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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies 

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

 

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 horror flicks, overdone dramas, overwrought or made entirely of syrup. But, still, these movies draw you in. You love them. Secretly. You're not exactly bragging about how many times you've watched them—or maybe you are, if self-deprecation is your thing.

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

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more
2
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more
3
Point Break is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more
4
National Lampoon's Chris... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by ...more
5
The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more
6
Grease is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more
7
Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

Released: 1993

Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to ...more
8
Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
TrishaConry added Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more
9
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his ...more
10
Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more
11
Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more
12
Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

Released: 1986

Directed by: Tony Scott

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more
13
Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more
14
Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
15
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more
16
Road House is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Sam Elliott, Terry Funk, Kelly Lynch

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

Road House is a 1989 action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as a bouncer at a newly refurbished roadside bar who protects a small town in Missouri from a ...more
17
The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
AndreaPoole-Presslor added Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more
18
Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more
19
Indiana Jones and the La... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more
20
Ace Ventura: Pet Detecti... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Dan Marino

Released: 1994

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a 1994 American comedy detective film directed by Tom Shadyac, and co-written by and starring Jim Carrey. It was developed by the film's original writer, Jack ...more
21
Con Air is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1997

Directed by: Simon West

Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock. It stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich. The film borrows ...more
22
Gremlins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joe Dante

Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then ...more
23
Big Trouble in Little Ch... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Carpenter

Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more
24
From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Sarah Kelly

From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more
25
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

Released: 1985

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more