Worst Directors of All Time

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1. John Moore

Director | The Omen

John Moore was born in Dundalk, Ireland in 1970, a small town situated about 60 miles from the country's capital Dublin. Moore attended a technical college in Dublin where he studied filmmaking and after completing the school he went on to direct and write a series of short films all produced in ...

2. Rian Johnson

Director | Knives Out

Rian Johnson was born in Maryland and at a young age his family moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film, Brick (2005), was released in 2005 ...

3. Paul Feig

Producer | Freaks and Geeks

Paul Feig was born on September 17, 1962 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA. He is a producer and actor, known for Freaks and Geeks (1999), The Heat (2013) and Spy (2015). He has been married to Laurie Karon since September 23, 1994.

4. John Landis

Director | The Blues Brothers

John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes (1970). Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "...

5. Victor Salva

Writer | Powder

Born in Martinez, California, 20 miles outside San Francisco, Victor Salva had written and directed over 20 short and feature-length films before graduating from high school. In the mid-'80s his 37-minute short Something in the Basement (1986) took first place in the fiction category at the Sony/...

6. Olivier Megaton

Director | Transporter 3

Olivier Megaton was born on August 6, 1965 in Versailles, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines], France as Olivier Fontana. He is a director and writer, known for Transporter 3 (2008), Colombiana (2011) and Exit (2000).

9. Keoni Waxman

Producer | Shooting Gallery

Keoni Waxman is an American filmmaker who was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is known for writing, directing and producing action films, dark thrillers and indie dramas which he shoots all over the world for his company ActionHouse Pictures. Keoni currently resides with his family in Santa...

10. Eli Roth

Producer | Cabin Fever

Eli Raphael Roth was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Cora (Bialis), a painter, and Sheldon H. Roth, a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and clinical professor. His family is Jewish (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland). He began shooting Super 8 films at the age of eight, after watching Ridley ...

11. Uwe Boll

Producer | Postal

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

12. 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.

13. Mabrouk El Mechri

Director | JCVD

Mabrouk El Mechri was born on September 18, 1976 in Versailles, Yvelines, France. He is a director and writer, known for JCVD (2008), The Cold Light of Day (2012) and Maison close (2010).

14. Albert Pyun

Director | Cyborg

Albert Pyun is an award-winning American filmmaker best known for his contributions to the science-fiction and action genres. He is credited with pioneering the cyborg sub-genre and is considered to be a maverick and renegade in independent genre cinema. With over 50 titles to his name, he has ...

15. Dimitri Logothetis

Producer | Kickboxer: Retaliation

Dimitri Logothetis immigrated to America with his parents at age six. He grew up in Los Angeles, went to high school in the South Bay were he played football, and attended college at Loyola Marymount were received a Masters in Film and Television. Dimitri made a short film at Loyola which he ...

16. Rupert Sanders

Director | Snow White and the Huntsman

Rupert Sanders was born on March 16, 1971 in Westminster, London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Untitled Rupert Sanders/Sci-Fi Project. He was previously married to Liberty Ross.

18. Brian A. Miller

Director | Vice

Brian A. Miller is a Los Angeles based feature film writer and director known for Reprisal (2018), Backtrace, Vice (2015), The Prince (2014), and Officer Down (2015) and the upcoming "Price of Valor". He's worked with such name actors as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Jason Patric, ...

19. Steven C. Miller

Director | Line of Duty

Steven C. Miller was born in Decatur, Ga. His love for film began early when his father bought him a VHS video camera. Miller started off small with multiple music videos and short films. In 2005 Miller attended and graduated Full Sail University.

In 2005, immediately after graduating film school at...

20. Mike Gunther

Stunts | Bad Boys for Life

Mike Gunther's unique array of talents as a writer, director, and innovative action expert enable him to create, capture and deliver the kind of action films audiences pack theaters to see. A driving force behind some of Hollywood's top blockbusters, his work has helped bring in over $3 billion in ...

21. John R. Leonetti

Director | Annabelle

John R. Leonetti was born on July 4, 1956 in California, USA as John Robert Leonetti. He is known for his work on Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).

22. Lee Tamahori

Director | Once Were Warriors

Beginning as a commercial artist and photographer, he joined the New Zealand film industry in the late 1970s as a boom operator. He became an assistant director a decade later. Making international award-winning commercials for 10 years, he has also directed several TV series. His first feature ...

23. Titus Paar

Director | The Perfect Weapon

Titus Paar was born on October 12, 1984 in Norrköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden as Mattias Titus Paar. He is a director and writer, known for The Perfect Weapon (2016), Legend of Dark Rider: The Beginning (2016) and Grandma Is a Punkrocker (2005).

24. Stuart Gillard

Director | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

A multi-award-winning director, writer, producer and actor, Stuart Gillard is a three time nominee for the prestigious DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award, winning for Going to the Mat (2004), a movie he directed for the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Gillard is a man of many talents whose career ...

25. Seth Gordon

Director | The King of Kong

Seth Gordon is a producer and director, known for The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007), Cry Wolf (2005) and Freakonomics (2010).

26. Jimmy ScreamerClauz

Composer | When Black Birds Fly

Jimmy ScreamerClauz was born on May 14, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Creamer. He is a composer and actor, known for When Black Birds Fly (2015), Reality Bleed-Through (2008) and The Bunnyman (2011).

27. Marian Dora

Director | Melancholie der Engel

Marian Dora is a director and cinematographer, known for Melancholie der Engel (2009), Cannibal (2006) and Das Verlangen der Maria D. (2018).

28. James Nguyen

Writer | Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Director James Nguyen is the founder of Moviehead.com, an online movie theater. In 2001, he produced and directed Julie and Jack - a romantic thriller about love and spirituality. In 2004, he completed a second film: Replica - a romantic thriller. Recently, James completed directing Birdemic - ...

29. Leigh Scott

Writer | Pirates of Treasure Island

With more than two dozen feature films under his belt, Leigh Scott has been working as a professional writer, director, producer, editor, and cinematographer in the film industry for nearly twenty years.

He attended USC's prestigious School of Cinema-Television. While in school he obtained an ...

30. Sarik Andreasyan

Producer | Mafiya: Igra na vyzhivanie

Born in 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, by the age of 29, Sarik Andreasyan became a top-3 highest grossing Russian directors according to Variety Russia.

Directing a successful remake of the Russian cult classic "Office Romance" at the age of 23 puts him on the map and the widely beloved box office hit "...

31. Scott Wheeler

Director | Martian Land

Scott Wheeler was born on September 11, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Scott David Wheeler. He is known for his work on Martian Land (2015), Avalanche Sharks (2014) and Sink Hole (2013).

32. Jeremy M. Inman

Editor | Avengers Grimm

Jeremy M. Inman is known for his work on Avengers Grimm (2015), Monster Hunters (2020) and Sinister Squad (2016).

33. Jared Cohn

Director | Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash

Jared Cohn is a film and television director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in New York, Jared received a bachelor in fine arts from the from New York Institute of Technology... then went west. Jared enjoys music, painting, photography, cinematography and ...

34. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Director | The Thing

Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is a director and writer, known for The Thing (2011), The Forgotten Battle (2020) and Red Rain (1996).

35. Christopher Ray

Producer | FraXtur

Christopher Ray was born on July 30, 1977 in Florida, Missouri, USA. He is a producer and director, known for FraXtur (2020), Mercenaries (2014) and 2nd Chance for Christmas (2019).

36. Colin Strause

Visual_effects | Skyline

Since moving to Hollywood as teens in the mid-90s, Colin and his brother, Greg have charted a meteoric rise from self-taught artists working on local cable commercials in the suburbs of Chicago, to renowned visual effects gurus. Their careers began on the original run of The X-Files television show...

37. Greg Strause

Visual_effects | The Day After Tomorrow

Greg Strause grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Greg and his brother Colin Strause began experimenting with visual effects in their early teens. In 1995, Greg moved to Los Angeles and started working on the special effects for The X-Files (1993). From there he moved on to big-budget hits such as ...

38. Lawrence Guterman

Director | Son of the Mask

Hired after Steven Spielberg saw his USC Thesis Film "Headless!" (which won Grand Jury Prize for best short at the Houston Int'l Film Festival) to direct Dreamworks Interactive's "Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland", Guterman was then hired to direct sequences on "Antz", the company's first C.G.I. ...

39. Scott Ziehl

Director | Broken Vessels

Scott Ziehl is a director and producer, known for Broken Vessels (1998), Proximity (2001) and Shadow Witness (2012).

40. Michael Schelp

Producer | Toyz Goin' Wild

Michael Schelp is the president and chief executive officer of Spark Plug Entertainment, a New York-based studio that produces computer-animated features for the international home entertainment and television markets. In the United States, Spark Plug features on DVD are sold on Walmart, Kmart, and...

42. Joseph J. Lawson

Visual_effects | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Over his career, Joe Lawson has filled many roles as a filmmaker: director, writer, practical and digital visual effects supervisor and artist, storyboard artist, voice-over artist and actor as well as directing animated and live action productions including five features, commercials, Dan Dare: ...

43. Daniel Farrands

Producer | The Amityville Murders

Daniel Farrands was born on September 3, 1969 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The Amityville Murders (2018), The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).

44. Raja Gosnell

Director | Never Been Kissed

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,...

45. John Hyams

Director | Alone

Beginning his career in the fine arts, John Hyams graduated from Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts, earning top awards in painting and sculpture. Hyams exhibited and sold work in Los Angeles and New York before turning his attention to film. In 1997 Hyams wrote, directed, ...

46. Mark Atkins

Cinematographer | A Perfect Vacation

Mark Atkins is a cinematographer and director, known for Awaken (2015), Android Cop (2014) and Night Orchid (1997).

47. Shane Van Dyke

Actor | Titanic II

Shane Van Dyke was born on August 28, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Shane Thomas Van Dyke. He is an actor and writer, known for Titanic II (2010), The Silence (2019) and Chernobyl Diaries (2012).

48. Michael Keusch

Director | Autobahnraser

Michael Keusch was born in 1955 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is a director and writer, known for Autobahnraser (2004), Lena's Holiday (1991) and Night Club (1989).

49. Richard Crudo

Camera_department | Donnie Darko

Richard Crudo, ASC is a cinematographer and director with a long-standing and celebrated career in the film industry.

His most recent work includes: directing "Ed Murphy: American Hero", a documentary chronicling the life of a decorated World War II veteran who was one of the first members of the ...

50. Roy Knyrim

Visual_effects | The Abyss

Roy Knyrim is known for his work on The Abyss (1989), Darkman (1990) and Sky High (2005).

51. Sergei Bodrov

Writer | Mongol

Sergei Bodrov was born on June 28, 1948 in Khabarovsk, Khabarovskiy kray, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia] as Sergey Vladimirovich Bodrov . He is a writer and director, known for Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007), Prisoner of the Mountains (1996) and Freedom Is Paradise (1989).

52. Neil LaBute

Writer | In the Company of Men

Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human ...

53. Danny Steinmann

Director | Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Writer/director/producer Danny Steinmann was the son of noted East Coast art collector Herbert R. Steinmann. Danny made his debut as both writer and director with the funky hardcore porno picture High Rise (1973), on which he used the alias Danny Stone. Steinmann was a production associate on ...

54. Rob Hedden

Writer | Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Rob Hedden wrote and directed the 2012 romantic action comedy "You May Not Kiss The Bride" starring Dave Annable, Katharine McPhee, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider and Mena Suvari. His original feature script "The Condemned" was released theatrically by Lionsgate in 2007. The action film starring Stone ...

55. Gil Kenan

Director | Monster House

Gil Kenan was born on October 16, 1976 in London, England. He is a director and writer, known for Monster House (2006), Poltergeist (2015) and City of Ember (2008).

56. Maximilian Elfeldt

Director | End of the World

Maximilian Elfeldt is a producer and cinematographer, known for End of the World (2018), Bachelor Night (2014) and Apocalypse of Ice (2020).

57. Oleg Stepchenko

Producer | Viy

Educated at the V.I. Surikov Artistic Academy (Moscow) in theatre and film art and production design, Oleg is one of the leading feature film directors in Russia and the FSU. Oleg's training as a production designer coupled with his directing experience in theatre, his work with Russia's top music ...

58. Lance Mungia

Director | Six-String Samurai

Lance Mungia was born in 1972. He is a director and writer, known for Six-String Samurai (1998), The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) and A Garden for Rio (1996).

59. Courtney Solomon

Producer | Dungeons & Dragons

Courtney Solomon was born on September 1, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a producer and writer, known for Dungeons & Dragons (2000), Bullet to the Head (2012) and After (2019).

60. Nick Lyon

Director | Isle of the Dead

Nick Lyon (DGA) is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and producer.

After beginning a fine arts education in his hometown of Portland Oregon, he packed up and traveled to Germany where he studied at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Nick then went on to direct Maximilian Schell ...

61. Anthony C. Ferrante

Director | Sharknado

Anthony C. Ferrante is a director and writer, known for Sharknado (2013), Boo (2005) and Nix.

62. Jon McBride

Actor | Woodchipper Massacre

Jon McBride is an actor and director, known for Woodchipper Massacre (1988), Feeders (1996) and Cannibal Campout (1988).

63. John Polonia

Director | Feeders

John Polonia was born on September 30, 1968 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and actor, known for Feeders (1996), Forest Primeval (2008) and Gorilla Warfare: Battle of the Apes (2002). He died on February 25, 2008 in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

64. Mark Polonia

Editor | Camp Murder

Mark Polonia was born on September 30, 1968 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an editor and director, known for Camp Murder (2021), Land Shark (2017) and Bigfoot Vs. Zombies (2016). He is married to Maria Davis.

65. Dominique Othenin-Girard

Director | Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Dominique Othenin-Girard is a Swiss independent film director, producer and scriptwriter. A graduate of the London Film School, he has directed over 30 motion pictures and films for television in the USA, UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco, Algeria, Kenya, India, Cambodia and...

66. Joe Chappelle

Producer | Godfather of Harlem

Began working in Chicago's advertising community, eventually starting his own commercial production company upon graduating from college.

67. Donald Farmer

Director | Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

Donald Farmer is considered one of the most unique of the "cult-horror" directors. Directing dozens of feature films for decades, his unique film concepts, have brought film goers excitement, fear, and joy. His leading actresses are often cast for their unique beauty, and Donald seeks to empower ...

68. David Worth

Cinematographer | Bloodsport

David Worth was born on March 2, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989) and Bronco Billy (1980).

69. James Kondelik

Editor | Behind the Walls

James Kondelik is an editor and director, known for Behind the Walls (2018), Dam Sharks (2016) and A Sister's Grudge (2021).

70. Jon Kondelik

Producer | Greenlight

Jon Kondelik is a director and producer, known for Greenlight (2019), Behind the Walls (2018) and Blood Brothers (2015).

71. Griff Furst

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Griff Furst was born on September 17, 1981 in Van Nuys, California, USA as Griffith Ethan Feuerstein. He is an actor and producer, known for The Magnificent Seven (2016), Banshee (2013) and I Love You Phillip Morris (2009). He has been married to Angela Meredith Furst since July 3, 2011.

74. Michael Oblowitz

Director | This World, Then the Fireworks

Michael Oblowitz is a South African filmmaker who has directed and produced a number of critically acclaimed movies and videos. Born in Cape Town, he is a Fine Arts and Philosophy graduate of the University of Cape Town and holds an M.A. in Film from Columbia University. He was involved in New ...

75. Bob Bralver

Stunts | Darkman

Bob Bralver was born on January 15, 1941 in the USA. He is known for his work on Darkman (1990), Road House (1989) and Suicide Kings (1997).

76. Tommy Wirkola

Director | What Happened to Monday

Tommy Wirkola was born on December 6, 1979 in Alta, Norway. He is a writer and director, known for What Happened to Monday (2017), Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014) and Dead Snow (2009).

77. Danny Cannon

Producer | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Danny Cannon is an Emmy-nominated film and television producer, director and writer, known for executive producing and directing Pennyworth (2019), Gotham (2014), Nikita (2010), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Judge Dredd (1995), and is responsible for executive producing the billion ...

78. Pitof

Director | Vidocq

Pitof started his career in 1976 as photographer, assistant director and editor for films and commercials. He then branched out into musical scoring, software design and graphic design for televisions, music videos and commercials.

A pioneer of digital imaging in France, Pitof made his debut in ...

79. David Greene

Director | Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew

David Greene had a varied early career, beginning with his first job as junior reporter for the Walthamstow Guardian. Life as a journalist was not to be his forte, however. During the years spanning the mid- to late 1930's, he tried his luck variously in the furniture removal business, as a deck ...

80. Brian Yuzna

Producer | Beyond Re-Animator

Brian Yuzna was born on August 30, 1949 in Manila, Philippines. He is a writer and producer, known for Beyond Re-Animator (2003), The Dentist (1996) and Faust (2000). He is married to Cathy Yuzna. They have four children.

81. Mort Nathan

Producer | The Golden Girls

Mort Nathan is a producer and writer, known for The Golden Girls (1985), Boat Trip (2002) and Kingpin (1996).

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