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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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    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories

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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

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    Check the Gate: Putting Beckett on Film, Mr. Wonderful, Truly, Madly, ...

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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby

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    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ...

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    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem

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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following

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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2

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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade

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    Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

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    Murdered Innocence, Zookeeper, Here Comes the Boom

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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future

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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God

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    X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade

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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8

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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed

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    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Vampires Suck

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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ...

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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty

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    A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots

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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

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    The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction

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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside

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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity

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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

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    Jersey Girl, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks: The Lost Scene

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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

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    added by ImaadShahrukh
    Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld: Evolution

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    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon

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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers

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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain

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    Fuzz Bucket, Critters 2: The Main Course, Steve Martini's The Judge

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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday

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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash

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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company

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    The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ...

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