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Top 10 Razzie Winning Movies We Secretly Love

VO: Rebecca Brayton

Written by Shane O'Gorman

Terrible movies that were bad enough to garner Razzies, but in spite of our better judgement, we still love. WatchMojo presents the top 10 razzie winning movies that we secretly love! But what will take the top spot on our list, The Blair Witch Project, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, or Rambo: First Blood Part II? Watch to find out!

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These films are the definition of: ‘so bad, they’re good’. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Razzie-winning movies we secretly love.

For this list, we’ve looked at movies that have won a Golden Raspberry award (which is basically the opposite of an Oscar, as it signifies terrible filmmaking skills), whether it was for their bad acting, writing or direction. We fully realize that these movies are likely fundamentally flawed on some level, but we somehow manage to look past all their bad points and have a good time watching them nonetheless; and we bet we aren’t the only ones.

#10: “Cocktail” (1988)

Still smoking hot from 1986’s “Top Gun”, Tom Cruise starred in this box office hit about a young business student working as a bartender by night. While the movie may have brought in the dough, the same can’t be said for positive reviews... critics were less than enthusiastic about this Cocktail’s taste and that resulted in Razzie wins for Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture. Currently sporting a brutal 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics claimed that the film had a terrible storyline and selfish, unlikeable characters. While it’s not exactly Shakespeare, this movie is the perfect guilty pleasure pick for any fan of the ‘80s. It boasts a seriously catchy pop soundtrack and enough flashy 1988 style to spare.

#9: “Rocky IV” (1985)

The original “Rocky” film was a mega success both critically and commercially, taking home the Oscar for Best Picture while also raking in $225 million at the box office. Flash forward nearly a decade and the fourth installment in this franchise was more of a champ at the Razzies. It earned itself five Golden Raspberries, including worst director and actor for Stallone. The musical score was also heavily criticized, as it basically turned the entire film into a 90-minute music video. To be fair though, the music wasn’t bad; you may actually find yourself tapping your foot to some of the tunes. Furthermore, the epic climactic showdown between Rocky and Ivan Drago is arguably one of the best bouts of the entire series.

#8: “Showgirls” (1995)

From film director Paul Verhoeven, who gave us action-packed classics like “Robocop”, comes this film, which provided us with a look into the um…’action-packed’ life of strippers. “Showgirls” was a magnet for controversy with its abundant nudity and graphic sexual themes, earning itself an NC-17 rating and a total of seven Razzies, including Worst Picture, Actress and Director. Unfortunately, the highly restrictive rating and harsh critical reception did hurt the movie financially. Nonetheless, the film has since gained a devoted cult following. If one looks past all the gratuitous sexual content, there’s actually a compelling storyline that works as a satirical evaluation of the showgirl industry. Alternatively… you can gawk at the aforementioned gratuitous sexual content. Y’know, whatever works.

#7: “Indecent Proposal” (1993)

If the “Showgirls” entry taught us anything, it’s that taboo sexual themes don’t usually go over well with critics, and “Indecent Proposal” was no exception to this rule. Covering subject matter like infidelity and male control, this flick was subject to criticism for both its ‘indecent’ premise and storytelling. Sure, it cleaned up at the Razzies that year – winning Worst Film and Worst Screenplay – but maybe it’s just misunderstood. The narrative is either offensive or downright insane depending on who you ask, but it could also be interpreted as a warning for viewers of the many consequences that can arise from extramarital affairs. That, or it’s just really bad and we take pleasure in watching a train-wreck.

#6: “Wyatt Earp” (1994)

This western earned itself a whopping five Razzie nominations, winning Worst Actor for Kevin Costner’s take on the eponymous character as well as for Worst Remake or Sequel. However, this intense backlash feels a little over the top. Released only six months after the film “Tombstone”, which also tells the tale of Wyatt Earp, the interpretation by Costner and company likely got such negative reception because “Tombstone” had already been there, done that BETTER. While “Tombstone” is arguably the superior film, this one was arguably a solid effort itself. It earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography, as well as praise from others for its script and musical score. It’s a bit on the long side, but still worth watching.

#5: “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” (2003)
The first film was a hit, so the angels jumped back into action for this sequel hoping to replicate that success. Sorry ladies; critics say you failed that mission. Slammed for its subpar plot and lack of direction, “Full Throttle” was seen as a pointless sequel that won two Razzies for Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Supporting Actress for Demi Moore. Even so, sometimes you just need to embrace a film for what it is: style, MORE style and the absolute bare minimum when it comes to substance. “Full Throttle” was harmless, dumb fun with three great characters we couldn’t get enough of. So, grab some popcorn, turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.

#4: “Big Daddy” (1999)

Adam Sandler’s film repertoire is questionable to say the least, making him a regular presence at Golden Raspberry award ceremonies – and he won Worst Actor for this comedy. Now, there’s no denying that this funny man has released his fair share of stinkers over the years, but in retrospect, “Big Daddy” does not deserve to be counted among his more inferior works. The humor, while admittedly crude, hits the mark way more than it misses and the story about a clueless man-child forced to act responsibly and care for a little boy provides many emotional moments as well. Whether you’re looking for a good laugh or a flick packed with surprising heartfelt depth; “Big Daddy” actually delivers.

#3: “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991)

Poor Kevin Costner just can’t seem to escape the wrath of the Razzies, and so we welcome him back for his role in this particular interpretation of the classic English folk tale. For this romantic adventure film, public opinion is split right down the middle in terms of quality. While it made $390 million at the worldwide box office and earned an Oscar nod for Best Original Song, it was also critically panned for having a jumbled narrative and turning a classic story of joy and hope into a mopey, humdrum affair. But honestly, we’ve seen much worse. Costner’s Razzie-winning portrayal of Robin Hood wasn’t actually awful and we appreciate the film for trying something tonally different with the character.

#2: “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985)

“First Blood” was a powerful, tense action movie. While we’ll admit its sequel isn’t quite as good, the fact that it won the Razzie for Worst Picture is honestly baffling. With this and the aforementioned “Rocky IV” nominated the same year, we suspect that the Razzies just enjoy picking on Stallone. Do they hate fun? This second Rambo adventure was a simple, straightforward action romp. It knows exactly what it is, and because of its thrilling pace and extravagant set pieces, it’s since become an iconic entry in the pantheon of action cinema. This sequel may have traded in its predecessors’ grit and polish for over-the-top, bonkers craziness; but we love it anyway. Exploding arrows? C’mon, that’s AWESOME!

#1: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)

We respectfully disagree with the Razzies’ on this one - both in their decision to nominate this for Worst Picture and in their choice to name Heather Donahue as Worst Actress. Every aspect of this movie’s design, from the performance to cinematography, works to build a claustrophobic feeling of dread that makes for a truly terrifying experience. When Heather’s character records an apology just as all hope seems lost, it’s a rare heartbreaking moment for a horror film. Probably because it’s a (coughs) good performance! The clever camera work leaves many of the scares up to the imagination, and was so effective, it’s been credited with popularizing the found footage genre. Honestly, we can’t recommend this Razzie winner enough!
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