Directors’ Least Favorite Movies They’ve Directed

Even greats like Kubrick and Tarantino can admit they missed out.

DEATH PROOF, (Quentin Tarantino segment of GRINDHOUSE), director Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russell, on set, 2007. ©Weinstein Company LLC/courtesy Everett Collection

Quentin Tarantino and Kurt Russell on the set of ‘Death Proof’

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Nobody is perfect.

Every movie buff has had the experience of watching a mediocre movie, seeing the credits roll, and doing a double take. “They directed this? It can be shocking to see a brilliant director make a bad movie, but it happens to almost everyone. Whether it’s interference from the studio getting in the way of their vision or the director simply doing a poor job, no one goes through a long film career without occasionally missing out.

At some point, all you can do is admit it. And quite a few directors have done just that, precisely identifying their least favorite entries in their own filmographies. On the contrary, it is easier to get great directors to choose their least favorite films than to ask them to choose a favorite. Choosing between your best movies is like choosing a favorite child. Dissing movies you already dislike is much easier.

From Quentin Tarantino to David Lynch, keep reading for a roundup of great directors reneging on their worst films.

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