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Popular Actors Who Make Mostly Bad Movies

April 14, 2020 198 votes 29 voters15 items

List RulesVote up the actors who have bombed on screen but you like anyways. Films available on streaming-only services (Netflix, Amazon) are eligible for consideration, but TV movies on over-the-air and cable channels like NBC, HBO, or Lifetime are not.

We all have our favorites; actors who we follow breathlessly on the gossip sites that pop up in beloved movies and TV shows. Most movie stars have a laundry list of popular and/or critically acclaimed projects on their resume, yet there is also a subsection of Hollywood actors (many of whom got their start on popular TV series) that have long-lasting, fruitful careers without actually being in very many good movies. There are some working actors who always make bad movies. Today, we salute those heroes who might have a hard time choosing scripts but aren't any less adored by their fans. 

  • Christina Applegate
    Photo: Surviving Christmas / DreamWorks Pictures

    Most Recognizable Role: Kelly Bundy on Married With Children

    Highest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): The Book of Life [82%]

    Lowest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): Surviving Christmas [7%]

    Notable Flops: Jane Austen's Mafia, The Big Hit, View from the Top, The Sweetest Thing, Vacation

    Debatable Exceptions: Anchorman

    Anchorman is a classic, but Applegate's CV is full of less than stellar films like the reboot of Vacation. Her best reviewed movie is the animated film The Book of Life.

    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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  • Ashton Kutcher
    Photo: Jobs / Open Road Films

    Most Recognizable Role: Michael Kelso on That 70's Show

    Highest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): The Man Who Saved the World [68%]

    Lowest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): Brother's Justice [0%]

    Notable Flops: Jobs, Spread, Bobby, A Lot Like Love

    Debatable Exceptions: No Strings Attached

    Ashton Kutcher has had his fair share of box office hits, like his team-up with Natalie Portman, No Strings Attached. But for the most part, his movie roles have left a lot to be desired. His Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, is the one you haven't seen.

    • Age: 42
    • Birthplace: USA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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  • Most Recognizable Role: Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights

    Highest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): Only the Brave [87%]

    Lowest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): The Covenant [6%]

    Notable Flops: John Carter, Battleship, Savages

    Debatable Exceptions: Lone Survivor

    Taylor Kitsch will always have a place in the hearts of Friday Night Lights fans, but he hasn't yet found his footing on the big screen. The one-two punch of John Carter and Battleship sunk (no pun intended) his chances to be a big-budget action star. He's also one of the stars of the least popular season of HBO's True Detective series. His best-reviewed movie, 2017's military drama Only the Brave, was a box office flop, earning less than $20 million in ticket receipts. Here's to hoping the former Tim Riggins can secure a part befitting his talents.

    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Kelowna, Canada
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  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Photo: Scooby Doo / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Most Recognizable Role: Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Highest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): Scream 2 [82%]

    Lowest Rated Film (Via Rotten Tomatoes): Happily N'Ever After [4%]

    Notable Flops: Harvard Man, The Air I Breathe

    Debatable Exceptions: Cruel Intentions

    Despite being one of the most recognizable faces of the '90s and early 2000s, Sarah Michelle Gellar's movie career peaked with The Grudge and its sequel, films that got more than its fair share of bad reviews. She had a smaller supporting role in Scream 2, which is the best-reviewed movie she ever worked on.

    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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