Most Annoying 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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1,157 485
Uwe Boll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Storm, Rampage, Darfur

2
904 378
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

3
1,512 819
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

4
1,001 1,060
M. Night Shyamalan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Happening, The Last Airbender, Unbreakable

5
252 140
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

6
420 239
Tommy Wiseau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Homeless in America, The Room

7
708 402
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, The Marriage Counselor

8
257 209
Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
5 Days of War, Born American, The Covenant

9
668 320
Zack Snyder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300

10
449 367
Paul W. S. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

11
494 554
Joel Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Choose or Lose, Flawless, The Lost Boys

12
572 509
Brett Ratner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2, After the Sunset

13
126 22
Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck

14
449 478
Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Take It Out in Trade

15
163 119
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
IanShepherd added Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

16
131 71
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

17
324 183
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

18
289 231
Mark Steven Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
When in Rome, Daredevil, Simon Birch

19
237 182
Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

20
254 170
Brian Levant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2, Are We There Yet

21
245 120
Tom Six is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam, The Human Centipede

22
162 39
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added On Deadly Ground

23
382 406
Roland Emmerich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Godzilla, The Noah's Ark Principle, The Day After Tomorrow

24
138 41
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tiny Furniture, Girls, Creative Nonfiction

25
59 19
Marcus Koch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
100 Tears

26
168 124
Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
sebbzor added Little Man, Scary Movie, White Chicks

27
158 87
Steve Carr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

28
152 135
Brian Robbins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Perfect Score, A Thousand Words, Playing with Guns

29
100 99
Rob Cohen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

30
145 113
Joe Roth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Streets of Gold, America's Sweethearts, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise

31
150 121
Claudio Fragasso is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead, Troll 2: Part 2

32
142 139
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Sucker Free City, Lumière and Company, HIStory on Film

33
116 64
Lawrence Guterman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

34
62 53
Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mister Pip

35
141 79
Steven Brill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

36
239 332
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses

37
100 17
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Cablogula added W.E, Filth and Wisdom - W.E., Filth And Wisdom

38
105 69
John Whitesell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

39
69 30
John Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
hendrick heisenburg added A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne, He Shoots

40
123 92
Victor Salva is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior, Jeepers Creepers 2

41
113 120
Marcus Nispel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

42
59 58
Barry Sonnenfeld is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Addams Family Values, Big Trouble, Get Shorty

43
113 101
Jonathan Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

44
78 46
Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Sonny

45
74 68
Dominic Sena is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

46
74 46
Alex Zamm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dr Dolittle Million Dollar Mutts, Snow, Tooth Fairy 2

47
49 57
Kurt Wimmer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

48
51 64
Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Fever Pitch, Me, Myself & Irene

49
84 89
Stephen Sommers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns

50
93 83
Andrzej Bartkowiak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li