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Worst Movies Of Legendary Directors, Ranked

Directors are known for their auteur and their skills make them legendary. The director is the main brain behind the movie and a lot depends on the direction. There are certain directors who have delivered masterpieces throughout their careers and are known for them. And they earn the title of legendary. But sometimes even these legendary directors fail to deliver and make some bad movies. Check out the list of the worst movies made by legendary directors. 


The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan

The Last Airbender worst movies by legendary directors
The Last Airbender

Night Shyamalan is one of the best directors and has proved his skills with great movies like The Sixth Sense and Split. But some of his movies are not so loved by the critics. Among them, the worst work of the director has to be The Last Airbender. It has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 5%. In fact, it is one of the worst films ever. The movie is based on the animated show but according to the fans it’s not even true to its source material. Apart from that, there are other undermining aspects. The writing, acting, and even direction of the film are also poor. The animated show deserved a better movie.

Jack by Francis Ford Cappola

Jack worst movies by legendary directors

When it comes to legendary directors, the list is incomplete with the name of Francis Ford Cappola. Sadly, this one is too. He has directed some of the best films in history. He is the director behind masterpieces like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. But even in his career, he has seen some bad turns. And the worst turn he ever took was Jack. The story of a ten-year-old boy with a condition that makes him appear way older than his age could have turned out better. Only if the execution and writing were better. In fact, the movie did not do well with an actor like Robin Williams in the lead. 

A Good Year by Ridley Scott

A Good Year worst movies by legendary directors
A Good Year

Ridley Scott is a director who has introduced us to some of the best movies in Hollywood. He is the brain behind masterpieces like Blade Runner and Alien. In fact, his historical drama film, Gladiator is one of the most talked-about films in film schools when it comes to noteworthy history films. But when he joined forces again with Russell Crowe, the two did not create similar magic as the last time. The two, after six years, made an entirely different film. This time it was a romantic comedy that the critics called “sappy”. A Good Year ironically was the worst movie by Ridley Scott. 

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1941 by Steven Spielberg

1941 worst movies by legendary directors

After some of the biggest hits like Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg released his biggest miss. The director is known worldwide for his auteur and directorial skills. His talent is unmatched. But he faltered too once, with the film – 1941. It proved that the director should not try screwball comedy. Though Steven Spielberg has created great films in every genre, comedy is not one for him. The movie now has a cult following after the release of the extended version. 

Alien 3 by David Fincher

Alien 3 worst movies by legendary directors
Alien 3

Who does not know David Fincher? The classic director who is the mastermind behind movies like Fight Club and Seven. But the director’s debut movie was not as iconic as the rest of his career. We should be glad that he stayed around even after the disaster Alien 3 was. The first two Alien movies were considered the best in the sci-fi genre. Even were highly regarded. But the third entry, and David Fincher’s directorial debut, was not up to the mark set by the predecessors. It used similar gimmicks but was hated by the critics. 

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