Top Ten Career-Ruining Movies

These movies effectively destroyed the career of a famous actor. Although they're obviously still in the acting department, they're very far under the radar.

The Top Ten

1 John Stockwell - Dangerously Close (1986)

It should be known that John Stockwell wrote the script or was 1 of 3 co-writers. Whether it was because of having more that 1 writer than necessary, having muddled direction by Albert Pyun, or being produced by Cannon which led to the film being panned by many critics including Roger Ebert and probably why John Stockwell never was giving another starring role which is why he since became a director. - MonkeeJuice

2 Jake Lloyd - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)

This is an awful film

This is a great movie - simpsondude

Because of The phantom menace Loyd Got Bullied At School,Became An Alchoholic,Got Arrested

3 Elizabeth Berkley - Showgirls (1995) Elizabeth Berkley - Showgirls (1995)

No one ever spoke of her again because of this movie.

4 Mike Myers - The Love Guru (2008)

Oh yeah. This movie completely drowned Mike's career. It's amazing that The Cat in the Hat didn't do that. - BKAllmighty

It's kinda sad that Mike Myers had destroyed his career with this movie. - Pony

The Cat in the Hat was probably the final nail in the coffin for Mike. - Puga

And he really doesn't have anyone else to blame but himself for this one. - truckturner

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5 M. Night Shyamalan - The Last Airbender (2010)

He should have used his Sixth Sense to release how bad an idea this movie was. Putting so many hours of animation into a short length of time... bad idea from a Avatar: The Last Airbender fan.

He made some bad movies before this, but The Last Airbender is the movie that put M. Night Shyamalan's once-promising career into the toilet.

No it was After Earth that destroyed it

But A Miracle Happened In 2017, Split Ended Up Great - JPK

6 John Travolta – Battlefield Earth (2000)

At least he came back with Bolt. I honestly thought that movie was pretty good.

7 Chris O'Donnell - Batman & Robin (1997)

As great as Chris O'Donnel is, this movie makes me go "Teenage Chris O'Donnell?! More like Teenage Mike O'Donnell". I will admit, that Batman & Robin is a so-bad-it's-good movie.

8 Cuba Gooding Jr. - Snow Dogs (2002)
9 Brandon Routh - Superman Returns (2006)
10 Halle Berry - Catwoman (2004)

Yep it's true. She got a razzie for it. This movie had awful CGI! - flamingsoul

The Contenders

11 Geena Davis - Cutthroat Island (1995) Geena Davis - Cutthroat Island (1995) Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, voice actress, former model, and former archer.
12 Lindsay Lohan - I Know Who Killed Me (2008) Lindsay Lohan - I Know Who Killed Me (2008) Lindsay Dee Lohan is an American actress. She is also a model, singer, songwriter, director, and producer.

It's won more Razzies than any other movie, so it kinda killed her career. - Turkeyasylum

13 Sean Connery – The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

It killed his career but in a different way to the rest: It killed his passion for the business so he retired voluntarily. Funny thing is, it's not a terrible movie, just disappointing. - truckturner

Oh, how I feel sorry for Connery for having to take part in this joke of a movie. - PositronWildhawk

He picked this over Lord of The Rings?!?!?

Sad, too sad - Gamer231

14 Kevin Costner - Waterworld (1995)
15 Demi Moore - Striptease (1996)
16 Mark Hamill - Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

How did this destroy Hamill's career?

Vote if you suck. This is the best movie ever! At least in my opinion. - RalphBob

What "career" did he even have to potentially ruin? Lol - Billyv

17 Ben Affleck – Gigli (2003)

Ever hear of Argo? It's nonsense to state that a bad project or 2 "ruined" the careers of some of these very successful actors whose careers have been fine - some highs, some lows, as any busy entertainer will likely have - Billyv

This movie didn't ruin his career.

18 Haley Joel Osment - AI: Artifical Intelligence (2001) Haley Joel Osment - AI: Artifical Intelligence (2001) Haley Joel Osment is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character’s son, Osment rose to fame for his performance as a young unwilling medium in The Sixth Sense..
19 Mara Wilson - Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)

She hasn't been in a single film since this one. And that's sad because she was in two movies that I liked as a kid (Mrs. Doubtfire, and Matilda) Also, HOW THE HELL DID THEY CAST ALEC BALDWIN AND PETER FONDA? IT MAKES NO SENSE!

(P.S. I've never seen an episode of Thomas before and I don't intend to) - BigBerry25

20 Madonna - Swept Away (2002)

After many bad movies in her acting career, this is the one that finally led her to stop doing films permanently. - Dancedom

21 Tom Green - Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
22 Roberto Benigni - Pinocchio (2002)

He's the famous Italian actor/director who won Best Actor for Life is Beautiful.

I don't even know who this is anyway.

23 Jennifer Lopez - Gigli (2003) Jennifer Lopez - Gigli (2003) Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.
24 Pauly Shore - Bio-Dome (1996)
25 Jamie Kennedy - Son of the Mask (2005)
26 Jim Caviezel - The Passion of the Christ (2004)
27 Eddie Murphy - The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
28 Christopher Reeve - Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
29 Steve Carell - The Lorax (2012) Steve Carell - The Lorax (2012)
30 Adam Sandler - Pixels (2015)

I'm glad this destroyed his career. He's always been and always will be an awful actor. He will not be missed.

31 Shia Labeouf - Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Well Sort Of

32 Lori Petty - Tank Girl (1995)

She's actually good in this movie. The then unknown Naomi Watts who plays Jetgirl in this movie became a big star. Lori Petty on the other hand who has not stopped working in the movie industry never made it big afterwards but I don't think that it is this movie who ruined her career. It's the bad choises in bad movies or T.V.-shows that ruined ( ruined is maybe a little bit exagerated because she still works as an actress ) her career.

33 Maria Pitillo - Godzilla (1998)
34 Josh Lucas - Stealth (2005)
35 Bridget Fonda - Monkeybone (2001)
36 Brendan Fraser - Furry Vengeance (2010)
37 Sharon Stone - Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
38 C. Thomas Howell - Soul Man (1986)
39 Phoebe Cates - Drop Dead Fred (1991) Phoebe Cates - Drop Dead Fred (1991) Phoebe Cates Kline, better known as Phoebe Cates, is an American retired film actress, model and singer.
40 Rick Moranis - Big Bully (1996)
41 Gene Hackman - Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
42 Elizabeth Hurley - Serving Sara (2002)
43 Steven Seagal - Half Past Dead (2002)
44 Jean-Claude Van Damme - Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
45 Patrick Stewart - The Emoji Movie (2017)

He's 77 years old, and this is what he gives us after such a long, amazing career? A poop emoji performance? - 445956

46 John Stockwell - Dangerously Close (1986)
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Top Remixes

1. Mike Myers - The Love Guru (2008)
2. Elizabeth Berkley - Showgirls (1995)
3. Chris O'Donnell - Batman & Robin (1997)
1. Mike Myers - The Love Guru (2008)
2. M. Night Shyamalan - The Last Airbender (2010)
3. John Travolta – Battlefield Earth (2000)
1. Jake Lloyd - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
2. Halle Berry - Catwoman (2004)
3. Elizabeth Berkley - Showgirls (1995)


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