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When picking the worst movies on Netflix, it’s hard to know where to start.
With a rapidly changing library of titles, hosting your own movie marathon on Netflix is pretty easy. But instead of cherry-picking timeless classics or old favorites to enjoy, why not pay attention to those unfamiliar titles that you constantly find yourself weeding through and have yourself a bad movie marathon?
We sifted through the awful, absurd, and just plain WTF offerings of Netflix and managed to whittle an extensive list down to 25 semi-digestible entries. Representing all genres and countless questionable career moves, here are some truly abysmal titles whose creators will never have to worry about pesky things like counting money or Oscar statuette placement. (Here’s our guide for the worst Netflix original movies. While there’s some overlap between the two, there are plenty of terrible movies to go around.)
The worst movies on Netflix
1) Love, Wedding, Marriage
Directed by Dermot Mulroney, Love, Wedding, Marriage has the dubious distinction of scoring a rare 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, one of two Mandy Moore movies (along with Swinging With the Finkels) to earn the honor. In Love, Wedding, Marriage, Moore plays an alleged Berkeley graduate and relationship counselor with all the acting skill of an energetic high school cheerleader, and she gets no help from on-screen husband Kellan Lutz, who feels less like a romantic partner than her gay best friend. The film, co-starring Jane Seymour and James Brolin as Moore’s wackily estranged parents, wants to be a commentary on modern commitment, but as the New York Times memorably put it, it feels more like “punishment for a crime you can’t remember committing.” —Nico Lang
2) Van Helsing
At the time, it didn’t sound like such a bad idea. Hugh Jackman plays Van Helsing in this reimagining about Dracula’s famous adversary, which also finds him facing off against Frankenstein’s Monster and a werewolf. But several years and many terrible monster movie reboots later, it’s no surprise to look back and see that Universal’s first attempt at creating a monster-verse was a disaster. Did I mention that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde show up, just for “good” measure? —Chris Osterndorf
3) A Question of Faith
The description for A Question of Faith on Netflix reads, “A death. A crime. An unexpected illness. When all seems lost for three families, faith shines a light.” So, spoiler alert, the answer to A Question of Faith is… yes. A better question would be why so many religious movies are terrible. Seriously, Christians, get your act together. —C.O.
4) True Memoirs of an International Assassin
There are so many bad Adam Sandler movies on Netflix, it’s easy to forgive one for thinking that this action comedy starring frequent Sandler crony Kevin James was a part of their ever-growing list of Happy Madison-esque exclusives. Although the script by Jeff Morris appeared on the 2009 Black List—a yearly industry roster of the best unproduced screenplays—the final result failed to live up to the story’s buzzy inception. At the end of the day, True Memoirs of an International Assassin stands as nothing but yet another reminder of Hollywood’s tolerance for white male mediocrity that is embodied by Kevin James. —C.O.
5) Only God Forgives
If you enjoyed Drive but thought Ryan Gosling had too much dialogue, you might like Only God Forgives. Gosling reteams with director Nicolas Winding Refn for this crime drama about a drug-smuggler who seeks out his killer’s brother to challenge him in a boxing match to the death. It’s violent, it’s stylized, it’s so thin on plot you’ll want to feed it a Thanksgiving dinner. But like I said, it does get that chatty Ryan Gosling to just shut up already! —C.O.
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Bright is an utterly silly, completely ridiculous movie, seemingly born out of algorithm-generated, genre-hybrid logic. One can almost hear Netflix executives reading back the data analytics: “People like fantasy, and cop movies, and Will Smith. If we put them in a movie together we can’t lose!” Unfortunately, this type of thinking is also why Bright ends up a messy mix of conflicting ingredients. —C.O.
7) The Human Centipede: First Sequence/The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence
Yes, Netflix is currently missing the final installment in this trilogy. No, you should not feel compelled to seek out The Human Centipede 3, nor should you complete the exercise in torture that is watching the whole trilogy. Although the first Human Centipede movie was a notable example in pushing the “shock cinema” genre to new levels of depravity, the second film (if you can even call it that) is just proof that director Tom Six is trying as hard as he can to troll his audience. —C.O.
8) The Outsider
There was a time when the words “Netflix’s Jared Leto yakuza movie” might not have been instant cause for panic. In 2018, however, it should come as no surprise that The Outsider, a new Netflix original starring Leto as an American G.I. in post-World War II Japan who rises through the ranks of the yakuza, is a disaster. The film gets off to a decent start, dropping us in a Japanese prison and introducing us to Leto’s Nick with no explanation. But what starts out as a sense of patience graduates into a feeling of bewilderment as we leave the intriguing setting of the prison. As Nick climbs up the yakuza ladder from there, the movie goes downhill fast. —C.O.
9) The Paperboy
The Paperboy is both one of the worst movies you will ever see and a precious gift, sent from the heavens to be cherished by us mere mortals. Before Lee Daniels gave us Empire, there was this divisive 2012 disasterpiece, featuring Nicole Kidman peeing all over Zac Efron. I’ve spent a great deal of my career advocating for this movie and trying to get people to watch it, precisely because it is truly, completely, bewilderingly one of a kind. It’s the kind of bad movie that when you find out friends of yours haven’t seen it, you make them stop everything and immediately watch it with you. Some movies are bad but also boring and they fade away. There is absolutely nothing boring about The Paperboy. —N.L.
Netflix has plenty of options for all the Nicolas Cage connoisseurs out there. Whether you’re a casual fan or a diehard Cage-head, you will find no shortage of options when it comes to the inscrutable actor on streaming. Most of them are bad, a few, memorably so. Outcast has the distinction of featuring not just Nic Cage, but Hayden Christensen (Mr. Skywalker himself!) in preposterous Chinese period garb. The plot has something to do with a mysterious warrior who teams up with the children of a Chinese Emperor to avenge his death. None of that really matters, though. What matters is Nicolas Cage in a ponytail, screaming like a maniac. —C.O.
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11) Some Kind of Beautiful
Some Kind of Beautiful is some kind of terrible blessing from the bad movie gods. IMDb literally describes it as, “A drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to re-evaluate his life of Byronic excess.” Really it’s more of a romantic comedy, starring Pierce Brosnan as the Byron-aping professor as well as Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek as his love interests. It’s the kind of movie so ill-conceived, so poorly constructed in every way, it gives a bad name to the entire rom-com genre. —C.O.
12) Before We Go
Chris Evans’ directorial debut, about two strangers who spend a night together in Manhattan after one of them misses their train, feels like a quintessential vanity project. Evans co-stars with Alice Eve, and no matter how attractive these two are onscreen together, the movie is a misguided mess. It feels mean to say, but Captain America should maybe stick to saving the world because directing doesn’t seem to be his forte. —C.O.
13) Love and Honor
The premise of Love and Honor is so absurd, it’s hard to even talk about it with a straight face. The film stars Liam Hemsworth as Mickey, a small-town boy who gets dumped by his girlfriend, Candace (Teresa Palmer). Heartbroken, Mickey and his best friend Dalton (Austin Joiner) devise a plan to help him win her back… by going AWOL in Vietnam. That’s right. Who exactly is supposed to be the good guy here? Who’s the bad guy? Love and Honor thinks it’s romantic, but really it’s just stupid. —C.O.
14) As Above, So Below
A brief poem for you, if you will: “As Above, So Below. To the French catacombs, these characters will go. Bad stuff happens, don’t you know. Should you watch this horror movie? The answer is no.” —C.O.
15) Yoga Hosers
Kevin Smith doesn’t get enough credit. He may not be a technically savvy filmmaker, but he’s an excellent writer, and the movies he made in his ‘90s heyday are still classics of that decade. That being said, this 2016 comedy about two teenage yoga enthusiasts battling an ancient evil in Canada is just awful. —C.O.
16) Year One
It’s important to remember that the late and great Harold Ramis directed several episodes of The Office before he passed away in 2014. Otherwise, the final directing effort from the man who gave us Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and Groundhog Day would be technically be Year One, this miserable caveman comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Largely forgotten (and with good reason,) this 2009 misfire is one of those strange movies where some great people are all doing some of their worst work. —C.O.
17) August Rush
It’s hard to say exactly what it is that makes August Rush so bad. Maybe it’s that the story of an orphaned musical prodigy (Freddie Highmore) searching for his parents (Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is unbearably treacly. Maybe it’s that things take a weird, creepy turn when the main character meets a jolly but evil hobo (played by Robin Williams) who takes him in. Maybe it’s that all these talented people signed on to do this movie and somehow it still ended up being garbage. Whatever the reason, August Rush is best enjoyed, if at all, for what it is: a curious trainwreck. —C.O.
18) Charlie St. Cloud
Charlie St. Cloud shall forever be known as “the movie where Zac Efron plays catch with his dead brother” (not a spoiler). It’s just as bad as it sounds, truly one of the worst movies on Netflix, imitating the Nicholas Sparks school of romantic saccharine to the letter. This movie came out in the days when no one knew how funny Efron is, so he was usually forced to rely on his hunky good looks, and even those can’t save this movie. —C.O.
19) The Sharknado franchise
Is there anything else you really need to know about the Sharknado films at this point? Sharks. Storms. Ian Ziering. Tara Reid. With the exception of a mockumentary spinoff, the whole SyFy series is currently available on Netflix in all its glorious badness. As the tagline for the original reads, “Enough said.” —C.O.
20) Jenny’s Wedding
LGBT-centered movies about marriage and family are a good idea. Treacly movies starring Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel as unconvincing lesbians are not. Heigl stars here as the titular Jenny, who finally decides to come out to her family after getting engaged to her partner, Kitty (Bledel), whom they thought was just her roommate. Writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue, who previously penned the screenplay for Beaches, clearly has an ear for melodrama. But when the subject of your film is same-sex marriage, it’s best the end result doesn’t feel like a “Hallmark card.” —C.O.
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21) When We First Met
If, for some reason, you missed the lamebrain guys from your high school who used to complain about girls putting them in the “friend zone,” then you’ll find plenty to commiserate about with Adam Devine. The film follows Devine’s character, Noah, as he travels back in time to make his best friend, Avery, fall in love with him and keep her from marrying her beefcake fiancé, Ethan. These Groundhog Day-esque hijinks are physically painful to watch, as Devine proves unfit for a rom-com leading man role, and the supporting cast fails to show even mild enthusiasm. When We First Met tries to split the difference between cutesy and crude, and subsequently accomplishes neither. —Bryan Rolli
22) The Canyons
Lindsay Lohan is not a bad actress. But if her last movie ever was The Canyons, people would probably remember her as one. Some material cannot be elevated. And if fact, after watching The Canyons, one has to wonder whether the intention was to let the film wallow in its own filth all along. It would make sense, coming from director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo) and especially from writer Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho), whose combined fascination with the campy, the depraved, and the seedy reaches epic proportions in this on-the-nose satire. Their casting of Lohan as a Hollywood party girl only goes to accentuate this. But don’t get taken in; this supposedly edgy movie is about as interesting as a bag of rocks, not to mention twice as ugly. —C.O.
23) The Ridiculous 6
Adam Sandler’s first feature as part of his four-picture Netflix deal is a train robbery disguised as a movie. The comedian has admitted that he views his movies as paid vacations, and with The Ridiculous 6, Sandler has gotten Netflix to bankroll the world’s most expensive party in which all of his friends are invited. The Frank Coraci-directed film is a loose spoof of The Magnificent Seven with the barest pretense to plot, logic, and common sense, and it’s incredible to consider that it took two people (Sandler and Tim Herlihy) to write a screenplay that appears to be so utterly nonexistent. If you like incessant fart jokes, Native American stereotypes, and the sight of Taylor Lautner wearing buckteeth, go for it. Otherwise, run for the hills. —N.L.
24) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is the kind of terrible, sexist, lowest-common-denominator romantic comedy that gives the whole genre a bad name. And yet for some reason, people still love it. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson play a couple exaggerating the worst stereotypes about their gender in order to win a bet. There’s very little about this movie that works, but it plays up the worst tropes of the romantic comedy genre so well it almost feels like a parody of itself. —C.O.
25) The Emoji Movie
The Emoji Movie is the spiritual opposite of The Lego Movie. It is a cynical cash grab, a commercial designed to sell phones and apps to children whose attention spans have already been damaged by technology. At a whopping hour and 26 minutes, the studio barely fits a story into what has to be the laziest animated movie in recent history. And if that wasn’t enough to dissuade you, it also stars T.J. Miller. —C.O.
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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.