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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. 39
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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
    38
  2. 23
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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
    45
  3. 57
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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem More
    27
  4. 59
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company More
    26
  5. 7
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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade More
    69
  6. 36
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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask More
    39
  7. 5
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
    71
  8. 50
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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following More
    32
  9. 22
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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl More
    46
  10. 19
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
    47
  11. 26
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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2 More
    42
  12. 35
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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns More
    39
  13. 4
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    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

    Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Vampires Suck More
    87
  14. 41
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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2 More
    37
  15. 29
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
    41
  16. 43
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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
    37
  17. 9
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    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow More
    62
  18. 54
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
    30
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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua More
    50
  20. 33
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    Homeless in America, The Room More
    40
  21. 37
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
    38
  22. 66
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers More
    23
  23. 58
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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
    26
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  24. 51
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    Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun More
    32
  25. 34
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
    39
  26. 68
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    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 More
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  27. 28
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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night More
    42
  28. 63
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    Munich, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ... More
    24
  29. 56
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
    27
  30. 64
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles, She's Having a Baby, Weird Science More
    23
  31. 60
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    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows More
    26
  32. 38
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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
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  33. 17
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
    50
  34. 44
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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter More
    36
  35. 42
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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
    37
  36. 47
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
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  37. 62
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    Luis Llosa

    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
    24
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  38. 69
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    Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion More
    23
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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6 More
    58
  40. 15
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
    51
  41. 61
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
    26
  42. 46
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
    35
  43. 49
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
    33
  44. 13
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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
    51
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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable More
    91
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    The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses ... More
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  48. 27
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    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human ... More
    42
  49. 53
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
    31
  50. 2
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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
    99
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