films 21 Surprisingly Bad Movies Directed by Good Directors  

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List Rules Vote up the most surprising crappy movie made by an iconic and respected film director.

Sometimes a director has an instantly recognizable style like David Fincher, Steven Spielberg or Ridley Scott. But what if we told you that one of the worst films ever made (Alien 3) was the work of one of the most acclaimed directors or all time? Or that Steven Spielberg made a barely watchable film starring a young Justin Chatwin and Tom Cruise? How about a two hour Ridley Scott melodrama starring Russell Crowe about wine and... growing up? (It's real and it's awful!) Turns out there are plenty of bad movies directed by great directors, proving that no one is perfect.

There are also acclaimed film directors who pride themselves on being diverse and experimenting, but still maintain an incredible body of work. You've got your Coen Brothers, Scorseses, David O. Russells, and Robert Zemekises. Don't worry; they've all had their follies as well and they each make appearances on this list.

This is a list of movies that remind you that even the absolute best director can make an awful movie. These are the movies some of these directors wish were stricken from the record (one of the films on this list was, in fact, released under a pseudonym and with a different title). These are the surprising movies directed by Hollywood's iconic directors!

The Last Airbender is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 21 Surprisingly Bad Movies Directed by Good Directors
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Director: M. Night Shyamalan

His early career is the stuff of legend (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable), but then something happened and nothing he's made has been remotely watchable since (The Last Airbender, The Happening, After Earth).

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Alexander


Alexander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21 Surprisingly Bad Movies Directed by Good Directors
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Director: Oliver Stone

Love him or hate him, the ever political, ever polarizing Oliver Stone has made some groundbreaking films: Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, and Tom Cruise's fantastic Born on the Fourth of July. But then there are the two movies we bet he wishes he had avoided altogether (they're oddly his least obviously political films). There was the shockingly bad Alexander, and the sequel nobody asked for: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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Beowulf


Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21 Surprisingly Bad Movies Directed by Good Directors
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Director: Robert Zemeckis
 

Decades years later and the Back to the Future trilogy is still one of the best film franchises of all time. Years later he teamed up with Tom Hanks twice to make two of the best movies ever: Forrest Gump and Castaway.

But then he tried to retell Beowulf with premature CG and stilted dialogue and it did not even come close to working.

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Happy Feet Two


Happy Feet Two is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 Surprisingly Bad Movies Directed by Good Directors
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Director: George Miller

The mad genius behind Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road made a bunch of kids movies (as well as The Witches of Eastwick)!

It's not necessarily a bad thing, nor are the films entirely awful (though they are certainly surprising). The guy who thought up Mad Max directed Babe: Pig in the City along with the Happy Feet films.

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