Razzie Award for Worst Director

by leologan09 | created - 21 May 2012 | updated - 03 Mar 2018 | Public

A list of filmmakers who have won the Razzie Award for Worst Director.

1. Robert Greenwald

Director | Xanadu

Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films (BNF), is an award-winning television, feature film and documentary filmmaker whose most recent feature is Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA. Greenwald turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights ...

1980 - Xanadu

2. Michael Cimino

Writer | The Deer Hunter

Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer...

1981 - Heaven's Gate

3. Ken Annakin

Director | The Longest Day

A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp (1947), was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he ...

1982 - The Pirate Movie

4. Terence Young

Director | Dr. No

Born in Shanghai and Cambridge-educated, Terence Young began in the industry as a scriptwriter. In the 1940s he worked on a variety of subjects, including the hugely popular wartime romance Suicide Squadron (1941), set to Richard Addinsell's rousing "Warsaw Concerto". His original story was devised...

1982 - Inchon

5. Peter Sasdy

Director | The Lonely Lady

Peter Sasdy was born on May 27, 1935 in Budapest, Hungary as Peter George Sasdy. He is a director and producer, known for The Lonely Lady (1983), Welcome to Blood City (1977) and Journey to the Unknown (1968). He has been married to Myrtill Nádasi since July 24, 1965. They have two children.

1983 - The Lonely Lady

6. 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 The Ten Commandments (1956), Ghosts Can't Do It (1989) and Bolero (1984). He was married to Bo Derek, Linda Evans, Ursula Andress and Pati Behrs. He ...

1984 - Bolero

7. Sylvester Stallone

Actor | Rocky

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of ...

1985 - Rocky IV

8. Prince

Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...

1986 - Under the Cherry Moon

9. Norman Mailer

Writer | Tough Guys Don't Dance

Norman Mailer, the Brooklyn-born and -bred writer who fought for what he characterized as the "heavyweight championship" of American letters after the 1961 death of Ernest Hemingway, never came close to his dream of writing the Great American novel, but he was a colossus of American culture and ...

1987 - Tough Guys Don't Dance

10. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.

1987 - Ishtar

11. Blake Edwards

Writer | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with ...

1988 - Sunset

12. Stewart Raffill

Writer | Passenger 57

Stewart Raffill's career includes 57 film and TV credits and 11 industry awards. As a writer/director he has worked with Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning talent. His films have been distributed by MGM/UA, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Disney ABC, New World Pictures, Orion, Netflix, ...

1988 - Mac and Me

13. William Shatner

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, displaying heady comedic talent and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.

Shatner was born ...

1989 - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

14. 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 The Ten Commandments (1956), Ghosts Can't Do It (1989) and Bolero (1984). He was married to Bo Derek, Linda Evans, Ursula Andress and Pati Behrs. He ...

1990 - Ghosts Can't Do It

15. Michael Lehmann

Director | Heathers

Michael Lehmann was born on March 30, 1957 in San Francisco, California, USA as Michael Stephen Lehmann. He is a director and producer, known for Heathers (1988), Hudson Hawk (1991) and American Horror Story (2011). He is married to Holland Sutton.

1991 - Hudson Hawk

16. David Seltzer

Writer | The Omen

David Seltzer was born on February 12, 1940 in Highland Park, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Omen (1976), Shining Through (1992) and Dragonfly (2002). He has been married to Carrie Hauman since January 17, 2010. He was previously married to Eugenia Zukerman.

1992 - Shining Through

17. Jennifer Lynch

Director | Chained

Jennifer Lynch was born on April 7, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Chained (2012), Boxing Helena (1993) and Surveillance (2008).

1993 - Boxing Helena

18. Steven Seagal

Actor | On Deadly Ground

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician, and Samuel Seagal, a high school math teacher. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and his mother had English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. The enigmatic ...

1994 - On Deadly Ground

19. Paul Verhoeven

Director | RoboCop

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

1995 - Showgirls

20. Andrew Bergman

Writer | Striptease

Andrew Bergman was born on February 20, 1945 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Striptease (1996), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Fletch (1985). He has been married to Louise Fay since 1973. They have two children.

1996 - Striptease

21. Kevin Costner

Actor | The Postman

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...

1997 - The Postman

22. Gus Van Sant

Director | Elephant

Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a director and producer, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

1998 - Psycho

23. Barry Sonnenfeld

Director | Men in Black

Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water (1982). Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple (1984). This film began his ...

1999 - Wild Wild West

24. 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: ...

2000 - Battlefield Earth

25. Tom Green

Actor | Freddy Got Fingered

Tom Green was born on July 30, 1971 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada as Michael Thomas Green. He is a producer and actor, known for Freddy Got Fingered (2001), Road Trip (2000) and Charlie's Angels (2000). He was previously married to Drew Barrymore.

2001 - Freddy Got Fingered

26. Guy Ritchie

Director | Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK on September 10, 1968. After watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) as a child, Guy realized that what he wanted to do was make films. He never attended film school, saying that the work of film school graduates was boring and ...

2002 - Swept Away

27. Martin Brest

Director | Scent of a Woman

Martin Brest was born on August 8, 1951 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Scent of a Woman (1992), Midnight Run (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop (1984).

2003 - Gigli

28. 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 ...

2004 - Catwoman

29. John Asher

Director | A Boy Called Po

John is a writer / director who has spent, literally, his entire life in the business. His father, William Asher, was the original director of I Love Lucy (1951) and creator of Bewitched (1964). John himself can boast some notable accomplishments, having directed his first film at 21, Kounterfeit (...

2005 - Dirty Love

30. 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 ...

2006 - Lady in the Water

31. Chris Sivertson

Director | I Know Who Killed Me

Chris Sivertson is a writer and director, known for I Know Who Killed Me (2007), Brawler (2011) and The Lost (2006).

2007 - I Know Who Killed Me

32. 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 ...

2008 - 1968 Tunnel Rats / In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale / Postal

33. 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...

2009 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

34. 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 ...

2010 - The Last Airbender

35. 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.

2011 - Jack and Jill / Just Go With It

36. Bill Condon

Director | Kinsey

Bill Condon was born on October 22, 1955 in New York City, New York, USA as William Patrick Condon. He is a director and writer, known for Kinsey (2004), Dreamgirls (2006) and Gods and Monsters (1998).

2012 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

37. Elizabeth Banks

Actress | The Hunger Games

Elizabeth Banks was born Elizabeth Mitchell in Pittsfield, a small city in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts near the New York border, on February 10, 1974. She is the daughter of Ann (Wallace), who worked in a bank, and Mark P. Mitchell, a factory worker. Elizabeth describes herself as ...

2013 - Movie 43

38. 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, ...

2013 - Movie 43

39. Steve Carr

Director | Movie 43

Steve Carr is a director and producer, known for Movie 43 (2013), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and Next Friday (2000).

2013 - Movie 43

40. Rusty Cundieff

Director | Chappelle's Show

Rusty Cundieff was born on December 13, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as George Arthur Cundieff. He is a director and actor, known for Chappelle's Show (2003), Fear of a Black Hat (1993) and White Water (2015). He is married to Trina Davis Cundieff. They have two children.

2013 - Movie 43

2013 - Movie 43

42. Griffin Dunne

Actor | After Hours

Griffin Dunne was born on June 8, 1955 in New York City, the oldest child of Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer, and Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne, an activist. His sister was actress Dominique Dunne. He grew up mainly in Los Angeles, California and attended school in Colorado before ...

2013 - Movie 43

43. Peter Farrelly

Producer | Green Book

Peter Farrelly was born on December 17, 1956 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA as Peter John Farrelly. He is a producer and writer, known for Green Book (2018), There's Something About Mary (1998) and Dumb and Dumber (1994). He has been married to Melinda Farrelly since December 31, 1996. They ...

2013 - Movie 43

2013 - Movie 43

45. Will Graham

Director | Movie 43

Will Graham is a director and producer, known for Movie 43 (2013), Onion SportsDome (2011) and Mozart in the Jungle (2014).

2013 - Movie 43

46. James Gunn

Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age ...

2013 - Movie 43

47. Bob Odenkirk

Actor | Better Call Saul

Robert John Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, to Barbara (Baier) and Walter Odenkirk, who worked in printing. His ancestry includes German and Irish. He grew up in Naperville, IL, the second of seven children. He worked as a DJ for WIDB, his college radio station at Southern Illinois ...

2013 - Movie 43

48. Brett Ratner

Director | Red Dragon

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years...

2013 - Movie 43

49. Jonathan van Tulleken

Director | Movie 43

Jonathan studied directing and screenwriting at Columbia University's Film MFA program. His short film work has been nominated for a BAFTA, and been selected for, and won, numerous international film festivals.

On the back of his short form success he directed two series of E4's BAFTA winning show ...

2013 - Movie 43

50. 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...

2014 - Transformers: Age of Extinction

51. Josh Trank

Writer | Fantastic Four

Josh Trank was born on February 19, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joshua Benjamin Trank. He is a writer and director, known for Fantastic Four (2015), Chronicle (2012) and The Kill Point (2007).

2015 - Fantastic Four

52. Dinesh D'Souza

Writer | Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

Dinesh D'Souza was born on April 25, 1961 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India. He is a writer and director, known for Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016), America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014) and Death of a Nation (2018). He has been married to Deborah Fancher ...

2016 - Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

2016 - Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

54. Tony Leondis

Writer | The Emoji Movie

Tony Leondis was born on March 24, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA as Anthony A. Leondis. He is a writer and director, known for The Emoji Movie (2017), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005).



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