The Worst Movie Directors of All Time

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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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    Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

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    Sonny

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    One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

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

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    On Deadly Ground

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    13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

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

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

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    John Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time

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    John Moore A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots

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    Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

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    Jan de Bont is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


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

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

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    Alex Zamm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Alex Zamm Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

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    Underfunded, Roast of Denis Leary: Uncensored, Jury Duty

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    Tube Tales, The Reaping, Under Suspicion

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    Andy Sidaris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Andy Sidaris Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

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

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    Lawrence Guterman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Lawrence Guterman Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

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    Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


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

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    Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

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    Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

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    Jonathan Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Jonathan Liebesman The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

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    Steve Carr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Steve Carr Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

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    Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

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

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    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

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

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

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    Joe Roth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Joe Roth Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ...

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

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    5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

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    Brian Robbins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Brian Robbins The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

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    Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow

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    Homeless in America, The Room

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    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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    Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Dennis Dugan The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

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

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    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

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    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

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    Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade

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    Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

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    Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


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

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    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

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    Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300

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    M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    M. Night Shyamalan The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

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    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selt... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie

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    Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Michael Bay The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain

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    Uwe Boll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time


    Uwe Boll The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

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