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.
Ranked by
  • Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

    Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie
  • Uwe Boll
    The Storm, Rampage, Darfur
  • Steven Seagal
    On Deadly Ground
  • Raja Gosnell
    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Aaron Seltzer
    Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck
  • Madonna
    W.E, Filth and Wisdom
    W.E., Filth And Wisdom
  • Michael Bay
    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain
  • Brian Levant
    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet
  • Tyler Perry
    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The Marriage Counselor
  • Steve Carr
    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2
  • Tommy Wiseau
    Homeless in America, The Room
  • Tom Six
    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human Centipede
  • Lawrence Guterman
    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask
  • Lena Dunham
    Tiny Furniture, Girls, Creative Nonfiction
  • Steven Brill
    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night
  • Neil Breen

    Neil Breen

    Fateful Findings, Double Down, Pass Thru

  • Mark Steven Johnson
    When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch
  • Paul W. S. Anderson
    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6
  • John Moore
    A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots
  • Brett Ratner
    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset
  • Brian Robbins
    The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns
  • Sia
  • Andy Sidaris
    Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior
  • Olivier Megaton
    A Dance, a Song: Too Morose, Taken 2
  • Adam Shankman
    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories