Worst Directors of All Time

by christophershobris | created - 28 Jan 2015 | updated - 28 Jan 2017 | Public

It's fun to do this, not that I'm a prick, I just like to point out the things you should avoid. Here are the worst directors ever. I will include the films that made them this way. Enjoy!

1. Joel Schumacher

Director | The Phantom of the Opera

Joel Schumacher was born on August 29, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Joel T. Schumacher. He is a director and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Batman & Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999).

Batman and Robin sucked any imaginative mind this guy may have had. But Shoe-maker earns the top spot for almost killing one of the greated comic book heros of all time. Thank goodness Chris Nolan came along.

Batman & Robin (1998) The Number 23 (2007) Batman Forever (1995) Dying Young (1991) 8mm (1999) Bad Company (2002) Twelve (2010) Trespass (2011)

2. Raja Gosnell

Director | Big Momma's House

Raja Gosnell started his film career as an assistant editor in the late 1970s. His first credit as a film's main editor was the romantic comedy "The Lonely Guy" (1984), for director Arthur Hiller. During the 1980s, Gosnell served as editor in films directed by Tom Laughlin, David Worth, Bob Dahlin,...

Schumacher only ruined Batman, Gosnell ruined two classic characters and shows. Both from Hanna-Barbera. The first film to be Gosnellfied is Scooby-Doo. Oh my goodness, what a disaster! But for some reason Gosnell thought we didn't suffer enough. So he made a sequel of Scooby-Doo called Scooby-Doo Monsters Unleashed. This was even worse than the first, but not much. Then this lunatic makes The Smurfs 1 and 2. I can't go on anymore, see these films like I did and see what I mean.

Scooby-Doo (2002) Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) The Smurfs (2011) The Smurfs 2 (2013) Home Alone 3 (1997) Big Momma's House (2000) Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)

3. Jay Chandrasekhar

Director | Super Troopers

Jay Chandrasekhar was born on April 9, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jayanth Jambulingam Chandrasekhar. He is a director and actor, known for Super Troopers (2001), Beerfest (2006) and Club Dread (2004). He has been married to Susan Clarke since September 18, 2005. They have three children.

Super Troopers (2001) The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) The Babymakers (2012) Super Troopers 2 (2016)

4. Dennis Dugan

Actor | Happy Gilmore

Dennis Dugan was born on September 5, 1946 in Wheaton, Illinois, USA as Dennis Barton Dugan. He is an actor and director, known for Happy Gilmore (1996), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) and Big Daddy (1999). He is married to Sharon Dugan. He was previously married to Joyce Van Patten.

Responsible for many of the bad Adam Sandler films like Jack and Jill, Grown Ups 1 and 2. Among many others.

Jack and Jill (2011) Just Go With It (2011) Grown Ups (2010) Grown Ups 2 (2013) Beverly Hill Ninjas (1997) The Benchwarmers (2006) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) National Security (2003) Saving Silverman (2001) Problem Child (1990)

5. John Derek

Actor | The Ten Commandments

John Derek was born on August 12, 1926 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Derek Delevan Harris. He was an actor and director, known for De Tien Geboden (1956), Ghosts Can't Do It (1989) and Bolero (1984). He was married to Bo Derek, Linda Evans, Ursula Andress and Pati Behrs. He died on ...

Tarzan, The Ape Man (1981) Bolero (1984) Fantasies (1981) Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)

6. Meir Zarchi

Producer | I Spit on Your Grave

Meir Zarchi was born on June 3, 1937 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a producer and writer, known for I Spit on Your Grave (2010), Day of the Woman (1978) and Don't Mess with My Sister! (1985).

I Spit On Your Grave (1978) Don't Mess With My Sister (1985) I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu (2016)

7. Frank Perry

Director | Mommie Dearest

Frank Perry was born on August 21, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Jr. Frank Joseph Perry. He was a director and producer, known for Mommie Dearest (1981), Last Summer (1969) and David and Lisa (1962). He was married to Virginia Brush Ford, Barbara Goldsmith and Eleanor Perry. He died on ...

Mommie Dearest (1981) Hello Again (1987) Ladybug Ladybug (1963)

8. Sidney J. Furie

Director | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Toronto-born Sidney J. Furie has enjoyed an incredibly distinguished career that has spanned more than five decades. Having dabbled in every genre, Furie has directed films starring Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Michael Caine, Peter O'Toole, Rodney Dangerfield, Barbara ...

Superman IV: A Quest for Peace (1987) Iron Eagle (1986) Iron Eagle 2 (1988) Iron Eagle on the Attack (1995) Purple Hearts (1984)

9. Rod Amateau

Producer | The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

Starting out as a radio writer, Rodney Amateau began his career as a dialogue coach and filmed screen tests for Fox Studios while working as a stunt dbl before directing 2nd Unit's, where he began his film career. He soon turned to directing TV series, which he did for many years before returning ...

The Garbage Pail Kids (1987) Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)

10. Rick Sloane

Director | Hobgoblins

Cinematic jack-of-all-trades Rick Sloane will never win any special awards for his admittedly cheap'n'cheesy low-budget independent movies, but he nonetheless deserves some respect for weathering the storm of lots of harsh critical notices and cranking out a sizable number of films throughout the ...

Hobgoblins (1988) Hobgoblins 2 (2009) Vice Academy (1988)

11. Claudio Fragasso

Writer | Troll 2

Born in Rome. His father gave him a passion for cinema, taking him to Cinecittà as a child. At the age of ten, the British brother-in-law, director of documentaries for the London BBC, gave him a camera in super 8. He began to shoot many films, involving his friends. He does everything by himself, ...

Troll 2 (1990) Beyond Darkness (1990) Zombie 4: After Death (1989) Monster Dog (1984)

12. Russell Mulcahy

Director | Highlander

Dynamic film/video director Russell Mulcahy was born June 23, 1953, in Melbourne, Australia. He first gained fame directing visually striking music video clips for such artists as Elton John, Duran Duran, The Buggles and Bonnie Tyler. He is also well known for feature films, starting off with the ...

Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991) The Real McCoy (1993) Silent Trigger (1996) Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008)

13. Michael Winner

Director | Death Wish

Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold ...

Parting Shots (1999) Dirty Weekend (1993) Bullseye! (1990) Death Wish 3 (1985)

14. Michael Bay

Producer | Armageddon

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and Divinyls. His work won...

The only good film this guy made is The Rock. Everything else is garbage.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Pearl Harbor (2001) Bad Boys II (2003)

15. Bob Clark

Director | A Christmas Story

Bob Clark was born on August 5, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Benjamin Clark. He was a director and writer, known for A Christmas Story (1983), Porky's (1981) and Baby Geniuses (1999). He died on April 4, 2007 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) Baby Geniuses (1999) Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) Rhinestone (1984) Loose Cannons (1990)

16. Uwe Boll

Producer | Postal

As a child, he produced a number of short films on Super 8 and video before beginning his studies as a film director in Munich and Vienna. He also studied literature and economics in Cologne and Siegen. Uwe graduated from university in 1995 with a doctorate in literature. From 1995-2000, he was a ...

BloodRayne (2005) Alone in the Dark (2005) In the Name of the King (2006) Postal (2007) Tunnel Rats (2008) Far Cry (2008)

17. Kaos

Editor | Roes

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) Tekken 2: Kazuya's Return (2014) Zero Tolerance (2015)

18. Pitof

Director | Vidocq

Pitof was born on July 4, 1957 in Paris, France as Jean-Christophe Comar. He is known for his work on Vidocq (2001), Catwoman (2004) and Alien: Resurrection (1997).

Catwoman (2004)

19. Tommy Wiseau

Actor | The Room

Tommy Wiseau is an American actor, director, screenwriter & producer. He trained to be an actor at: American Conservatory Theater, Vince Chase Workshop, Jean Shelton Acting Lab, Laney College and Stella Adler Academy of Acting.

In 2001 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Room (2003), a ...

The Room (2003)

20. Nicholas Webster

Director | In Search of...

Nicholas Webster was born on July 24, 1912 in Spokane, Washington, USA. He was a director and producer, known for In Search of... (1976), Appointment with Destiny (1971) and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). He was married to Diana Webster. He died on August 12, 2006 in Santa Monica, ...

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

21. Steven Brill

Director | Little Nicky

A native of Utica, New York, Steven Brill studied film, theater and acting at Boston University. It was there that he became a student of acclaimed, Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright, Derek Walcott. Brill became a part of Mr. Walcott's first theater group in Boston, Playwright's Theater, ...

Movie 43 (2013) Little Nicky (2000) Heavyweights (1995) Drillbit Taylor (2008) Mr. Deeds (2002)

22. Brian Robbins

Producer | Norbit

Brian Robbins was born on November 22, 1963 in Marine Park, Brooklyn, New York, USA as Brian Levine. He is a producer and actor, known for Norbit (2007), Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (1997) and Coach Carter (2005). He has been married to Tracy James since October 7, 2012. They have one ...

A Thousand Words (2012) Meet Dave (2008) Norbit (2007) The Shaggy Dog (2006) The Perfect Score (2004) Ready to Rumble (2000)

23. Darren Doane

Director | Saving Christmas

Darren Doane was born on September 20, 1972 in Westlake Village, California, USA as Darren Richard Doane. He is a director and producer, known for Saving Christmas (2014), Black Friday (2001) and 42K (2001).

Saving Christmas (2014)

24. Vic Armstrong

Director | Left Behind

Vic Armstrong was born on October 5, 1946 in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England as Victor Monroe Armstrong. He is known for his work on Left Behind (2014), I Am Legend (2007) and The Green Hornet (2011). He is married to Wendy Leech. They have three children.

Left Behind (2014)

25. Frank Coraci

Director | The Wedding Singer

Frank Coraci is an American film Director, Writer and Actor best know for his work with Adam Sandler.

Coraci was born in Shirley, New York on Long Island. Coraci graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Film. He has directed a number of ...

The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Blended (2014) Zookeeper (2011) Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

26. Renny Harlin

Director | Die Hard 2

Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood.

Harlin started his career in film business in the beginning of 1980s when he was directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later he worked as a ...

The Legend of Hercules (2014) Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Driven (2001) Cutthroat Island (1995) The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

27. M. Night Shyamalan

Producer | Lady in the Water

Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots.

He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil ...

A tear went down my face when I thought of putting him in this list. The guy has made good films before, right? I'm not just bluffing? He made classics like Signs, and the Sixth Sense. But since, what happened? He's has a streak of bad films more then anyone else. The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth are just the tip of the iceberg. I hope the real Shyamalan comes back, the one that made good films.

28. Brian Levant

Producer | Still the Beaver

Brian Levant was born on August 6, 1952 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA as Brian Michael Levant. He is a producer and writer, known for Still the Beaver (1983), The Flintstones (1994) and Jingle All the Way (1996).

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) Are We There Yet? (2005) The Spy Next Door (2010)

29. Roger Christian

Set_decorator | Star Wars

Academy Award winner Roger Christian has had an extensive film career. He won an Academy Award for set decoration on director George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), which began a long collaboration between the filmmakers. Christian subsequently worked with Lucas on Star Wars: ...

Battlefield Earth (2000) Masterminds (1997)

30. Lawrence Kasanoff

Producer | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Threshold Entertainment Group, Lawrence Kasanoff is a renowned producer in the world of film, television, live stage, animation, and technological advances in the next generation of entertainment, both domestically and overseas. With an expertise in ...

He is the director of one of the worst animated films of all time which came out in 2013 called Foodfight! Look it up it will blow your mind on how bad it is. For starters it cost 65 million dollars to produce this film but didn't even make 100000 dollars in the box office. Making it one of the worst performing movies of all time. The production company known as Threshold Entertainment will probably never make another movie considering they're not a big company and this film cost them a lot of money. I don't recommend watching it however.

31. Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writer | Plan 9 from Outer Space

Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century, thousands of untalented people have come to Los Angeles from all over America and abroad to try to make it big (as writers, producers, directors, actors, talent agents, singers, composers, ...

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

32. Paul W.S. Anderson

Writer | Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Shopping (1994) (which he also wrote), starring Jude Law and Sean Pertwee in a story about thieves who steal by ramming a car into storefronts. The film was banned in some cinemas in England, ...

Resident Evil DOA: Dead or Alive Death Race Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Resident Evil: Retribution

A Good Day to Die Hard



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