Least Favorite Blockbuster Directors

by alenlin | created - 08 Sep 2013 | updated - 12 Sep 2013 | Public

These directors have either tried to remake a classic and failed or ruined a franchise.

These are directors that don't know how to tell a story, work the plot or develop characters. They rely solely on CGI, shaky cam, and post-production to produce "blockbuster style" movies.

1. Tarsem Singh

Director | The Fall

Indian director Tarsem Singh is the son of an aircraft engineer. He was educated at Bishop Cotton Boy's School in Shimla and relocated to the USA to study business at Harvard and, significantly, film studies at the Art Center College of Design in California. Upon graduating he embarked on a career ...

Least favorite Films 1. Immortals (2011)

2. 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 ...

Least Favorite Films 1. The Last Airbender (2010) 2. After Earth (2013)

3. Rob Cohen

Director | DragonHeart

Rob Cohen is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. One of the 1970's "baby moguls", he built a thriving career as a producer, before concentrating full time on directing from the 1990's, with high adrenaline action blockbusters such as xXx (2002) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (...

Least favorite films 1. xXx (2002) 2. Stealth (2005) 3. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) 4. Alex Cross (2012)

4. Andrzej Bartkowiak

Cinematographer | Falling Down

Andrzej Bartkowiak was born on March 6, 1950 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Falling Down (1993), Romeo Must Die (2000) and Speed (1994). He was previously married to Diane Venora.

Least Favorite Films 1. Doom (2005) 2. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

5. Mark Steven Johnson

Director | Finding Steve McQueen

Mark Steven Johnson was born on October 30, 1964 in Hastings, Minnesota, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Finding Steve McQueen (2019), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Ghost Rider (2007). He was previously married to Susie Johnson.

Least Favorite Films 1. Daredevil (2003) 2. Ghost Rider (2005)

6. 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, ...

Least Favorite Films 1. Mortal Kombat (1995) 2. Event Horizon (1997) 3. Resident Evil (2002) 4. AVP: Alien vs Predator (2005) 5. Death Race (2008) 6. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) 7. The Three Musketeers (2011) 8. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

7. 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).

Least Favorite Films 1. Batman Forever (1995) 2. Batman & Robin (1997)

8. 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,...

Least Favorite Films 1. Home Alone 3 (1997) 2. Scooby-Doo (2002) 3. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) 4. The Smurfs (2011) 5. The Smurfs 2 (2013)

9. Jonathan Liebesman

Director | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Jonathan Liebesman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 15, 1976. He would remain in his home country, studying filmmaking at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, until 1996; that year, he traveled to New York City to visit his cousin who was ...

Least favorite Films 1. Battlefield Los Angeles (2011) 2. Wrath of the Titans (2012)

10. Chris Weitz

Writer | About a Boy

Chris Weitz was born on November 30, 1969 in New York City, New York, USA as Christopher John Weitz. He is a producer and writer, known for About a Boy (2002), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and The Golden Compass (2007). He has been married to Mercedes Martinez since 2006. They have one child.

Least Favorite Films 1. The Golden Compass (2007) 2. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

11. Breck Eisner

Director | The Crazies

Breck Eisner was born on December 24, 1970 in California, USA. He is a director, known for The Crazies (2010), Sahara (2005) and The Last Witch Hunter (2015). He has been married to Georgia Irwin Eisner since June 24, 2006.

Least favorite Films 1. Sahara (2005)

12. Jon M. Chu

Director | G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Jon is an alumni of the USC School of Cinema-Television. There, he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation league, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve.

After making his student short, ...

Least favorite Films 1. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

13. Louis Leterrier

Director | The Incredible Hulk

Louis Leterrier was born on June 17, 1973 in Paris, France. He is a director and producer, known for The Incredible Hulk (2008), Unleashed (2005) and The Transporter (2002).

Least favorite Films 1. Clash of the Titans (2010)

14. Martin Campbell

Director | Casino Royale

Martin Campbell knows how to entertain an audience when he steps behind the camera. When he directed The Mask of Zorro (1998), the movie earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and launched the international careers of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Next, when he helmed ...

Least favorite Films 1. Green Lantern (2011)

15. Tim Story

Director | Fantastic Four

Timothy Kevin Story was born on March 13, 1970 in Los Angeles, California. Attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, California with jazz pianist Eric Reed and actresses Regina King and Nia Long. Graduated from USC film school.

Least Favorite Films 1. Fantastic 4 (2005) 2. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

16. Jonathan Hensleigh

Writer | Armageddon

One of the most prolific screenwriters in the action/adventure genre, Jonathan started his career writing episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) for George Lucas and ABC. He wrote Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), re-conceived from his original spec script "Simon Says". He followed ...

Least Favorite Films 1. The Punisher (2004)

17. Stephen Sommers

Producer | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout ...

1. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

18. Zack Snyder

Producer | Wonder Woman

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and ...

Least Favorite Films 1. Sucker Punch (2011)

Favorite Films 1. 300 (2006)

19. Peter Berg

Writer | Very Bad Things

Peter Berg is an American actor, director, writer, and producer. His first role was in the Adam Rifkin road movie Never on Tuesday (1989). He went on to star in the World War 2 film A Midnight Clear (1992). Roles in Fire in the Sky (1993) and Cop Land (1997) followed, and the Tom Cruise films ...

Least Favorite Films 1. Hancock (2008) 2. Battleship (2012)

20. Michel Gondry

Director | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

He grew up in Versailles with a family who was very influenced by pop music. When he was young, Gondry wanted to be a painter or an inventor. In the 80s he entered in an art school in Paris where he could develop his graphic skills and where he also met friends with whom he created a pop-rock band ...

Least Favorite Films 1. The Green Hornet (2011)

Favorite Films 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

21. Jonathan Mostow

Director | Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Jonathan Mostow was born on November 28, 1961 in Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Breakdown (1997) and U-571 (2000). He has been married to Laurie Sandell since October 7, 2018.

Least Favorite Films 1. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

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 ...

Least Favorite Films 1. Die Another Day (2002) 2. xXx: State of the Union (2005)

23. John Moore

Director | Max Payne

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 ...

Least Favorite Films 1. Max Payne (2008) 2. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

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