The Worst Movie Directors of All Time Film Directors

The Worst Movie Directors of All Time

who else should see this list?

23,334 views 69 items 5,923 votes 996 voters 14 followers 9reranks
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.
< >
  • the crowd
  • 9 reranks
  • comments
  • </> embed
Rerank This List
View as a Ranked by
Rank
loading your
votes…
 
  Name
Score
  1. 45
    Up 12
    Down 7
    Homeless in America, The Room More
    39
  2. 30
    Up 144
    Down 20
    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The ... More
    48
  3. 66
    Up 25
    Down 81
    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows More
    26
  4. 50
    Up 18
    Down 22
    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
    35
  5. 47
    Up 68
    Down 129
    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
    39
  6. 40
    Up 15
    Down 4
    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask More
    41
  7. 35
    Up 26
    Down 31
    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
    45
  8. 36
    Up 23
    Down 11
    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
    44
  9. 49
    Up 3
    Down 5
    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
    36
  10. 11
    Up 53
    Down 14
    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns More
    64
  11. 37
    Up 23
    Down 23
    The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor More
    44
  12. 59
    Up 21
    Down 20
    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
    31
  13. 41
    Up 16
    Down 10
    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
    41
  14. 58
    Up 3
    Down 0

    Luis Llosa

    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
    31
    added by: trinos131
  15. 8
    Up 83
    Down 24
    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch More
    72
  16. 67
    Up 14
    Down 67
    Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion More
    23
  17. 44
    Up 23
    Down 20
    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter More
    40
  18. 39
    Up 16
    Down 27
    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
    43
  19. 52
    Up 21
    Down 6
    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
    35
  20. 55
    Up 20
    Down 10
    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber More
    33
  21. 9
    Up 92
    Down 45
    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow More
    67
  22. 1
    Up 345
    Down 47
    The Storm, Rampage, Darfur More
    100
  23. 46
    Up 15
    Down 84
    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following More
    39
  24. 24
    Up 33
    Down 10
    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
    50
  25. 5
    Up 204
    Down 53
    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset More
    78
  26. 4
    Up 321
    Down 126
    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable More
    88
  27. 62
    Up 3
    Down 2
    X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade More
    30
    added by: JakeFraser
  28. 22
    Up 35
    Down 16
    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles More
    52
  29. 17
    Up 52
    Down 49
    The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses ... More
    58
  30. 21
    Up 35
    Down 11
    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
    53
  31. 31
    Up 21
    Down 5
    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty More
    47
  32. 64
    Up 10
    Down 16
    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers More
    28
  33. 13
    Up 64
    Down 16
    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security More
    61
  34. 38
    Up 32
    Down 16
    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns More
    43
  35. 27
    Up 26
    Down 12
    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside More
    49
  36. 15
    Up 58
    Down 18
    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ... More
    59
  37. 16
    Up 48
    Down 13
    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2 More
    58
  38. 20
    Up 32
    Down 13
    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
    53
  39. 2
    Up 364
    Down 124
    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain More
    94
  40. 14
    Up 63
    Down 7
    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua More
    60
  41. 29
    Up 35
    Down 17
    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human ... More
    48
  42. 42
    Up 20
    Down 22
    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
    40
  43. 6
    Up 163
    Down 81
    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys More
    76
  44. 12
    Up 60
    Down 16
    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ... More
    61
  45. 54
    Up 10
    Down 47
    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
    34
  46. 69
    Up 18
    Down 87
    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 More
    22
  47. 56
    Up 6
    Down 0
    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
    32
    added by: sebbzor
  48. 63
    Up 7
    Down 8
    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company More
    29
  49. 65
    Up 3
    Down 6
    30 for 30: Kings Ransom, Lone Survivor, Very Bad Things More
    28
    added by: PeteBoyle
  50. 33
    Up 24
    Down 33
    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
    45
  51. +Add New Item

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 69

think you can do better?

rerank this list
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

from our partners

    more popular lists