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The Worst Movie Directors of All Time

A list of the worst directors in film history who have made some of the worst movies ever. Through a combination of luck and major bucks, these awful directors have managed to have long, lucrative careers making films, even though they seem to lack any kind of discernible talent. Even more confusing and frustrating than the fact that studios continue offering these famous directors work is that audiences keep paying to see them. Some of the more notable films from the Hollywood directors on this list include Rush Hour 2, Con Air, Batman and Robin, and Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace - all blockbusters, all totally abysmal. These bad directors continue to churn out some of the worst films ever, ignoring basic conventions of storytelling, abusing special effects, and insulting the intelligence of critics and fans alike.

How many minutes of excessive car chase scenes could we count in the combined works of those listed below? Let us count the ways. These Hollywood hacks have ruined screen adaptations and sequels alike, not to mention their own original works (which we assume mu must have been greenlit by family friends, frat brothers, or studios execs who were blackmailed into submission). The bad directors on this list of drawn the ire and hate mail from critics and fans alike as they've made movie history for their terrible releases.

Vote up those you think deserve to be listed among the absolute worst directors, and vote down those you think aren't so bad. If your least favorite director (or director you love to hate) isn't yet on the list, feel free to add the name at the bottom of the page. Feel free to re-rank this list as you sit fit by clicking the button to the right.

Who are the worst movie directors of all time? That's up to you to decide.

For more infamous Hollywood history, check out this user ranked list of the Worst Movies of All Time and this list of the worst actors who tried music careers.
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    The Storm, Rampage, Darfur More
    100
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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable More
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    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

    Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Vampires Suck More
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
    71
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    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset More
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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade More
    69
  8. 8
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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
    64
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    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow More
    62
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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6 More
    58
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    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
    56
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    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The ... More
    55
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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
    52
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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ... More
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
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    The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses ... More
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua More
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles More
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    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl More
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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
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    The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ... More
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    The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2 More
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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2 More
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    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human ... More
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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night More
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
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    The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor More
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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty More
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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion More
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    Homeless in America, The Room More
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns More
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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask More
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  37. 37
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside More
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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2 More
    37
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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
    37
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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
    37
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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter More
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
    36
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
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    Wave of Mutilation, Donnie Darko, Temptation Waits More
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
    33
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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following More
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