Little Children for a crash course in suburban drama).