SR Pick: Our Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movies

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 12th, 2009 at 10:21 am,

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After my Cult Movies article got people talking and listing their favorite cult picks, I decided it was time for us at Screen Rant to confess to our favorite (and likely embarrassing) “Guilty Pleasure” movies. Before I get to the list, I wanted to first talk about what a “Guilty Pleasure Movie” is.

A Guilty Pleasure, according to Wikipedia, is something one considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it.  Often, the “guilt” involved is simply fear of others discovering one’s lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes, rather than actual moral guilt. Fashion, music, and food can be examples of guilty pleasures.”

Those are easy-to-list guilty pleasures, along with TV shows (any reality show on VH1, really). However, I’m looking for the MOVIES we all hate to admit we love.  To give you an example, Titanic was listed number one by SR owner and editor-in-chief Vic Holtreman.  Why is it a guilty pleasure movie?  Because Titanic was loved mostly by women, and though many of us were dragged to the film, we probably wouldn’t list it as one of our favorites.

Now that we have the definition out of the way, it’s time to look at a sample of what some of our writers picked:




Point Break


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“Fine, call me a wuss, but my wife bought Titanic on DVD when it came out and pulls it out to watch it about once a year – and I don’t run screaming from the room. I think it’s probably the music by James Horner that sucks me in every time more than anything.”



U.S. Marshals

Hard to Kill

X-Men: The Last Stand

us marshals SR Pick: Our Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movies

“There are certain movies that steal my attention every time they’re played (ad nauseum) on cable. U.S. Marshals is one of them. While the movie is ostensibly a knock-off spin-off of The Fugitive sans Harrison Ford, U.S. Marshals still packs a great cast (Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr.), a great conspiracy story and enough twists to keep you wide-eyed. Just one of those second-tier thrillers I can’t help but enjoy.”



Legally Blonde

Charlie’s Angels 1 & 2

Gone In 60 Seconds (remake)

guilty pleasure charlies angels SR Pick: Our Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movies

“I think the Charlie’s Angels movies, particularly the second one, fall heavily into the category of “Guilty Pleasure movies.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not oblivious to how cheesy and over-the-top these films are. However, something about them is so fun to watch, not only for the first time but everytime. Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore are all very… watchable in their respective roles, and I think the ridiculousness of some of the scenes just adds to the fun.”



Judge Dredd

Boondock Saints

U.S. Marshals (loved it!)

guilty pleasure judge dredd SR Pick: Our Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movies

“Judge Dredd stood out for me as a kid because I loved the character on screen. Confident, cocky, with a sweet (read: big) gun that he could talk to, that could fire all sorts of convenient types of ammunition – if you’ve seen this movie, you know what I’m talking about. The vehicles were sweet and the bad guy robot was scary, I loved the design and look of this movie as a kid and to me, this is a classic that I look forward to watching again.”



The Boy Who Could Fly

Dog Soldiers

Bad Boys

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“Dog Soldiers is just good, down to earth hand to claw combat between soldiers who don’t care who the enemy is, as long as they bleed. There’s no backing down until someone falls.  That’s all there is.  I approach life much that way and I can relate. That and the werewolf effects are still close to top-notch, even today.”




Deep Rising/Virus/Relic (all one-time summer movies delayed until January because they were rotten)

Godzilla (1998)

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“I saw Ladybugs on a double date years ago and didn’t think much of it. About a year after that I saw in on video and I couldn’t stop laughing at Rodney Dangerfield’s jokes.  It has since become the ultimate guilty pleasure movie for me, because it’s essentially for tween girls but Rodney’s in it.  Which makes no sense, but I love it.”


Some other picks by the Screen Rant staff: Tango and Cash (Niall Browne), Remo Williams (Mike Wilkerson), Fool’s Gold (Jacob Waldman), Hard Rain (Paul E. Young), and Miss Congeniality (Rob Frappier).

Funny enough, many of us seem to love the same things (you may not see our full lists, but Judge Dredd, U.S. Marshals, and Deep Rising kept popping up). So I’m curious to see what you all think, now that we here at Screen Rant can’t go outside without paper bags over our heads to hide our shame.

What are some of YOUR deep, dark. guilty pleasure movies? Don’t be afraid – most of you use aliases!   simple smile SR Pick: Our Favorite Guilty Pleasure Movies

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  1. @ Fenix

    You just listed a solid movie yourself. Predator is not a guilty a pleasure by any means. Its a pleasure PERIOD.

  2. @Fenix


    Predator is a solid movie indeed.

  3. @ Felix; Please understand that these are as subjective as anything else here. It’s what we feel as individuals. My sister typically wouldn’t give Science Fiction the time of day. But she doesn’t feel the same way about “Transformers.” Even though she felt the sequel needed more human interaction and less robot action. I payed her way into “GI Joe” just to get her comparison opinion. She agreed with me that “G.I. Joe” was better, but admitted she wouldn’t have went to see “Joe” if she was making the choice at home before going out based on title and trailers.

  4. I just thought of two more movies. City of Angels and Mission to Mars.

  5. Since people are afraid to admit it (j/k) Imma go ahead and say THe Lost World, Jurassic Park also as a guilty pleasure.

  6. I meant The Lost World:Jurassic Park* not a comma to seperate

  7. school of rock
    breakfast club
    smokin aces

  8. Death to Smootchy, The Shadow, Punisher: War Zone, and Spawn

  9. Sex and the City, the movie.
    The Wedding Singer
    Pretty Woman

    Wow, that was almost cathartic.

  10. Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man
    Daredevil: Director’s cut
    Ford Fairlane
    Hudson Hawk
    Death Proof

  11. My guily pleasures are probably the worst out of everyones:
    Dragonball Evolution
    G.I.Joe The rise of Cobra
    Spiderman 3

  12. Punisher (original Golan Globus version)
    Monster Squad (anyone remember that one?)
    Titanic (think it’s one o’ best movie stories ever made)

  13. A Walk to Remember
    Something Borrowed
    Katy Perry Movie
    Glee Movie

    Now those are guilty pleasure movies!!

  14. Lordy, here goes:
    Deep Blue Sea (giant smart sharks shouldn’t be this much fun)
    Galaxy Quest (nerdy fun-poking at every turn)
    Demolition Man (Wesley Snipes playing Grace Jones in drag)
    The Net (paranoid big brother chase movies are always fun)