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Another Top 10 Movies So Bad They’re Good

VO: Adrian Sousa WRITTEN BY: Derick McDuff

These are some more of the most beloved films ever, just not for the reasons that were originally intended. From Showgirls to Anaconda, WatchMojo is counting down the movies that are so bad they are good.

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Another Top 10 Movies So Bad They’re Good


These are some more of the most beloved films ever, just not for the reasons that were originally intended. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, today we’ll be counting down our picks for another top 10 movies that are so bad they are good.

For this list, we’re focusing on unintentional humor, so entertainment movies meant to be campy or silly, like the “Sharknado” franchise, won’t appear. If you don’t see a film you think should be here, be sure to check out our first list on the topic!

#10: “Showgirls” (1995)

It's a film made by the director of “Robocop” and “Starship Troopers” about strippers, and but it's not quite how you'd imagine it. While seemingly gratuitous nudity was used as social commentary in both of those films, here it’s the core element of the plot, which follows a plucky hero stripping her way to the top in Vegas. It’s filled with one-dimensional stock characters, a terrible script and a lot of female nudity. Despite failing critically and financially, it’s become a cult classic over the years, and particularly iconic in the gay community.

#9: “Xanadu” (1980)

The late ‘70s saw plenty of bad “Star Wars” knock-offs, and just as many terrible “Saturday Night Fever” knocks offs, but it wasn’t until 1980 that someone had the insane idea of trying to rip off both in the same movie. This hodgepodge of bad ideas, sub-par acting, and a clearly rewritten script is so downright nonsensical and goofy it’s nearly impossible not to be entertained. But what really sets it apart is the super catchy soundtrack from ELO and Olivia Newton-John, which provides a perfect fit for the film’s unique aesthetic, and proved to be far more successful than the film it was meant to support.

#8: “Jaws 3-D” (1983)

While the first “Jaws” film is hailed as one of the best thrillers ever made and responsible for creating the “summer blockbuster”, by the third installment the premise was beginning to wear thin. Where “Jaws” was an intense character-driven thriller, “Jaws 3-D” was a hilariously bad ‘80s horror film that followed the unfortunate ‘80s trend of attempting 3-D. The movie is filled with gimmicky shots that were bad enough viewed through blue and red glasses, but are side-splittingly hilarious when watched normally. This includes the notorious shot of a static shark slowly drifting towards the camera before “dramatically” breaking through a glass barrier.

#7: “Torque” (2004)

“What’s cooler than cars? Motorcycles!” seemed to have been the thought process of the people behind this gem of a film when it was gifted to the world. It tries so hard to be cooler than “Fast and Furious” it’s comical, with its video game-like action and plot about a man framed for murder, chased by both a rival gang and the police. But you know what? Insane motorcycle stunts are actually pretty cool, and the main antagonist played by the seemingly perpetually grumpy Ice Cube are still entertaining even in a movie as bad as this.

#6: “Anaconda” (1997)

Here we have a movie about a giant man-eating snake stalking what must be the most random documentary crew ever assembled, which featured Ice Cube, Owen Wilson, and Jonathan Hyde as a walking British stereotype. Of course, as entertaining as some of these characters are, none are as great as the over the top, hammy, insane, and weirdly accented performance Jon Voight gives as a Paraguayan snake hunter. The sheer stupidity of the characters and the bad writing, combined with the ludicrous, but actually impressive action set pieces make this train wreck a pretty fun watch.

#5: “Cool as Ice” (1990)

“Ice Ice Baby” remains popular to this day - not because it's cool, but because it’s so lame and trying so hard to be awesome that it’s hilarious. “Cool As Ice” is the cinematic equivalent of that song. Vanilla Ice rolls into a town of yuppies on his motorcycle in a musical romantic comedy, which inexplicably turns into an action kidnapping adventure. If none of that description makes sense to you don’t worry, the entire movie is just as bizarre. How and why this movie even exists is a mystery, but we’re glad we have this time portal to an era when Vanilla Ice was king.

#4: “Jason X” (2001)

When a long-running franchise runs out of ideas, one of their favorite tricks is to make the next installment IN SPACE! It pretty much never works out, but since the “Friday the 13th” franchise had been releasing progressively worse films, they gave it a shot anyway. “Jason X” sought to be a cool, edgy, and of course extreme horror movie for the new millennium, and of course failed on all accounts. But it did succeed in being hilarious. It plays more like an over the top parody of both horror and science fiction films than the serious and foreboding film that was intended.

#3: “Samurai Cop” (1991)

This film feels more like something shot by a couple of friends on a VHS camcorder than a professionally made film intended for distribution. Signs of trouble include the jarring cuts, lack of lighting, bad soundtrack, and a lady's wig on the male lead in a number of scenes – not to mention that it’s also direct-to-video. Perhaps the most hilariously dumb thing is the ADR, which was done by the director because he couldn’t afford bringing the actors back to redub their own lines. And that’s just the technical stuff; the whole movie’s plot is filled with nonsensical dialogue, a comically sexist lead, and the lamest actions scenes ever.

#2: “The Happening” (2008)

M. Night Shyamalan has made some entertaining films, and he has made some terrible ones too, but this is arguably his only film that is both. “The Happening” is like a master class for unintentional humor, with the gimmicky suicides, bizarre close ups, and characters who speak in the most absurd way possible. Shyamalan also takes a pair of talented leading actors and essentially makes them parodies of themselves. Zooey Deschanel seems to constantly have a creepy confused look on, and Mark Wahlberg delivers his terribly written dialogue in a state of constant confusion. Throw in random and nonsensical moments and you have comic gold.

#1: “Road House” (1989)

The ‘80s were chalk full of completely stupid but fun to watch action movies, and few were better than “Road House.” The movie is a sort of perfect amalgamation of ‘80s tough guy clichés, with Patrick Swayze as a “philosopher fighter” named James who leaves New York to become a bouncer for a small town bar. Of course, once there, he meets a local businessman who’s into racketeering and extortion, and who blows stuff up and has Dalton’s mentor killed for good measure. Being the guilty pleasure that it is, “Road House” is filled with one-liners, nudity, and a couple of ripped out throats.
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