I’ve composed a list of the ten films that I think are the most overrated. I don’t particularly dislike or hate them (apart from a few) I just think they are given far too much credit and praise. Remember, this is just my opinion…
Top Gun, Hunger Games series, The Blair Witch Project and From Dusk Till Dawn
10 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Now I’ve never really been a fan of the Terminator series, they just aren’t my thing. And this is easily one of the most overrated sequels ever! It’s good… but not great like everyone says it is… however it’s still quite an enjoyable experience and features a great villain as well.
9 – Gravity (2013)
I don’t remember much about Gravity, but I do remember being completely shocked by the amount of acclaim this film got. It definitely wasn’t good, and I still seem to be in the minority with this one…
8 – Titanic (1997)
The second highest grossing film in history is still a bore fest with lousy character writing and a tedious 3-hour plus runtime.
7 – No Country for Old Men (2007)
Now, No Country for Old Men features fantastic performances, a great villain, perfect pacing and beautiful cinematography. But it still doesn’t ‘do it’ for me. I’ve only seen it once, so perhaps I should rewatch it, but from what I remember, it left me feeling unsatisfied.
6 – Jurassic Park (1993)
Never been a Spielberg fan. I’ve always found him to be the most overrated director in history, and his films reflect that. I also seem to be the only person in the world that doesn’t like this film, and many of his other films. His films aren’t mature enough for me – I like to see some gritty violence with some profanity and dark themes, which we never see with Spielberg (apart from Schindler’s List and Jaws which are the only two I like from him)
5 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Ahh, another Spielberg film which is vastly overrated. Again, I have the same problems with it. Not enough mature content… just childish stuff…
4 – Avatar (2009)
Now for once, I’m not on my own with this one. This is a common one that appears on these types of lists, and for good reason. Avatar is the highest grossing film ever, with just under a staggering 3 billion dollars earned. It’s just boring and uninteresting. Apart from the breathtaking visuals, Avatar hasn’t got much going for it…
3 – Fargo (1996)
Now, where to begin with Fargo. I often watch the Siskel & Ebert Fargo episode just to see how blown away I get with their never ending praise. Roger Ebert said this was the greatest film of 1996 and I’m still staggered to this day. I really don’t get what everyone sees in this film. It’s definitely not the Coen brothers’ best film. And as you can see, this is the second film from Joel and Ethan Coen that is on this list (the other being No Country for Old Men). Maybe it’s time for a rewatch, just to try and see what is so great about Fargo…
2 – Forrest Gump (1994)
Sorry, but how this beat The Shawshank Redemption in every category at the Oscars is absolutely beyond me… Shawshank won none, Forrest Gump won 6, someone tell me how that’s possible! Until then, Forrest Gump will continue to be one of the most overrated films in cinema history, and only misses the top spot by a hair…
1 – Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club is the most overrated film ever made. End of. I just watched it for the second time earlier today and still hated it just as much as the first time, if not more. People go crazy over this film, some say it’s the best film of the 90’s and some brave people say it’s – wait for it – the greatest film of all time! What!! I’ve never understood the twist, simply because it doesn’t make any sense in the context of the rest of the film, as there are some scenes that don’t work because of what the twist is (trying to explain the twist without spoiling it is very hard). I’ve done hours of reading into the ending trying to make sense of it all and I just can’t. Even forgetting the twist, the film is still so boring! Brad Pitt is awesome, and Ed Norton is great, but the film fails for me. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great scenes and iconic lines. The scene where Tyler Durden gives the rules of fight Club for the first time is one of my favourite scenes in film history, but I still don’t like the movie at all really. Maybe one day I’ll get it, but for now, it’s the most overrated film I have ever seen.