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

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    The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

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

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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

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    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

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

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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

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

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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

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    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The ...

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    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

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

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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

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    The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses ...

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

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

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

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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

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    Homeless in America, The Room

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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

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

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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

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    The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2

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

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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty

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    The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

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

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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion

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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

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

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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God

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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes

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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash

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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club

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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter

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

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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future

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

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    Wave of Mutilation, Donnie Darko, Temptation Waits

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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears

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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity

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