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The Worst Movie Directors of All Time

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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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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade More
    74
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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
    40
  3. 36
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
    45
  4. 33
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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
    45
  5. 6
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
    76
  6. 42
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
    41
  7. 41
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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
    41
  8. 47
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
    39
  9. 50
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    Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun More
    35
  10. 13
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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
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  11. 51
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
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  12. 67
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    Munich, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ... More
    24
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
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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
    44
  17. 24
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
    51
  18. 49
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
    37
  19. 16
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
    58
  20. 58
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    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ... More
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  22. 34
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
    45
  23. 68
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    Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion More
    23
  24. 39
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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
    42
  25. 9
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    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow More
    67
  26. 53
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
    35
  27. 56
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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
    33
    added by: sebbzor
  28. 14
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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua More
    61
  29. 32
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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion More
    47
  30. 66
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    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows More
    25
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    The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2 More
    51
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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
    57
  33. 55
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    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber More
    34
  34. 44
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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter More
    39
  35. 62
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
    31
  36. 65
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    30 for 30: Kings Ransom, Lone Survivor, Very Bad Things More
    28
    added by: PeteBoyle
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    The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ... More
    50
  38. 38
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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns More
    44
  39. 28
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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night More
    49
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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2 More
    50
  41. 11
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    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
    64
  42. 61
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    X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade More
    31
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
    53
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    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
    53
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
    34
  46. 57
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
    32
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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
    72
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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company More
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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6 More
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