Top 30 Guilty Pleasures We Love to Watch Over & Over Again

Bethany Quinn | May 23, 2019 Movies
Top 30 Guilty Pleasures We Love to Watch Over & Over Again
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Corey Feldman, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, and Jamison Newlander in The Lost Boys
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Let's hear it for the guilty pleasure, shall we? Some of our favorite movies and television shows are ones that didn't receive a ton of praise from critics. In fact, they might've even tanked at the box office and have been slammed by reviewers, but we still can't help but love them. Sure, these films don't really win awards, but they've won our hearts -- and many of them make us nostalgic for the past. So we say it's time to totally own the films we love and no longer feel "guilty" about watching them!

Over the years, Hollywood has definitely turned out some majorly respectable films -- like Terms of Endearment, Driving Miss Daisy, Schindler's List, and Forrest Gump. We definitely love these films, but there's just something about a goofy comedy or cheesy romance that speaks to us.

Films that are considered guilty pleasures are usually light on the drama and heavy on the happy, which is just one of the reasons why we love them. Plus, many of the films feature some of our favorite actors. (Patrick Swayze is in three of them!)

Guilty pleasure films give us a chance to escape our everyday lives and indulge -- and why not?! There's nothing wrong with a little corniness from time to time, and those critically acclaimed films will just have to wait. From cheesy horror films to over-the-top action flicks, plus a romance or two, these are the  30 guilty pleasures we love to watch over and over again!

  • 30. 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'

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    Rated: G

    A candy factory where we can run free (for a day) was every kid's dream at one point. The lickable wallpaper, giant gummy bears, and golden goose egg will forever live on in infamy. But we can definitely do without the spoiled brats!

  • 29. 'Gremlins'

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    Rated: PG

    No water, no food after midnight, and no bright light are not just rules we set for ourselves, but they're also rules for owning Gremlins. These adorable pets turn into scary monsters when one of the aforementioned rules are broken. And while this film is technically horror, we can't help but laugh and the ridiculousness of it all.

  • 28. 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'

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    Rated: PG-13

    We love Indiana Jones for his rugged good looks, sense of adventure, and brainy charm. So we didn't even bat an eye when he went up against Hitler's Nazis in the fight for the Holy Grail in this installment of the series (well, sort of).

    Sean Connery costars as Jones's father!

  • 27. 'The Fast and the Furious'

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    Rated: PG-13

    This was the first of eight films in this franchise and will forever go down in history as the best way to see Paul Walker in his prime (may he rest in peace). From hotties to fast cars, this film is the ultimate indulgence.

  • 26. 'Home Alone'

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    Rated: PG

    Whether it's Christmastime or not, this movie hits us right in the feels. Home Alone features an adorable Macaulay Culkin whose character takes on a pair of nasty burglars and puts his naughty skills to good use.

  • 25. 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'

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    Rated: PG

    "Strange things are afoot at the Circle K," in this comedy starring a young Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. The two time travel via telephone booth to various historical moments in order not to flunk out of school! When they bring back the historical figures, they end up getting thrown in jail -- which just goes to prove high school is gnarly man!

  •  24. 'The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!'

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    Rated: PG-13

    Leslie Nielsen pretty much invented incompetent comedy, and this film proves just that. He stars as police Detective Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, a slapstick film about a Los Angeles police squad tasked with protecting Queen Elizabeth during her visit. Tons of wacky things ensue in this spoof that is perfect when ya need a good laugh!

  • 23. 'Commando'

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    Rated: R

    Arnold Schwarzenegger at his action-star best!

    In Commando, Arnold stars as a former Special Forces operative who must save his daughter from a kidnapping. Alyssa Milano stars as his daughter in this action-packed, totally over-the-top flick!

  • 22. 'Footloose'

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    Rated: PG

    There's nothing better than Kevin Bacon in his prime. From a killer soundtrack to that dancing scene, this movie is the perfect film to capture the memories of our teenage angst. Oh, and a young Sarah Jessica Parker has a costarring role. (She 's just too adorable!)

  • 21. 'Face/Off'

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    Rated: R

    Despite the unrealistic plot, this film featured two of the hottest stars of the time, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. With all its twists and turns and deep family drama, it's hard not to get caught up in this action flick!

  • 20. 'Galaxy Quest'

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    Rated: PG

    An alien race kidnaps stars of a Star Trek-like series called Galaxy Quest which they believe to be real in this comedy that stars Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver. When their acting skills are put to the test, they must try to figure out how to save the aliens -- and themselves!

  • 19. 'Smokey and the Bandit'

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    Rated: PG

    Burt Reynolds and Sally Field star in this action comedy from the 1970s. The whole premise of Smokey and the Bandit revolves around bootlegging Coors beer. Cool cars and Jackie Gleason's one-liners make this movie a guilty pleasure classic!

  • 18. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl'

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    Rated: PG-13

    Since its premiere in 2003, we have gotten a slew of other Pirates of the Caribbean movies! Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Kiera Knightly star, and we will forever love Depp's drunken, Keith Richard-esque portrayal as the pirate we hate to love -- or love to hate!

  • 17. 'Rocky IV'

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    Rated: PG

    Rocky Balboa must face off against Ivan Drago, a man the size from the Soviet Union! Sadly, Rocky is attempting to avenge Apollo Creed's death after Drago killed him in the ring, and needless to say, the stakes in this match are extremely high.

  • 16. 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'

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    Rated: PG-13

    Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, the unlucky, yet somewhat lovable dad, that manages to screw up everything he comes in contact with. While it can be painful to watch at times, we know Griswold has a good heart!

  • 15. 'Clue'

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    Rated: PG

    When a movie is based on a board game, it goes without saying that it will be a guilty pleasure. But this is one guilty pleasure with a truly talented cast. Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, Michael McKean, and others star in this whodunnit flick that's equal parts hilarious and enthralling.

  • 14. 'The Karate Kid'

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    Rated: PG

    Young Ralph Macchio plays Daniel, a boy who gets coached by a veteran and small business owner in order to fight off some mean bullies. The Karate Kid is a true underdog tale with a happy ending (of course) and gave us some pretty epic moments to boot.

    Wax on, wax off!

  • 13. 'Top Gun'

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    Rated: PG

    Maverick, Iceman, and Goose -- played by Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards -- are all competing to be at the top of their Navy pilot class. Full disclosure, we've definitely rewatched the bar scene on more than one occasion.

  • 12. 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'

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    Rated: PG-13

    Jim Carrey stars as the titular character in this wacky film about a pet P.I. who gets hired to find the missing Miami Dolphins mascot. Carrey gives us his best schticks, and while they may seem tired now, they were once fresh and super funny!

  • 11. 'Spaceballs'

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    Rated: PG

    This spoof film takes Star Wars to task and stars Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, and Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. Lone Starr must save the galaxy and a princess and comes face to face with a lot of wackiness along the way. Mel Brooks, who directed the film, also makes a hilarious cameo.

  • 10. 'Con Air'

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    Rated: R

    There's just something wildly appealing about a group of prisoners who take over a transport plane. This movie is so bad it's good, and we just love the epic explosions and '90s heavy-hitter cast that includes Nicholas Cage, John Malkovich, and John Cusack!

  • 9. 'Point Break'

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    Rated: R

    While this film isn't exactly known for its stellar acting, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayse go head to head as an FBI agent and bank robber who become friends. Just a bit of trivia, Swayze is actually the one jumping out of the plane in that epic scene as he refused to use a stunt double!

  • 8. 'The Lost Boys'

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    Rated: R

    Before there was Twilight, there was The Lost Boys. This vampire flick stars Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland and a slew of blood-sucking hotties. This film makes us want to go back to the '80s in all its cheesy glory!

  • 7. 'Armageddon'

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    Rated: PG-13

    It's the end of the world, and Bruce Willis's character promised his on-screen daughter, played by Liv Tyler, that he would return home. Sadly, he has to tell her he's breaking that promise while a song by her real dad, Steven Tyler, plays in the background.

    Cheesy? Yes?

    Do we love it? Also yes!

  • 6. 'Starship Troopers'

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    Rated: R

    We love this movie for just how self-aware it is, although that can easily get lost on one who doesn't know that's the point. Starship Troopers is not meant to be taken seriously, people! But with character names like Johnny Rico and Sugar Watkins, it's pretty hard!

  • 5. 'Ghostbusters'

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    Rated: PG

    Who ya gonna call? Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson star as four wise-cracking, ghost hunters for hire in this film that costars Sigourney Weaver and Rock Moranis. Sure, the graphics are pretty corny now, but back then, they were groundbreaking!

  • 4. 'Grease'

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    Rated: PG-13

    Oh Sandy!

    This is one of best musicals of all time -- period!

    Guilty pleasure or not, there's nothing like turning on Grease and singing along to the classic songs. We don't even care that Sandy and Danny fly off in their car in the end.

  • 3. 'Dirty Dancing'

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    Rated: PG-13

    "Nobody puts baby in the corner," is just one of the dozens of memorable lines that has dancing in our seats. While Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey made for one unlikely couple, their on-screen chemistry couldn't be denied -- even if they hated each other in real life.

  • 2. 'Road House'

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    Rated: R

    In Road House, Patrick Swayze plays Dalton, a tough bouncer with superior martial arts skills, in this movie from 1989. He gets caught up in some bar drama, and of course, has a steamy affair in the process. Swayze spends much of the movie without his shirt on, which is really good enough of a reason to watch than any!

  • 1. 'Independence Day'

    30

    Rated: PG-13

    Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum make an unlikely duo in this alien action flick, but it totally works! With dramatic action sequences and some heartbreaking deaths, Independence Day pulls at all our heartstrings and makes us wish Bill Pullman was really the president!

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