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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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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883 374
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
Michael Bay The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pain & Gain

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990 1,032
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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245 136
Adam Shankman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Adam Shankman The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, Bedtime Stories

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658 296
Zack Snyder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
muybueno16 added Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen, 300

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694 396
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

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254 206
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

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404 234
Tommy Wiseau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Tommy Wiseau Homeless in America, The Room

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441 362
Paul W. S. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Paul W. S. Anderson Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil 6

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485 551
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

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565 506
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

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436 466
Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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116 21
Aaron Seltzer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Aaron Seltzer Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, Vampires Suck

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152 114
Eli Roth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
IanShepherd added Eli Roth Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever, Grindhouse

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127 70
Andy Sidaris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andy Sidaris Malibu Express, Savage Beach, Day of the Warrior

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315 182
Raja Gosnell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Raja Gosnell Home Alone 3, The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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281 230
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

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234 179
Dennis Dugan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dennis Dugan The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It, National Security

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249 170
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

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236 117
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

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

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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

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56 18
Marcus Koch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Koch 100 Tears

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127 40
Lena Dunham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lena Dunham Tiny Furniture, Girls, Creative Nonfiction

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

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152 87
Steve Carr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steve Carr Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle, Dr. Dolittle 2

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148 135
Brian Robbins is listed (or ranked) 28 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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143 110
Joe Roth is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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97 96
Rob Cohen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Cohen The Rat Pack, The Skulls, The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

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147 120
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

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135 130
Spike Lee is listed (or ranked) 32 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

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111 63
Lawrence Guterman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Lawrence Guterman Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask

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59 51
Andrew Adamson is listed (or ranked) 34 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

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135 79
Steven Brill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Steven Brill Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor, Late Last Night

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236 326
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Rob Zombie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Halloween II, House of 1000 Corpses

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102 69
John Whitesell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
John Whitesell Clarissa, Deck the Halls, Calendar Girl

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111 100
Jonathan Liebesman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Jonathan Liebesman The Killing Room, Rings, Ninja Turtles

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66 29
John Moore is listed (or ranked) 39 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

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Cablogula added Madonna W.E, Filth and Wisdom - W.E., Filth And Wisdom

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110 120
Marcus Nispel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Marcus Nispel Conan the Barbarian, Backmask, Frankenstein

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56 57
Barry Sonnenfeld is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Barry Sonnenfeld Addams Family Values, Big Trouble, Get Shorty

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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

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

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72 46
Alex Zamm is listed (or ranked) 45 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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71 68
Dominic Sena is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Dominic Sena 13 Graves, Kalifornia, Swordfish

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46 57
Kurt Wimmer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Kurt Wimmer One Tough Bastard, Ultraviolet, Equilibrium

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48 60
Farrelly brothers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Farrelly brothers Fever Pitch, Me^! Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal

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91 82
Andrzej Bartkowiak is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Andrzej Bartkowiak Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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81 88
Stephen Sommers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Worst Movie Directors of All Time
Stephen Sommers Deep Rising, Odd Thomas, The Mummy Returns