Rolling Stone's 50 Worst Decisions in Movie History [2023]

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(1) Racist Movie ‘The Conqueror’ Gives Its Cast Cancer, Probably Kills John Wayne * (2) Burt Reynolds turns Down ‘James Bond,’ ‘The Godfather,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Pretty Woman,’ and ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ * (3) Blockbuster Gets an Offer to Buy Netflix for $50 Million in 2000, Turns It Down * (4) Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock at the Academy Awards * (5) Matt Damon Turns Down ‘Avatar,’ Including 10 percent of the Back End * (6) Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Get Fired From ‘Solo’ Midway Through Production * (7) ‘Twilight Zone’ Movie Fails to Take Proper Safety Precautions, an Adult and Two Children Die * (8) Warner Bros. Loses ‘Home Alone’ to Fox Over a Measly $3 Million * (9) Ronald Reagan Tells the House Un-American Activities Committee That the Screen Actors Guild Is Full of Communists * (10) Using Real, Untrained Lions in the Melanie Griffith Movie ‘Roar’ * (11) John Travolta Is Allowed to Make a Scientology Propaganda Movie * (12) Jerry Lewis Tries to Make The Holocaust Funny * (13) ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Casts Mickey Rooney as a Japanese Caricature * (14) Columbia Pictures Passes on ‘E.T.’ ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ * (15) MGM Gets a Teenage Judy Garland Hooked on Prescription Pills * (16) Jar Jar Binks * (17) Gus Van Sant Creates a Shot-for-Shot Re-Creation of ‘Psycho’ * (18) Hollywood Censors Itself With the Hays Code * (19) Whoopi Goldberg Teams Up With a Dinosaur Detective * (20) ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ Cut Beyond Recognition for Its American Release * (21) Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Are Handed the Wrong Envelope at the Academy Awards * (22) ‘The Good Earth’ Casts White People as Chinese Farmers (22) * (23) ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ Gets Butchered * (24) Mike Myers Pisses Away a Quarter Century of Audience Good Will With ‘The Love Guru’ * (25) ‘Alien 3’ Gets Taken Away From David Fincher * (26) Mel Gibson Perpetuates Antisemitic Myths in ‘The Passion of the Christ’ * (27) Portraying Michael Oher as a Simpleton Who Needs to be Taught Football by Sandra Bullock * (28) ‘Cats’ Experiments With Digital Fur * (29) Howard the Duck Nearly Kills the Marvel Cinematic Universe Before It Even Begins * (30) ‘American Beauty’ Wins Best Picture Over about 400 Better Movies * (31) Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason try to make slavery funny in ‘The Toy’ * (32) 20th Century Fox Gives Up ‘Star Wars’ Merchandise and Sequel Rights for half a million * (33) Sewing Up Deadpool’s Mouth in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ * (34) Michael Cimino Kills the Seventies Auteur Period With ‘Heaven’s Gate’ * (35) The MPAA Begins Assigning Letter Grades to Movies, Targets Sex Above Violence * (36) Elvis Goes to Hollywood and Hits Rock Bottom With ‘Kissin’ Cousins’ * (37) Half of Hollywood Teams Up for the Disastrous ‘Movie 43’ * (38) Stephen Spielberg Tries to Prove He Can Direct a Comedy With ‘1941’ * (39) Making ‘The Hobbit’ Into Three Movies * (40) Letting William Shatner Direct ‘Star Trek: The Final Frontier’ * (41) Including a Rape Scene in Revenge of the Nerds * (42) Idiocracy Gets Denied a Wide Release * (43) Francis Ford Coppola Casts His Daughter Sofia for Key Role In The Godfather III * (44) Warner Bros. Gives Kevin Costner millions to Direct a Movie About a Post-Apocalyptic Mailman * (45) Disney Turns Away From Animated Movies After the Deaths of Walt and Roy Disney * (46) Halle Berry’s Michelle Pfeifferless Catwoman * (47) Ernest Goes to Africa * (48) Michael Bay Decides He’s the Man to Tell the Story of Pearl Harbor * (49) Will Smith Turns Down ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Django Unchained’ * (50) Hugh Grant gets arrested for soliciting prostitution * Missing: HUAC (9) * Columbia Pictures (14) * RKO (23) * Howard the Duck (32) * Charles B. Wessler (37)

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Vote RankingList Ranking  

12

1

John Wayne

Actor

60.06% (212 of 353 votes)

50

2

Burt Reynolds

Actor

13.04% (3 of 23 votes)

8

3

Netflix

Corporation

75.00% (3 of 4 votes)

68

3

Blockbuster

Corporation

0% (0 of 6 votes)

13

4

Will Smith

Vocalist

60.0% (432 of 720 votes)

1

5

John Landis

Filmmaker

100% (1 of 1 votes)

41

5

Matt Damon

Actor

30.26% (23 of 76 votes)

2

6

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Filmmakers

100% (1 of 1 votes)

3

7

John Landis

Filmmaker

100% (1 of 1 votes)

59

7

The Twilight Zone

TV Series

0% (0 of 1 votes)

60

7

Vic Morrow

Actor

0% (0 of 3 votes)

70

8

Macaulay Culkin

Actor

0% (0 of 9 votes)

27

9

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

48.60% (243 of 500 votes)

46

10

Melanie Griffith

Actress

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

37

11

John Travolta

Actor

33.33% (4 of 12 votes)

44

12

Jerry Lewis

Comedian

26.32% (10 of 38 votes)

35

13

Mickey Rooney

Actor

34.72% (25 of 72 votes)

40

15

Judy Garland

Actress

30.95% (26 of 84 votes)

64

16

Ahmed Best

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

6

17

Vince Vaughn

Actor

100% (6 of 6 votes)

21

17

Gus Van Sant

Filmmaker

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

4

18

Legion of Decency

Organization

100% (2 of 2 votes)

65

18

Will Hayes

Bureaucrat

0% (0 of 0 votes)

9

19

Whoopi Goldberg

Actress

69.03% (838 of 1214 votes)

67

20

Sergio Leone

Filmmaker

0% (0 of 5 votes)

38

21

Faye Dunaway

Actress

31.36% (127 of 405 votes)

47

21

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz

Oddity

20.0% (1 of 5 votes)

52

21

Warren Beatty

Actor

8.33% (3 of 36 votes)

58

22

Paul Muni

Actor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

66

22

Luise Rainer

Actress

0% (0 of 2 votes)

36

23

Orson Welles

Actor

34.43% (21 of 61 votes)

53

24

Mike Myers

Comedian

7.69% (1 of 13 votes)

61

25

David Fincher

Filmmaker

0% (0 of 1 votes)

19

26

Mel Gibson

Actor

52.38% (11 of 21 votes)

20

27

Sandra Bullock

Actress

51.72% (30 of 58 votes)

69

27

Michael Oher

Football Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

10

28

Rebel Wilson

Actress

66.67% (10 of 15 votes)

15

28

James Corden

Comedian

59.88% (206 of 344 votes)

18

28

Taylor Swift

Vocalist

53.67% (716 of 1334 votes)

62

28

Tom Hooper

Filmmaker

0% (0 of 1 votes)

45

29

Lea Thompson

Actress

23.08% (6 of 26 votes)

33

30

Kevin Spacey

Actor

37.67% (55 of 146 votes)

5

31

Jackie Gleason

Comedian

100% (10 of 10 votes)

43

31

Richard Pryor

Comedian

27.27% (6 of 22 votes)

63

33

Ryan Reynolds

Actor

0% (0 of 10 votes)

49

34

Michael Cimino

Filmmaker

13.04% (3 of 23 votes)

56

35

Motion Picture Association of America

Organization

0% (0 of 0 votes)

42

36

Elvis Presley

Vocalist

28.47% (39 of 137 votes)

11

37

Hugh Jackman

Actor

64.00% (16 of 25 votes)

17

37

Richard Gere

Actor

57.14% (4 of 7 votes)

22

37

Naomi Watts

Actress

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

23

37

Bob Odenkirk

Comedian

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

28

37

Elizabeth Banks

Actress

45.83% (22 of 48 votes)

32

37

Halle Berry

Actress

38.73% (110 of 284 votes)

34

37

Emma Stone

Actress

35.00% (42 of 120 votes)

39

37

Chris Pratt

Actor

31.19% (63 of 202 votes)

29

38

Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker

45.83% (44 of 96 votes)

25

39

Peter Jackson

Filmmaker

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

26

40

William Shatner

Actor

49.00% (220 of 449 votes)

48

41

Robert Carradine

Actor

14.29% (1 of 7 votes)

51

42

Mike Judge

Animator

11.11% (1 of 9 votes)

54

43

Sofia Coppola

Actress

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

55

43

Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

24

44

Kevin Costner

Actor

50.0% (3 of 6 votes)

16

45

The Walt Disney Company

Corporation

59.35% (73 of 123 votes)

31

46

Halle Berry

Actress

38.73% (110 of 284 votes)

7

47

Jim Varney

Actor

85.71% (6 of 7 votes)

57

48

Michael Bay

Filmmaker

0% (0 of 0 votes)

14

49

Will Smith

Vocalist

60.0% (432 of 720 votes)

30

50

Hugh Grant

Actor

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)