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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. 27
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    Homeless in America, The Room

  2. 11
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    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The ...

  3. 59
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    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows

  4. 46
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future

  5. 48
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

  6. 34
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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

  7. 40
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash

  8. 35
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

  9. 49
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears

  10. 12
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    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

  11. 33
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    The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

  12. 58
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby

  13. 42
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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club

  14. 65
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    added by trinos131 Luis Llosa Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon

  15. 8
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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

  16. 68
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    Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion

  17. 44
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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter

  18. 51
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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday

  19. 55
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!

  20. 54
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    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber

  21. 9
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    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow

  22. 2
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    The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

  23. 53
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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following

  24. 32
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

  25. 6
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    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

  26. 3
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    The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

  27. 64
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    added by JakeFraser X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade

  28. 21
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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

  29. 17
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    The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses ...

  30. 20
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

  31. 31
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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty

  32. 62
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers

  33. 14
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    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

  34. 36
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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

  35. 37
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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside

  36. 13
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    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet ...

  37. 16
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    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2

  38. 19
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    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories

  39. 1
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    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain

  40. 15
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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

  41. 28
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    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human ...

  42. 45
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed

  43. 5
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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

  44. 18
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    Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ...

  45. 52
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity

  46. 66
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    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8

  47. 60
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    added by sebbzor Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

  48. 61
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company

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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God

  50. 63
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    added by PeteBoyle The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction

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