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20 Bad Movies That Are Actually Really Good

Updated March 9, 2020 19.2k votes 3.1k voters 108.5k views20 items

List RulesVote up the awful, terrible movies that you kind of love for some reason.

Why watch terrible movies? Well, every once in a while, you need a break from the prestige films and quirky indies that permeate the conversation when the topic of film comes up. The good bad movies and films on this list are a part of the new canon of B-movie cinema. They’ve done what few of their counterparts could do and risen to the top of the garbage heap to become beloved bad films. If you want to call them guilty pleasures, that’s cool, and either way, these are the bad movies you have to see before you die.

Sure, there are more so bad they’re good movies out there in the world, but these films are the best at what they do. Ranging from B-grade horror films to $75 million movies, each film on this list has something special about it that pulls it from the depths of your normal bad movie and raises it to the status of so bad it’s good. Or best worst, how ever you want to say it. It’s taken a lifetime to curate this list, and Hollywood will more than likely pump out new films to add to it as time goes on, but don’t expect anything to be added to the list tomorrow. Bad movies might be filmed every day, but you’ve got to wait around for something truly special.

If you know about a movie that’s so bad it’s good that you think others would want to see, let’s continue the conversation in the comments. Isn't everyone always looking for new bad movies to watch?

  • Con Air is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Bad Movies That Are Actually Really Good
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    Where do you even begin with Con-Air? It's a movie about an ex-army ranger who is sent to jail for defending his wife and then gets stuck on a plane full of dangerous prisoners who have a plan to escape to Mexico. Also, those prisoners are played by John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, Dave Chappelle, Steve Buscemi, and Danny Trejo. Also, Nicolas Cage has Jesus hair and crashes a plane into Las Vegas.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%
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  • Road House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Bad Movies That Are Actually Really Good
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    The mother of all macho movies, Road House is a great go-to movie for lazy Sunday afternoons stuck at home. The film that gave the world the phrase, "pain don't hurt," this movie takes everything you know about being a man, and turns it the F up. Sure, it's absolutely silly, but that's what makes it so wonderful. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%
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  • Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Bad Movies That Are Actually Really Good
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    It's hard to overstress how bad this movie really is. Between the phoned-in Wesley Snipes scenes, and Parker Posey's line delivery, this incredibad gem should be your new midnight movie. 

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

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  • Roger Corman's Death Race 2000 is a prescient prediction of America's culture of violence and addiction to reality television. Also, it's got a lot of cars gettin' blowed up real good. Everything about this movie is over the top and better for it. Can you say, "hand grenade?"

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%
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