10 Terrible Movies By Great Directors

Mistakes have been made.

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Over the past few decades there have been a number of directors that have proved themselves to be reliable filmmakers. The movies they release are of a consistently high quality, giving fans a reason to expect great things from each of their films. Being the seasoned professionals they are, these artists almost always deliver, however no one is perfect, and some of the motion pictures they make can still be deeply disappointing.

Even the most highly skilled directors are capable of producing a dud every now and then, and there are a variety of reasons why the following movies are awful. For some directors, they made incredibly daring and ambitious choices that simply didn't pay off or connect with audiences. For others, their egos may have become too inflated and were not kept in check during production. The rest of them were simply horrible ideas that should never have moved forward.

It's difficult to believe these talented directors had a hand in these terrible films, but it can serve to remind us that our movie-making heroes are just people. They make mistakes like anyone else does, but unfortunately for them, these failures are on display for anyone to see.

10. 1941 - Steven Spielberg

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Spielberg has one of the most impressive filmographies in history. He's responsible for classics like Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park, just to name a few.

It's practically a law of nature that his films do well with critics and audiences alike. Despite earning universal acclaim over the years, things were not always smooth sailing for Spielberg. In fact, he made quite a crucial misstep early in his career with the action-comedy, 1941.

The movie takes place a few days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and focuses on the mass panic that overwhelms the people of California, who think they will be attacked next. The attempts to defend the state are riddled with ineptitude, which would likely be hilarious if the humor wasn't so forced.

Luckily, 1941 wasn't a total loss; the visual effects are rather impressive for their time and are worth checking out. However, a good film requires more than just spectacle, and this one just wasn't able to land.


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