The Worst Movie Directors of All Time Film Directors
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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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    Munich, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ...

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  2. 71
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    Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion

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

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    added by PabloMoysésBatista Dragonfly, Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor

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  5. 68
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    added by PabloMoysésBatista Fuzz Bucket, Critters 2: The Main Course, Steve Martini's The Judge

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  6. 67
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    added by PabloMoysésBatista Jersey Girl, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks: The Lost Scene

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

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

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

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    added by PeteBoyle The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction

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  11. 62
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers

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  12. 61
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company

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  13. 60
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    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows

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  14. 59
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby

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  15. 58
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

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  16. 57
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    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber

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  17. 56
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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem

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  18. 55
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!

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  19. 54
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    added by sebbzor Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

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  20. 53
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    Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun

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  21. 52
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity

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  22. 51
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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following

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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday

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  24. 49
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears

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  25. 48
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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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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future

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

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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter

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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club

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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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  33. 40
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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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  36. 37
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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside

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  37. 36
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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

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  38. 35
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

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

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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion

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  42. 31
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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  43. 30
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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty

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

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  45. 28
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    The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2

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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

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

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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

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