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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
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      Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
      39
    3. 33
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      Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
      44
    4. 34
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      Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
      44
    5. 6
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      Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
      76
    6. 40
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      Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
      41
    7. 42
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      Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
      40
    8. 47
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      THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
      38
    9. 52
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      Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun More
      34
    10. 14
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      The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
      60
    11. 49
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      Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
      35
    12. 67
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      Munich, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ... More
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    13. 15
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      Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
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    14. 38
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      13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
      43
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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. 29
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      Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
      47
    18. 64
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      Planes, Trains and Automobiles, She's Having a Baby, Weird Science More
      28
    19. 50
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      The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
      35
    20. 18
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      Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
      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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    23. 36
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      In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
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    24. 68
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      Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion More
      22
    25. 43
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      United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
      39
    26. 9
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      Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow More
      68
    27. 53
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      The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
      34
    28. 56
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      Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
      32
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      Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua More
      60
    30. 31
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      Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion More
      46
    31. 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
      50
    33. 19
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      5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
      55
    34. 55
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      The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber More
      32
    35. 45
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      Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter More
      39
    36. 63
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      Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
      29
    37. 25
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      The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ... More
      49
    38. 39
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      Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns More
      43
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      Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night More
      48
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      Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2 More
      49
    41. 12
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      The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
      62
    42. 61
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      X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade More
      29
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    43. 22
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      Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
      52
    44. 23
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      The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
      52
    45. 54
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      Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
      33
    46. 57
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      One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
      30
    47. 8
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      When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
      70
    48. 2
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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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