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The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies 

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Updated May 3, 2018 8.1k votes 665 voters 6.7k views 27 items

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If you're on the hunt for the best guilty pleasure sci-fi movies, you best prepare for some overdone neon lighting, corny costumes, and premises riddled with plot holes. Science fiction is a genre that hinges on world building, so a decent premise, excellent special effects, and believable prosthetics are key to pulling it off. When things go south, you get some seriously cheesy films that are great for a good laugh. 

Dumb sci-fi films are the result of multiple factors. An excellent script can be executed poorly without a big enough budget. On the other hand, some films are so bogged down in special effects, producers forget to craft a decent story. This does not infringe on viewer enjoyment, however. Quality science fiction is often an allegorical reflection on modern times that requires analysis and thought. However, sometimes you'd rather opt for something fun and easy. If you're on the hunt for some of the cheesiest sci-fi films viewers love to hate, browse this list. And feel free to add anything you think is missing! 

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his ...more

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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

Released: 1989

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more

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Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
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Released: 1996

Directed by: Tim Burton

Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

Released: 1993

Directed by: Marco Brambilla

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Short Circuit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, Austin Pendleton

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Badham

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Tron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Lisberger

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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Riddick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Karl Urban

Released: 2013

Directed by: David Twohy

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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti

Released: 1980

Directed by: Mike Hodges

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Sting, Patrick Stewart, Alicia Witt

Released: 1984

Directed by: David Lynch

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, James Earl Jones

Released: 1995

Directed by: Danny Cannon

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Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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Signs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Star Wars Episode II: At... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
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Released: 2002

Directed by: George Lucas

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Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

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Star Wars Episode I: The... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

Released: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Alien: Resurrection is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver, Ron Perlman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

Released: 1986

Directed by: Stephen King

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The Core is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Amiel

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A.I. Artificial Intellig... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Sci-Fi Movies
Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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