31 Of The Most Ridiculous Films That Actors Should Be Ashamed Of
Even the biggest movie stars in the world aren't immune to the occasional bomb. Here is a list of 31 of the most ridiculous films of all time that the actors who starred in them should most certainly be ashamed of.
1. Die Another Day - Pierce Brosnan
"Die Another Day," at least on paper, looked incredibly promising. It was the 20th film in the James Bond franchise that has been released by EON Pictures.
It was the fourth film in the series to star Pierce Brosnan, who had made a significant name for himself after huge hits like "Goldeneye" and "Tomorrow Never Dies."
The producers of the franchise, the Broccoli family, said that it was going to be a celebration of the long and storied history that Bond experienced in cinema. When the film was finally released, it was obvious just how wrong they were.
"Die Another Day" is a terrible film with arguably the most ridiculous plot that has ever been in a Bond film. Even Sir Roger Moore called in the most over the top Bond film of all time - and he was the first Bond in space.
Pierce Brosnan phoned in an absolutely dreadful performance that was second only to Halle Berry's, who was fresh off an Oscar win at the time.
2. Gigli - Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
"Gigli" was a film that was released at the height of "Bennifer" mania.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, two of the most popular celebrities of the 2000s, were a couple that was talked about in the press heavily at the time of the film's release.
"Gigli" was supposed to pair the two together in a crime-based romantic comedy that would play off that inherent chemistry.
Martin Brest, director of such classics as "Beverly Hills Cop," was set to direct a supporting cast that included Al Pacino and Christopher Walken.
The film turned out to be a huge disaster that cost several of the main actors their careers. Jennifer Lopez was no longer considered a bankable leading lady and Ben Affleck suffered a career downturn that he has only recently begun to pull himself out of.
The film's plot, which features a hitman who successfully gets a lesbian hitwoman to fall in love with him all while taking care of a mentally handicapped young man that he kidnapped in an ill-conceived extortion attempt, was somehow not the most ridiculous part of the whole affair. If Ben Affleck didn't go on to have a successful career as a director, he may have never worked again after this bomb.
3. Catwoman - Halle Berry
"Catwoman" is the second in a long line of films that Halle Berry should be absolutely ashamed of. The project started life as something of a sequel to 1992's "Batman Returns."
That film featured Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in a performance that was well received at the time. Legend has it that the film took so long to get off the ground that Pfeiffer was no longer interested in returning.
The producers instead turned to Halle Berry, fresh off her Oscar win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.
The film represents the classic DC Comics character essentially in name only - it bears little resemblance to either "Batman Returns" or the comic books featuring the title character.
Halle Berry turns in a performance so odd that it's a wonder she ever won an Oscar at all. That's to say nothing of the massive amount of money the film lost.
After being panned by both comic book fans and critics alike, nobody went to see it and the movie lost a huge amount of money at the box office. Halle Berry has yet to prove herself a viable action star, even if she does look good in a skintight outfit.
4. Green Lantern - Ryan Reynolds
"Green Lantern" is a film that had everything going for it - at least on paper. It was directed by Martin Campbell, the man who not once but twice successfully reinvented James Bond.
Campbell directed Pierce Brosnan's first Bond film in 1995 with "Goldeneye" and would capture lightning in a bottle yet again in 2006 with Daniel Craig's first outing, "Casino Royale."
It also starred bankable action hero Ryan Reynolds as the title character. The fact that it was a movie based on one of the most popular DC Comics characters who isn't named Batman or Superman also helped a great deal. The resulting movie, though, was a mess of epic proportions.
Warner Brothers was trying desperately to launch their own cinematic series of superhero films after Marvel Studios had a huge amount of success with "Thor," "Iron Man" and "The Avengers."
Because it was taking so long to get a "Superman" film off the ground and because Christopher Nolan's "Batman" films didn't lend themselves to group heroics, "Green Lantern" was supposed to be the first film in the series. The film instead resulted in a bomb so big you could probably see it easily from space, even if you weren't really looking for it.
5. X-Men: The Last Stand - Hugh Jackman
"X-Men: The Last Stand" is another film that should have been massively successful.
At least in terms of finances, it didn't actually bomb. At the time of its release it was the highest grossing film in the "X-Men" series, which was one of Fox's hottest properties.
The issue comes from a changeover in creative teams. The director from the first two films, Bryan Singer, left 20th entury Fox to make "Superman Returns" for Warner Brothers.
Fox was reportedly furious and wanted a third X-Men movie to come out before Singer's Superman - no matter what.
The result is a film that feels hugely rushed and overly crowded at the same time. Instead of following the story of the comics or focusing on the emotion of the characters, "X-Men: The Last Stand" instead crams as much action as possible into a laughably small running time.
The film was such a disaster with critics and comic book fans that Fox instead chose to focus on a Wolverine spin-off franchise. When the X-Men series of films finally returned, it was done in the form of the rebooted "X-Men: First Class." "X-Men: The Last Stand" was directed by Brett Ratner, who has clearly never read a comic book.
6. Waterworld - Kevin Costner
If you look up information about some of the most troubled film shoots in the history of Hollywood, "Waterworld" will always get a mention in anything that you find.
Entire books have been written about how laughably bad all aspects of "Waterworld" are. "Waterworld" was a film that started out expensive and got more and more costly as time went on.
The film's director and Kevin Costner, the film's star, reportedly hated each other so much that they stopped speaking at one point. It's hard to make a movie when the director and the lead actor won't even look at each other, let alone talk to one another.
Joss Whedon, writer and director of hit films like "The Avengers," reportedly spent two weeks on set rewriting the script and trying to get it into shape. He still describes it as one of the most depressing times in his life to this day.
Even though "Waterworld" didn't necessarily lose any money, it still didn't make any money, either. It goes down as one of the most costly movies that resulted in a disaster to this day. Kevin Costner didn't return to the science fiction genre until 2013's "Man of Steel," a film which he (thankfully) didn't star in.
7. The Lone Ranger - Johnny Depp
Disney's "The Lone Ranger" is an example of what happens when someone isn't on set to tell a director "No."
The film, which starred Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, was made by the same team who produced the hit films in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
Just a short few days before production was set to begin, Disney pulled the plug and sent everyone home. The company cited concerns over the increasing budget.
When one of the most profitable companies in human history is telling you your movie is too expensive, you know you're spending too much money.
After reining in the budget, the filmmakers tried again. The resulting film was as long as it is boring - that is to say, it's a very long film.
The film lost a huge amount of money at the box office and may have damaged Johnny Depp's brand permanently. His next major film to be released, the 2014 movie "Transcendence," was also a box office bomb.
It was reported in the press at the time that Disney may have lost as much as $100 million dollars on "The Lone Ranger" and possibly more. Thankfully they also put out those Marvel movies, which are definite money makers.
8. Jack the Giant Slayer - Nicholas Hoult
"Jack the Giant Slayer" is a film that goes a long way towards proving that even really talented filmmakers can still make a movie that nobody likes.
The film, which was a retelling of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fable that many people remember from their childhoods, was delayed three separate times.
The film essentially sat on a shelf for more than a year before Warner Brothers even considered releasing it again.
The result was a film that few people went to see and even fewer people actually liked. It was directed by the genuinely talented Bryan Singer, who helmed movies like "The Usual Suspects" and "X2: X-Men United."
Depending on who you believe, the blame for the "Jack the Giant Slayer" disaster either falls with the studio or with the director.
The studio claims that Bryan Singer consistently went over budget on the film's effects sequences, which cost the overall budget to balloon to heights that even a mega hit wouldn't have been able to survive.
Bryan Singer claims that Warner Brothers constantly interfered with the production, resulting in a film that compromised his vision artistically. The truth of the matter is that the movie isn't very good, regardless of who is to blame.
9. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
"Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" was a disaster so bad that it bankrupted an entire company.
This is another in a long line of films that looked great on paper. It was based on the popular "Final Fantasy" series of video games that had been breaking records on the Sony PlayStation home video game console.
It was even made by the people who made the games, which went a long way towards getting series fans on board.
It also had groundbreaking special effects that still look great to this day. The film is fully animated and still looks terrific, even ten years after its release.
The issue with "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" is that it is very clearly a film that was designed by a committee. The story tries to hard to both appeal to the widest possible audience and to die-hard fans of the video game.
The resulting film is a mess, though it is one of the prettiest cinematic messes of all time. The film cost over $100 million dollars to make and only took in about 1/10th of that total. It was the first (and last) film that Square ever released in the United States of America.
10. Land of the Lost - Will Ferrell
Though it may be difficult to remember now, there was a time when Will Ferrell was one of the most bankable movie stars on the planet.
He released several films a year and many of them were huge box office hits. Most of them weren't, however, critically acclaimed.
However, because they were making so much money, it was hard to classify them as "cult" hits. A "cult" film is usually one with a small but loyal audience. Ferrell's audience was anything but small.
All of that changed with the release of "Land of the Lost," which is a movie that is not only bad but also lost a huge amount of money for the studio. It damaged Ferrell's brand permanently.
It was based on the classic children's television show of the same name, but tried to be both faithful to the show and poke fun at it.
It tried to do what "The Brady Bunch" movie from the 1990s did for that show - display what people liked about it and still poke fun at it.
The "Land of the Lost" movie, however, is almost contemptuous towards the show it's based on. That didn't sit right with fans and the fact that it is almost aggressively unfunny didn't sit right with anyone else.
11. The Adventures of Pluto Nash - Eddie Murphy
"The Adventures of Pluto Nash" is another in a long line of situations where one comedian got a little bit too big, so to speak.
Eddie Murphy was one of the biggest movie stars of all time, starting with films like "Beverly Hills Cop" in the 1980s.
Eddie Murphy exploded onto the scene as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" and he became a sensation almost overnight.
Even throughout the 1990s, Eddie Murphy released hit film after hit film. He had been a huge box office draw for so long that many people assumed he was a permanent star.
"The Adventures of Pluto Nash" proved otherwise. Not only was it one of the least funny science fiction comedies of all time, but it was also one of the most expensive.
Because nobody went to see it, it will also go down in history as one of the biggest flops of all time. It is still one of the biggest bombs in the history of cinema even a full 10 years after its original release.
Eddie Murphy hasn't had a hit film since around the same time. The two are most definitely related. Murphy has released other films since then, but they've almost all flopped.
12. Heaven's Gate - Michael Cimino (director)
"Heaven's Gate" is a box office bomb so legendary that it bankrupted a major studio.
Books have been written and documentaries have been made about how legendarily bad this movie is.
"Heaven's Gate" is an example of cinematic hubris that almost works as a time capsule of sorts.
It's a movie that only could have been made in the 1970s, where big studios were giving complete creative freedom to true cinematic auteurs.
The film's director, Michael Cimino, had just won several Academy Awards for his last film, "The Deer Hunter." United Artists gave Cimino a huge amount of money and unlimited freedom to make his next epic.
The result is a bizarre, incomprehensible three-hour western where people dance for huge portions of its running time.
It's been cut and recut and rereleased in several different versions since its original theatrical run, but none of them have actually been any good. Michael Cimino has barely worked in the last 40 years as a result.
It also has a variety of bizarre sound issues where it's hard to hear the dialog for much of the film. The film was recently released in a new, third version that was recut by Cimino himself on Blu-ray and DVD by The Criterion Collection.
13. A Good Day to Die Hard - Bruce Willis
"A Good Day to Die Hard" is the fifth (and hopefully final) film in the "Die Hard" franchise.
Where Bruce Willis was once one of the most fun and bankable action stars on planet Earth, "A Good Day to Die Hard" is a movie starring an old man who is clearly unhappy that people are still forcing him to make these types of movies.
Willis looks completely disinterested in everything around him for much of the film's running time. That's probably good, however, as the story is completely incomprehensible.
John McClane must go to Russia to rescue his CIA son from Russian terrorists who want... something. The film also shies away from what made "Die Hard" special in the first place - the fact that it didn't star a character who was an inherent action hero, but an underdog.
"A Good Day to Die Hard" is just another bad, boring action film in a long, sad history of these types of movies. The only thing that "A Good Day to Die Hard" is actually good for is making people appreciate what used to be the worst film in the series, "Live Free or Die Hard." That movie doesn't seem quite so bad by comparison.
14. Suburban Commando - Hulk Hogan and Christopher Lloyd
"Suburban Commando" is a bizarre comedy that could only have been released in the early 1990s.
It starred Hulk Hogan (at the height of both WWF popularity and "Hulk-a-mania") as an alien warrior who comes to Earth and ends up babysitting the kids of Christopher Lloyd.
There is a long, odd history of Worldwide Wrestling Federation stars acting in movies that are so bad they're good. "Suburban Commando," on the other hand, is "so bad you want to take your DVD copy out of the player and run it over with your car."
Even the great Christopher Lloyd can't save the nonsense going on around him. "Suburban Commando" may also have been the film that (thankfully) put the final bullet in Hulk Hogan's acting career.
After the film was released, the WWF star was forced back into the ring from which he came. One of the only wrestling stars who would go on to have a viable career as an action hero was Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
After starring in "The Mummy Returns" and "The Scorpion King," he would go on to find huge success in films like "The Fast and the Furious" and "G.I. Joe," both of which spawned multiple sequels.
15. Judge Dredd - Sylvester Stallone
"Judge Dredd" is a film starring Sylvester Stallone that is based on the classic British comic book of the same name.
It's ironic that a movie star like Stallone would be cast as the titular judge, as part of the reason the comic is so popular has to do with the fact that you never see Dredd's face at any point.
So instead of making a movie that held true to the hardcore spirit of the orginal source material, Stallone instead opted to completely shun everything that was great about the comic (with the exception of the name).
Stallone's "Judge Dredd" suffers from being an unfunny action comedy that is also not thrilling in any way. It came out right as special effects were evolving into CGI and other computer techniques, but it didn't have effects that matched other hit movies from the time.
Stallone also didn't quite understand what made Judge Dredd popular. He takes off his mask at the beginning of the film and almost never puts it back on again.
His accent also makes him difficult to understand, which leads to a film that is as confusing as it is dull. Dredd fans wouldn't get another film based on the character for almost 20 years until the release of the film "Dredd" in 2013.
16. Daredevil - Ben Affleck
Much like Halle Berry, Affleck was almost ruined by a terrible superhero movie in the early 2000's. His flop was "Daredevil," which featured the talented actor as a blind superhero. Affleck hasn't been shy about bashing the film, calling it a huge mistake and poorly made. Now, Affleck is set to play Batman in a new movie, so hopefully it won't be another super mistake.
17. Battlefield Earth - John Travolta
The biggest flop of the year and listed as one of the worst movies ever made; the 'Battlefield Earth' displeased both the audience and the critiques alike. A science fiction with A-list actors like Travolta, and a big budget, was not destined for such a debacle. It was made on a budget of $73 million, earned $21 million at the box office, and went in the red with 71.23% of the budget. It won 7 'Razzie' awards, negative awards given to categories like the Worst Actor, Worst Picture, Worst Director, etc.
18. Jack and Jill - Al Pacino and Adam Sandler
Al Pacino is in everybody's discussion regarding the greatest actors of all time. Classic roles such as Michael Corleone, Tony Montana and Frank Scorpio established him as one of the best actors in the world during the 70's and 80's, but ever since he has aged a little, the quality of his performances has dropped dramatically. The last decade has been just awful for the great actor and he has appeared in garbage such as Gigli, Righteous Kill and 88 Minutes, but Jack and Jill is by far the most appalling thing he has appeared in, and he should be rightfully ashamed.
In the Adam Sandler 'comedy', Pacino seems to play a sort of exaggerated version of himself. That in itself could be a decent scenario for comedy, but the joke was in the trailer and the trailer was on television every other minute, so the only funny joke in the film was wasted in the trailer. Pacino actually seems to be giving it everything in the film, not something that could be said of some of his recent performances, but it's still depressing to see such a legendary actor in a film so dire.
19. Jonah Hex - Michael Fassbender
With the critical success he attained from the likes of Hunger and Shame, Michael Fassbender's appearance in the universally maligned Jonah Hex has gone largely forgotten, and I imagine there is nobody more thankful for that than Fassbender himself. Jonah Hex is such a bad movie and such a flop at the box office that everybody forgot about it within weeks. Star of the film Josh Brolin even admitted that it was terrible and a waste of all the talent involved as it also starred the likes of John Malkovich, Michael Shannon and Will Arnett.
The good thing about Jonah Hex is that everybody involved seems a little ashamed at the fact that it exists. Jonah Hex could very easily have harmed Fassbender's rapidly rising career, but it was given so little attention nobody noticed, but that doesn't excuse Fassbender from agreeing to be in such an atrocity.
20. Terminator Salvation - Christian Bale
Christian Bale's on set rant during the making of Terminator Salvation says more about his feelings on the film than anything. An incredibly intense individual at the best of times, it's impossible not to feel sorry for an actor that has to be directed by McG, let alone one as great as Bale who has worked with some of the best in the business such as Michael Mann, Terrence Malick and Werner Herzog.
Terminator Salvation wasn't just a crushing disappointment, it was a genuinely bad film that had pretty much nothing going for it as Bale was mis-cast and Sam Worthington offered literally nothing to the proceedings. For an actor like Bale who takes his work very seriously, there's no way he doesn't feel ashamed of Terminator: Salvation.
21. Jaws: The Revenge - Michael Caine
Despite Jaws: The Revenge being the sort of trashy movie you appear in when your career is just starting out, Michael Caine appeared in it at the height of his fame. Caine missed collecting his Academy Award for Hannah and Her Sisters because he was off filming one of the worst films ever made. Caine was supposed to be the icon from the likes of Get Carter, Dressed to Kill, Sleuth and Alfie, yet here he was in a B-movie that should be ashamed to have the Jaws name attached to it.
Caine's motivations for doing the film are still perplexing and his autobiography seems to suggest that he doesn't have the slightest bit of remorse for appearing in something so unholy. Jaws: The Revenge is a harder thing to watch than the rape sequence in Irreversible and Caine's lack of regret for appearing in the movie and pocketing the significantly sized cheque is disheartening.
22. The Wicker Man - Nicolas Cage
Merely mentioning Nicolas Cage's name now is met with groans and looks of derision, but he is genuinely a great actor, it's just been a long time since he's shown it. It's easy to forget he's an Academy Award winner and deservedly so for his heartbreaking performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Performances in Wild at Heart, Adaptation, Kick Ass and Bad Lieutenant prove that Cage is as good as any Hollywood actor when paired with a good director. Cage, unfortunately has become infamous for his manic and exaggerated performances in rubbish films such as Ghost Rider, Con Air, Drive Angry and Face/Off, but none of them can top his performance in The Wicker Man, which can be easily categorised as the most over-the-top performance in cinema history.
Remaking the 70's cult horror classic was never a good idea in the first place, but the execution of the movie is so ill-judged it borders on the indescribable. Nicolas Cage has made some trash in his time, but nothing, and I mean nothing, is on the same level as this. During The Wicker Man, Cage dresses up as a bear and punches a woman in the face. And that sums the movie up just perfectly.
23. Batman & Robin - George Clooney
The unimaginable disaster that was Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin hurt George Clooney's career tremendously. He was trying to establish himself as a serious actor after he got bored of being a heart-throb on ER, but ended up in one of the campest movies to ever appear in a cinema. It was the bat-nipples that pushed everything over the edge. Clooney eventually fought his way up to become one of the most respected actors in Hollywood by associating himself with directors such as Steven Soderbergh and the Coen brothers by collaborating with them several times.
Clooney took the rare step in admitting that Batman & Robin was utterly terrible and that he singlehandedly nearly ruined the Batman franchise. Clooney's apology featured more wit and grace than the movie he was actually apologising for, and it's nice to see some self-awareness in Hollywood for a change.
24. Critters 3 - Leonardo DiCaprio
We all have to start somewhere, but sadly for Leo, the movie he had to start with was Critters 3, a movie that is actually worse than it sounds. Released two years before What's Eating Gilbert Grape, the movie that would earn DiCaprio widespread acclaim and an Academy Award nomination, Critters 3 was his introduction to the murky land of cinema. Before he became Scorsese's muse, DiCaprio had to be directed by Kristine Peterson, who's resume features instant classics such as Kickboxer 5, showing just what kind of level this film is on.
The script is hardly Chinatown and the dialogue is hardly Shakespeare, and whilst Leo does nothing to be ashamed of, I'm sure this is one movie he wished he never took part in.
25. The Invasion - Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig
A Big budget science fiction starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig should have by standards at least covered its own cost of production, but 'The Invasion' only got back $40 million on a budget of $80 million, meaning a loss of 50% of the total movies budget. In the past too Nicokle Kidman has acted in some under-performing movies, but this is was the worse bouncer. The movie was a remake of the 'The Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and was thought to have potential to drive more people, but ended up just as a mediocre.
26. The Love Guru - Mike Myers and Jessica Alba
27. R.I.P.D. - Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges
28. How Do You Know - Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson
29. Epic Movie - Kal Penn
30. Spider Man 3 - Tobey Maguire