It’s very difficult to find a director who can be objectively considered as underrated. The context comes into the picture, and there are many factors people will bring up to argue about that status. There’s nothing wrong with that, as it’s always delightful to find people who acknowledge the work of some lesser known filmmakers. In this list, I’ll be considering a very generalized world as the frame of reference, one that considers Spielberg to be the god of cinema and The Shawshank Redemption as the greatest movie ever made. I don’t intend on belittling either, but I believe, in this extremely diverse world of films, it’s always too soon to label someone as the best and in the process, not challenge your own tastes to explore the farthest corners of cinema. All of these filmmakers have added a defining edge to the process of innovating, and hence cemented their legacy in ardent film buffs’ hearts. With that said, here is the list of top underrated directors ever.
15. Satoshi Kon
Films To Watch : Paprika, The Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress
I remember watching ‘The Perfect Blue’ a month ago and how much it reminded me of David Lynch’s masterpiece ‘Mulholland Drive’. Though, its execution becomes very heavy-handed towards the end and looses the subtlety it promises, it remains a horrific character study of its protagonist and Kon’s cerebral prowess. I believe Kon didn’t believe in the study of surrealism, as much as he did in dreams. His films are marked by symbolism, but never uses them to transcend visual arts by pushing his creative boundaries into infinity. He proved you can work under the constructs of traditional storytelling, and use every line in a screenplay to tell a story on its own, resulting in an incredibly complex form of structure, without jumbling the narrative.
14. Jim Jarmusch