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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

Updated October 25, 2020 193.6k votes 9.6k voters 460.9k 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
    1,887
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark2
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    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina

    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Alita: Battle Angel3
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation4
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

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  • Mrs. Doubtfire5
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl6
    1,230
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    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • Home Alone7
    1,382
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory8
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • The Mummy9
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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  • Independence Day10
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    1,451

    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade11
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The Lost Boys12
    1,404
    1,061

    The Lost Boys

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1987

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • Point Break13
    1,428
    1,131

    Point Break

    Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey

    Released1991

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest14
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

    Released2006

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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  • The Karate Kid15
    1,025
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Armageddon16
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    1,122

    Armageddon

    Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • Grease17
    1,662
    1,366

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • Top Gun18
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Starship Troopers19
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom20
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg

    Released1984

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Pretty Woman21
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    Pretty Woman

    Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

    Released1990

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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  • Cool Runnings22
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • Tommy Boy23
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    Tommy Boy

    Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe

    Released1995

    Directed byPeter Segal

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  • Underworld24
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    Underworld

    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen

    Released2003

    Directed byLen Wiseman

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  • The Mummy Returns25
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    The Mummy Returns

    Dwayne Johnson, Rachel Weisz

    Released2001

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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