19. Earthquake (1974)
Awards won: Best Sound Mixing, Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects
Movies like Earthquake make you appreciate the Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich, those apologetically hollow filmmakers who aren't afraid to favor grandiose eye candy over memorable storytelling. With this high-caliber 1970s disaster flick, starring the likes of Charlton Heston and Richard "Shaft" Roundtree, director Mark Robson unwisely focused on the script's rampant melodrama and unlikable characters.
There's an unspoken agreement shared between filmmakers and audiences who sign up for something called Earthquake: Show us tons of mindless action, some visual effects sequences we've never seen before, and include a few goofy one-liners and we'll overlook all of the narrative flaws. Robson, however, actually tried to develop undesirable characters instead of going overboard with the hysteria, thus making the actual earthquake moments flat and the film itself unbearable.