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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 More
    46
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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2 More
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
    41
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
    39
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
    26
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    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset More
    71
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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 Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
    56
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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem More
    27
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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following More
    32
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade More
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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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    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
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    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 More
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
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    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

    Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Vampires Suck More
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty More
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    Planes, Trains and Automobiles, She's Having a Baby, Weird Science More
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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl More
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    The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction More
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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles More
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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside More
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask More
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    Luis Llosa

    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable More
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers More
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
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  40. 52
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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6 More
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company 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
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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
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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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