Ranking The Razzies From Bad To Really Bad

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By Dustin Clendenen.

When the Golden Raspberry Awards (affectionately called the Razzies for short) were started in 1981 to honor the worst movies of the year, creator John J.B. Wilson probably didn’t expect them to catch on the way they did. But more than three decades later, the organization handing out annual awards for worst actor, worst screenplay, worst director, and of course, worst picture, has become a veritable institution.

PrettyFamous, a division of the Graphiq network, compiled a list of every Razzie award winner for worst picture since 1981 and ranked them by Smart Rating in descending order to identify the ten worst films in the last 35 years. Smart Rating assesses a movie’s overall success and considers ratings from Gracenote, Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Metacritic and the movie’s cumulative, inflation-adjusted U.S. box-office gross.



So bad they’re good, many of these worst films are well-known and even loved by audiences. See how your favorite guilty pleasures rank in notoriety.

#10. Jack and Jill

Smart Rating: 12.28
Year: 2011
Stars: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino
In one of Adam Sandler’s critical flops, he plays the role of both Jack and Jill, estranged twins who are finally forced to reconcile over Thanksgiving dinner.

#9. Movie 43

Smart Rating: 11.41
Year: 2013
Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry

According to critics, “Movie 43” wastes its truly stellar cast on crude, low-brow comedy in a collection of outlandish skits. However, this didn’t stop it from making over $30 million worldwide.

#8. Gigli

Smart Rating: 11.33
Year: 2003
Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha
The tabloids loved Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s relationship, but critics absolutely hated “Gigli,” the film that brought them together. The movie scored an ultra-low zero percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

#7. Swept Away

Smart Rating: 11.1
Year: 2002
Stars: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Guy Ritchie took a break from his normally excellent directing career to make “Swept Away,” starring his then-wife Madonna.

#6. Inchon!

Smart Rating: 10
Year: 1982
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Gazzara
A recreation of the famous battle from the Korean War, the production of “Inchon!” was plagued with everything from bad weather to government red tape, and the final product was a laughable war spectacle that never stood a chance.

Note: This movie tied with “Lonely Lady.”

#5. Lonely Lady

Smart Rating: 10
Year: 1983
Stars: Pia Zadora, Lloyd Bochner, Bibi Besch

“Lonely Lady” stars Pia Zadora playing an aspiring screenwriter who allows herself to be exploited in hopes of moving up the Hollywood food chain.

Note: This movie tied with “Inchon!”

#4. Bolero

Smart Rating: 9.6
Year: 1984
Stars: Bo Derek, George Kennedy, Andrea Occhipinti
In “Bolero,” Bo Derek plays a high school graduate who travels the world on a mission to find the perfect man to take her virginity.

#3. Leonard Part 6

Smart Rating: 9.49
Year: 1987
Stars: Bill Cosby, Tom Courtenay, Joe Don Baker

In this bizarre spy spoof, Bill Cosby plays a secret agent who comes out of retirement to stop a madwoman from taking over the world.

#2. Saving Christmas

Smart Rating: 7.88
Year: 2014
Stars: Kirk Cameron, Darren Doane, Bridgette Ridenour
In this faith-based Christmas movie, Kirk Cameron sets out to find the divinity in consumerism that’s taken over the holiday. The film earned a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

#1. Battlefield Earth

Smart Rating: 7.23
Year: 2000
Stars: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker

Topping many of the worst-films-of-all-time lists, the Scientology-funded sci-fi flop has been taking a beating from critics for over a decade since its release.


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