17 of the Best Bad Movies That Ruined Their Careers

Movies can make or break a celebrity’s career. While some movies can catapult actors to stardom, others can leave them with a tarnished reputation and struggling to find work.

Here are some celebrities that had a movie role that ruined their careers.

Halle Berry - "Catwoman" (2004)

Halle Berry – “Catwoman” (2004)

Halle Berry is an American actress known for her roles in “Monster’s Ball” and the “X-Men” franchise.

However, her role in “Catwoman” was a critical and commercial failure, earning her a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Berry’s career struggled after the film’s release, but she has since bounced back with roles in “Cloud Atlas” and “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”

Ben Affleck - "Gigli" (2003)

Ben Affleck – “Gigli” (2003)

Ben Affleck is an American actor, director, and producer known for his roles in “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo.”

However, his role in “Gigli” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Affleck’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “Gone Girl” and “The Way Back.”

Elizabeth Berkley - "Showgirls" (1995)

Elizabeth Berkley – “Showgirls” (1995)

Elizabeth Berkley is an American actress known for her role in the TV show “Saved by the Bell.”

That was until… her role in “Showgirls”, which was a critical and commercial failure, earning her a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Berkley’s career struggled after the film’s release, but she has since bounced back with roles in “The L Word” and “Saved by the Bell” reboot.

Marlon Brando - "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996)

Marlon Brando – “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (1996)

Marlon Brando was an American actor known for his roles in “The Godfather” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The same can’t be said about his role in “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, as it was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. Brando’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he continued to act in films until his death in 2004.

Cuba Gooding Jr. - "Boat Trip" (2002)

Cuba Gooding Jr. – “Boat Trip” (2002)

Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American actor known for his roles in “Jerry Maguire” and “Men of Honor.”

Unfortunately, his role in “Boat Trip” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Gooding Jr.’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “American Crime Story” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Taylor Kitsch - "John Carter" (2012)

Taylor Kitsch – “John Carter” (2012)

Taylor Kitsch is a Canadian actor known for his roles in “Friday Night Lights” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”

However, his role in “John Carter” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Kitsch’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “True Detective” and “21 Bridges.”

Mike Myers - "The Love Guru" (2008)

Mike Myers – “The Love Guru” (2008)

Mike Myers is a Canadian actor, comedian, and writer known for his roles in “Austin Powers” and “Wayne’s World.”

However, his role in “The Love Guru” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Myers’ career struggled after the film’s release, and he has since taken a break from acting.

Lindsay Lohan - "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007)

Lindsay Lohan – “I Know Who Killed Me” (2007)

Lindsay Lohan is an American actress known for her roles in “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday.”

However, her role in “I Know Who Killed Me” was a critical and commercial failure, earning her a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Lohan’s career struggled after the film’s release, but she has since made a comeback with roles in “Sick Note” and “Among the Shadows.”

Eddie Murphy - "Norbit" (2007)

Eddie Murphy – “Norbit” (2007)

Eddie Murphy is an American actor, comedian, and writer known for his roles in “Beverly Hills Cop” and “The Nutty Professor.”

However, his role in “Norbit” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Murphy’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “Dolemite Is My Name” and “Coming 2 America.”

Kevin Costner - "Waterworld" (1995)

Kevin Costner – “Waterworld” (1995)

Kevin Costner is an American actor, director, and producer known for his roles in “Dances with Wolves” and “The Bodyguard”.

However, his role in “Waterworld” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Costner’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “Yellowstone” and “Hidden Figures.”

Megan Fox - "Jennifer's Body" (2009)

Megan Fox – “Jennifer’s Body” (2009)

Megan Fox is an American actress known for her roles in “Transformers” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

However, her role in “Jennifer’s Body” was a critical and commercial failure, earning her a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Fox’s career struggled after the film’s release, but she has since bounced back with roles in “New Girl” and “The Battle of Jangsari.”

John Travolta - "Battlefield Earth" (2000)

John Travolta – “Battlefield Earth” (2000)

John Travolta is an American actor known for his roles in “Grease” and “Pulp Fiction.”

However, his role in “Battlefield Earth” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Travolta’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “American Crime Story” and “The Fanatic.”

Katherine Heigl - "One for the Money" (2012)

Katherine Heigl – “One for the Money” (2012)

Katherine Heigl is an American actress known for her roles in “Grey’s Anatomy” and “27 Dresses.”

However, her role in “One for the Money” was a critical and commercial failure, earning her a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Heigl’s career struggled after the film’s release, but she has since bounced back with roles in “Suits” and “Firefly Lane.”

Ashton Kutcher - "The Butterfly Effect" (2004)

Ashton Kutcher – “The Butterfly Effect” (2004)

Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur known for his roles in “That ’70s Show” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”

However, his role in “The Butterfly Effect” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. Kutcher’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “The Ranch” and “The Guardian.”

Sharon Stone - "Basic Instinct 2" (2006)

Sharon Stone – “Basic Instinct 2” (2006)

Sharon Stone is an American actress known for her roles in “Basic Instinct” and “Casino.” However, her role in “Basic Instinct 2” was a critical and commercial failure, earning her a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.

Stone’s career struggled after the film’s release, but she has since bounced back with roles in “The Laundromat” and “Ratched.”

Sean Connery - "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003)

Sean Connery – “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003)

Sean Connery was a Scottish actor known for his roles in the James Bond franchise and “The Untouchables.”

However, his role in “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. Connery retired from acting after the film’s release and passed away in 2020.

Val Kilmer – “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (1996)

Val Kilmer is an American actor known for his roles in “Top Gun” and “Batman Forever.” However, his role in “The Island of Dr. Moreau” was a critical and commercial failure, earning him a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor.

Kilmer’s career struggled after the film’s release, but he has since bounced back with roles in “The Doors” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”

What If These Actors Didn’t Take Some of These Roles?

In conclusion, these celebrities had a movie role that ruined their careers, but many of them have since bounced back with successful roles in film and television.