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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. 59
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby

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  2. 43
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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club

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  3. 33
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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

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  4. 42
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash

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    The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

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

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    Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun

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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

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    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow

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  10. 3
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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

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  11. 71
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    added by hendrick heisenburg A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots

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  12. 16
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2

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  13. 31
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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion

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  14. 45
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed

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  15. 25
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    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human ...

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  16. 65
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    added by trinos131 Luis Llosa Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon

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  17. 30
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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  18. 64
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    added by JakeFraser X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade

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  19. 22
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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

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  20. 62
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers

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  21. 50
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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday

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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!

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  24. 57
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    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber

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

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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

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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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  30. 15
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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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    added by IanShepherd Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

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  34. 46
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future

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  35. 39
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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God

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  36. 49
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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  37. 6
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

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  38. 18
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ...

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  39. 32
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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty

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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

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    added by PeteBoyle The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction

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  42. 53
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    - 127

    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity

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  43. 66
    + 46
    - 178

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

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  44. 54
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    added by sebbzor Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

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  45. 70
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    added by PabloMoysésBatista Jersey Girl, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks: The Lost Scene

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  46. 58
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

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  47. 8
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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

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  48. 37
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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside

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

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

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