It's hard to tell what movie is going to be the next big smash-hit, especially when all you have to go on is the script. In the case of these 15 movies, their stars might've genuinely thought that these would launch them to stardom, but instead they practically ruined their careers.
Alicia Silverstone - Batman and Robin
Alicia Silverstone was a genuine star thanks to movies like Clueless, but between the movie's terrible box-office performance and the media frenzy about her gaining a bit of weight before filming, she ended up stepping away from acting.
Chris O'Donnell - Batman and Robin
Batman and Robin is so bad it ruined two up-and-coming careers; Chris O'Donnell never really recovered after playing Robin.
Sean Connery - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Connery infamously took on the film after being disappointed he passed up the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, and the end result was so bad he quit acting altogether.
Mike Myers - The Love Guru
After the immensely successful Austin Powers franchise, Mike Myers slowly began a decline in his output, which ended in the universally-hated The Love Guru. Now he mostly sticks to cameos.
Jake Lloyd - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
We first saw Lloyd in Jingle All The Way, but after diehard Star Wars fans absolutely hated his performance as young Anakin Skywalker, he was relentlessly bullied for it at school, and quit acting entirely.
Hayden Christensen - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Anakin Skywalker just seems to be a role that's cursed; Hayden Christensen's awful performance (which is largely thanks to George Lucas's awful writing) in the later Star Wars prequels pretty much killed any momentum he had in Hollywood.
These next few actors probably really wish they hadn't taken on these roles...
Lori Petty - Tank Girl
She was an absolute bombshell through the 90s, but after Tank Girl, Petty stepped away from the spotlight for decades. Thankfully, she seems to be making a comeback on the show Orange Is The New Black.
Lindsay Lohan - I Know Who Killed Me
Once one of the biggest up and coming "it girls" in Hollywood, Lohan's tumultuous personal life started to have a drastic impact on her career, but it was this awful "thriller" that was the final nail in the coffin.
Jamie Kennedy - Son of the Mask
Let's get real here; Jamie Kennedy was never a good actor or comedian, and it took this absolutely atrocious sequel to The Mask for us to wake up.
Halle Berry - Catwoman
Berry followed up her Oscar-winning performance in Monster's Ball with this awful superhero movie that more or less took her out of Hollywood for years. Thankfully she seems to be on the upswing again, with solid performances in movies like Cloud Atlas and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Brandon Routh - Superman Returns
Routh was essentially hired to be the Man of Steel based on his similar looks to the late Christopher Reeve, and while he did score smaller roles afterwards, he never really broke through.
Jennifer Lopez - Gigli
For some reason, Hollywood perpetually thinks it's a good idea to get pop singers to act, and in the case of J-Lo, it took this disaster of a movie she co-starred in with her future husband, Ben Affleck, for them to realize that maybe she wasn't cut out for it.
John Travolta - Battlefield Earth
Once one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, Travolta tanked his credibility with this horrendous sci-fi tribute to Scientology and never really recovered.
Eddie Murphy - The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Between his standup comedy and movies like Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy could once do no wrong. Oh how the times changed.
Elizabeth Berkley - Showgirls
Best-known as Jessie from Saved By The Bell, Berkley's big attempt to break into Hollywood was one of the biggest flops in movie history, and effectively ended her aspirations.