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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 More
    22
  2. 67
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    Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 More
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  3. 66
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    X-Men, Ender's Game, Tough Trade More
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    added by: JakeFraser
  4. 65
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    Munich, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ... More
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  5. 64
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    The Starter Wife, 88 Minutes, Conviction More
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    added by: PeteBoyle
  6. 63
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    LX Forty, Monster's Ball, Loungers More
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  7. 62
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    Luis Llosa

    Sniper, The Specialist, Fire on the Amazon More
    23
    added by: trinos131
  8. 61
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    Planet of the Apes, The Match Girl, Dark Shadows More
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  9. 60
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    Being Flynn, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, In Good Company More
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  10. 59
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    Strictly Ballroom, The Red Curtain Trilogy, The Great Gatsby More
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  11. 58
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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks More
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    added by: sebbzor
  12. 57
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    AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem More
    27
  13. 56
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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium More
    27
  14. 55
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    The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Fussballfieber More
    29
  15. 54
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    The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia! More
    30
  16. 53
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    Goners, The Avengers, Serenity More
    30
  17. 52
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    United 93, Resurrected, Bloody Sunday More
    31
  18. 51
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    Cinema 16: British Short Films, Batman Begins, Following More
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  19. 50
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    Loving Memory, Unstoppable, Top Gun More
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  20. 49
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    Wave of Mutilation, Donnie Darko, Temptation Waits More
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  21. 48
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, In the Mood, The Sum of All Fears More
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  22. 47
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    Roller Coaster Rabbit, Identity Unknown, Back for the Future More
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  23. 46
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    THX 1138, 1:42:08, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith More
    35
  24. 45
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    Twister, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed More
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  25. 44
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    Red Sonja, Stolen, The General's Daughter More
    36
  26. 43
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    Free Willy, One More Minute, The Club More
    36
  27. 42
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    Robot Monster, The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Stardust in Your Eyes More
    37
  28. 41
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    Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2 More
    37
  29. 40
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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish More
    38
  30. 39
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    In the Valley of Elah, The Third Person, Crash More
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  31. 38
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    Pretty Woman, Beaches, Dear God More
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  32. 37
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    We Are Marshall, Offspring: Complete Music Video Collection, Westside More
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  33. 36
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    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask More
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  34. 35
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    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior More
    39
  35. 34
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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns More
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  36. 33
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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion More
    40
  37. 32
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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty More
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  38. 31
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    The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor More
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  39. 30
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    Homeless in America, The Room More
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  40. 29
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    Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li More
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  41. 28
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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night More
    42
  42. 27
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    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human ... More
    42
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    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2 More
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    The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2 More
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    The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, 50 First Dates, Billy Batson and the ... More
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  46. 23
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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant More
    45
  47. 22
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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl More
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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein More
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    The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles More
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    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories More
    46
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