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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. 68
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    Splash, Far and Away, Presidential Reunion

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  2. 67
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    Munich, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ...

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  3. 66
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    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8

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  4. 65
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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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  6. 63
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    added by trinos131 Luis Llosa Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon

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  7. 62
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers

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  8. 61
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    added by sebbzor Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

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  9. 60
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company

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  10. 59
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby

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  11. 58
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    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows

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  12. 57
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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem

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  13. 56
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

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  14. 55
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    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber

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  15. 54
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!

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  16. 53
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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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  18. 51
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity

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    Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun

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

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

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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

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  30. 39
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash

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

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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God

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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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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion

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

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    Homeless in America, The Room

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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

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

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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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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

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

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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

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