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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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Uwe Boll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Storm, Rampage, Darfur
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Jason Friedberg and Aaron Selt... is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain
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M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable
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Adam Shankman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories
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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The Marriage Counselor
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Tommy Wiseau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Homeless in America, The Room
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Paul W. S. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6
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Joel Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys
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Brett Ratner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset
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Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant
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Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck
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Zack Snyder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300
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Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
IanShepherd added Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse
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Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade
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Andy Sidaris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior
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Raja Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua
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Mark Steven Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch
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Brian Levant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet
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Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security
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Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added On Deadly Ground
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Tom Six is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human Centipede
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Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tiny Furniture, Girls, Creative Nonfiction
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Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow
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Marcus Koch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
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