Worst Movie Directors of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Michael Bay Michael Bay Michael Benjamin Bay is an American filmmaker known for directing and producing big-budget action films characterized by fast cutting, stylistic visuals and extensive use of special effects, including frequent depiction of explosions.

Michael Bay masturbates explosions and boobs like a drug dealer has crack on a frequent basis.

He has no idea what makes cinema so special to our heats; he takes on projects that are totally out of his league, and he just can't direct his actors in an effective way. It's like he's focusing on the effects and the action over the actors.

Mr. Bay, stop making movies please. We've had enough of your Transformers crap already.

Worst director

I mean I'm not gonna lie. He DOES at some points make very entertaining explosion scenes, but that's the problem. He overuses it just making that the main focus in actually all the movies he directs. - LegoboynjAnimations

Not to mention that he has fans who are crazy, stupid, overzealous, defensive, dishonest, plain gullible, or all of the above. They refuse to get enough of explosions and what else Michael Bay has in store! They hated stories and they think of critics as Adolf Hitler! I believe they're happy that way and of course they wanted to escape from everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, because after all, this is America; the land of freedom, which what Michael Bay and his movies might represent. I am an American myself, and at least I'm not as crazy as him and his fans, but it's just that I'm not a huge Michael Bay fan at all.

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2 Uwe Boll Uwe Boll Uwe Boll is a German-born Canadian filmmaker and restaurateur, whose work includes several films adapted from video games.

His films are bad bad bad! - TopTenTed

He should kill himself for his own good and for us there was a petition for him to retire and it reached over 350,000 signatures!

He definietly worst of all film directors, even Darfur cannot save his arse. He shouldn't be born or direct fir the rest of his life as useless jock being bullied by his father when he was a child

Uwe Bolls movies are unbelievably bad. He plays the stock market with his movies, so even if they bomb he gets money to make more because nobody will fund him. He got so mad about the piss poor reviews on his movies that he challenged them to a boxing match. What's wrong with this guy?! Shamalamadingdong and Bay are bad, yes. But they don't even come close to the monstrosities this guy have made.

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3 M. Night Shyamalan M. Night Shyamalan Manoj "M. Night" Shyamalan is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings.

Well, I actually do believe he should be removed on this list. Despite the disaster of making Avatar one decade ago, he really did improved to be a decent director of making Split.

But I really do believe that Signs is a good film. He's not even a bad director at all.

Hey Shyamalan, I have an idea for a twist ending! You start making GOOD movies! MIND BLOWN!

I do not believe that Shyamalan is an altogether bad filmmaker. Sure, he's made a ton of bad movies over the years, but it's obvious that the man has some amount of talent. In his earlier career, his movies were good. They varied in how good they were, but they still showed a lot of craftsmanship, skill, and intelligence. However, I'm not going to deny that movies like The Last Airbender, The Happening, After Earth, and The Lady in the Water are godawful. These movies range from boring as hell to unintentionally hilarious. It DOES appear that M. Night is digging himself out of the hole he put himself in. The Visit was decent and Split was actually pretty darn good. I'm hoping for the guy to continue to be successful, not just because he's a fellow Philadelphian, but because he actually TRIES in each one of his movies. He's not like Michael Bay or Seltzer & Friedberg where they don't care at all about the quality of their films. It's obvious that Shyamalan is an avid lover of cinema ...more - phillysports

Looks like I jumped to a conclusion a little bit because Glass absolutely sucked. - phillysports

Sure with Avatar it sucked, but over time I noticed he's actually kinda improved with his latest movie Split. - LegoboynjAnimations

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4 Albert Pyun
5 Aaron Seltzer

How the hell is this dude and Jason Friedberg not number 1? Their movies have an average rating of 9% on rotten tomatoes!

The only reason it's not lower is because of one film they made that has a 53%. And the only reason it's higher is because Jason and Aaron weren't the only two writers, instead being six of them. So the other four thankfully did something to fix it. - LegoboynjAnimations

Mel brooks proved us that parody can be art with young Frankenstein, made us laugh with space balls and THAT dracula movie was really bad still had some redeeming qualities, movies made by this dude instead use a form of humor so miserable you'll find an episode of mr. pickles more subtile, and sexual scenes on the same level of these you can find on a sonic fancomic, finally filling space on the movie by plaguing others movies with these "references" does nothing out of making sicks these who watch them

I hate all his dumb films

Directors of films such as epic movie, meet the Spartans, disaster movie and other films that are spoofs of other films.

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6 Jason Friedberg

Thanks Friedberg and Seltzer we needed more after your previous movies.

Friend of Cyma Zarghami

7 James Nguyen

This dude is extremely delusional that he really thinks his birdemic movies are good - he's yet doesn't learn anything from his previous films and wanting to make birdemic 3 with his help from funding. - BurnAux

He is a really bad director, because he thinks that his films are top notch and world class, however they are really crap. That is why they are the best films

Honestly, I really don't know why people would even find his films so bad they're good. Don't believe I'm weird when I say his films are just plain GOOD!

If he is the director of the Birdemic, he should be in first place.
I mean, if anyone made a movie, and they got a horrible review they will

A: Give up making move

B: Start fresh, make a movie that has different story

Instead, this person chose to make an another horrible movie that is already based on horrible story.

And on the 2nd birdemic movie, animations are same.
If you go that much comments about the bad animation, you would make some changes to it right?

Well, clearly this person haven't learning anything from reviews he got in the first movie.

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8 Lucifer Valentine

The director of Slaughtered Vomit Dolls (yes, that's a real movie).

Slaughtered vomit dolls... enough said.

9 Ed Wood

Has to be #1 out of sheer respect. The man clearly earned the distinction. - truckturner

Worst director of all time by far. He made the likes of Plan 9 From Outer Space, which is considered the worst movie ever made. He is famous for only shooting scenes with 1 take without taking another take to fix the errors of the first. He often only spent a few days to film his movies. He worked with terrible props and made horrible special effects efforts even for his time. His awful self-made scripts for his movies paved the way for his terrible, lacking in effort, directing skills.

I don't think that Ed Wood deserves to be on this list. Was he terrible? Yes. But his movies were enjoyably terrible. Watch Plan 9 From Outer Space and try not to crack a smile.

Yes his films were bad but these days now his films are classified as bad films that are good

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10 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder is an American filmmaker, best known for his action and science fiction films.

He ruined batman and superman!

He is definitely overrated by no means. The only reason people hold him in high regards is because how good the story is, and not how poorly it's directed. Take for example The Watchmen. If you are one of those disappointed by it, then you have likely read the original graphic novel by Alan Moore. Because the story is so deep and gritty, and yet Snyder not only copied the exact shots from the novel, but unnecessarily made it slow-mo and cool-looking, when it was supposed to invoke feelings of frustration and desperation instead.

Worst director ever. He sacrifices story arcs in favor of bloody slo-mo zoom in shots and green screen compromises. Man has never made a single well-directed movie

His movies are filled with over use of blood, random explosions, slow mo, shaky camera, and story that is totally different from the title. Worst director ever.

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The Contenders

11 John Stockwell
12 Joel Schumacher

Ruined Tim Burton's great batman series! Batman 1989 and Batman Returns was great, but Batman Forever and Batman And Robin sucked ass! Batman was ruined until Christopher Nolan made Batman Begins and The Dark Knight!
They were great! Thanks Nolan, for making Batman great again!

I loved Burtons Batman. Schumacher's Batman absolutely stank like my crap! Thank you so much Christopher Nolan for making Batman even more awesome than he was! Nolan's Batman is the best. I love Burton's batman but Schumacher's batman is crap.

I think batman forever was ok, but not as good as the first 2 batman films. Later I watch batman and robin and went in with low expectations, but even with that I thought the movie was annoying, childish, and stupid. The movie was filled with puns, horrible visuals, robin being a brat, too many close ups, and George clooney's terrible acting. Before I watched this movie without seeing anything I thought that it would be like batman forever, but no I was wrong. Later I saw that Joel Schumacher apologized for this movie saying that he was trying to entertain.

Clearly the worst, none of his movies have been successful...that's right, none. Clearly he is friends with lots of people that feel sorry for him because it is not based on directing...check it out, all of his movies are box office failures AND critical failures. Worst of the Worst.

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13 Paul W.S. Anderson

He destroyed everything that was good about Resident Evil, its my opinion the reason he made Milla Jovovich the star was because she couldn't get work anywhere else.

He ignored all the source material for the Resident Evil films. - PCgamer98

Resident evil could've been a good film series, if he didn't ignore all the source material!

This man is behind such 'masterpieces' like Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Alien vs. Predator, Pompeii and, of course, the Resident Evil movies. Whatever he touches turns to mess and will continue for however long he keeps on making movies. If you ever get the chance of watching one of Paul's movies, please turn it down politely.

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14 Tommy Wiseau Tommy Wiseau Thomas Wiseau is a European-American actor and filmmaker. He wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the 2003 film The Room, which has been described by many critics as one of the worst movies ever made and has gained cult film status.

A dozen red roses please! That’s me!
Lady: Your my favourite customer!
Thanks! Oh hi doggy!

I did not hit her, I did nawt, oh hi Mark! Truly one of the great film quotes

You are tearing me apart Lisa!

Responsible for the worst movie ever

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15 Catherine Hardwicke

Director of the first Twilight Movie.

She may be pretty but her direction needs some work.

16 Spike Lee

Why spike lee? Malcolm X and BlackKklansman are both great films!

Tries his very best to put his victim complex in everything he makes, in addition to making hood movies he is also a douche

This is a good director

Ruined NBA2k16 career mode

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17 Rian Johnson

This man single handedly destroyed star wars and should be ashamed and ranked number 1 on this list

Rian Johnson never liked star wars, he never saw the original trilogy

To quote a prince from a movie by two other guys on this list, "It's the guy who ruined Star Wars".

I even heard he plaigarized from fanfics for parts of The Last Jedi. - SubmaDean

This man deserves to be higher. HE KILLED STAR WARS!

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18 Jordan Ross
19 Fred Vogel

Filming a group of social awkward young adults doing depraved acts of violence on a cheap handheld camera isn't really movie worthy. Every movie after August underground was slightly better, but still far worse than anything M. Knight or uwe boll has put out to date.

20 Brett Ratner

Come on he's the director off Rush Hour and that was a box office hit even though Jackie Chan said it was his least favorite action movie - bert631

Ok at least bay had a couple of good films, this guy has nothing, just many box office flops

Worse than Shalyman

He has no talent and he's a weirdo. he was friends with that freak Michael jackson.

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21 Dennis Dugan

Made only one decent movie (Happy Gilmore). Besides that, all of his movies suck.

All his movies suck

Love him

22 Mickey Liddell
23 Eric Stanze

Makes movies with an obvious lack of both budget and talent...

24 Tony Leondis

He is a talentless waste of air and should just quit directing crappy movies and go back to voice acting. The Emoji Movie is basically a massive ad with a nonsensical plot and numerous errors. His other work, Igor, is about a retarded thing who goes on a stupid adventure to create a monster. Kronk's New Groove is terrible and currently holds a 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The rest of his works, either abandoned or mediocre-negative. Good directors such as Rian Johnson don't deserve to be higher than him.

Creator of the emoji movie - B1ueNew

Made the emoji movie, which ruined sony - B1ueNew

All his movies suck, he should just quit already.

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25 McG

He ruined terminator only once.

26 Genndy Tartakovsky Genndy Tartakovsky Genndy Tartakovsky is a Russian American animator, director, writer and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, and co-creating Sym-Bionic Titan. In 2011, Tartakovsky joined Sony Pictures Animation, ...read more.
27 Ulli Lommel

Aw, Ulli Lommel. I would say he is one of the worst directors in the history of cinema, but that would require calling what he does "directing". "Diary of a Cannibal" was nothing more than about fifteen to twenty minutes of footage replayed over and over again. Had it have been good footage I might not have minded but it wasn't. The acting was like rotting wood, the setting blatantly a soundstage, and the story flat (which is a shame since the true story it's based on is both deeply disturbing and horrific). I believe every director should be allowed mistakes, but this is something else entirely.

Should defiantly be in the top 3, I've never seen a movie he has made that wasn't one of the worst movies ever made.

28 Brian Levant

He ruined the Flintstones.

29 Mark Steven Johnson

The only movie I like of his was Simon Birch

He ruined Ghost Rider and Daredevil. He is the Bruno Heller of Marvel-based movies, changing characters beyond recognition.

30 Raja Gosnell

He made Show Dogs, enough said. - PerfectImpulseX

He's worse than Michael Bay. Bay made The Rock which was good and the 2 Bad Boys movies which are guilty pleasures. Everything Gosnell has made has been crap.

He directed Home Alone 3, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, The Smurfs, and the Smurfs 2. However, he edited Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and Mrs. Doubtfire. - BeatlesFan1964

He destroyed the smurfs and Scooby-doo. His movies for family are not funny and boring - Olive855

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31 Aaron Horvath
32 Roland Emmerich

I admit that I was disappointed in Godzilla and 2012 but I was amazed at Independance Day, the Day After Tomorrow, White House Down and especially the Patriot! The Patriot was my favorite film of 2000! I congratulate Emmerich for these four films!

Now I'm not saying that I hate this guy, but Most people hate him because his films suffer too heavily on visual effects, cliché dialogue, and numerous scientific and historical inaccuracies. In response to the criticisms, emmerich stated that he is a "filmmaker, not a scientist", he creates his own fiction based on actual science or history to make the messages he sends "more exciting."

He is worst then michael bay at mindless action

All he does is make a bunch of dumb, cliched, mindless action flicks

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33 Peter Sohn
34 Derek Savage

He bullied the youtuber I hate Everything for criticizing his "movie" bring him higher. - B1ueNew

"Cool Cat loves to boogie woogie" because he "loves ALL kids"

Kids loves Cool Cat!

EXQUISITE!

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35 Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola

Are you kidding me? So what if he directed Jack; he also directed The Godfather Parts 1&2, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Bram Stoker's Dracula, and The Rainmaker. To me, a man with those movies on his resume does not deserve to be on this list.

Why is he here?!?! He is one of the best directors. He directed the godfather and apocalypse now.. what

About the movie jack, maybe Francis Ford Coppola thought he had too many good films and he needed a bad film to even them out.

Way too overrated! The Godfather trilogy does not deserve the criticism it has. The first film is totally NOT one of the greatest movies of all time

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36 Tom Green Tom Green Michael Thomas "Tom" Green is a Canadian actor, rapper, writer, comedian, producer, director, talk show host, and media personality.

He is one of the most shallow people ever! After hearing about him, I start to wonder if his family even likes him. He clearly doesn't know how to be an actor, director, or comedian! He's completely nonsensical! He is a prime example for having no talent

If I ever met him, I'd mock him openly to the public for throwing his already useless life down the sewers

37 James Wong

Dragonball Evolution is a disgrace to the Dragonball, Z, GT Franchise!

Should be top 10

Director of Dragonball Evolution

The only good movies he has made are Final Destination 1 & 3.

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38 Tyler Perry Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an American actor, playwright, and filmmaker. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between May 2010 and 2011.

What is wrong with this guy? Look at his films, he cross dresses and thinks he's a god. Like seriously, we get it, you are a christian! And...that's it, Christianity, Profanity, and cross dressing! Boo to him.

39 Brian Robbins
40 Harvey Weinstein Harvey Weinstein Harvey Weinstein is a former American film producer. He and his brother Bob Weinstein co-founded the entertainment company Miramax, which produced several successful independent films, including Sex, Lies, and Videotape, The Crying Game, Pulp Fiction, Heavenly Creatures, Flirting with Disaster, and ...read more.
41 Chris Weitz

Director of the second Twilight Movie.

42 Bill Condon

Director of the fourth Twilight Movie (part 1).

43 Danny Boyle

Slumdog millionaire is one of the worst movies of all time.

44 David Slade

Director of the third Twilight Movie.

45 Isaac Florentine

Watching his movies and it is like you are watching one of his other crappie flicks plus he reuses the same casts and same shooting location in most of his movie eg actor Raycho Vasilev (who play Gneuss in Spartacus blood and sand n also gods of the arena never misses)

46 Larry Kasanoff

"Tetris Trilogy." Are you TRYING to one up the Emoji Movie? - SubmaDean

This man made Foodfight! in my opinion the worst movie on the planet with a 65 million dollar budget! how does a man do that?

The man that made Mortal Kombat look like a total joke, and directing Foodfight!, the worst animated film that ever existed. If it's anything this guy defines, it's crap. - Swank

47 Sofia Coppola Sofia Coppola

Lost in Translation is amazing but Sofia is horrible at acting!

Too arty to be called a great moviedirector. I think she only got publicity because her father's name and fame.

Managed to single handedly ruin the holy grail of movies, The Godfather, and has directed only one warchable movie to date (Lost in Translation)

This bitch has no talent. She knew she sucked as an actress so she switched to directing and writing. she sucks at that too. anyway shes only in the business because of who her father is. Nepotism strikes again.

48 Alan Smithee

Alan Smithee is just a pseudonym.

That's not even a real person.

That's a Nostalgia Critic joke. - 445956

49 George Lucas George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.

I am one of his biggest fans. Ever since he created the greatest space franchise, he changed the world! I actually enjoyed all the prequels. Although I admit the first and second could be a little better, I still liked them in my youth. Plus you can't deny that the third prequel was flawless and one of the best films in 2005! I would like nothing more than to meet Mr Lucas and thank him for making this space opera part of me! I also side with him that Disney isn't doing a good job of running the franchise. HE has the right vision, not Disney! Thank you, Mr Lucas! May the Force be with you

At least he's low on the list, but he should not be on the list at all! He directed Star Wars and Indiana Jones (yeah, it wasn't only Steven Spielberg)

He's 70 years old now. So he's gonna retire anyway.

At this point he's just a big sellout

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50 J. J. Abrams

Everybody's vision is clouded by the overrated and silly material in Star Wars 7! Abrams has created a ridiculous excuse of Star Wars material and that name Snoke?! What an embarrassing name! It sounds childish! Might as well call him Snorkel or something! Not to mention he just copied the original plot from A New Hope in 1977! That proves no new ideas! Lucas would know what subject to install!

Lame! I especially hated his work on Star Wars 7! He did it in a terrible style! The characters, their names, their costumes, the ship designs and especially the plot were bogus! He is ruining Star Wars' awesome image! Especially that Kylo Ren, I tell ya, THAT is not a villain name! It sounds like a childish idea! George Lucas knew how to be creative but Abrams doesn't!

Star Trek was awesome. It was something new for star trek anyway.

I'm his biggest fan and I love episode 7!

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