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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

Updated October 8, 2020 185.0k votes 9.4k voters 456.1k views560 items

List RulesVote up the cheesiest movies you love watching anyway.

What makes great guilty pleasure movies? 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 corny, dumb, or 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 on this list and then rank your own list and add your missing faves.

 

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    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • 3
    Raiders of the Lost Ark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 4
    National Lampoon's Christmas V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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  • 5
    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • 6
    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • 7
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The  is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 8
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • 9
    Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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  • 11
    The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 12
    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 13
    Point Break is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • 15
    Tommy Boy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Tommy Boy

    Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe

    Released1995

    Directed byPeter Segal

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  • 16
    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • 18
    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • 19
    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 20
    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • 22
    Underworld is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Underworld

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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    The Mummy Returns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    The Mummy Returns

    Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Indiana Jones and the Temple o is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg

    Released1984

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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