Top 10 Movies So Bad They're Good

Script written by Niki Neptune. Sometimes, a movie can transport us with its wit, ingenuity, and brilliance. These are not those movies. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 movies that are so bad they’re good. For this list, we’re looking at films that are so poorly written, so horribly produced, and so dreadfully acted they transcend the realm of awfulness and actually become entertaining. Special thanks to our users TheKippfather, Opst3r, Mx24, Josh Sinclair, MultiPearl007, HonkyTonkBuffalo, Kevin Lemenager, mANCIN greeYBERINHG, aldqbigsquare, 14728, Andrew A. Dennison, Deathmatch1959, Marcus Rivera, mrjamied99, Bigsexiee, jama white, Justin Pabon, waterblonk, Nichelle Phoenix Perez, almothewrestler, bustamoveorelse, Nicolas R, tm148, Marie Scraeyen, ReaderGamerSinger, KungFuKingmasta, Matt Cipolla, Gellarfan666 and Ward kole for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Niki Neptune.

Top 10 Movies So Bad They’re Good


Sometimes, a movie can transport us with its wit, ingenuity, and brilliance. These are not those movies. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movies that are so bad they’re good.

For this list, we’re looking at films that are so poorly written, so horribly produced, and so dreadfully acted they transcend the realm of awfulness and actually become entertaining.

#10: “The Wicker Man” (2006)

Nic Cage’s frenetic energy and bizarre overacting are truly what make this movie great. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is supposed to be going on in the film, but with the introduction of bear suits, killer bees and punching women in the face, it’s easy to get lost. Plus, who doesn’t want to see someone get bike-jacked at gunpoint?

#9: “Over the Top” (1987)

The title pretty much describes the movie. It would be formulaic, if there were a formula for ridiculous displays of machismo. What we love most about “Over the Top” is that there’s so much gratuitous straining and bravado, in addition to a child driving a pick-up truck and catching a flight with no issues. We do know that we’d like to attend an arm-wrestling championship, though. It looks intense.

#8: “Manos: The Hands of Fate” (1966)
This movie raises several questions, namely: why? Why do they insist on staying at the house? Why does this “Master” dude need so many wives? And why is this movie so thoroughly bad? The answer is quite simply: because that’s what makes it awesome. The abysmal acting, the confusing editing, the weirdo story, it all adds up to one perfect storm of ridiculousness. You really can’t stop watching.

#7: “Birdemic: Shock and Terror” (2008)

Clearly inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock classic, “The Birds,” this clunker is also a classic, but for all the wrong reasons. Inexplicably, birds have the ability to spit acid, and have taken to attacking humans and gas stations. Oh, and they explode on impact. What makes this awful movie particularly wonderful, however, are the comically horrendous special effects that look like they were completed on a wing and a prayer.

#6: “Flash Gordon” (1980)

We love movies based on comics when they’re done well. We also love them when they’re done so poorly they become everything we’ve been looking for. “Flash Gordon” is deliciously campy in a self-aware sort of way, with laughable lines and comical action sequences. And with Queen doing the soundtrack, the movie isn’t totally unbearable to watch. In fact, we kinda dig it.

#5: “Mac and Me” (1988)

It’s an unapologetic rip-off of 1982’s “E.T.” and our only question is why they waited so long. MAC, hilariously short for “mysterious alien creature,” is stranded on Earth in the company of a young boy. You can kinda guess that the authorities are going to get involved at some point, which they do. But honestly, it’s just an extended excuse for a really weird McDonald’s commercial. We see you McDonald’s and we’re lovin’ it.

#4: “Troll 2” (1990)

The first warning sign should’ve been that there aren’t actually any trolls in the movie. We’re guessing “Vegetarian Goblins” probably wouldn’t have gone over well with audiences, but at least it’s more honest. There’s an abundance of unintentional hilarity, most likely due to the language barrier between the Italian crew and the American actors. Because we all know most American girls spend their time bench-pressing in their bedrooms in full weight-lifting regalia.

#3: “Glen or Glenda” (1953)

Ed Wood left an amazing legacy of amazingly bad films and we couldn’t be more grateful. A taboo subject for the 1950s, the film touches on the topic of gender and sexuality through cross-dressing, but it does so in the some of the wackiest and ham-fisted ways imaginable. Displaying Woods’ signature confusing plot lines and inconsistent narrative voices, it’s a tour-de-force in bad movies gone good.

#2: “The Room” (2003)

Once every generation, there comes a film so transformative, so unprecedented, so mind-bogglingly bad that it defies explanation. It’s become a quick cult classic for its strange dialogue, embarrassing acting and shoddy sets. We’re obsessed with how bad the movie is, and while the director-writer-slash-star Tommy Wiseau has tried to play it off as a tongue-in-cheek homage to dramatic filmmaking, we know it’s genuinely bad. But it’s also genuinely good.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “Robot Monster” (1953)
- “The Garbage Pail Kids Movie” (1987)
- “Maximum Overdrive” (1986)

#1: “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959)

Many consider this to be the worst film ever made, and we can see why. From the atrocious dialogue to the ridiculous plot, we can’t look away. It set the standard for how not to make a movie, and yet, we wish there were more films just like it. Laughably convoluted, the film takes itself far too seriously and we seriously appreciate that. Zombies and aliens and Bela Lugosi, oh my!

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