The 25 Worst Movies Ever

Posted by on February 16, 2012

This isn’t just a list of bad movies. This is a list of movies that have gone above and beyond what it would normally take to be classified as awful. These are the horror films that make you laugh and the actions flicks that make you cry. Chock full of painful camera angles, laughable scripts, and atrocious acting, most of  have won numerous Razzies and left a trail of destroyed careers in their wake. Like the black sheep of the family, however, we still love them and proudly present to you the 25 worst movies ever.

Speed 2 – Cruise Control (1997)

Although the original could be considered a near perfect action movie, the sequel almost seemed like it was deliberately created to flop. For starters, why would you have a movie called Speed take place on a cruise ship? Six knots is not very fast. As Anthony Lane said, “Where, pray, is the speed? I can bicycle faster than this ship. I know people who can swim faster. If things carry on like this, we can look forward to Speed 3 taking place on the back of a pony.”


Troll 2 (1990)

Not only was this movie terrible, it didn’t even have any trolls! Italian director Claudio Fragasso barely spoke any English when he wrote the script with his wife, and yet insisted that the actors deliver their lines word for word as written. To this day, however, he still defends the movie as a masterpiece and to his credit Troll 2 has developed a cult following.


North (1994)

Based on the novel North: The Tale of a 9-Year-Old Boy Who Becomes a Free Agent and Travels the World in Search of the Perfect Parents by Alan Zweibel, this film as been labeled as “one of the hardest movies to watch from start to finish” by critics and has been derided for its portrayal of various ethnic stereotypes.North has an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Inchon (1982)

Meant to depict the battle of Inchon during the Korean War, this film failed miserably. Between the producer turning out to be a member of the Japanese Unification Church (the controversial organization headed by Sun Myung Moon), the U.S. military pulling its backing from the film (partially due to the Unification Church connection), and almost every other conceivable problem during production, the film was doomed from the get go.


The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

There’s really not much more to know once you’ve seen the title – giant spiders come to Earth and kill people. One interesting piece of trivia: the final spider boss was actually a volkswagen covered in fur with people holding the legs out the windows. Some have said it’s worth watching just for that.


An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1998)

It’s a bad movie about making a bad movie, how could have been anything other than…bad? Grossing only $52,850 it was a commercial catastrophe and will certainly be remembered as one of the worst films ever.


Bio-Dome (1996)

The story line centers around Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin as they stop to look for a toilet while on a road trip. Thinking they are in a shopping mall, it turns out to be a biosphere housing a team of scientists that are voluntarily locked in for a year. With a score of only 1 out of a possible 100 on Metacritic Bio-Dome is tied for being the worst rated film on the site.


Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Just about the only redeeming thing in the entire movie is a plane getting eaten by a shark. A big, rubbery, fake looking shark. Roger Ebert summed up the popular sentiment when he called Jaws: The Revenge “not simply a bad movie, but a stupid and incompetent one”.


Gigli (2003)

Featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck one would think you couldn’t go too wrong. Not so. Gigli was pretty close to being the biggest box office bomb ever, costing $54 million to produce and bringing in only $6 million.


From Justin to Kelly (2003)

Starring Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, even the actors themselves have turned their backs on the film, which is understandable considering it was part of their contractual obligation to American Idol. You know a movie is bad though when it wins 7 Razzies and on top of that prompts the creation of a new one.


The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

This movie was so bad that it actually got pulled from circulation. Intended to be a parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids it has been severely criticized for its tasteless humor, especially considering that its audience was supposed to be young children. One New York Times critic was even quoted as saying the film is “too repulsive for children or adults of any age” and is “enough to make you believe in strict and faraway boarding schools.”


Heaven’s Gate (1980)

The insanely expensive to produce western that was based on the Johnson County War in 1880 Wyoming, Heaven’s Gate singlehandedly ended the career of director Michael Cimino and brought down independent film studio United Artists. Many critics claim that not only was it terrible, it was also the most wasteful movie ever.


Soul Plane (2004)

Parodies of parodies are never good ideas (see #11) but Soul Plane dives right in and goes for the urban spoof of the classic comedy Airplane. With a severe drought of humor, however, Empire Magazine was even quoted as saying, “Snoop Dogg’s stoner pilot comes close to funny. Well, he’s in the same postcode at least. Well, the same country. If that country is Russia.”


Mommie Dearest (1981)

This famously bad film was the first to take all the Razzies at the Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture and Worst Actress. To date Mommie Dearest has still received what many consider to the be the nastiest reviews of any movie ever.


Disaster Movie (2008)

Living up to its title, Disaster Movie is the latest bomb coming to us from the creators of Epic Movie, Date Movie, and Scary Movie. William Goss of Cinematical was even quoted as calling it a “disaster first, and movie…barely.”

David Pegg


After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Shawn

    Why is Daredevil not on this list lol

  • larry Stewart

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  • Bob

    Not a bad list until I got in the final 4. Batman was not that bad, Highlander 2 while a disappointment, was not horrible compared to many I can think of, Battlefield earth was BAD, but campy enough to be entertaining (I mean, it was BAD though . . . )

  • Jackey

    I’m surprised Twilight isn’t there. That movie is disgusting and blasphemious.

  • jello

    i thought and the original Xanadu would be up there

  • lexi

    I thought the Justin.B would rank first in the worst movie in history :/

    • liz

      Lol ;D

  • Michael Bagamery

    Um … The Serpent and the Rainbow, anyone? Less spooky than boring and predictable. Or how about Naked Gun 33⅓ or Ladyhawke? Eragon?

  • Seb

    How the fuck could The Room be at No.1 instead of Disaster Movie? Disaster Movie is No.1 on The IMDB Bottom 100, and that film sucked monkey balls harder than any other movie ever made. The Room is an amazing film, so bad it’s good.

    • Amanda

      The Room….Christ that’s #1 all the way…YOU’RE TEARING ME APART LISA! Oh hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • Sorrina Nunyabiz

    Ummm, two words: Cool Town.
    I watched this ill-fated movie one year ago and was thoroughly disturbed. It felt like someone had forced me into an acid trip with a young and confused Brad Pitt. Like other commenters, I watched this movie until the very end, something I then immediately regretted having TRULY wasted two hours of my natural life.


    My grandpa has jaws:the revange on dvd i saw it IT IS SO LAME IN THE BEGING I FALLED ASLEEP

  • Di Marshall

    I thought surely John Wayne as Genghis Khan would make the list.

  • Robert

    I kept reading this expecting to see The Cat in the Hat (2003). Without a doubt the WORST movie I have ever seen. Disgusting humour and an absolute disgrace to a wonderful children’s book and to the legacy of Dr. Seuss.

    • Spin Lessons

      And, the Grinch. Why did they screw it up? The Grinch didn’t need a girlfriend.

  • Karen

    Glitter , anyone?

  • shobhit bhatnagar

    why the hell is “Godzilla ” (1998) not there i have watched it 4 years ago ,what a fucking garbage! No story no acting except that bloody beast appears in the whole god dam movie . It is way worse than “cat women” it should be in top 5

  • stan manning

    How could a movie be worse than GERRY ??

  • Visara

    Forgot “Ishtar” and “Thankskilling.” Worst movies in history.

  • Niklas Højbjerg

    Where’s the film where someone’s sleeping for 6 hours?

  • Santos

    and where is Twillight?

    • Leah


  • Nowhere Man

    Heaven’s Gate always had the reputation of being the biggest box office failure of all time. At it’s over 3 hour length I naturally avoided it for years. When I managed to come across a VHS tape of “Heaven’s Gate” at a garage sale, I picked it up just to see how bad it could be. Guess what! It was one of the best and most beautiful movie experiences I ever had. It tells an epic story in a wonderful way. It was not overlong. The acting was top-notch including the best performance by Sam Waterson that I have ever seen. It even has Joseph Cotten in a small but powerful scene. I recommend this movie to anyone who takes film seriously.

  • ro828

    How can anyone say bad things about JAWS: THE REVENGE. After her son is killed by a shark, a woman leaves Cape Cod to go to the Bahamas. OK, real quick now, Google a map of the Earth to see the distance between those two places. Here’s the beauty part: she’s on a commercial jet, the poor little shark is swimming. The shark gets to the Bahamas BEFORE SHE DOES!

    How can anyone not love a movie that starts off that way?

    • Tr143

      Sorry to say but thats the reason why the movie ended up on this list….

  • Angel Singer

    I’m always amazed that these “worst movies ever” lists consistently manage to overlook a film I consider to be the very worst I’ve ever managed to watch in its entirety. The movie: 1979′s “Roller Boogie,” a musical starring a post-”Exorcist” Linda Blair as a pampered rich girl who gets mixed up with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks & his gang of roller boogie practioners. If you ever wondered what happened to Linda Blair’s career, this is it. The best thing that can be said about it is that it truly makes you appreciate “Xanadu” more.

  • Frank Symptoms

    I simply cannot believe that your “25 Worst Movies of All Time” did NOT include “Moby Dick 2010.” A Virginia-class submarine named “Pequod.” A sperm whale big enough to eat a blue whale. Moby Dick actually climbed ashore to squash his tormentors, and then FLEW OVER the island! It starred Renee O’Connor (Gabrielle on “Xena: Warrior Princess”). Perhaps she thought she could re-ignite her film career thinking that nothing could be worst than “Xena.” She was wrong.

    I continued to watch it just to see how bad it could possibly get… and I wasn’t disappointed!