The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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List Criteria: Can be any movie, but you have to be embarrassed to admit you like it.

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What makes a film a guilty pleasure? This is a movie that you love to watch, but won't display on your DVD shelf... or maybe you will stop to watch when you flip by it on TV, but never if someone else is in the room. These movies are not always bad movies per se, but our cultural zeitgeist has determined that they are cheesy movies - badly done, overdone, overwrought or made entirely of syrup. But, still, these movies draw you in. You love them. Secretly. 

What are the best guilty pleasure movies? This list of guilty pleasures is bound to be emotionally personal, so odds are, your #1 might not even be listed! Vote, rank your own list and add your missing faves.
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    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    Road House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Sam Elliott, Terry Funk, Kelly Lynch

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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

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    Con Air is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

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    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

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    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

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    Clue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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    National Lampoon's Christmas V... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

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    Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter

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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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    Face/Off is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Gina Gershon

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    Footloose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

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    Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    The Naked Gun: From the Files ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    O. J. Simpson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Reggie Jackson

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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    Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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    Commando is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Bill Paxton

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    Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

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    Weird Science is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

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    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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    The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

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    Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

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    Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

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    9 to 5 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

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    ¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman

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    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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    Pretty Woman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Hank Azaria

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    Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies


    Jackie Chan, Roselyn Sánchez, Chris Tucker

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