The world has its light and its dark, its sweet and its sour and its Oscars and its Razzies. While the Academy Awards reward the top films of the year, the Golden Raspberry Awards have the opposite mission. The Razzies are dedicated to the worst in film and have been since 1980. Naturally, they have their own equivalent to the Best Picture award, Worst Picture. As far as we know, there has never been a “Moonlight” moment at the Razzies, and even if there were, the winners most likely wouldn't have been there to accept. So here’s every film to win Worst Picture at the Golden Raspberry Awards. Sorry if you like any of these films.
This is the movie that inspired the inception of the Razzies. A publicist named John J.B. Wilson and his friends were baffled by two 1980 musicals: “Can’t Stop the Music” and “Xanadu.” They held the first Golden Raspberry Awards in Wilson’s living room. “Can’t Stop the Music” won. And with that, a new award show was born.
Joan Crawford was a great actress, and she won an Oscar. Faye Dunaway also has an Oscar to her name. However, when Dunaway portrayed Crawford in this campy adaptation of a “tell-all” book by one of Crawford’s daughters, it turned into a disaster most people laughed at despite the serious subject matter.
You may not remember this one, as “Inchon” has been forgotten by just about everybody. Heck, even at the time it wasn’t exactly getting a ton of attention. This story of the Korean War, funded by founder of the Unification Church Sun Myung Moon, starred Laurence Olivier as Gen. Douglas MacArthur. It was a huge flop.
This is the sort of unfortunate film that, were it not for the Razzies, would have probably been forever forgotten. Well, maybe not, because it starred Pia Zadora, and film critics have liked to razz on Zadora for a long time, especially when (allegedly) she was gifted a Golden Globe through bribes by her then-husband Meshulam Riklis.
The Razzies were not a fan of Bo Derek; they did not think her acting skills were a “10.” “Bolero” was a family affair, as the movie was written and directed by Bo’s husband, John. They both won Razzies, just like the film did.
After a few forgotten films won Worst Picture, we get the kind of movie that the Razzies serve to skewer. We’ve got a sequel to a successful movie with a big budget and a lot of stars. It’s a balloon worthy of being popped, especially when we’re talking about an overwrought war film starring Sylvester Stallone as a de facto superhero with a gun.
Fewer people vote for the Razzies than for the Oscars, so ties are a little more common, and the first tie for Worst Picture came in 1986. “Howard the Duck” is infamously bad — shoutout to Lea Thompson for not tanking her career with this — but we also have a Prince movie that isn’t “Purple Rain.” Hey, Prince was a great musician, but his acting skills weren't quite on the same level.
No, you didn’t miss the first five parts of “Leonard.” Somehow, this movie beat both “Ishtar” and “Jaws: The Revenge.” It was fun at the time, but unfortunately this movie stars Bill Cosby, so it’s less fun to take down now, even if it feels even more deserving to do it.
Yes, even Tom Cruise isn’t invulnerable. This may be the first movie that might get some pushback on this list. A lot of people think “Cocktail” is cheesy fun. On the other hand, it makes use of the song “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys, which to some makes it deserving of this spot by itself.
The old adage used to be that the even-numbered “Star Trek” movies were good, but the odd-numbered ones left fans wanting. Maybe all we need to say about this one is that it was directed by William Shatner himself. Shockingly, he wasn’t quite up to the task, and the cast members were starting to show their age over 20 years since the end of the original show.
Another double winner. On the one hand, “Ford Fairlane” stars Andrew Dice Clay. On the other hand, “Ghosts Can’t Do It” features the only real acting role ever attempted by Donald Trump. Yes, that Donald Trump. He actually won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor. By the way, “Ghosts Can’t Do It” is another John and Bo Derek collaboration.
Look, “Hudson Hawk” isn’t good. It’s a lame action comedy starring Bruce Willis. However, there’s no way it should have won Worst Picture for 1991. It was up against both “Cool as Ice” and “Nothing But Trouble.” Those are two all-time awful movies.
This is a completely forgettable film, so it’s fitting that it’s been almost entirely forgotten. Some of you are probably hearing of “Shining Through” for the first time. It’s a World War II drama starring Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith, the latter of which is the most nominated actress in Razzie history.
We’re about to enter a sleaze run for the Razzies. For whatever reason, the Golden Raspberry Awards seem to have a disdain for erotic thrillers and self-satisfied “sexy” films. That’s certainly the case with “Indecent Proposal,” which has at least become a cultural touchstone as a reference, though people aren’t exactly rewatching it to laugh at it.
Here’s another erotic thriller, not to mention a murder mystery. Apparently this was one of the most rented VHS movies of 1995. We don’t want to speculate, but it may be because of its reputation for its sex scenes. Maybe people didn’t want to watch those in theaters, but back then it was the kind of thing that could lead to a movie getting plenty of rentals. Also, this is another Bruce Willis movie. The ‘90s weren’t his decade when it comes to the Razzies.
This is one of those quintessential Razzies movies, as we move from erotic thriller to pure sleaze. Paul Verhoeven is an insane director, and this is an insane film. It ended Elizabeth Berkley’s film career before it even started.
All right, let’s bring this quartet of erotic bombs to a close. In the ‘90s, this movie got a lot of buzz, almost entirely of the “Demi Moore plays a stripper!” variety. The movie seems to feel like that’s enough to coast on. Obviously, the Razzies disagreed.
Surprisingly, “Waterworld” didn’t win Worst Picture, but it was up against “Showgirls” so maybe that makes sense. However, that didn’t let Kevin Costner off the hook. Instead, he finally got a “win” for Worst Picture with “The Postman.”
There were four big name nominees for Worst Picture: “Armageddon,” “The Avengers,” “Godzilla,” and “Spice World.” None of them won, though. Instead, the winner was a forgotten Hollywood satire. By the way, if you aren’t aware, Alan Smithee is the name that is put on films when directors ask to have their names taken off a movie.
Will Smith was on top of the world in the ‘90s. He starred in “Independence Day” and “Men in Black,” making him a big star. Then he made “Wild Wild West,” his first real flop. Truly, it was a disaster and, honestly, Smith’s career has never fully bounced back.
Ooh boy. What a classic disaster of a movie — a truly wretched film. Many even consider “Battlefield Earth” one of the worst movies ever made, if not the worst. That makes sense, given that it’s based on an L. Ron Hubbard book and stars John Travolta in a tribute to the founder of Scientology.
Man, we really started the new millennium on a bad note, huh? The detestable duo of “Battlefield Earth” and “Freddy Got Fingered” is a one-two punch of awfulness. Nobody should be surprised though. Why did anyone think that giving Tom Green — who was not really an actor and barely a comedian — a blank canvas would be a good idea?
Two pop stars at different ends of their careers both starred in Worst Picture nominees. On one side we had Britney Spears, who starred in “Crossroads” early in her rise to stardom. Then there’s the winner, “Swept Away,” which starred Madonna and was directed by her then-husband Guy Ritchie.
What can be said about “Gigli” that hasn’t been said already? People had it out for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, aka “Bennifer,” as is for whatever reason. Then they starred together in this clunker of a movie. It was an obvious choice from the second it hit theaters at a time when it felt like the Razzies were gaining more traction in the world.
This is a famous one but only partially because of the movie. Yes, “Catwoman” is awful. However, what made the “Catwoman” year of the Razzies so famous is that Halle Berry, fresh off winning an Oscar for “Monster’s Ball,” showed up to accept her Worst Actress Award for “Catwoman.” She seemed to have fun with it and probably earned more fans.
The Razzies had no love for Jenny McCarthy’s gross-out comedy, and with good reason. It wasn’t a big release, but it was an exorable one. Of course, being remembered as starring in a terrible movie is still better than being known as arguably America’s foremost anti-vaxxer.
Once again, the Razzies’ contempt for a poorly made erotic thriller shows up. This was not just that but also was a much-delayed, wholly unearned sequel to a somewhat well-received original. The real shame is that Sharon Stone returned for the movie, just two years after co-starring in “Catwoman” as well.
Lindsay Lohan’s career was already on a downward trajectory by 2007. The glow of “Mean Girls” was gone. This was a bid at “edgy” adult material for Lohan, who plays dual roles, including portraying a stripper. It did not work and only furthered Lohan’s slide into obscurity.
Has anybody squandered more goodwill than Mike Myers? People loved “Wayne’s World” and at least the first couple of Austin Powers movies. “Shrek” has become an internet punchline, but at least the original has its charms. Then he made that terrible “Cat in the Hat” movie and the somehow even worse “The Love Guru.” This movie is truly horrendous in every way and seems to have kept Myers from getting to star in any more comedies of his own devising.
Basically any of the “Transformers” movies would deserve a Worst Picture nod. However, only one of them has actually won. That would be “Revenge of the Fallen” the second film in the series. It managed to beat “All About Steve,” a movie Sandra Bullock showed up at the Razzies for to accept Worst Actress in the same year she won Best Actress at the Oscars.
OK, maybe M. Night Shyamalan has squandered more goodwill than Myers. People loved “The Sixth Sense,” but in time we got increasingly diminished returns from the twist-loving filmmaker. “The Last Airbender” is probably his nadir, because it’s just simply incredibly boring, lacking the ironic fun of “The Happening.”
The Razzies despise the comedies of Adam Sandler and, well, we can’t blame him. He’s certainly made some lazy movies that mostly seemed like an excuse for a vacation with his friends. “Jack and Jill” features the Sandman in dual roles, including dressing in drag to play his own character’s obnoxious, broadly drawn sister.
The first “Twilight” movie didn’t get a Worst Picture nomination, but it seems like the Razzies sensed something in the air and decided to turn a lot of their attention to the series over the years. Four of the movies about a vampire and a girl in love got nominations, but it’s only the final one that earned a win. Maybe we should consider it a “lifetime achievement” award in some ways.
Nothing is worse in movies than a terrible, misguided comedy. Unlike schlocky action films or horror flicks, you can’t really watch a bad comedy to make fun of it. You just end up sitting through terrible jokes. Fourteen different directors contributed to this anthology movie. Somehow not one of them managed to rise above the morass. It’s a disaster from start to finish, showing that sometimes it takes a village to raise a Worst Picture winner.
Did you know there’s a war on Christmas? Well, there isn’t, but don’t tell Kirk Cameron. “Saving Christmas” is an attempt by him and the director to “bring religion back” to Christmas. It includes trying to tie basically every modern Christmas custom into the Bible with effectively no success. In addition to a dubious message based on a false pretense, it’s just a poorly made movie.
In “Fantastic Four” we have a superhero action movie about people with incredible powers that is somehow extremely dull and tedious. In “Fifty Shades of Grey” we have an erotic drama based on a popular series of books about BDSM that is somehow extremely dull and tedious. In a way, it takes a kind of skill to turn these two source materials into snoozers.
Some movies are terrible because they are poorly made, poorly acted and just make you laugh or cringe. Some are worse than that. Take, for example, “Hillary’s America,” made by the abhorrent “filmmaker” Dinesh D’Souza. It’s not that D’Souza is a conservative filmmaker trying to make politically charged movies. It’s that they are dubious and disingenuous in terms of conten...and also he’s just a horrible director. Morally, “Hillary’s America” is reprehensible. Cinematically, it’s also garbage.
After that, it’s nice to have our palate cleansed with your run-of-the-mill dumb comedy. It’s an entire comedy about emojis. It takes place in the world of phones and features a ton of product placement. “The Emoji Movie” is just goofy nonsense. Think of “Wreck-It Ralph” but only 100 times worse.
There have been many good movies made about Sherlock Holmes. There also have been some good comedies made by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. This was not two great tastes that taste great together. Instead, it’s just a lame comedy loaded with terrible jokes. Ferrell, Reilly, Sherlock and Dr. Watson all deserve better.
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