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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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    1. 63
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      Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
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    2. 42
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      Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
      40
    3. 41
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      Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask More
      41
    4. 36
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      In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
      43
    5. 1
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      The Storm, Rampage, Darfur More
      100
    6. 52
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      Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun More
      34
    7. 19
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      5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
      55
    8. 9
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      Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow More
      68
    9. 3
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      The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable More
      92
    10. 18
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      Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
      58
    11. 31
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      Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion More
      46
    12. 40
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      Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
      41
    13. 27
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      The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human ... More
      49
    14. 59
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      Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
      30
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    15. 29
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      Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
      47
    16. 61
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      X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade More
      29
      added by: JakeFraser
    17. 21
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      The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles More
      53
    18. 65
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      LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers More
      26
    19. 43
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      United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
      39
    20. 11
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      Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6 More
      65
    21. 53
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      The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
      34
    22. 55
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      The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber More
      32
    23. 23
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      The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
      52
    24. 33
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      Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
      44
    25. 5
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      Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset More
      77
    26. 16
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      The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ... More
      59
    27. 12
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      The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
      62
    28. 14
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      The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
      60
    29. 38
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      13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
      43
    30. 7
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      Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade More
      74
    31. 49
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      Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
      35
    32. 34
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      Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
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    33. 47
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      THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
      38
    34. 6
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      Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
      76
    35. 15
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      Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
      60
    36. 30
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      Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty More
      46
    37. 64
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      Planes, Trains and Automobiles, She's Having a Baby, Weird Science More
      28
    38. 20
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      Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl More
      54
    39. 60
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      The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction More
      29
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    40. 54
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      Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
      33
    41. 69
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      Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 More
      22
    42. 56
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      Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
      32
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    43. 57
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      One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
      30
    44. 8
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      When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
      70
    45. 32
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      We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside More
      46
    46. 2
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      The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
      97
    47. 62
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      Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company More
      29
    48. 25
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      The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ... More
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    49. 50
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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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