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100 worst action movies of all time

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Warner Bros.

100 worst action movies of all time

At their best, action flicks allow audiences an opportunity to escape their problems and experience something more exciting than the typical mundanity of their day-to-day lives for a couple of hours. However, some action flicks not only fail to accomplish that seemingly simple task but, also leave moviegoers feeling as though their time has been wasted. Stacker has put together a list of the worst action movies of all time, complete with a few fascinating facts about each entry, as a reminder of the genre’s many misfires.

Granted, your personal list of bombs may differ from this. You are certain to have your own experience with an action flick that, for one reason or another, caused you to throw popcorn at the screen in sheer frustration. Alternatively, you may be outright offended that your favorite film made this list. However, rest assured that no one know-it-all critic or movie nerd compiled this list. Instead, Stacker relied on IMDb ratings of English-language films with at least 10,000 votes.

So, without further ado, Stacker presents the worst action movies of all timestarting with the ones that just made moviegoers want their money back and progressing through to the ones that caused them to wonder what the filmmakers were even thinking in the first place. As you will see, in some cases, those involved in the productions of these motion pictures have expressed regret, admitted blame, or even issued public apologies for their action-packed atrocities.

 

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Lionsgate

#100. Godsend

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 23,404

Release year: 2004

"Godsend" starred Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn as a married couple that experiences strange occurrences after they have their deceased son cloned by a doctor played by Robert De Niro. Unfortunately, the movie itself was less interesting than Lionsgate’s marketing campaign, which reportedly fooled many people with a website for a fictional institute offering the cloning services featured in the film.

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Crystal Sky Pictures

#99. Tekken

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 23,970

Release year: 2010

Crystal Sky Pictures attempted to adapt the popular video game "Tekken" for the big screen with disastrous results. Critics and moviegoers were not the only ones who disliked the flick as the game’s director and producer Katsuhiro Harada voiced his disapproval via a tweet that read, “That Hollywood movie is terrible. We were not able to supervise that movie; it was a cruel contract. I’m not interested in that movie.”

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New Line Cinema

#98. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 27,258

Release year: 1993

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" saw everyone’s favorite heroes in a half shell transported back in time to ancient Japan. Moviegoers likely wished that they could have been transported to a time before they shelled out their hard-earned cash for the sequel, whose box office gross was barely half that of its immediate predecessor and only one-fifth that of the first film in the franchise.

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Universal Pictures

#97. Blues Brothers 2000

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 28,158

Release year: 1998

Eighteen years after the release of "The Blues Brothers," Dan Aykroyd reprised his role as Elwood in "Blues Brothers 2000." Actor Jim Belushi was originally tapped to appear alongside Aykroyd, honoring his late brother John Belushi who starred in the original film as well as the "Saturday Night Live" skit on which it was based. However, his commitment to his "Total Security" television series prevented that so John Goodman co-starred instead.

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Constantin Film

#96. DOA: Dead or Alive

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 40,501

Release year: 2006

Loosely based on the "Dead or Alive" video game series, "DOA: Dead or Alive" was about four female fighters who work together to uncover a conspiracy behind an invitational martial arts contest. It only brought in about $480,813 in U.S. theaters but was relatively successful in international territories, where it amassed more than $6 million in ticket sales.

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Lionsgate

#95. The Spirit

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 56,256

Release year: 2008

Gabriel Macht played the title role in "The Spirit" as a rookie cop who comes back from death to fight the evil forces in Central City. The movie was based on a newspaper comic strip which had frequently been eyed for an adaptation on the big screen as far back as the 1970s, when director William Friedkin obtained the film rights. However, this is the only one to ever have made it beyond the development stage.

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Columbia Pictures Corporation

#94. Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 108,220

Release year: 2003

Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu reprised their roles in "Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle," a follow-up to the 2000 big screen adaptation of the 1970s television series. The movie marked the final performance for John Forsythe, who voiced Charlie in not only both big screen adaptations but also the original television series.

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Warner Bros.

#93. Wild Wild West

IMDb rating: 4.8

IMDb votes: 139,561

Release year: 1999

Will Smith and Kevin Kline starred in "Wild Wild West," a big screen adaptation of the 1960s television series. Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise were initially tapped for the role of James West but left the project in favor of other big-screen adaptations of old television series—"Maverick" and "Mission: Impossible," respectively.

 

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Prospect Park

#92. Final Girl

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 10,858

Release year: 2015

In "Final Girl," Abigail Breslin stars as a young woman who is taught to become a killing machine and then goes on to hunt a group of sadistic teens who kill blonde women. The role was quite a departure for Breslin, who had previously starred as a young beauty pageant contestant in "Little Miss Sunshine."

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Sohail Khan Production

#91. Ready

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 12,426

Release year: 2011

In "Ready," Salman Khan plays a man who schemes to win over a woman and her greedy uncles. Although it garnered generally negative reviews and audiences admitted to not liking it, the movie was a box office success, scoring the second-highest opening day and weekend grosses of any Bollywood film at the time.

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Univeral Pictures

#90. The Musketeer

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 13,331

Release year: 2001

Justin Chambers played the title role in "The Musketeer" as D’Artagnan, a young man who aspires to join the king’s elite guards while also tracking down the man who killed his parents. The film is just one of several attempts to translate Alexander Dumas' classic novel "The Three Musketeers" onto the big screen.

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Rajshri Productions

#89. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 14,239

Release year: 2015

Salman Khan makes his second appearance on this list, this time as a prince who is replaced by a lookalike while recovering from an assassination attempt during the days leading up to his coronation in "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo." Despite garnering generally negative reviews from audiences and critics, the movie was considered a box office success and even spawned its own game on Android devices.

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Mandalay Entertainment

#88. Double Team

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 27,708

Release year: 1997

Martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme teamed up with professional basketball player Dennis Rodman in "Double Team," playing an international spy and a weapons dealer, respectively. The movie marked Rodman’s first starring role in a major motion picture.

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Twentieth Century Fox

#87. The Marine

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 29,586

Release year: 2006

Professional wrestler John Cena got his big-screen break as a recently discharged marine who tracks down a group of diamond thieves who have kidnapped his wife in "The Marine." However, before Cena got the role, Steve Austin and Randy Orton were initially set to star in the film with the latter turning it down due to his own bad conduct discharge from the Marines.

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Warner Bros.

#86. Jonah Hex

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 49,559

Release year: 2010

Josh Brolin starred as the title character in "Jonah Hex," a supernatural western based on a DC Comics antihero. John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon, and Wes Bentley also starred in the flick, which only earned $10.9 million at the box office against a $47 million budget.

 

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20th Century Fox

#85. Elektra

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 77,898

Release year: 2005

Jennifer Garner starred as the title character in "Elektra," a movie about a woman who survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and makes it her mission to protect her two latest targetsa single father and his young daughter. Ben Affleck, who had starred in "Daredevil" (the movie from which "Elektra" spun off) originally had a cameo in the film but his scene did not make the final cut.

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Columbia Pictures

#84. Anaconda

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 82,084

Release year: 1997

Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz and Owen Wilson played members of a film crew that is taken hostage by a hunter, played by Jon Voight, who is hell-bent on capturing the world's largest and deadliest snake in "Anaconda." The flick is generally considered “so bad it’s good,” since it was a box office success and amassed three sequels as well as a crossover with fellow creature-feature "Lake Placid."

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20th Century Fox

#83. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

IMDb rating: 4.7

IMDb votes: 102,477

Release year: 2007

A follow-up to the 2004 film that first pit the two classic movie monsters against one another, "Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem" saw the evil sci-fi creatures descend on a rural Colorado town to wage war with one another much to the dismay of unsuspecting residents. The sequel only managed to earn about $10 million during its opening weekend and just barely amassed more than half the domestic box office gross of its predecessor.

 

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Canal+

#82. Outcast

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 10,733

Release year: 2014

Nicolas Cage and "Star Wars" prequel star Hayden Christensen play a mysterious warrior and the son of a deposed Chinese Emperor, respectively, in "Outcast." The movie earned $3.9 million in China, where it was expected to perform much better, so it was never given a theatrical release in the U.S.

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DreamWorks

#81. Biker Boyz

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 11,704

Release year: 2003

In "Biker Boyz," Laurence Fishburne played an undefeated underground motorcycle drag racer who must defend his title against a young motorcycle racing prodigy, played by Derek Luke. Its cast also included Orlando Jones, Tyson Beckford, Brendan Fehr, Meagan Good, Kid Rock, Djimon Hounsou, and Terrence Howard.

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Lionsgate

#80. Skinwalkers

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 12,173

Release year: 2006

A young boy and his mother get caught in between two feuding werewolf packs in "Skinwalkers," a horror-action film starring Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, and Tom Jackson. It only received a limited theatrical release, showing on 745 screens, and accumulated only about $1 million in ticket sales in the U.S.

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Screen Gems

#79. Half Past Dead

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 13,089

Release year: 2002

In "Half Past Dead," Steven Seagal played an FBI agent who goes undercover in a high-tech prison to investigate the men who killed his wife, only to stumble upon a death row inmate’s scheme involving $200 million in gold. Morris Chestnut and Ja Rule also starred in the flick, whichdespite its poor critical and audience receptionspawned a sequel five years later starring Bill Goldberg and Kurupt.

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Paramount Pictures

#78. Max Steel

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 14,912

Release year: 2016

Plans to adapt Mattel’s "Max Steel" line of action figures for the big screen began as early as 2009 when Paramount Pictures purchased the property’s film rights to the franchise with Taylor Lautner tapped for the title role. However, the project didn’t materialize until a few years later when Dolphin Entertainment took over and produced a movie in which Ben Winchell played the teenager who harnesses alien powers to become a turbo-charged superhero.

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Grindstone Entertainment Group

#77. The Prince

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 14,936

Release year: 2014

Jason Patric and Bruce Willis went toe-to-toe in "The Prince," an action flick about a retired hitman who must rescue his daughter from the clutches of his former boss. John Cusack and Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson also starred in the movie, which received only a very limited theatrical run coinciding with on-demand and home video releases.

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Annapurna Pictures

#76. Catch .44

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 15,483

Release year: 2011

Bruce Willis makes his second appearance on this list, again as a crime boss, in "Catch .44." The star-studded action flick also featured Forest Whitaker, Malin Åkerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll, and Brad Dourif. Like "The Prince," it only received a very limited theatrical run coinciding with on-demand and home video releases.

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Dimension Films

#75. The Crow: City of Angels

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 17,099

Release year: 1996

After "The Crow" saw major success in theaters with a domestic box office gross of more than $50 million in 1994, Miramax Films released a sequel titled "The Crow: City of Angels" two years later. It opened in first-place at the box office with almost $10 million. But poor reviews and word-of-mouth spread like wildfire, stunting the film’s success at less than $18 million. The franchise, which was based on a comic book, included two more sequels that were released directly to home video.

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Dimension Films

#74. Highlander: Endgame

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 17,599

Release year: 2000

"Highlander: Endgame," the first of three films in the "Highlander" franchise on this list, saw the long-awaited pairing of "Highlander" television series character Duncan MacLeod with "Highlander" film series character Connor MacLeod. Distributor Dimension Films demanded exposition be cut from the film in an effort to give it a faster pace, resulting in an action flick that was criticized for its confusing nature.

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Reliance Entertainment

#73. Bodyguard

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 18,953

Release year: 2011

Salman Kahn makes yet another appearance on this list in a movie about a wealthy nobleman’s daughter who falls in love with her bodyguard. Like the actor’s other films, "Bodyguard" was a box office hit despite its generally poor receptionperhaps due in part to Reliance Entertainment’s commitment of a record-breaking $3.4 million to market the Bollywood movie.

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20th Century Fox

#72. The Pyramid

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 20,006

Release year: 2014

Critics were not the only ones who turned their noses up at "The Pyramid," a found-footage flick about an archaeological team that is hunted by an evil force during an attempt to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid. Moviegoers also refused to be mummified by the movie, which resulted in the film’s final domestic gross failing to reach even the $3 million mark.

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Screen Gems

#71. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 24,585

Release year: 2004

Like its predecessor that appeared earlier on this list, "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" was a financial success despite garnering generally negative reviews. However, the moviewhich traded original stars Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, and Job Voight for Morris Chestnut and KaDee Stricklandonly grossed about half that of Anaconda ($32.2 million vs. $65.9 million) so future sequels were delegated straight to home video.

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Universal Pictures

#70. Howard the Duck

IMDb rating: 4.6

IMDb votes: 37,339

Release year: 1986

Before his cameo in 2014’s "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck had his own major motion picture 28 years earlier that is considered one of the biggest box office bombs of all time with a domestic gross of $16.3 million against a $37 million budget. The Lucasfilm-produced project has since gained a cult following of fans who celebrate it for its silliness.

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New Line Cinema

#69. Code Name: The Cleaner

IMDb rating: 4.5

IMDb votes: 10,486

Release year: 2007

In "Code Name: The Cleaner," Cedric the Entertainer played a man whose concussion encourages him to believe he is an undercover agent entangled in a government conspiracy. The action comedy also starred Lucy Liu and Nicollette Sheridan and only sold $8.1 million in tickets in the U.S. on a $20 million budget.

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Dylan Sellers Productions

#68. Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

IMDb rating: 4.5

IMDb votes: 12,364

Release year: 2004

Frankie Muniz reprised his role of a teenage secret agent in "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London." The sequel traded the original film’s co-stars Angie Harmon and Hilary Duff for Anthony Anderson and Hannah Spearritt and only grossed about half that of its predecessor at the U.S. box office ($23.6 million vs. $47.9 million).

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Bombshell Pictures

#67. Bitch Slap

IMDb rating: 4.5

IMDb votes: 12,614

Release year: 2009

Designed as a throwback to grindhouse cinema, "Bitch Slap" is about three women who aim to steal $200 million in diamonds from an underworld kingpin. Lucy Lawless, Kevin Sorbo, and Renee O'Connor had cameos in the flick, which was released in only three theaters and grossed a measly $17,365.

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Boll Kino Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG

#66. Postal

IMDb rating: 4.5

IMDb votes: 21,003

Release year: 2007

Director Uwe Boll’s attempt to adapt the "Postal" video game into a feature film failed miserably with its initial wide theatrical release in the U.S. being canceled in favor of a four-screen limited release. Boll believed the movie was treated unfairly due to its political content and later saw his dreams of producing a sequel squashed due to lack of funding.

 

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Franchise Pictures

#65. Driven

IMDb rating: 4.5

IMDb votes: 36,341

Release year: 2001

Sylvester Stallone played a former race car champion who mentors a young driver in "Driven," a flick that grossed a measly $32.7 million at the U.S. box office against a massive $94 million budget. Stallone has since said that he regrets ever starring in the movie.

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Dimension Films

#64. Superhero Movie

IMDb rating: 4.5

IMDb votes: 56,911

Release year: 2008

The popularity of superhero films like "Spider-Man" in the 2000s spawned a spoof of the genre that was simply titled "Superhero Movie." Critics and audiences agreed it was not very good, which may explain its modest $25.9 million domestic grossfar less than that of fellow spoofs "Scary Movie," "Airplane!," "The Naked Gun," "Date Movie," "A Haunted House," and "Meet the Spartans."

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Dimension Films

#63. Highlander: The Final Dimension

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 17,761

Release year: 1994

The third installment in the "Highlander" film franchise and the second of three to appear on this list, "Highlander: The Final Dimension" reportedly close $34 million to make but only earned $12.3 million at the U.S. box office. The third sequel was criticized for being bafflingly cheap-looking despite its excessive budget.

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Grindstone Entertainment Group

#62. Setup

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 19,148

Release year: 2011

Bruce Willis’ third appearance on this list is for Setup, a heist flick in which he starred alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Ryan Phillippe. Jenna Dewan Tatum and Randy Couture co-starred in the movie, which Lionsgate dumped directly onto home video despite its strong cast.

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Warner Bros.

#61. On Deadly Ground

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 19,704

Release year: 1994

Steven Seagal’s second appearance on this list is for "On Deadly Ground," in which he played a martial artist/environmental agent who sets his sights on bringing down a corrupt oil corporation. Seagal also directed the film, which grossed $38.6 million against a $50 million budget. Despite its commercial failure, Seagal fanssuch as the author of the book "Seagalogy"have defended the film as being one of the actor’s most essential projects.

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Columbia Pictures

#60. The Next Karate Kid

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 20,976

Release year: 1994

Pat Morita reprised his role as martial arts mentor Mr. Miyagi in "The Next Karate Kid," the fourth installment in "The Karate Kid" film franchise that traded Daniel LaRusso’s Ralph Macchio character for a new one played by Hilary Swank. It was a colossal critical and commercial failure, garnering negative reviews and earning only a fraction of what its three predecessors made at the box office thereby killing the franchise until its 2010 reboot.

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Dark Castle Entertainment

#59. Getaway

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 21,233

Release year: 2013

Ethan Hawke played a man who must drive around and obey the orders of a mysterious man voiced by Jon Voight in an effort to save his kidnapped wife in "Getaway." Disney star Selena Gomez also starred in the film, which fizzled upon opening with $4.5 million in ninth-place at the box office. The movie dropped 56 percent in its second weekend and closed its theatrical run with only $10.5 million against an $18 million budget.

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20th Century Fox

#58. Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 22,117

Release year: 2011

After the massive success of 2000’s "Big Momma’s House" ($117.6 million) and moderate success of 2006’s "Big Momma’s House 2" ($70.2 million), 20th Century Fox essentially killed the Martin Lawrence-led franchise with Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son. Jascha Washington declined to reprise his role as Lawrence’s character’s son from the original film, leading to the casting of Brandon T. Jackson in the threequel, which couldn’t even break $38 million at the U.S. box office.

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20th Century Fox

#57. Snatched

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 24,472

Release year: 2017

"Snatched," the most recently released movie on this list, paired Goldie Hawn with Amy Schumer as a mother and daughter whose exotic vacation goes horribly awry. The movie was Hawn’s first appearance in a film since 2002’s The Banger Sisters—and it may be awhile before she appears in another if the film’s generally negative reception is any indication.

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Warner Bros.

#56. Kangaroo Jack

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 25,715

Release year: 2003

In "Kangaroo Jack," Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson played friends whose dealings with the mob require them to deliver $50,000 to Australia only to lose the cash to a wild kangaroo. The movie was originally conceived as an action-packed mob-comedy but was later retooled as an animal flick that was marketed to kids despite featuring themes inappropriate for young audiences. The result was a critical failure that frustrated parents and barely broke even at the box office.

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Happy Madison Productions

#55. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 28,361

Release year: 2015

Six years after the surprising success of Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Kevin James returned to the role in a sequel whose final gross was less than half that of its predecessor ($71 million vs. $146.3 million). However, the Vegas-set "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" was still considered profitable thanks to its modest $30 million budget even if critics and audiences agreed it was just the same old segway on a shiny new track.

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20th Century Fox

#54. Taxi

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 35,984

Release year: 2004

"Taxi" paired Queen Latifah with Jimmy Fallon as a feisty cabdriver and an inept cop, respectively, on a mission to take down Brazilian bank robbers in New York City. The movie, which was a remake of a French flick that has spawned several sequels, performed decently at the box office despite its generally negative reviews.

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New Line Cinema

#53. Jason X

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 43,386

Release year: 2001

"Jason X" traded Camp Crystal Lake for a spaceship as classic movie monster Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" film franchise got a futuristic new look. The film is the lowest grossing installment in the franchise with $13.1 million but has since seen a surge in popularity and appreciation among fans who defend the film for its creative death sequences and its ability to poke fun at itself.

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Columbia Pictures

#52. xXx: State of the Union

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 60,472

Release year: 2005

Vin Diesel briefly handed over the reigns of the "xXx" film franchise to Ice Cube for "xXx: State of the Union," a sequel to the 2002 movie in which Diesel played an extreme sports athlete who is recruited by the government for a special mission. The new recruit concept did not sit well with moviegoers, whose low theater-attendance resulted in a final domestic gross of $26.9 milliona far cry from its predecessor’s $142.1 million.

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Screen Gems

#51. Ultraviolet

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 74,520

Release year: 2006

Milla Jovovich played a woman who is infected with a virus and develops superhuman powers in the futuristic action flick "Ultraviolet." Despite the movie earning just $18.5 million at the U.S. box office against a $30 million budget, its legacy continues in the forms of a novelization and an anime series titled Ultraviolet: Code 044.

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Relativity Media

#50. Skyline

IMDb rating: 4.4

IMDb votes: 81,085

Release year: 2010

In "Skyline," people in Los Angeles are drawn outside by strange lights in the sky that then suck them up into oblivion. Despite a slew of negative reviews, the movie was a financial successespecially in overseas marketsgrossing $66.8 million against a $10 million budget. A sequel titled "Beyond Skyline" was released with far less fanfare in 2017.

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Warner Bros.

#49. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

IMDb rating: 4.3

IMDb votes: 11,625

Release year: 2010

It took Warner Bros. nine years to produce a sequel to its 2001 hit "Cats & Dogs." Whereas its predecessor took a look behind the scenes at the war between the two most common household pets and grossed $93.4 million at the U.S. box office, "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" saw the two species joining forces and only grossed $43.6 millionabout half of its production budget.

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Warner Bros.

#48. Supergirl

IMDb rating: 4.3

IMDb votes: 15,778

Release year: 1984

DC Comics heroine "Supergirl" got her own major motion picture, a spinoff from the classic "Superman" film franchise in which Christopher Reeve played the popular superhero. Helen Slater donned the famous red cape for the film, which failed to impress critics and moviegoers in the same way that the title character’s male counterpart’s films had.

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Revolution Studios

#47. Zoom

IMDb rating: 4.3

IMDb votes: 16,482

Release year: 2006

In "Zoom," Tim Allen played a former superhero who is tasked with transforming a group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a secret academy. The movie reportedly cost $75 million to make but only grossed $12.5 million worldwide, making it a rare misfire among Allen’s streak of successful family films like "The Santa Clause," "Galaxy Quest," and "Wild Hogs."

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Banaroya Pictures

#46. Cell

IMDb rating: 4.3

IMDb votes: 19,560

Release year: 2016

Cell proved that even the King of Horror himself Stephen King is not immune to failure as his novel about a mysterious cell phone signal that causes apocalyptic chaos was adapted for the big screen with disastrous results. After being juggled around between various distributors and having its world premiere at FrightFest canceled, the film was finally dumped onto video-on-demand accompanied by a very limited theatrical release.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

#45. Species II

IMDb rating: 4.3

IMDb votes: 24,417

Release year: 1998

Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, and Marg Helgenberger reprised their roles from 1995’s "Species" for a sequel in which an astronaut gets infected with alien DNA during the first mission on Mars. Whereas its predecessor grossed $60.1 million at the U.S. box office, "Species II" grossed a mere $19.2 million. As a result of its failure, future installments premiered on television and home video instead of in theaters.

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Columbia Pictures

#44. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

IMDb rating: 4.3

IMDb votes: 97,554

Release year: 2011

In "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," Nicolas Cage reprised his role as Marvel Comics antihero Johnny Blazea stunt motorcyclist who exchanges his soul for a cure for his father's cancer and becomes a hell-blazing vigilante in the process. Both films received generally negative reviews but the reviews of the sequel were decidedly worse and its final domestic gross was less than half that of its predecessor ($51.8 million vs. $115.8 million).

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20th Century Fox

#43. Fantastic Four

IMDb rating: 4.3

IMDb votes: 131,131

Release year: 2015

"Fantastic Four" was 20th Century Fox’s attempt to reboot the Marvel Comics superhero franchise that had previously materialized on the big screen with a 2005 film and its 2007 sequel that were commercial hits despite being panned by critics. However, the supposedly new-and-improved version starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan was still panned by critics while also being a financial failure. It had a domestic box office gross of $56.1 million against a $120 million budget. Ironically, it is also the only film in the franchise to appear on this list.

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Warner Bros.

#42. Fair Game

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 10,897

Release year: 1995

Supermodel Cindy Crawford tried her hand at acting as a civil law attorney who requires the protection of a cop played by William Baldwin in "Fair Game," a film that remains her sole starring roleperhaps due in part to the project’s disappointing $11.5 million domestic gross against a $50 million budget. Crawford has since said she never wanted to appear in the movie but still does not regret doing so.

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StudioCanal

#41. Thunderbirds

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 11,983

Release year: 2004

The 1960s television series "Thunderbirds" was adapted into a big screen adventure starring Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, and Ben Kingsley. The movie traded the television series’ trademark “Supermarionation” puppetry for live-action with the hope of having mass appeal. Nonetheless, audiences demonstrated disinterest in the project that materialized in the form of a $6.9 million domestic gross against a $57 million budget.

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Grindstone Entertainment Group

#40. Vice

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 13,590

Release year: 2015

"Vice" marks Bruce Willis’s fourth and final appearance on this list, this time as the operator of a resort whose clientele can act out their wildest fantasies with androids. Similar to the actor’s other repertoire on this list, the movie skipped a theatrical run in the U.S. and was instead dumped directly onto home video where its earnings total just above $1.3 million.

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Wing Commander Productions

#39. Wing Commander

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 15,303

Release year: 1999

In "Wing Commander," which was loosely based on the video game series by the same title, Freddie Prinze Jr. played a fighter pilot who joins an interstellar war against evil forces trying to destroy the universe. Prinze has since derided the movie, which grossed $11.6 million in U.S. theaters against a $30 million budget.

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Franchise Pictures

#38. A Sound of Thunder

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 17,471

Release year: 2005

Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack, and Ben Kingsley starred in "A Sound of Thunder," a sci-fi flick based on Ray Bradbury’s short story about “time tourists” whose interference with the past has serious repercussions on the present. Pierce Brosnan and Renny Harlin, who had originally signed onto the film before dropping out, escaped the wrath of not only the movie’s monsters but also the critics who panned the project and the moviegoers who refused to show up in theaters. Its $1.9 million domestic gross against an $80 million budget is deafening.

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Dimension Films

#37. Spy Kids 3: Game Over

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 45,818

Release year: 2003

The "Spy Kids" franchise’s attempt to cash in on the 3-D craze with "Spy Kids 3: Game Over" paid off with the series’ highest-grossing opening weekend and a final domestic gross of $111.8 millionnearly identical to the franchise’s first installment. However, critics and audiences generally agree the family film starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, and Sylvester Stallone is more gimmick than good.

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Summit Entertainment

#36. The Legend of Hercules

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 48,680

Release year: 2014

Kellan Lutz portrayed the titular mythical Greek hero in "The Legend of Hercules." Released a mere six months after another cinematic adaptation in which Dwayne Johnson portrayed the figure, the movie garnered far more negative reviews and was a box office bomb with a domestic gross of $18.8 million against a $70 million budget.

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Paramount Pictures

#35. The Last Airbender

IMDb rating: 4.2

IMDb votes: 130,311

Release year: 2010

M. Night Shyamalan's attempt to adapt Nickelodeon's animated "Avatar: The Last Airbender" series into a live-action major motion picture was met with scathing reviews but still somehow managed to earn $319.7 million worldwide. Shyamalan continues to defend his vision for "The Last Airbender" even while the original series’ creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have said they wish the movie didn’t exist.

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Interlight Pictures

#34. The Patriot

IMDb rating: 4.1

IMDb votes: 10,724

Release year: 1998

Not to be confused with the exceptional 2000 film by the same name starring Mel Gibson, "The Patriot" stars Steven Seagal as a doctor who must find a cure for a lethal virus that has been unleashed by a militia leader. Loosely based on William C. Heine’s novel "The Last Canadian" and criticized for featuring very little action, the movie was Seagal’s first project to skip a theatrical run in favor of a direct-to-home-video release.

 

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TriStar Pictures

#33. Universal Soldier: The Return

IMDb rating: 4.1

IMDb votes: 25,702

Release year: 1999

Jean-Claude Van Damme reprised his role as a reanimated soldier in "Universal Soldier: The Return" seven years after the first film in the franchise. Its $10.7 million domestic box office gross paled in comparison to the $36.3 million its predecessor made. As a result, the series’ subsequent installments either received very limited theatrical runs or skipped theaters altogether and premiered on television.

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Universal Pictures

#32. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

IMDb rating: 4.1

IMDb votes: 34,381

Release year: 1992

Even Sylvester Stallone himself admits "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" is the worst movie in which he has ever starred. The actor has said that he regrets playing a police sergeant whose overbearing mother meddles in his life and his career in the film. Arnold Schwarzenegger has also admitted to feigning interest in the project, which he knew was a stinker based on the script, so that Stallone would become jealous and try to steal it from him.

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Davis/Panzer Productions

#31. Highlander II: The Quickening

IMDb rating: 4.1

IMDb votes: 39,428

Release year: 1991

The second installment in the "Highlander" film franchise and the final of three to appear on this list, "Highlander: The Quickening" is the series’ highest-grossing entry with $15.6 million at the U.S. box office. However, it is often referred to by critics and fans alike as the worst in the series and also one of the worst movies of all time.

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Walt Disney Pictures

#30. Inspector Gadget

IMDb rating: 4.1

IMDb votes: 39,903

Release year: 1999

Walt Disney Pictures adapted the 80s cartoon series "Inspector Gadget" into a live-action major motion picture starring Matthew Broderick. The family film’s mass appeal helped propel it to a domestic box office gross of $97.4 million, overcoming a wave of negative reviews from critics.

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Threshhold Entertainment

#29. Beowulf

IMDb rating: 4.0

IMDb votes: 10,246

Release year: 1999

Christopher Lambert portrayed the title character in "Beowulf," a sci-fi update of the famous Old English epic poem. Common criticisms of the film include its corny dialogue and over-reliance on camp, which are also qualities that some have cited as reasons the movie is so bad its good.

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Warner Bros.

#28. Torque

IMDb rating: 4.0

IMDb votes: 25,058

Release year: 2004

In "Torque," Martin Henderson played a biker who is framed for murder and must clear his name while also being hunted by the victim’s brother, played by Ice Cube. Despite being panned by critics and underperforming at the box office with a $21.2 million domestic gross against a $40 million budget, the movie has since gained a cult following among sports-bike enthusiasts.

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Orion Pictures

#27. RoboCop 3

IMDb rating: 4.0

IMDb votes: 39,243

Release year: 1993

Skimping on satire and graphic violence in favor of a more family-friendly approach, this film's box office gross was a fraction of that of its two more grown-up predecessors. The movie’s director has since publically taken the blame for project’s failure, admitting that the RoboCop character lends itself to satire and graphic violence and does not belong in a family flick.

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Castle Rock Entertainment

#26. The Adventures of Pluto Nash

IMDb rating: 3.8

IMDb votes: 21,656

Release year: 2002

Eddie Murphy played a man struggling to keep his lunar nightclub out of the hands of the mafia in the sci-fi action comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash," a movie that is often referred to as one of the biggest box office bombs of all time thanks to its meager $7.1 million worldwide gross against a $100 million budget. The film has since performed slightly better on home video.

 

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20th Century Fox

#25. In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

IMDb rating: 3.8

IMDb votes: 40,575

Release year: 2007

"In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," director Uwe Boll’s second of several movies on this list, starred Jason Statham as a man in a pseudo-medieval kingdom who sets out to rescue his kidnapped wife and avenge his son’s death. The movie boats Boll’s largest production budget at $60 milliona travesty considering it only managed to pull $4.8 million in the U.S. Despite its commercial and critical failure, the director has since gone on to make two sequels that were delegated directly to home video.

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Capcom Entertainment

#24. Street Fighter

IMDb rating: 3.8

IMDb votes: 57,341

Release year: 1994

The "Street Fighter" video game series was adapted into a major motion picture starring Jean-Claude Van Damme that was met with negative reviews across the board from critics who called it noisy and overblown. However, fans of the franchise still showed up in theaters to the tune of $99.4 million worldwide, making the movie a commercial success.

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20th Century Fox

#23. Speed 2: Cruise Control

IMDb rating: 3.8

IMDb votes: 65,604

Release year: 1997

Thanks to "Speed"’$121.2 million domestic take against a $30 million budget, producers at 20th Century Fox could have had a surefire hit with "Speed 2: Cruise Control." Maybe it was the replacement of Sandra Bullock’s original co-star Keanu Reeves with Jason Patric, or perhaps it was the substitution of the film’s speeding-bus setting with a slow-moving ship, but the sequel only managed to muster a $48.6 million domestic gross against an inflated $160 million budget.

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Capcom Entertainment

#22. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

IMDb rating: 3.7

IMDb votes: 20,968

Release year: 2009

Producers at 20th Century Fox hoped to duplicate the commercial success of their first "Street Fighter" film with a reboot, albeit 15 years later. However, the Kristin Kreuk-led "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" garnered its predecessor’s poor critical reception without its box office prosperity. The film fizzled upon release with only $4.7 million in eighth place and an ultimate worldwide total of just $12.8 million.

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New Line Cinema

#21. Dungeons & Dragons

IMDb rating: 3.7

IMDb votes: 29,138

Release year: 2000

Video games are not the only properties that fail to adapt successfully as major motion pictures as evident by "Dungeons & Dragons," a fantasy flick that was inspired by the age-old roleplaying game. Even director Courtney Solomon has taken aim at the movie, which starred Jeremy Irons, Justin Whalin, and Marlon Wayans, citing its quality was a result of not only interference from investors and license-holders but also his own inexperience in filmmaking.

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Warner Bros.

#20. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

IMDb rating: 3.7

IMDb votes: 36,910

Release year: 1987

Even the Man of Steel himself is fallible as "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" brought an end to the superhero’s reign on the big screen for 19 years. Critics claimed the movie’s Kryptonite to be its slow pace and cheap-looking special effects. The film accounts for only 5 percent of the original Superman series’ combined domestic box office gross of $318.1 million.

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Warner Bros.

#19. The Avengers

IMDb rating: 3.7

IMDb votes: 37,326

Release year: 1998

Not to be confused with Marvel Comics hit superhero film franchise of the same name, "The Avengers" was based on a 1960s British television series. Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, and Sean Connery starred in the spy flick, which was derided by critics for its poor casting, confusing editing, and inability to capture the mood of its source material.

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New Line Cinema

#18. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

IMDb rating: 3.7

IMDb votes: 39,897

Release year: 1997

The first attempt to translate the popular video game series "Mortal Kombat" into a major motion picture resulted in an impressive $122.2 million worldwide box office gross. However, the sequel was unable to duplicate its predecessor’s commercial success, managing only $51.4 million. The game’s co-creator Ed Boon has since called "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" the worst moment in the history of the franchise.

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Warner Bros.

#17. Batman & Robin

IMDb rating: 3.7

IMDb votes: 207,359

Release year: 1997

After several successful installments, director Joel Schumacher momentarily killed the "Batman" film franchise with "Batman & Robin," which garnered negative reviews for its more family-friendly approach and boasts the lowest box office gross of the series. George Clooney starred as the title superhero alongside Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Uma Thurman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The failure was so colossal that it required director Christopher Nolan to take a drastically different approach to revive the Dark Knight seven years later.

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Franchise Pictures

#16. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

IMDb rating: 3.6

IMDb votes: 17,526

Release year: 2002

Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu played opposing secret agents who must join forces to fight a common enemy in "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever," which holds the title of the worst reviewed movie in the history of aggregator Rotten Tomatoes thanks to its record 116 reviews and 0 percent score. Critics were not the only ones unimpressed with the flick as audiences also failed to show up in theaters, resulting in a $19.9 million worldwide box office gross against a $70 million budget.

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Younggu Art

#15. Dragon Wars: D-War

IMDb rating: 3.6

IMDb votes: 22,230

Release year: 2007

"Dragon Wars: D-War" holds the honor of being the highest-budgeted South Korean film of all time, costing a reported $99 million to make. Unfortunately, it was a gamble that production company Younggu Art likely regrets as the giant creature feature’s $64.1 million foreign gross accompanied by its $11 million box office take in the U.S. fell short of that high bar.

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Paramount Pictures

#14. Dance Flick

IMDb rating: 3.5

IMDb votes: 10,676

Release year: 2009

The Wayans family had hoped to capitalize on the popularity of movies like "Step Up," "Save the Last Dance," "Footloose," and "Stomp the Yard" with their simply titled spoof, "Dance Flick." Not only did the action comedy fail to reach the heights of the movies it lampooned but it is also failed to be as commercially successful as the Wayans’ other genre spoofs "Scary Movie" and "A Haunted House." It broke even at the box office with a domestic gross of $25.7 millionagainst a $25 budget.

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Dimension Films

#13. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World

IMDb rating: 3.5

IMDb votes: 18,040

Release year: 2011

Eight years after the release of "Spy Kids 3: Game Over," director Robert Rodriguez attempted to rejuvenate the family film franchise with "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World," which included cameos from members of the original cast but was largely about new characters. However, its $38.5 million gross at the U.S. box office was a drop in the bucket compared to that of its predecessors. Child stars Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook have since gone on to have successful television careers with roles on "Girl Meets World" and "Speechless," respectively.

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Dimension Films

#12. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D

IMDb rating: 3.5

IMDb votes: 23,746

Release year: 2005

Robert Rodriguez attempted to duplicate the commercial success his "Spy Kids 3: Game Over" experienced with 3-D technology by incorporating it into "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D." However, the family film barely broke even at the box office and was met with negative reviews from critics and moviegoers alike. It failed to launch another franchise for Rodriguez but it did launch "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner’s career.

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Warner Bros.

#11. Catwoman

IMDb rating: 3.3

IMDb votes: 95,729

Release year: 2004

Halle Berry takes on the Catwoman outfit for a standalone adventure featuring the DC Comics character, who is known for being one of Batman’s greatest adversaries. Critics lambasted the movie, with some saying they outright hated it and others suggesting Berry surrender the Academy Award she won two years earlier for her performance in "Monster’s Ball." It wasn’t catnip to audiences either, grossing just $40.2 million at the U.S. box office against a $100 million budget.

 

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Dark Horse Entertainment

#10. Barb Wire

IMDb rating: 3.2

IMDb votes: 22,050

Release year: 1996

Pamela Anderson played the title role in "Barb Wire," a big screen adaptation of the "Dark Horse" comic book series by the same name about a nightclub owner and part-time bounty hunter. Grossing just $3.8 million at the U.S. box office and garnering negative reviews from critics who said it took itself too seriously, hopes for future installments were dashed and plans for tie-in video games were canceled.

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Boll KG Productions

#9. Far Cry

IMDb rating: 3.1

IMDb votes: 12,048

Release year: 2008

"Far Cry," director Uwe Boll’s third film on this list, was adapted from the video game series of the same title. Critics used the movie to appeal to video game companies’ sensibilities when handing the rights to their properties over to directors who may be ill-equipped at realizing them on the big screen. Game developer Ubisoft has since announced plans to give the property another go with a new movie.

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Stoney Lake Entertainment

#8. Left Behind

IMDb rating: 3.1

IMDb votes: 29,652

Release year: 2014

Nicolas Cage’s third and final appearance on this list is for "Left Behind," an apocalyptic action flick based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’s Christian book series by the same name. Critics for general media were not the only ones who berated the film for its clunky direction, cheap-looking special effects, and wooden acting. Even critics for Christian publications admitted the movie was a not much of a success.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

#7. Rollerball

IMDb rating: 3.0

IMDb votes: 23,294

Release year: 2002

A remake of the 1975 film of the same name, "Rollerball" starred Chris Klein, LL Cool J, and Rebecca Romijn as competitors in a violent sport. It failed to have much of an impact at the box office, grossing just $25.9 million worldwide against a $70 million budget, and critics called it an “incoherent mess.” William Harrison, the writer of the short story on which the films were based, has been quoted saying he has no interest in seeing the movie.

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Boll KG Productions

#6. BloodRayne

IMDb rating: 2.9

IMDb votes: 31,822

Release year: 2005

"BloodRayne," director Uwe Boll’s fourth film on this list, starred Kristanna Loken as a vampire who escapes from a freak show and joins a group of vampire slayers to hunt down and kill the man who raped her mother. Even one of the film’s stars Michael Madsen has called it “an abomination ... a horrifying and preposterous movie” while Laura Bailey, who voiced the title character in the video games on which the film was based, has criticized its quality.

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20th Century Fox

#5. Dragonball: Evolution

IMDb rating: 2.6

IMDb votes: 62,486

Release year: 2009

"Dragonball: Evolution," based on the Japanese manga "Dragon Ball," was met with condemnation from both critics and fans who agreed the movie was confusing and lackluster with no appeal to anyone whatsoever. "Dragon Ball" creator Akira Toriyama has expressed his disappointment in the project, saying that the film’s producers refused to listen to his ideas. Screenwriter Ben Ramsey has since taken the blame for the movie’s “sub-optimal” quality and offered a public apology.

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Franchise Pictures

#4. Battlefield Earth

IMDb rating: 2.4

IMDb votes: 69,797

Release year: 2000

John Travolta starred in "Battlefield Earth," a big screen adaptation of L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi novel of the same name. Echoing themes of Scientology, it is commonly referred to as one of the worst films of all time due to its ugly production design, campy approach and lackluster actingamong many other reasons. The movie mustered only $27.7 million worldwide against a $73 million budget, permanently suspending Travolta’s plans for a sequel.

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Boll KG Productions

#3. Alone in the Dark

IMDb rating: 2.3

IMDb votes: 39,411

Release year: 2005

"Alone in the Dark," director Uwe Boll’s fifth film on this list, starred Christian Slater as a supernatural detective who is the protagonist of the video game series on which the movie is based. The flick, whose cast also included Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff, was met with atrocious reviews and a $10.4 million worldwide box office grosshalf that of that film’s production budget. Blair Erickson, a writer who developed one of the film’s first drafts, has since publically written about how Boll destroyed what could have been a good movie.

 

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Boll KG Productions

#2. House of the Dead

IMDb rating: 2.0

IMDb votes: 33,722

Release year: 2003

In "House of the Dead," director Uwe Boll’s sixth and final film on this list, a group of college students encounters bloodthirsty zombies while attending a rave on a mysterious island. The video game-inspired movie may have been Boll’s highest grossing project with $13.8 million in ticket sales worldwide, but it is also widely considered his worst. Critics have since dubbed Boll the “dark god of bad video game movies.”

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Tiglon/Zero Film

#1. Turks in Space

IMDb rating: 1.9

IMDb votes: 14,620

Release year: 2006

"Turks in Space," a sci-fi action comedy in which a family of Turks attempts to adapt to life in a new solar system, is the sequel to "The Man Who Saved the World," a 1982 movie that has been dubbed “Turkish Star Wars” as a result of its use of unauthorized footage from Star Wars and other sci-fi flicks. Fans of the campy original complain that the sequel’s use of its own CGI special effects instead of “borrowing” them from other films make this a movie that is just bad instead of one that is so bad it’s good.

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