The Worst Directors Ever

by xanatos_29 | created - 27 Jun 2014 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Have made a minimum of 3 films, and never made a film with a passing rating from me of a B- or higher.(Listed alphabetically by last name).

1. Timur Bekmambetov

Director | Nochnoy dozor

Timur Bekmambetov is a Kazakh-Russian film director known for vampire franchise Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006).

He was born Timur Nuruakhitovich Bekmambetov on June 25, 1961, in Guryev, Soviet Union (now Atyrau, Kazakhstan). His father, Nuruakhit Bekmambetov, is a manager at Guryev Energy ...

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Ben-Hur (2016), Day Watch, Night Watch, Wanted.

2. William Brent Bell

Director | The Boy

William Brent Bell is a director and writer, known for The Boy (2016), The Devil Inside (2012) and Wer (2013).

The Boy, The Devil Inside, Stay Alive

3. 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 ...

Alone in the Dark, Assault on Wall Street, BloodRayne, House of the Dead, In the Name of the King, Postal.

4. Terence Davies

Director | The House of Mirth

Terence Davies was born on November 10, 1945 in Liverpool, England. He is a director and writer, known for The House of Mirth (2000), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and A Quiet Passion (2016).

A Quiet Passion, The Deep Blue Sea, The House of Mirth.

5. Andrew Erwin

Director | I Can Only Imagine

Andrew Erwin and his brother Jon are the filmmaking team known by most as the Erwin Brothers. The Birmingham, Alabama born brothers grew up around college football and entertainment. Their father, a local news anchor introduced them to the television industry at a young age. As teenagers they began...

Moms' Night Out, October Baby, Woodlawn.

6. Jon Erwin

Director | I Can Only Imagine

Jon & Andrew Erwin are a directing team that focus on developing and producing unique stories of redemption, faith, and triumph of the human spirit. The duo began their career as teenagers in their hometown of Birmingham, AL, working as camera operators for ESPN. Local games at the university of ...

Moms' Night Out, October Baby, Woodlawn.

Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, The Starving Games, Vampires Suck.

8. Robert Ben Garant

Producer | Reno 911!

Robert Ben Garant was born on September 14, 1970 in Cookeville, Tennessee, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Reno 911! (2003), Reno 911!: Miami (2007) and Baywatch (2017). He has been married to Cathy Shim since August 1, 2011. They have two children. He was previously married to Jennifer.

Balls of Fury, Hell Baby, Reno 911!: Miami.

9. Will Gluck

Producer | Easy A

Will Gluck is a writer/director/producer known for Easy A (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Annie (2014), Peter Rabbit (2018), and a number of TV shows including The Michael J. Fox Show (2013). He runs the production company Olive Bridge Entertainment which has partnerships with Sony Pictures ...

Annie, Easy A, Fired Up, Friends with Benefits.

10. 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,...

Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Big Momma's House, Home Alone 3, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2, Yours, Mine and Ours.

11. Jesse V. Johnson

Director | The Last Sentinel

Jesse V. Johnson was born on November 29, 1971 in Winchester, England. He is known for his work on The Last Sentinel (2007), The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine (2009) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He has been married to Jamie Johnson since April 16, 1999. They have one child.

The 5th Commandment, The Last Sentinel, The Package.

12. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...

Absolutely Anything, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life.

13. Henry Joost

Director | Paranormal Activity 3

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are a directing team, producers, best buds, and founders of the New York City production company Supermarché. They directed two films in 2016 -- Nerve, a summer hit released by Lionsgate, starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, and Viral, a low budget horror movie ...

Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4.

14. Steven Knight

Writer | Locke

Steven Knight is a British screenwriter and film director. He is best known for screenplays he wrote for the films Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and Eastern Promises (2007), and also directed as well as written the film Locke (2013).

Knight is also one of three creators of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire...

Locke, Redemption, Serenity.

15. 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).

Annabelle, The Silence, Wish Upon.

16. Seth MacFarlane

Writer | Family Guy

Seth Woodbury MacFarlane was born in the small New England town of Kent, Connecticut, where he lived with his mother, Ann Perry (Sager), an admissions office worker, his father, Ronald Milton MacFarlane, a prep school teacher, and his sister, Rachael MacFarlane, now a voice actress and singer. He ...

A Millions Ways To Die In the West, Ted, Ted 2.

17. 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).

Colombiana, Taken 2, Taken 3, Transporter 3.

18. 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...

The Aggression Scale, First Kill, Scream of the Banshee.

19. Mark Neveldine

Writer | Gamer

Mark Neveldine was born on May 11, 1973 in Watertown, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Gamer (2009), Crank (2006) and Crank: High Voltage (2009). He has been married to Alison Lohman since August 19, 2009. They have two children.

Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage, Gamer, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Vatican Tapes.

20. Tyler Perry

Writer | Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a ...

A Madea Christmas, Boo! A Madea Halloween, Acrimony, Daddy's Little Girls, The Family That Preys, For Colored Girls, Good Deeds, I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Madea Goes to Jail, Madea's Big Happy Family, Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Witness Protection, Meet the Browns, The Single Moms Club, Temptation, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?.

21. Sally Potter

Director | Orlando

Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed seven feature films, as well as many short films (including THRILLER and PLAY) and a television series, and has directed opera (Carmen for the ENO in 2007) and other live work. Her background is in choreography, ...

Ginger & Rosa, The Party, Yes.

22. Rick Rosenthal

Producer | Mean Creek

Rick Rosenthal was born on June 15, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Mean Creek (2004), Transparent (2014) and Nearing Grace (2005). He is married to Nancy Stephens.

American Dreamer, Halloween II, Halloween: Resurrection.

23. 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 ...

Cabin Fever, Death Wish (2018), The Green Inferno, Hostel, Hostel: Part II.

24. Geoffrey Sax

Director | White Noise

Geoffrey Sax was born on October 17, 1949 in Barnet, Middlesex, England as Geoffrey Paul Sax. He is a director, known for White Noise (2005), Tipping the Velvet (2002) and The New Statesman (1987). He has been married to Karina Brewin since 1995. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, Frankie & Alice, White Noise.

25. Ariel Schulman

Director | Paranormal Activity 3

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are a directing team, producers, best buds, and founders of the New York City production company Supermarché. They directed two films in 2016 -- Nerve, a summer hit released by Lionsgate, starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, and Viral, a low budget horror movie ...

Nerve, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 4.

Date Movie, Disaster Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, The Starving Games, Vampires Suck.

27. Courtney Solomon

Producer | Dungeons & Dragons

Courtney Solomon was born on September 1, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a producer, known for Dungeons & Dragons (2000), Bullet to the Head (2012) and Getaway (2013).

An American Haunting, Dungeons & Dragons, Getaway.

28. Deon Taylor

Director | Meet the Blacks

A prolific writer, filmmaker, director and idea generator, Deon Taylor is a self-taught, creative genius. His work is innovative, his writing is cutting edge and his vision is iconic. He is forever creating and is a force to be reckoned with in the conglomerate world of entertainment.

He is always ...

Meet the Blacks, Chain Letter, Traffik.

29. Michael Tiddes

Director | A Haunted House

Michael Tiddes is an American film director, screenwriter, editor and producer. His latest project is Netflix's Sextuplets, released August 16th, 2019. A comedy, the film tells the story of Alan, an expectant father who grew up believing he was an only child. While searching for his birth mother, ...

A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2, Fifty Shades of Black, Naked, Sextuplets.

30. Jeff Tremaine

Producer | Bad Grandpa

Jeff Tremaine was born a military brat and hustled from state to state until finally settling in Rockville, Maryland. There, he quickly gravitated towards the alternative world of skateboarding, BMX, reggae music, and art... pursuits that would shape a career to come.

After attending Washington ...

Bad Grandpa, The Dirt, Jackass: The Movie, Jackass: Number Two, Jackass 3.

31. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

Antichrist, Dogville, Manderlay, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac: Volume I, Nymphomaniac: Volume II.

32. Jeff Wadlow

Producer | Truth or Dare

After Quentin Tarantino saw Jeff Wadlow's latest writing and directing effort, Kick Ass 2, he named it one of the 2013's best films, stating it demonstrated a "real auteur approach." While prepping that movie, Jeff developed and executive produced the worldwide hit, Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson. ...

Cry Wolf, Kick-Ass 2, Never Back Down, True Memoirs of an International Assassin.

33. John Whitesell

Director | The Guiding Light

John Whitesell is a director and producer, known for Guiding Light (1952), The John Larroquette Show (1993) and Big Momma's House 2 (2006).

Big Momma's House 2, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Deck the Halls, Malibu's Most Wanted, Thunderstruck.

34. Woo-Ping Yuen

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Woo-Ping Yuen was born on January 1, 1945 in Guangzhou, China as Yuen Woo Ping. He is known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Kung Fu Hustle (2004) and Fearless (2006).

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Drunken Master, Iron Monkey, True Legend.

35. Bille Woodruff

Director | The Perfect Match

Bille Woodruff has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Raised in Virginia, Bille attended University of Maryland, College Park, as a National Merit Scholar on a full academic scholarship with plans of becoming an anthropologist. Things took an unexpected twist once he began an ...

Addicted, Beauty Shop, Honey, The Perfect Match.

36. Boaz Yakin

Writer | Fresh

Boaz Yakin was born in 1966 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer, known for Fresh (1994), Remember the Titans (2000) and Max (2015).

Death in Love, Max, Safe.

37. Rob Zombie

Director | The Devil's Rejects

Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie ...

31, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, Halloween II, House of 1,000 Corpses, The Lords of Salem.

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