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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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976 417
Uwe Boll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Uwe Boll The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

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2
1,228 694
Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Michael Bay The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain

3
736 333
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selt... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie

4
871 838
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
M. Night Shyamalan The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

5
512 148
Zack Snyder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300

6
176 102
Adam Shankman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Adam Shankman The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories

7
203 167
Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Renny Harlin 5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

8
556 345
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tyler Perry Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The Marriage Counselor

9
66 5
Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Aaron Seltzer Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck

10
369 323
Paul W. S. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Paul W. S. Anderson Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

11
497 464
Brett Ratner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brett Ratner Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

12
414 498
Joel Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Joel Schumacher Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

13
270 173
Tommy Wiseau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tommy Wiseau Homeless in America, The Room

14
379 410
Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Ed Wood Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade

15
98 64
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
IanShepherd added Eli Roth Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

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97 53
Andy Sidaris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andy Sidaris Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

17
209 151
Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dennis Dugan The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

18
251 209
Mark Steven Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Mark Steven Johnson When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

19
263 163
Raja Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Raja Gosnell Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

20
215 156
Brian Levant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brian Levant The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet

21
173 101
Tom Six is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tom Six The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human Centipede

22
329 362
Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Roland Emmerich Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow

23
125 88
Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
sebbzor added Keenen Ivory Wayans Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

24
34 5
Marcus Koch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Koch 100 Tears

25
130 122
Brian Robbins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brian Robbins The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

26
123 74
Steve Carr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steve Carr Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

27
43 21
Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andrew Adamson The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion^! the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mister Pip, Shrek

28
124 99
Joe Roth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Joe Roth Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise

29
125 109
Claudio Fragasso is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Claudio Fragasso Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2

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77 83
Rob Cohen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Cohen The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

31
79 72
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Spike Lee Sucker Free City, Lumière and Company, HIStory on Film^! Volume II

32
112 64
Steven Brill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steven Brill Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

33
68 18
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Steven Seagal On Deadly Ground

34
87 54
Lawrence Guterman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lawrence Guterman Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

35
40 27
Barry Sonnenfeld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Barry Sonnenfeld Addams Family Values, Big Trouble, Get Shorty

36
202 282
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Zombie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses

37
88 58
John Whitesell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
John Whitesell Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

38
54 19
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lena Dunham Tiny Furniture, Girls, Creative Nonfiction

39
96 86
Jonathan Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Jonathan Liebesman The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

40
95 103
Marcus Nispel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Nispel Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

41
99 77
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Victor Salva The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2

42
30 25
Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Farrelly brothers Fever Pitch, Me, Myself & Irene

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42 17
John Moore is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
hendrick heisenburg added John Moore A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots

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58 55
Dominic Sena is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dominic Sena 13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

45
37 43
Kurt Wimmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Kurt Wimmer One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

46
80 70
Andrzej Bartkowiak is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andrzej Bartkowiak Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

47
55 38
Alex Zamm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Alex Zamm Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

48
67 75
Stephen Sommers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Stephen Sommers Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

49
77 93
Jan de Bont is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Jan de Bont Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed

50
44 32
Phil Tucker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Phil Tucker Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes