100 Most Overrated Films

This is not a list of the films I necessarily think are bad - see my Most Hated list for that - instead this is a list of films I believe are over hyped be it by the public or critics and award givers. Therefore there are quite a few films on the list that I rather like but it doesn't stop them from being overrated.

To gauge popular opinion I have predominantly used IMDb which means the list has a modern bias.

It is in a rough order but it is impossible to really rank such a list.

  • Crash

    1

  • Life Is Beautiful

    2

  • The Sound of Music

    3

  • The Blind Side

    4

  • The Future

    5

  • Me and You and Everyone We Know

    6

  • King Kong

    7

  • Juno

    8

  • Dead Poets Society

    9

  • Jerry Maguire

    10

  • Mystic River

    11

  • Forrest Gump

    12

  • Gran Torino

    13

  • Titanic

    14

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    15

  • (500) Days of Summer

    16

  • My Sister's Keeper

    17

  • The Boondock Saints

    18

  • Julie & Julia

    19

  • Spider-Man 2

    20

  • Braveheart

    21

  • War Horse

    22

  • Shrek

    23

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    24

  • As Good as It Gets

    25

  • Marley & Me

    26

  • Green Street Hooligans

    27

  • Melancholia

    28

  • Training Day

    29

  • A Beautiful Mind

    30

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    31

  • Avatar

    32

  • How Green Was My Valley

    33

  • Invictus

    34

  • Something's Gotta Give

    35

  • The English Patient

    36

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    37

  • The Departed

    38

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    39

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    40

  • Scarface

    41

  • Martyrs

    42

  • The Green Mile

    43

  • Million Dollar Baby

    44

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    45

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    46

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    47

  • Hugo

    48

  • Good Will Hunting

    49

  • Driving Miss Daisy

    50

  • Cinderella Man

    52

  • The Hurt Locker

    53

  • Hachi: A Dog's Tale

    54

  • Precious

    55

  • L'avventura

    56

  • Donnie Darko

    57

  • Mouchette

    58

  • Saving Private Ryan

    59

  • Death Note

    60

  • Death Note: The Last Name

    61

  • Cat City

    62

  • Black Hawk Down

    63

  • Saraband

    64

  • Babel

    65

  • Big Fish

    66

  • V for Vendetta

    67

  • Fists in the Pocket

    68

  • Match Point

    69

  • Watchmen

    70

  • Inside

    71

  • Sideways

    72

  • Confessions

    73

  • Gladiator

    74

  • Persepolis

    75

  • Ray

    76

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    77

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    78

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    79

  • Shane

    80

  • American Beauty

    81

  • Shutter Island

    82

  • Antichrist

    83

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    84

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    85

  • The Sixth Sense

    86

  • Inception

    87

  • 21 Grams

    88

  • Star Trek

    89

  • Letters from Iwo Jima

    90

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    91

  • Thieves' Highway

    92

  • Toy Story 3

    93

  • The Two Escobars

    94

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    95

  • Love Exposure

    96

  • Gosford Park

    97

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    98

  • American History X

    99

  • The Dark Knight

    100

173 Comments

  • I suppose it really comes down to how the person defines the word. For me, overrated/overhyped are innately smug and useless ways of describing cinematic experience, regardless of the context they're being used in, even if I agree with the reviewer's aversion to the film.

  • If I was to make a list I'd probably put The Social Network at number 1. I liked it in the same way everyone likes it - because it's Fincher and it's slick. But i don't think it says anything.

  • Sideways overrated?? Nooooooooooooooooo!

  • How are the death note movies overrated?

  • @kuzronk: They are well liked both on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. Admittedly they aren't as well known as most on this list but as I really hated both of them I felt compelled to add them.

  • @Daniel there's an A. O. Scott review declaring that about Sideways right away.

  • Kinda wish there was more meat on that bone... How about pointing to favorite Pros (as well as Cons for the sake of partiality), either on Letterboxd or elsewhere, containing arguments worth reading, for each one of these films?

  • Keep in mind that most people likely just saw the word death note and gave it a high score due to them enjoying the overrated but enjoyable anime.

  • How is confessions overrated? Its unique, well filmed, well telled twisted, grungy and prtty sick.

  • In my opinion, the most overrated movie of all time is Rocky. Actually, I don't undetstand why it's considered a cult. It's boring, lame and awful!!

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