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While critical acclaim often dictates movie viewing preferences, sometimes you aren't looking for an intellectual challenge when you settle in for a night in front of the TV. In such scenarios, guilty pleasure drama movies can help you turn your mind off. While you may be ashamed to admit you love these corny films, they're often exactly what you need despite their many, many flaws. 

Guilty pleasure dramas are often big hits despite lackluster reviews, and there's a good reason for that. Sure, there's a time and a place for Citizen Kane or Casablanca, but sometimes you'd rather engage with the likes of Road House or Dirty Dancing. If you're exhausted from a long week, sometimes you just want something fun and easyThese cheesy dramas may be full of bad acting and dumb dialogue, but they cater to base level emotions well enough to get some cathartic tears flowing with minimal effort. If you're in need of such an indulgence, peruse this list of some of the cheesiest films of all time to find the best movie for your viewing pleasure! 

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach 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

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The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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St. Elmo's Fire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
St. Elmo's Fire Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare ...more

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The Lucky One is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
The Lucky One Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner The Lucky One is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks and released April 2012. It is an adaptation of the 2008 novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Zac Efron ...more

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The Bodyguard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
The Bodyguard Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner, Debbie Reynolds The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic thriller film directed by Mick Jackson, written by Lawrence Kasdan, and starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Costner stars as a former Secret ...more

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Cruel Intentions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Cruel Intentions Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tara Reid Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair. The film is an adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses, written ...more

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Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Pay It Forward Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It was directed by Mimi Leder and written by Leslie Dixon. It stars Haley Joel Osment as ...more

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more

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Flashdance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Flashdance Jennifer Beals, Lee Ving, Michael Nouri Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne. It was the first collaboration of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and the presentation of some sequences in ...more

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Riding in Cars with Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Riding in Cars with Boys Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brittany Murphy Riding in Cars with Boys is a 2001 film based on the autobiography of the same name by Beverly Donofrio about a woman who overcame difficulties, including being a teen mother, and who later ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Sixteen Candles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Sixteen Candles John Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Joan Cusack Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.

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Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Forever Young Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood Forever Young is a 1992 film with elements of romance, drama and science fiction, directed by Steve Miner, starring Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood and Jamie Lee Curtis. The screenplay was written by J. ...more

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For Keeps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
For Keeps Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald, Conchata Ferrell For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff as Darcy and Stan, two high school seniors in love. Complications ensue when Darcy ...more

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The Bucket List is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
The Bucket List Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner, produced by Reiner, Alan Greisman, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson ...more

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Reign Over Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Reign Over Me Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith In Reign Over Me, two former college roommates Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) and Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) run into each other years later and rekindle their friendship. Charlie, who recently ...more

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Beaches is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Beaches Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara ...more

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Flicka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Flicka Maria Bello, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer Flicka is a 2006 film loosely based on the 1941 children's novel My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara. The film is directed by Michael Mayer. The novel has previously been made into a film in 1943, ...more

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Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Memoirs of a Geisha Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li Memoirs of a Geisha is a 2005 American epic film adaptation of the novel of the same name, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Spyglass Entertainment and by Douglas Wick's ...more

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Sweet November is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Sweet November Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham Sweet November is a 2001 romantic drama film starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron, reuniting the actors after their previous appearance as husband and wife in The Devil's Advocate. The film ...more

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Mona Lisa Smile is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Mona Lisa Smile Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal Mona Lisa Smile is a 2003 drama film produced by Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures in association with Red Om Films Productions, directed by Mike Newell, written by Lawrence Konner and ...more

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Center Stage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Center Stage Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy Center Stage is a 2000 American teen drama film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of young dancers from various backgrounds who enroll at the fictitious American Ballet Academy in New ...more

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Georgia Rule is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Georgia Rule Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman Georgia Rule is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall and starring Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman, Dermot Mulroney, Garrett Hedlund, and Cary Elwes. The ...more

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Lost and Delirious is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Drama Movies
Lost and Delirious Mischa Barton, Emily VanCamp, Piper Perabo Lost and Delirious is a 2001 Canadian drama film directed by Léa Pool and loosely based on the novel The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan. Lost and Delirious is filmed from the perspective of ...more