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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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    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
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  2. 48
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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2 More
    38
  3. 24
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
    50
  4. 36
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
    44
  5. 59
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
    31
  6. 5
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    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset More
    78
  7. 15
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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ... More
    59
  8. 11
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    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
    64
  9. 60
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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem More
    30
  10. 45
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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following More
    39
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
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  12. 13
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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
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  13. 34
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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
    45
  14. 7
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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade More
    74
  15. 50
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
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  17. 62
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    X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade More
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
    39
  19. 69
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    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 More
    22
  20. 42
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
    40
  21. 3
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    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

    Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Vampires Suck More
    92
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
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  23. 6
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
    76
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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty More
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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl More
    56
  26. 61
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    The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction More
    30
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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles More
    52
  28. 27
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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside More
    49
  29. 54
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
    34
  30. 56
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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
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  31. 57
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
    31
  32. 40
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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask More
    41
  33. 58
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    Luis Llosa

    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
    31
    added by: trinos131
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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable More
    88
  35. 64
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers More
    28
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
    53
  37. 8
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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
    72
  38. 2
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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
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  39. 39
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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
    43
  40. 35
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
    45
  41. 10
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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6 More
    66
  42. 63
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company More
    29
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    30 for 30: Kings Ransom, Lone Survivor, Very Bad Things More
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    The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ... More
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
    36
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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
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  47. 52
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
    35
  48. 14
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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua More
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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
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    Wave of Mutilation, Donnie Darko, Temptation Waits More
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