most annoying The Worst Movie Directors of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by
27.7k votes 3.4k voters 94.5k views 164 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
1,030 436
Uwe Boll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Uwe Boll The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

The Most Overrated Movies of All Time The Best Suspense Authors

2
1,318 726
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

3
784 344
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

4
920 895
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

5
569 197
Zack Snyder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300

6
200 109
Adam Shankman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Adam Shankman The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories

7
612 357
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 Marriage Counselor

8
218 179
Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Renny Harlin 5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

9
397 334
Paul W. S. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Paul W. S. Anderson Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

10
316 190
Tommy Wiseau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tommy Wiseau Homeless in America, The Room

11
442 515
Joel Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Joel Schumacher Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

12
522 478
Brett Ratner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brett Ratner Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

13
117 78
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
IanShepherd added Eli Roth Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

14
397 434
Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Ed Wood Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade

15
110 56
Andy Sidaris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andy Sidaris Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

The Greatest Indian Music Directors of All Time 16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

16
81 12
Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Aaron Seltzer Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck

17
219 158
Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dennis Dugan The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

18
262 215
Mark Steven Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Mark Steven Johnson When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

19
277 167
Raja Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Raja Gosnell Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

20
225 162
Brian Levant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brian Levant The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet

21
196 105
Tom Six is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tom Six The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human Centipede

22
141 92
Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
sebbzor added Keenen Ivory Wayans Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

23
344 375
Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Roland Emmerich Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow

24
41 9
Marcus Koch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Koch 100 Tears

25
133 78
Steve Carr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steve Carr Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

26
137 126
Brian Robbins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Brian Robbins The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

27
104 86
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Spike Lee Sucker Free City, Lumière and Company, HIStory on Film^! Volume II

28
91 23
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Steven Seagal On Deadly Ground

29
50 30
Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andrew Adamson The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion^! the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mister Pip, Shrek

The Absolute Worst Actors-Turned-Directors The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

30
129 105
Joe Roth is listed (or ranked) 30 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 Paradise

31
133 112
Claudio Fragasso is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Claudio Fragasso Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2

32
82 89
Rob Cohen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Cohen The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

33
80 26
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lena Dunham Tiny Furniture, Girls, Creative Nonfiction

34
121 69
Steven Brill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steven Brill Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

35
95 58
Lawrence Guterman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lawrence Guterman Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

36
48 36
Barry Sonnenfeld is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Barry Sonnenfeld Addams Family Values, Big Trouble, Get Shorty

37
210 300
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Zombie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses

38
3 2
Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Adam Sandler

39
92 64
John Whitesell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
John Whitesell Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

40
102 91
Jonathan Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Jonathan Liebesman The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

41
101 108
Marcus Nispel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Nispel Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

42
53 20
John Moore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
hendrick heisenburg added John Moore A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots

43
106 82
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Victor Salva The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2

The Best Horror Directors in Film History The Greatest Works of Hunter S. Thompson

44
62 41
Alex Zamm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Alex Zamm Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

45
35 39
Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Farrelly brothers Fever Pitch, Me^! Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal

46
40 48
Kurt Wimmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Kurt Wimmer One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

47
75 77
Stephen Sommers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Stephen Sommers Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

48
62 62
Dominic Sena is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dominic Sena 13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

49
51 29
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Nicolas Cage Sonny

50
83 75
Andrzej Bartkowiak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andrzej Bartkowiak Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li