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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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  1. 7
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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade More
    69
  2. 42
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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
    37
  3. 35
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
    39
  4. 39
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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
    38
  5. 5
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
    70
  6. 45
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
    36
  7. 43
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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
    37
  8. 46
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
    35
  9. 50
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    Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun More
    32
  10. 13
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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
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  12. 63
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    Munich, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ... More
    23
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
    51
  14. 40
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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
    38
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    The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction More
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    The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor More
    41
  17. 29
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
    41
  18. 48
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
    33
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
    50
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    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
    24
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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ... More
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
    38
  23. 68
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    Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion More
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  24. 52
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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
    31
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    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow More
    62
  26. 54
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
    30
  27. 58
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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
    26
    added by: sebbzor
  28. 17
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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua More
    50
  29. 33
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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion More
    40
  30. 61
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    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows More
    26
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    The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2 More
    43
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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
    45
  33. 55
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    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber More
    29
  34. 44
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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter More
    36
  35. 59
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
    26
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    The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ... More
    44
  37. 34
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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns More
    39
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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night More
    42
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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2 More
    42
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    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
    56
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    X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade More
    23
    added by: JakeFraser
  42. 21
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
    47
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    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
    47
  44. 53
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
    31
  45. 56
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
    27
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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
    64
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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
    99
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company More
    26
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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6 More
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    The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses ... More
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