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The Worst Movie Directors of All Time

Updated November 22, 2019 34.1k votes 4.9k voters 116.3k views148 items

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 Boll1
    1,220
    494

    Uwe Boll

    The Storm, Rampage
  • Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer2
    845
    342

    Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

    Disaster Movie, Epic Movie
  • Michael Bay3
    1,442
    712

    Michael Bay

    The Island, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Aaron Seltzer4
    260
    46

    Aaron Seltzer

    Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie
  • Tommy Wiseau5
    499
    275

    Tommy Wiseau

    Homeless in America, The Room
  • Adam Shankman6
    376
    146

    Adam Shankman

    The Wedding Planner, Hairspray 2: White Lipstick
  • Lena Dunham7
    262
    67

    Lena Dunham

    Tiny Furniture, Girls
  • Raja Gosnell8
    387
    157

    Raja Gosnell

    Home Alone 3, The Smurfs
  • Tom Six9
    299
    115

    Tom Six

    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), Gay in Amsterdam
  • Tyler Perry10
    684
    373

    Tyler Perry

    Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection
  • Andy Sidaris11
    160
    78

    Andy Sidaris

    Malibu Express, Savage Beach
  • Brian Levant12
    285
    146

    Brian Levant

    The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, A Christmas Story 2
  • Mark Steven Johnson13
    315
    199

    Mark Steven Johnson

    When in Rome, Daredevil
  • Lawrence Guterman14
    129
    58

    Lawrence Guterman

    Cats & Dogs, Son of the Mask
  • Paul W. S. Anderson15
    504
    333

    Paul W. S. Anderson

    Spy Hunter, Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Brett Ratner16
    643
    445

    Brett Ratner

    Tower Heist, Rush Hour 2
  • Steve Carr17
    196
    80

    Steve Carr

    Daddy Day Care, The Boondoggle
  • Zack Snyder18
    703
    467

    Zack Snyder

    Dawn of the Dead, Watchmen
  • Dennis Dugan19
    254
    171

    Dennis Dugan

    The Benchwarmers, Just Go With It
  • Eli Roth20
    280
    180

    Eli Roth

    Trailer Trash, Cabin Fever
  • Steven Brill21
    150
    69

    Steven Brill

    Movie 43, Drillbit Taylor
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans22
    182
    143

    Keenen Ivory Wayans

    Little Man, Scary Movie
  • Victor Salva23
    173
    92

    Victor Salva

    The Nature of the Beast, Peaceful Warrior
  • Claudio Fragasso24
    153
    107

    Claudio Fragasso

    Rats: Night of Terror, Hell of the Living Dead
  • Renny Harlin25
    334
    223

    Renny Harlin

    5 Days of War, Born American