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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

Updated October 25, 2020 187.7k votes 9.6k voters 463.0k views541 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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  • Ghostbusters1
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    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • Alita: Battle Angel2
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    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

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    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark3
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    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina

    Released1981

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  • Mrs. Doubtfire4
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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation6
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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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  • Home Alone7
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    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory8
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    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • The Mummy9
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    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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  • Independence Day10
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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade11
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    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Lost Boys12
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • Point Break13
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    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • The Karate Kid14
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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Armageddon15
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    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest16
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    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

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  • Grease17
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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • Top Gun18
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    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Starship Troopers19
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    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

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  • Cool Runnings20
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    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

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  • Pretty Woman21
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    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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  • Underworld22
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    Released2003

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  • Tommy Boy23
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    Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe

    Released1995

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  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom24
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    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg

    Released1984

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • School of Rock25
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    Sarah Silverman, Jack Black

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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