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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/30/2007

Guilty Pleasure: Movies to Watch Again and Again

By Liz Kelly

(Image courtesy Paramount Pictures)

The first time I saw "Airplane" it was projected on the wall of my family's villa in Italy. I was maybe nine years old and thought an inflatable autopilot, a guy who spilled drinks down his face and, well, feces hitting a fan was hi-larious. As I matured, I found new nuances to delight me in "Airplane" -- the teen me felt smug recognizing cameos from Barbara Billingsley, Kareem Abdul Jabar and a young Joe Izuzu (David Leisure). As an adult, I snicker at the subtle (and not so subtle) dialogue and I have finally come to appreciate Julie Hagerty. I've also been known to fast forward through the DVD to hear the lines from Stephen Stucker's Johnny ("I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl.")

"Airplane" is just one of the movies contained in a box I keep close at hand. The fact that this box didn't go into storage with the rest of my household belongings during our year-long house renovation is a testament to its importance. Inside this box are scenes and characters that have the perennial ability to mesmerize me. Rather than becoming stale, they seem to grow ever more precious with age. Each repeated viewing entertains me with the same joy I experienced on the first viewing. These are movies I can watch again and again -- often to the chagrin of Mr. Liz.

We all have a favorite movie, and usually, we want our favorite movie to make a statement about who we are -- politically, creatively, morally. We choose our favorite movie shrewdly, mindful of the message it sends to those who ask, usually hoping for a clue about what makes us tick.

Our guilty pleasure movies are not the movies we'd necessarily label a "favorite." They're not embarrassing so much as a little unremarkable. They are movies that, if you did identify them as a favorite, would draw blank stares. They may not make a statement or they may slap us in the face with one, they may contain corny humor or revel in pseudo-intellectuality, they may be dated in the worst way possible or contain special effects so hokey you can't help but grin at their moxie for trying. Often, we can't explain why it is we like these movies; we just do.

Today, we share those movies with each other. As usual, I'll go first:

Airplane
Pete's Dragon
Pride and Prejudice (all 300 minutes of the 1995 BBC miniseries)
Some Kind of Wonderful
Jesus' Son
Urban Cowboy
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Terminator
Suburbia
The Fifth Element

I showed you mine. Show me yours in the comments section below...

By Liz Kelly  | March 30, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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Comments

Easy.
"The Cutting Edge"
"You've Got Mail"
"The Negotiator"

Posted by: phan | March 30, 2007 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Auntie Mame
Better Off Dead
The Poseidon Adventure
The Fifth Element
Robocop

Posted by: spoon | March 30, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Without question: "Tremors," with Fred Ward, Kevin Bacon, Michael Gross, Reba McEntire and Finn Carter...I don't care much for horror movies generally, but this one had just the right combination of humor and thrills to make it one I've seen at least ten times...I'll watch it every time it is on cable, particularly HBO or pay cable, so I can hear the unexpurgated "F*********** YOU!" Kevin Bacon says to the giant groundworm that has brained itself on the side of the irrigation ditch...The sequel Tremors 3 isn't too bad either...

Posted by: Dan | March 30, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

If I see The Princess Bride, Office Space, or Real Genius, I feel compelled to watch.

Posted by: D | March 30, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

OK most of mine are chick flicks:

The Cutting Edge
10 things I hate about you
Indian Summer
The American President
Dirty Dancing
Center Stage
Step up (New! I love good dancing movies!)

Not so chick-flicky:
The Princess Bride
Clue (with Tim Curry - is genius!)

Posted by: Chickflick | March 30, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

yes! i thought i was one of the only people in the world that LOVE the Cutting Edge, glad to know there are others.

Posted by: to phan | March 30, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh and almost anything with Molly Ringwald in it!

Posted by: Chickflick | March 30, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"This is Spinal Tap" (the commentary on the DVD is great. It's like a whole new movie)
"Falling Down" (love the scene in fast food restaurant)
"Stoned Age"
"UHF"
"Casino"

Posted by: BF | March 30, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Casino - if only for Sharon Stone's wardrobe & hair & Joe Pesci.
I Dreamed of Africa w/ Kim Bassinger
the Godfather 1 & 2, of course

Posted by: Faith | March 30, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

St. Elmo's Fire
Love Actually
Breakfast Club
It's A Wonderful Life
Tootsie

Posted by: Happy Valley, PA | March 30, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Every Season of The West Wing
When Harry Met Sally
Legally Blonde
Clueless
Emma
Shakespeare in Love (sorry Gwyneth, haters)
Much Ado about Nothing
Notting Hill
Four Weddings and a Funeral

(A theme here?)

Posted by: Kelli | March 30, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Pass the Ammo
Amazon Women on the Moon
Two Can Play the Game
Legally Blonde
Swept Away

Posted by: keri | March 30, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Off the top of my head

Office Space
Fight Club
Ace Venutura Pet Detective
Good Fellas
Forest Gump

Posted by: E | March 30, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I have to second The Princess Bride and Dirty Dancing.

Up there with anything Julia Roberts is in and Rat Race with John Cleese... in fact, Fierce Creatures with John Cleese I'll watch again and again too.

Posted by: Caitlin | March 30, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Wayne's World
The Life Aquatic
Batman the movie (circa 1966)
Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery
Napoleon Dynamite

Posted by: 42 years old | March 30, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Labyrinth
Chasing Liberty
Back to School
Sixteen Candles
Center Stage
One Crazy Summer

Posted by: MW | March 30, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

16 Candles!
Gone With the Wind
The English Patient (for when you need a good sob)
Love Actually (for when you when you need a good sob but are trying not to)
Animal House
Airplane

Posted by: Introverster | March 30, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Best in Show
Waiting for Guffman
UHF (so glad someone else had this too!)
Zoolander (although this one might come off the list soon...staleness imminent)
Jerry Maguire
The Princess Bride
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (I watched this, no joke, forty or fifty times as a kid)

Posted by: Julie | March 30, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

fight club
spy game
any lotr movie
never been kissed
when harry met sally

Posted by: melissa | March 30, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely the Rat Race. And a really really old scary movie called "The Day of the Triffids." Still terrifying. Still great.

Posted by: suze | March 30, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Serenity
The Godfather
Blade Runner
The Fifth Element
Air Force One (Get off my plane!)
Ice Age (love that uber tracker)

and, if the 5.1 surround sound is cranked-up:

Armageddon (I know the dialog is lame, but the sound and FX are awesome)

Posted by: SoMD | March 30, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I meant "Airplane!"

Posted by: Introverster | March 30, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Royal Tennenbaums
Ninja Scroll
Clue
Lady Snowblood
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
A Better Tomorrow Part 2
Pulp Fiction
Stacey (Japanese school girls get "Near Death Happiness" from "Butterfly Twinkle Powder" and come back as flesh-eating zombies that have to be "repeat killed" and cut into 368 pieces)

You might not know it from this list, but generally speaking, I prefer my violence to be cartoonish, and perpetrated by a pretty girl who has a REALLY good reason to be brutally murdering scores of folk.

Posted by: Rita | March 30, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh, also, Anchorman.

Posted by: Rita | March 30, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

We made this list a while ago, which is exactly your question: http://cosmodromemag.com/node/14

Plus, we one-upped you by making a list of movies that you're irritated at TV for airing over and over: http://cosmodromemag.com/node/12

Posted by: Cosmodromer | March 30, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Many greats already named. I would add:

Mr. Mom
Bull Durham
The Sound of Music

Posted by: milwaukee | March 30, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Labyrinth
Harlem Nights
Coming to America
Clueless
Get Shorty
Spaceballs
Sixteen Candles
Purple Rain
Color Purple

Posted by: JW | March 30, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

fisher king
joe vs the volcano
tron

Posted by: charlie | March 30, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Young Frankenstein
True Stories (Talking Heads)
This is Spinal Tap
A Mighty Wind
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse
The Incredibles
The Princess Bride

My husband gives me a hard time for watching these over and over, but he watches old Tour de France DVDs over and over too! We relive 2003 all the time.

Posted by: MaryB | March 30, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh and...
The Breakfast Club
St. Elmos Fire
Circle of Friends

Posted by: JW | March 30, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The Princess Bride
The Shawshank Redemption
Sense and Sensibility
The Mummy (Brendan Fraser)
The first Star Wars trilogy
The Silence of the Lambs (practically the whole book, page for page)

Friends, mostly the early seasons
Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
Office Space
The Wedding Singer!!!
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Armageddon

I love this week's list! What a great idea - I'm ready to watch any of these right now...

Posted by: Kat | March 30, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Shawshank Redemption (watch it _every_ single time it's on tv)
Boondock Saints
The American President
Love Story (really good for a cry)

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Caddy Shack!!

Posted by: Gaithersburg | March 30, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Pete's Dragon (I love this movie, where'd you find it on DVD)
Princess Bride
O Brother Where Art Thou (I'm orginally from MS, so it's really funny to me)
Dark Crystal
Labrinth (sp?)
Pride and Prejudice (the latest one)
Every Harry Potter movie
and the list goes on and on

Posted by: Fuzzy Cat | March 30, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I second Airplane and anything with Molly Ringwald!!

The Goonies
Say Anything

Posted by: Betty | March 30, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I second Pride and Prejudice. Though I see the merit in the new Keira Knightley version, there's nothing like a night full of Colin Firth to get a room full of my friends swooning and giggling.

Also, Dirty Dancing, Babe, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I'm a sucker for Danny Elfman.

Posted by: les | March 30, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I forgot Coming to America! Yes!

and

Toy Story
Shrek
A League of Their Own
Return to Me
and
80's music videos thanks to VH1's Metal Mania

Posted by: Kat | March 30, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Little Miss Sunshine
A Day at the Races, Animal Crackers and Duck Soup (Marx Brothers)
Young Frankenstein
The Producers (original)
High Anxiety
Blazing Saddles
Airplane
Naked Gun and its sequels
ET
Close Encounters
The Maltese Falcon
The Big Sleep
All the Thin Man movies w/William Powell and Myrna Loy
Office Space

Posted by: b | March 30, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

My Best Friend's Wedding
National Lampoon's Vacation & Christmas Vacation
Home Alone

Every time I hear the exchange between Marv and Harry "Why the hell did you take your shoes off?" "Why the hell are you dressed like a chicken?" I double over with laughter.

Posted by: Kelly | March 30, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow, "airplane" is so not one of my guilty pleasures. I am proud to quote that movie at any given moment and watch it whenever it's on. I own it and surprised I haven't worn it out showing it to people that for some strange reason or another haven't seen it yet.

My true guilty pleasures are:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original)
The Cutting Edge
Desperately Seeking Susan
Ice Castles
Best in Show
Turner & Hooch
Ghostbusters 1 & 2

Posted by: Melinda | March 30, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

the Wedding Singer
the Blues Brothers
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Shaun of the Dead
Time Bandits
It's a Gift
Old School

And from what's already on the list:
the Princess Bride
Zoolander
Office Space

Posted by: boston liz | March 30, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Cool Runnings
Clueless
Happy Gilmore
You've Got Mail
Princess Bride
Tommy Boy

Posted by: Julie | March 30, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

* Suddenly Last Summer (can we please say goodbye to streetcar Named Desire? this is the BEST Tennessee Williams adaptation! Liz Taylor, Kate Hepburn? Montgomery Clift? what's NOT to love!?!)
* Alexander Nevsky (Battleship Potemkin put me to sleep, but this one is riveting!)
* Heavy Metal (wow...dumb, epic, funny!)
* The Wall (what an over-acted, under-edited mess! I love it to death! Music ain't bad, either)
* Tommy (see my comments about "The Wall)
* Star Wars (The VERY first, nothing else)
* Star Trek: Wrath of Khan (Wisconsin doesn't have as much cheese as this hilarious stinker!)
* Escape from With Mountain (Once upon a time, Disney made exciting movies. This was the best)

Posted by: PeterB | March 30, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I have watched all of these movies repeatedly, and if I see them on I have to watch again. I don't feel guilty about any of them, though.

Big
A League of Their Own
Ordinary People
Blade Runner
Dr. Strangelove
Fried Green Tomatoes
Contact
Breaking the Waves
Thelma and Louise
The Terminator
Yentl
Babe
Bull Durham

Posted by: CJB | March 30, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

A Fish Called Wanda -laughed for years

Beverly Hills Cop - banana in the tailpipe

I suspect Borat will be on this list soon!

Posted by: dcfashionista | March 30, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The wedding singer or anything Adam Sandler
Everafter
Never Been Kissed
All the 80s movies, esp. Vally Girl with a young Nic Cage.

Oh, and yes, Die Hard

Posted by: Irish chick | March 30, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

While You Were Sleeping.
The Sweetness Thing.
Clueless
My Best Friend's Wedding.
The Nutty Professor (w/Eddie Murphy in the fat suite)
Bring It On.
She's All That.

Posted by: Lisa1 | March 30, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute...your family had a villa in Italy?

Posted by: Susan | March 30, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Charlie, Joe Vs the Volcano! And lots of these movies I wouldn't consider being "guilty pleasures." Airplane! is high art in my book.

Posted by: IndyAnna | March 30, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse


Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Pretty in Pink
The Breakfast Club
Legally Blond
A Few Good Men (even if TC has turned more weird)
Footloose
Grease
Pretty Woman
Shawshank Redemption, though I usually just wait for right before the escape scene.
American President
Dave

Posted by: Washington DC | March 30, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Oops already see that I forgot one -- Wedding Singer!

Posted by: Washington DC | March 30, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Amazon Women on the Moon
A Christmas Story
Raising Arizona
Blazing Saddles
Rat Race
Mouse Hunt
Airplane
Any Star Wars movie
Borat
40 Year Old Virgin

Posted by: Doug W | March 30, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm skipping some of my GPs that have been listed numerous times, but I'll add:

Memphis Belle (I sob like a baby every time I see it)
Benny & Joon
Field of Dreams (I'm a sucker for baseball movies)
A Fish Called Wanda
Sabrina (the original with Hepburn & Bogart)
Camelot (in spite of the fact that I deplore musicals)

Posted by: KiKi | March 30, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Gotta be teen movies:
Mean Girls
10 Things I Hate About You
Blue Crush
Center Stage
Can't Hardly Wait

Posted by: FDS | March 30, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The Princess Bride
Heathers
Little Shop of Horrors
anything with the Muppets in it

Posted by: sunfleck | March 30, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

great list!

The Cutting Edge
When Harry Met Sally
Contact
Legal Eagles
Sneakers
My Fellow Americans
Music From Another Room
Pride and Prejudice (kiera knightly version)
Sahara
Volcano (Tommy Lee Jones version)

Posted by: Loving this | March 30, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Princess Bride (can recite the dialogue)
Monty Python & Holy Grail (see above)
Young Frankenstein (best Mel Brooks movie...ever)
and although it isn't a movie, Band of Brothers.

Posted by: dym | March 30, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I forgot the greatest movie musical ever: West-Side Story. I have the DVD and the still cry at the end every single time.

Posted by: Lisa1 | March 30, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Godfather
5th Element
The Thing (John Carpenter version)
Training Day
Dr. Strangelove
Time Bandits

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Steel Magnolias
16 Candles
Dirty Dancing
XXX
Fast and Furious

Posted by: Sharon | March 30, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

My husband and I watch these movies repeatedly:

The Education of Little Tree
Airplane!
The Godfather (1&2)
Falling Down
A Very Annie Mary
Lonesome Dove
Lord of the Rings (all)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Goodfellas
As Good As It Gets
Fried Green Tomatoes
Magnolia
Sling Blade

These movies are like comfort food. They make us feel good. The list is much longer but these are the top.

Posted by: ma canolli | March 30, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Ruthless People
Shawshank Redemption
Pale Rider
Caddyshack
Groundhog Day
Forest Gump

Posted by: builder70 | March 30, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

godfather 1 and 2
gone with the wind
princess bride
the good, the bad, and the ugly
lilies of the field
dr. zhivago
out of africa
the way we were
terminator 2

Posted by: paula | March 30, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

to Peter B: wow - Nevsky! Didn't expect to see that one! I'm a choral singer and 6 or so years ago sang along with the film at an NSO concert at Wolf Trap. We were behind the screen, so didn't get to see it. I'd love to have the restored version on DVD, but I think you have to buy a whole Eisenstien set.

Trivia bit - this is the first movie to have a soundtrack written for it (by Prokofiev).

Posted by: MaryB | March 30, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

pride and prejudice (the 2005 movie)
roxanne
chariots of fire
galipole
fried green tomatoes
moonstruck
sabrina (audrey hepburn, humphrey bogart)
three days of the condor

Posted by: vermont | March 30, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Few of the movies mentioned thus far are embarrassing. The movies I'm truly guilty about are bad TV tearjerker romances from the seventies featuring Glynnis O'Connor, Robbie Benson, et al. For instance:
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble
Jeremy
Ode to Billy Joe
I also have lots of Disney movies (although I have no children). I feel so much better for getting this off my chest! My hipster friends would never understand. I literally hide my copies of these films in a cabinet, the way some people stash porn.

Posted by: someone | March 30, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe no one mentioned Fletch

Posted by: dpicolo | March 30, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Bend It Like Beckham
L'Haine (Hate in the US)
Matisse (Cafe au Lait in the US)
Clockwork Orange

I actually watched L'Haine 3 times in one day, but I can't find it on DVD.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

That's easy:

1. Cannonball Run II (any film that combines the explosive talents of Tony Danza, Charles Nelson Reilly and Francis Albert Sinatra must be cherished).

2. Ernest Goes to Jail (the Masterpiece of the Jim Varney ouevre).

3. Roller Boogie (instead of spinning her head and projectile vomiting, Linda Blair gets to strap on the skates and boogie!).

4. The Big Bus (if you can choose only one nuclear-powered bus movie starring Stockard Channing, this is the one).

5. Soul Man (C. Thomas Howell in blackface . . . 'nuff said).

Posted by: Gene | March 30, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Mannequin -- I'll watch it any time it is on ... no matter how much of the movie I've missed.

Oh, and ANY Meg Ryan romantic comedy.

Posted by: Troylet | March 30, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The BBC's Pride and Prejudice (1995) - yes yes yes!!! I start watching any time I need a pick-me-up. It's like a drug.

Posted by: mel | March 30, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea what my list says about me and I'm a little bit afraid to find out. This is by no means complete but off the top of the dome.

Spaceballs
Tremors
Juice
Blazing Saddles
Finding Nemo
Cats vs. Dogs
Clue
Cloak and Dagger
Boondocks (Season 1, granted it's not a movie but it is so precious to me. Not a day goes by that I'm not using lines from it)
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (the dvd now has a crack in it)
Snatch
Face Off
The mummy and the mummy returns
The Goonies
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Love Actually
Underworld
Stargate
Airplane (it's just the best)
Old School ( I can't believe some of my friends don't get it)
Purple Rain
Sweet Home Alabama
Sliding Doors

Posted by: petal | March 30, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected--Gene at 12:15 has provided a truly exemplary list of embarrassingly guilty pleasures. Love it!

Posted by: someone | March 30, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree w/ many of these choices, but my number one guilty pleasure is BABE. I've got a Howard Hughes thing going w/ it.

I also like funny horror/adventure movies like Shawn of the Dead and The Mummy. (And my entire Buffy collection, which doesn't count here.)

Posted by: sen | March 30, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

10 Things I Hate About You
Independence Day
Clueless
The American President
St. Elmo's Fire
Soapdish
Rat Race

Posted by: still | March 30, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Go Gene, excellent post. And all the Cutting Edge people. Person before Gene with the froufy French films and Clockwork Orange? Get over yourself!

Posted by: sara | March 30, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Last Temptation of Christ
Kagemusha
Aguirre, Wrath of God
Hearts of the West(Alan Arkin never funnier)
Danton
Bananas
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Days of Heaven
Seven Beauties
Seven Samurai
Duma(one twenty-first century title

Old School (old film school that is)

Posted by: crb | March 30, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Monty Python - The Meaning of Life
Dirty Rotten Scoundrel
Alfred Hitccok - The Birds

Posted by: meems | March 30, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The Wraith
Spaceballs
Cutting Edge
The Year of Living Dangerously

Posted by: ep | March 30, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

This is *really* embarassing, but ...

Spice World

and lots of the ones which have already been mentioned.

Posted by: sed317 | March 30, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Bring It On
Spice World
Fifth Element (this is SUCH a good movie)

Posted by: 23112 | March 30, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

in spite of the fact that kevin costner is a truly wretched actor, i adore 'field of dreams' and generally require that my closest friends are also fans. i own both the video and dvd version and almost went out and bought the anniversary edition but my children stopped me.
i know it's maudlin and that it bears very little resemblance to the book on which it's based, "shoeless joe", but i love it. i love baseball. and i love the idea of the purity of the game. sigh. i'm going to watch it this weekend. thanks, liz. i needed that.

Posted by: methinks | March 30, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Only ones I didn't notice on all the other excellent lists are:

Mars Attacks
Howard the Duck
any Three Stooges movies
Shirley Temple movies, esp. Capt. January

but aren't some of those others (not these!) classics?

Posted by: flossie | March 30, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh and,

The good the bad and the ugly
Unforgiven

Both really good movies that I own and play over and over again. The thing is I don't like westerns.

Posted by: petal | March 30, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I was so happy to see Armageddon on someone else's list...I was getting increasingly embarrassed about it being #1 for me! Otherwise, I'm pretty traditional...

Armageddon
This is Spinal Tap
Blazing Saddles (I think I can quote the whole thing!)
The Mummy
Princess Bride
Legally Blonde

The last one caused me to learn something new about my boyfriend...it was on last weekend (I used the "background noise" excuse), as we were making dinner. During the big Elle questions Chutney scene, he blurted out "You can't wash your hair the day you get a perm!!!" I just looked at him and blinked...couldn't think of anything to say. He immediately turned bright red, mumbled "you don't want to know" and refused to say anything else. I think I know what I'll be asking his mom the next time we see her!!

Posted by: AG | March 30, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Overboard
Fish Called Wanda
Princess Bride
Goonies
7 Brides for 7 Brothers

Posted by: dixie m | March 30, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The Big Lebowski
Anchorman
Vacation

Posted by: JS | March 30, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Along with the aforementioned Love Actually and Bend it Like Beckham, I never tire of:

Some Like It Hot
Gigi
Meet the Parents

Posted by: vjl | March 30, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

BRIDE and Prejudice (Bollywood meets Jane Austen and beats her senseless)

Posted by: still | March 30, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Slapshot

Posted by: J | March 30, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

A Lot Like Love
13 Going on 30
Top Gun
The Saint
Super Troopers
Baseketball
Amelie

Posted by: Em | March 30, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Liz,
Good call on Suburbia!
Also So I Married an Axe Murderer...the first half. I can live without the second unfunny half.

Posted by: jpangel | March 30, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Liz! The Fifth Element is the BEST! But my other favorates are:

Galaxy Quest
He Said, She Said
The Replacements
Lake Placid
Men in Black

Posted by: M | March 30, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Amelie!

Posted by: lovemovies | March 30, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

This is funny since there really ARE movies that never get old!

Moulin Rouge
Goodfellas
Dumb and Dumber
Pretty Woman
Dirty Dancing
Rocky IV

Haha I never said I had good cinematic taste...

Posted by: not bluto | March 30, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

here is my really diverse list:

-Love Actually (even my tough-guy hubby can look at this one over and over)
-Player's Club (kind of sexist and filled w/some pretty bad acting but a super funny Bernie Mac will make me look at this again and again)
-Wedding Crashers (also sexist but can't get enough of the Will Ferrel cameo)
-The 40 year old virgin (sweet fun stuff)
-Fatal Attraction (scaarrry good)
-Breakfast at Tiffany's (filled w/funny and shifty characters except for Mickey Rooney's unfunny caricature of Japanese man)
-Rear Window (often looked at this Hitchcock fav w/my late grandma)

Posted by: plamar | March 30, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Deep Blue.

Sam Jackson is giving his stirring peptalk, "now we're going to get it together and......." Shark jumps out of the water chomps onto his waist slams him to the floor and pulls him into the water. You had me at hello Deep Blue, you had me at hello.

I second So I married an axe murderer. "Harriet sweet Harriet, you acted cucu cause you thought I would leave you arhara" and a lot of the others.

Posted by: carmen | March 30, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Kknd of long, but here it is:

Bachelor Party ("pain is such a rush")
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (one of Sean Connery's first films)
Animal House
Dirty Dancing
The Cutting Edge (what IS it about this movie??)
The Fifth Element
The Neverending Story
Flashdance
Princess Bride ("inconceivable!")
Sixteen Candles
Rat Race

Posted by: MBJ | March 30, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Some of these films, like La Haine and Amelie, are great and easily watchable multiple times, but I wouldn't say they fall into the "guilty pleasure" category. Not like, say, all three of the Back to the Future movies. Watched in order on a perfectly good Saturday afternoon.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

You're, Mine and Ours - Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda are hilarious. I DVR it every time I can find it on Cable.
Love Actually
Highlander (so good but oh so bad)
Pride & Prejudice (BBC Version)
North & South Miniseries
Singin' in the Rain
Back to the Future Trilogy
For Love of the Game
Space Camp

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Raising Arizona
The Princess Bride
Blazing Saddles

Posted by: RSR | March 30, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

So many! So hard to remember them all!

Labyrinth
Princes Bride
Skrek
Mouse Hunt
Ground Hog Day
Stargate
Mummy & Mummy Returns
Independenceday
Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn)

Posted by: M | March 30, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Pulp Fiction
Fight Club
Zoolander
Clockwork Orange
Clueless

Posted by: SD | March 30, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The Great Escape
Princess Bride
Blazing Saddles
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Ghostbusters

Posted by: J | March 30, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I completely forgot about "Lake Placid"! Such a fantastic bad movie. Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Platt look like they realize how craptastic the movie is and camp it up while Bill Pullman and Bridget Fonda are hoping for Oscars for their performances. Plus, Betty White with a potty mouth!

Posted by: phan | March 30, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The Thin Man Movies (the whole boxed set)
Fishing w/John (amazing tv show, must be watched with commentary on)
This is Spinal Tap
My Blue Heaven
Joe vs. The Volcano
Truly, Madly, Deeply
Dodgeball
Labrynth
Legend (I know, we all despise Tom Cruise but we all should love Tim Curry)

Posted by: the ocho | March 30, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Spinal Tap! (especially w/ commentary as mentioned above)
Big Lebowski
Bad Santa (a family christmas fave!)

Posted by: E | March 30, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't live without:

So I Married an Ax Murderer
Office Space
This is Spinal Tap
Sixteen Candles
Goodfellas
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python's Life of Brian
A Fish Called Wanda
The Matchmaker
The Breakfast Club
The Princess Bride
Blazing Saddles
The Rock
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Grosse Point Blank
Animal House
Caddyshack
The Shawshank Redemption
St. Elmo's Fire

Posted by: lisa | March 30, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Any one of a number of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 dvds: MANOS HANDS OF FATE (which contains the immortal line "Every frame of this movie looks like someone's last known photograph") or SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS or MITCHELL.

RED GREEN: DUCT TAPE FOREVER. Perhaps one of the stupidest movies ever made... stupid-funny, like the TV show, but in a Hollywood way, which means it's dumb-stupid-funny.

And, if I owned it on DVD, another one would be STRANGE BREW (another Canadian flick) starring Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as Bob and Doug McKenzie.

Posted by: Max | March 30, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Jaws
Airplane
Naked Gun
Muppets Take Manhattan
Shawshank Redmption
Any Bond Movie
T2
Any Pixar Movie

Posted by: RedMuppet | March 30, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Airplane is not a guilty pleasure and you need to watch it about 20 times just to catch all the jokes the crammed into it. It's amazing how much stuff is crammed into each second of film.

Kelly's Heroes
Heavy Metal
The Empire Strikes Back

Posted by: scott | March 30, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Black Sheep
National Treasure
Con Air

Posted by: Jessica | March 30, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe I forgot, The Long Hot Summer with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. There's a remake out there with Don Johnson...avoid at all cost.

Posted by: dym | March 30, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Back to put in my vote for the Colin Firth version of Pride and Pred. LOVE it!

Also adding:
Cats and Dogs - talking cats trying to take over the world!
So I Married an Axe Murderer - Mike Myers before he went Austin Powers on us.
Bring it On - kinda like a dance movie except with cheerleading!

Posted by: Chickflick | March 30, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow ... lots more that I forgot and somebody else already posted. But the classic cheesy movie of all time is not here yet, so here goes:

Plan 9 From Outer Space

That movie is so BAD it is GREAT. Every time I see it ... LMAO

Posted by: SoMD | March 30, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

EMPIRE STRIKES BACK a guilty pleasure? No, no, no!

RETURN OF THE JEDI, on the other hand...

Posted by: Brian | March 30, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The Muppet Movie
The Great Muppet Caper
The Muppets take Manhattan
A Muppet Christmas Carol
Muppet Tresure Island
Muppets from Space

Old Muppet Show dvds!

Posted by: Miss Piggy | March 30, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Office Space
Pulp Fiction
Goonies
Back to the Future
The Princess Bride
The American President
Singles
Indiana Jones (all)
Shawshank Redmption
Clue
Four Weddings and a Funeral

Posted by: J | March 30, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Get Over It - High School Musical on crack
Lonestar State of Mind - "I'm not dumb, your dumb"
Sleepless in Seatle - "You don't want to fall in love, you want to fall in love in a movie"...one of the best lines in movidom (ever)
You've Got Mail
Family Stone
Pride & Prejudice (BBC)
Peter Pan - new live-action version
Love Actually
Band of Brothers
16 Candles
Aunti Mame - movie that does total justice to the book (which if you haven't ever read it, is hysterical)
The West Wing
The Cutting Edge

Posted by: bbmovies | March 30, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I hate to admit it but I've spent perfectly good Saturdays watching Rocky I, II, III, and the first hour or so of IV (up until Apollo dies); refuse to watch V because there has to be a limit to this madness. I just love these movies and they are ALWAYS on tv somewhere and I ALWAYS have to watch them.

Posted by: KD | March 30, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The only videos my toddler and I can stand to watch over and over again are the HBO Classical Babys. I like them because they don't try to teach anything. Other videos are SO repetitive with their earnest recitations of the alphabet, letters, shapes and colors.

Posted by: Tomcat | March 30, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Foul Play (All-time favorite)
Seems Like Old Times
Star Wars (1977)
When Harry Met Sally
Father of the Bride 1&2
Mommie Dearest
Patriot Games
Bridges of Madison County
Mystic Pizza
Better Off Dead

Posted by: Christine | March 30, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Sunset Blvd
Imitation of Life
Forrest Gump
Polyester

Posted by: Mike | March 30, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Keeping in mind this is a "guilty pleasures" list:

The Bad News Bears
About Last Night
Desperado
The Thomas Crown Affair (Pierce Brosnan remake)
What About Bob?
The Cooler
Kung Fu Hustle
Sin City
Strange Brew

People - if a movie made the AFI Top 100 List or was nominated for multiple Oscars, it's not a guilty pleasure!

Posted by: Scott | March 30, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

how can you watch clockwork orange repeatedly? that movie makes me want to poke my own eye out.

Posted by: not bluto | March 30, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ferris Bueller
Color Purple
Goonies
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)

Posted by: Ladybug | March 30, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

don't get me wrong, i love that movie, but it's uber depressing.

Posted by: not bluto | March 30, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

guilty pleasures:

big trouble in little china
top secret!

....were you serious about the villa in Italy? you were pulling our legs, right?

Posted by: c | March 30, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Adventures in Babysitting
The Man with Two Brains (Steve Martin!)
Dazed & Confused

Posted by: kjo | March 30, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

top gun
my best friend's wedding

at christmas time:
national lampoon's christmas vacation
a christmas story

Posted by: b | March 30, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

kjo, good call on Dazed & Confused!

Posted by: still | March 30, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

OK, most of my favorites are already here, so I won't repeat them, but I have to add a few:

The Fugitive
Tombstone (Val Kilmer as Doc was awesome!)
Bridget Jones
Anne of Green Gables

Posted by: JL | March 30, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

add to my previous post:

Love Actually
Tootsie

Posted by: vermont | March 30, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Circle of Friends
Mansfield Park
Funny Girl
Any Fred Astaire film

My #1: the BBC Pride and Prejudice... which I can (and have) watched over, and over, and over again.

Posted by: syh | March 30, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER... yes!

"We've got a piper down! Repeat: we've got a piper down!"

Posted by: Max | March 30, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I, Robot
Pitch Black & The Chronicles of Riddick (I have no idea why but I have an odd fascination with Vin Diesel)
All the LOTR's
Pirates of the Caribbean
The X-Men Movies
The Rundown (Love the fight scenes between the Rock and Seann William Scott, classic!)
Doom (I have a fascination with the Rock too)
All the Pixar movies
Ice Age
K-Pax
The Fantastic Four
Tremors (I thought I was the only one, good to know that I am not!)
13 Going on 30
Clue
thats all I can think of for right now!

Posted by: Burke | March 30, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Roll Bounce (2005)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Clueless (1995)
House Party (1990)
Just One of the Guys (1985)
Grease 2 (1982)
The Women (1939)

Posted by: TD | March 30, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

add to my previous post:

Mommie Dearest (1981) -- "I should've known you'd know where to find the boys AND the booze!"

Foul Play (1978) -- "Kojak! Bang bang!"

Posted by: TD | March 30, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Bugsy Malone-- that weird gangster musical with kids

The Secret Garden-- Hallmark version

The Princess Bride

Clue

Mildred Pierce

Posted by: JA | March 30, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

My two favorite movies in the whole world are "The Freshman," starring Matthew Broderick, Marlon Brando and a monitor lizard, and "Joe Versus the Volcano."
"Prelude to a Kiss" is high on my list.
I'm such a dork.

Posted by: Since you asked | March 30, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

sorry, just one more:

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) -- "I'm right on top of that, Rose!"

Posted by: TD | March 30, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

When Harry Met Sally
Say Anything
Airplane
Animal House
Broadcast News
Bull Durham
The Paper
Love Actually

Posted by: niceFLguy | March 30, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree with IndyAnna - A lot of these are not guilty pleasure movies at all, but are just really good movies. For example, "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Goodfellas" are terrific movies, nowhere near being guilty pleasures.

To be considered at all for the appellation "guilty pleasure", a movie should have been decimated by the critics. Completely tanking at the box office helps, too. The old 1966 "Batman" mentioned above is a great example. For guys, I think we get a pass on a good, popular movie if it's too much of a "chick flick". Anything with Shirley MacLaine could qualify as a guilty pleasure for a guy.

For me, "Joe versus the Volcano" is my guilty pleasure. It has it all--critics hated it like cancer, it did as well at the box office as an art-house foreign language documentary, and it gives off a strong whiff of chickflickness. But I always stop to watch it if its on TV. That scene with the luggage store guy KILLS me!

Posted by: JohnK | March 30, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

tombstone
major league
boondock saints
any starwars movie---yeah im a geek
animal house
blues brothers
pulp fiction
reservoir dogs

Posted by: myke b | March 30, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad that other people love 10 Things I Hate About You!
"sacrifice yourself to the altar of dignity!"

Posted by: CMC | March 30, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

BOONDOCK SAINTS
GOOD FELLAS
CASINO
MY BLUE HEAVEN
VERY BAD THINGS
ARMAGEDEON
PULP FICTION
RESERVOIR DOGS
VICTORY
ALL ROCKY MOVIES
DAZED AND CONFUSED
DEUCE BIGGOLO EUROPEAN GIGALLO
AND MANY OTHERS I DONT HAVE TIME TO LIST

Posted by: cb | March 30, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

forgot to add:
monty python's life of brian

Posted by: b (again) | March 30, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Also White Christmas

Posted by: JL | March 30, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Pump up the Volume
Dazed & Confused
Goonies - once watched 6 times in a row; still get nervous when Andy has to play the piano made of bones.
Sixteen Candles
Dirty Dancing

Posted by: good times | March 30, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Blow-Up (David Hemmings in a movie all about swingin' 60s style, with almost no plot to distract from the modness)
The Best of Everything (Dated and sudsy, secretaries at work and play face the challenges and temptations of a big, bad office working for big, bad Joan Crawford)
Cabin Boy (fishstick kitties and the demented genius of Chris Elliot)
Carnival of Souls (bad acting, yet still creepy--great!)
The Great Rock'N" Roll Swindle (a colorful, noisy compilation of footage of and mythology on the overrated but endlessly interesting Sex Pistols.)
The Knack and How to Get It (Richard Lester zanily directing, not the Beatles, but Rita Tushingham and Michael "The Phantom" Crawford)
The Magic Christian (satire with Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers, tons of cameos, and music by Badfinger.)
Thunderbird 6 (Gerry Anderson's Supermarionettes on the big screen, with Lady Penelope, coolest spy-puppet ever)
Times Square (all of these lists should include a Tim Curry film; great soundtrack, improbable plot, but a great glimpse of New York as it never was and never will be again, circa 1980.)

Posted by: Sassyco | March 30, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Birdcage (OMG I can quote entire scenes)

Posted by: wrkn4thewkend | March 30, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Good points by Scott as well: Either multiple Oscar nominations or inclusion in the AFI Top 100 should be a disqualifier from the ranks of "guilty pleasures".

Posted by: JohnK | March 30, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Adam Sandler - yes - but Billy Madison which is the the greatest movie of all time!!!!

Posted by: RM | March 30, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Just a few of my favorites:
The Princess Bride
Pulp Fiction
Bull Durham
7 Deadly Sins
The Fugitive
Big Lebowski

Posted by: LHB | March 30, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and probably the guiltiest pleasure of all time:

The Toxic Avenger.

Posted by: Scott | March 30, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy - the best!
also:
The French Kiss - best Meg Ryan movie
Boys on the side - I cry every time
Boondock saints, of course

Posted by: Sl | March 30, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Aliens
Sense and Sensibility
ET
Toy Story 1 & 2
Star Wars Original Trilogy
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Emperor's New Groove
Ace Ventura Pet Detective
Ocean's Eleven
Babe
Ice Age
The Incredibles
The Mummy
The Matrix (only the first one!)

And did I mention Aliens? "Marines, we are leaving!"

Posted by: DC | March 30, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Max--
manos hands of fate is THE classic MST3000! ("you never had a dog")

in a completely different (OK, chick flick) direction (tho my husband likes these, too)
Silverado
Knights Tale
Bull Durham

Posted by: toomuchcaffeine | March 30, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The Goonies
Arthur
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein

Posted by: TJM | March 30, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The Cutting Edge (yes, me too...)
Turner & Hooch
My Best Friend's Wedding
Sense and Sensibility (okay, maybe not a guilty pleasure, but if my DVD were a tape, it would have been warped years ago)
Star Trek: Generations (not a Trekkie, but the juxtaposition of William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and Malcolm McDowell makes me collapse into giggles)

Posted by: Chasmosaur | March 30, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

...I almost forgot:
anything with Wallace & Gromit (Cracking toast!)

My husband can't not watch:
Cool Hand Luke

Posted by: toomuchcaffeine | March 30, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Lots of good ones already mentioned, here are a few more:

Steel Magnolias
Braveheart (I know Mel is persona non grata but this is a great movie)
Under the Tuscun Sun
Dodgeball
Wedding Crashers
Uncle Buck
any Mel Brooks movie
any Adam Sandler movie

Posted by: J_DC | March 30, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Bullit
A Fist Full of Dollars
Bridge Over the River Kwai
French Connection
Cool Hand Luke
Ben Hur
Dr. No
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Lawrence of Arabia
Spartacus

Posted by: Hman1217 | March 30, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

1) Muppet Treasure Island. I will watch that even if I was watching something else before.

2) I absolutely love Emperor's New Groove, and I have no idea why.

3) Does anyone remember that made-for-TV Disney movie "The Color of Friendship" about that white South African girl? My sister and I watched that EVERY TIME it came on TV.

4) My Neighbor Totoro. If I'm having a bad day all I need to do is watch the bus stop scene and pretty soon I'm laughing so hard I'm crying.

Posted by: huggy | March 30, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Fletch. I'll never get enough of this movie.

Movies I watch over and over (although I'm not sure how many classify as 'guilty pleasures') include:
Thelma and Louise
Nothing in Common (my favorite Tom Hanks movie)
When Harry Met Sally
Bridges of Madison County
Dead Man Walking
Aladdin
Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas

Posted by: fragrancefree | March 30, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Dangerous Liasons

Posted by: Me | March 30, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Totally forgot,

First Blood,the begining of my obsession with Rambo. As a child I loved that movie and I still do. The scene where he's getting water beaten by the hose, my fav as an adult.

Posted by: carmen | March 30, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

-Little Miss Sunshine
-Muriel's Wedding
-Fried Green Tomatoes
-Steel Magnolias
-Magnolia
-Naked Gun (the first 2)
-Life of Brian

Posted by: Michael in Toronto | March 30, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Rad
The Man From Snowy River
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Swiss Family Robinson

Posted by: lizpoppe | March 30, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Princess Bride (#1 of all time)
Forest Gump
Boondock Saints
Bringing Up Baby
White Christmas

Posted by: Love them | March 30, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

One more...9 to 5 -- even funnier now since it's soooo early 80's!

Posted by: Washington DC | March 30, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Of course, as they point out on MST3K, MANOS HANDS OF FATE translates into "Hands, Hands Of Fate."

"You forgot your complementary crazy bread!"

I was thinking, after I posted, that seeing an awful, embarrassing movie get the MST3K treatment assuages the guilt inherent in those guilty pleasures somewhat. The movies they treated may still suck, but at least on MST3K they're good for a laugh.

Posted by: Max | March 30, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad movie, but a guilty pleasure in the sense that I am embarrassed when I'm found watching it AGAIN:

Strictly Ballroom

Posted by: Fran | March 30, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

As a movie junkie, it's hard to limit it down to a few, but here's some of the ones that I could probably watch forever:

The Cutting Edge
Better Off Dead
Real Genius
Ferris Beuller's Day Off
Independence Day
Armageddon
Back To The Future (only the first one)
National Lampoon's Vacation
Vegas Vacation

Posted by: Bryan | March 30, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Blade Runner
Shawshank Redemption
The Usual Suspects
The Outsiders
Romeo & Juliet

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

You've Got Mail
The Mummy (& The Mummy Returns)
Office Space
Sweet Home Alabama

Posted by: Falls Church | March 30, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Without question: the Patrick Swayze double feature of GHOST and DIRTY DANCING.

That's TWO discs I need to hide from guests.

Posted by: Margo | March 30, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Troy
Zoolander
300
Matrix (all of them)
Fight Club
Mr. & Mrs Smith
The Departed
The Exorcist

Posted by: Ivan | March 30, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The Color Purple
Notting Hill
Fatal Attraction
Bridges of Madison County
Birdcage
Bring It On
Four Weddings and a Funeral
As Good As It Gets

Posted by: Kim | March 30, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

ditto! Airplane rocks. Got to play it for everyone on a bus from DC to New York once - awesome.

also on mee list:

Top Secret (Val Kilmer AND Omar Sharif! gotta love that.)
Real Genius
Rushmore
The Hunt for Red October
Singles
Lawrence of Arabia (take the intermission to drink a pint!)
Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail
Run Lola Run
Roman Holiday
My Blue Heaven
Silverado
A Fish Called Wanda

Posted by: Savina | March 30, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Anything from the 60s starring Jerry Lewis, sans Dean Martin.

Posted by: Brian | March 30, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

A very quick list (I know I didn't list a bunch of them because I just can't remember them all)

Here they are:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Legends of the Fall
Superman Returns
Platoon
The Silence of the Lambs
Batman Begins
Artificial Intelligence
Stranger Than Fiction
Lethal Weapon
The Wizard of Oz (with Judy Garland)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Omen (Gregory Peck)
The Usual Suspects
Unbreakable
Gladiator
Toy Story
Red Dawn
The Shawshank Redemption
The Godfather
The Princess Bride
A Boy's Life
Real Genius
Dead Poet's Society
Shrek
Dragon Slayer
and many, many more I can't remember

Posted by: mizdaice | March 30, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The Philadelphia Story
Rear Window
Holiday Inn
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Arsenic and Old Lace

Posted by: Classics | March 30, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Fletch
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Crow
The Terminator
Big Trouble in Little China
Time Bandits
Repo Man
Pootie Tang
Blade Runner
Dune (David Lynch)

I know I'm missing some truly rot awful costume/sci-fi/fantasy movie(s)...I'll have to check my shelf at home.

Posted by: Zee | March 30, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Movies I can watch over and over again:

Singin' in the Rain
Office Space
Dumb and Dumber
The Thin Man
The Women (1939)
Camille (with Greta Garbo)
A League of Their Own
Aladdin
Cinderella

Posted by: Zee | March 30, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Brazil
All Peter Sellaers Pink Panther movies
Animal House
Caddy Shack

Posted by: Beth | March 30, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

- Victor/Victoria
- Much Ado About Nothing (it's Emma Thompson at her finest!)
- 7 brides for 7 brothers (old school letterbox addition!)
- Meet me in St Louis
- Moonstruck (hello, it's CHER!)
- Austin Powers (any, take your pick)
- Westward the Women (totally obscure but something i have on VHS that I still watch)
- Monty Python Holy Grail
- Indiana Jones Trilogy (though Lost Ark is the best with Karen "I'm Sassy" Allen)

Posted by: Jules | March 30, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Some of these lists have me wondering... I mean, does anyone REALLY feel guilty about loving THE WIZARD OF OZ or REAR WINDOW or MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL?

I could watch DUCK SOUP or BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID or THE GRADUATE over and over again, but I wouldn't call them "guilty pleasures."

Elvis' IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD'S FAIR, on the other hand...

Posted by: Brian | March 30, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

That's easy:

Footloose
My Cousin Vinny
Fried Green Tomatoes

They never get old......

Posted by: MMW | March 30, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Independence Day
Twister
The Great Escape
Wille Wonka
Peter Pan (the Mary Martin version)
Don Juan DeMarco
Chocolat
Star Trek IV
Ice Pirates
Spaceballs (for the single line "a--holes,
I'm surrounded by a--holes!"

Posted by: ZANE | March 30, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The ultimate repeat movie for me is Almost Famous-- I could watch it every day.

E.T. and Rushmore run a close second and third.

Posted by: Liz | March 30, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Brian's comments hit me...you're right, guilty pleasures...

I confess i watch the animated Mickey Mouse rendition of A Christmas Carol every Xmas.

Posted by: jules | March 30, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Some Like it Hot is a fine movie. So is the Princess Bride.
I thought guilty pleasures were supposed to be crappy movies.

Posted by: Y'all are a bunch of snobs! | March 30, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was more what will you watch over and over again and not just guilty pleasures. A fav can be both or not

Posted by: best of | March 30, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

When Harry Met Sally
Terms of Endearment
Sense and Sensibility
Persuasion
French Kiss
While You Where Sleeping
Two Weeks Notice
Bridges of Madison County
Jagged Edge


Posted by: star11 | March 30, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Saint
Superman: The Movie
and others already listed

Posted by: DC | March 30, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Red Dawn
V miniseries

Posted by: J | March 30, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Somebody put up Stranger Than Fiction.
WT*? That *just* came out. How does that have staying power

Posted by: Oh, come on | March 30, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Tombstone-Oh Val! Actually almost any movie with Val Kilmer
Top Gun (see above -- you can watch it, your husband can watch it)
XXX (w/Vin Diesel) -- so bad, its good
Bedazzled
Dodgeball
Twister
Pride and Prejudice -- BBC

Posted by: Rix | March 30, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Movies watched over and over (not necessarily guilty pleasures):

John Ford/John Wayne collaborations
Gallipoli
Bull Durham
the Mad Max trilogy
anything with Sean Bean in it
Howards End
Henry V (Branagh verison)
3:10 to Yuma (Glenn Ford version)
Field of Dreams
Notorious
Shadow of a Doubt
Psycho
Rear Window
The Birds (even if it still petrifies me)
Strangers on a Train
anything starring Humphrey Bogart

Posted by: JD | March 30, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Coal Miner's Daughter with Sissy Spacek.

Very guilty pleasure as I'm a straight man who hates country music. But Sissy's accent and singing make me watch every time it's on. I receive mucho teasing from my wife on this one.

Posted by: Xopher G. | March 30, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

First off..."So I married an Axe-Murderer" really is my favorite movie--it was also a "test" for past boyfriends--could they watch it with me IN THE PROPER SPIRIT? [My husband is Scottish, so obviously he passed] C'mon now, "IF you want my body, AND you think I'm sexy, C'MON baby let me know?"

My guilty pleasures:
The Cutting Edge
Robin Hood [with Kevin Costner]
Karate Kid
And...Little House on the Prairie, all seasons of which I now have on dvd, thanks to aforementioned spouse!

Posted by: julie the librarian | March 30, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to add Adventures in Babysitting and that awful Jesse James movie staring Colin Ferrel

Posted by: MW | March 30, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Cruel Intentions
any Shannon Tweed "thriller" on Skinemax

Posted by: er | March 30, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Mallrats
Shawshank Redemption
Star Wars (all 6 of them)
Anchorman
Love Actually
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Forrest Gump

Posted by: Tucson | March 30, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Miss Congeniality
10 Things I Hate About You
Ella Enchanted

Posted by: Cindy K | March 30, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

what about the ones you revered and then see again and realize are not good? I loved the Princess Bride. I saw it again recently and was so turned off by the sexism, it just wasn't good. (how many scenes of helpless "save me, Wesley" do we need to see?). And no, I am not an overly-sensitive twit. I just wish I hadn't seen it again because then I could remember it untainted. The Bond movies were the same way (one reason the latest one was such a joy). And yes, I know I will be flamed for this.

Posted by: Lily | March 30, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Guilty Pleasure Movies:
(not favorites... but something i can watch again and again without it growing old)

difficult...

Dead Men Dont Wear Plaid ('what is this foc')
Elf (zooey deschanel singing stops me cold)
Hackers (because a young nerdy angelina jolie is really not something one can turn off)
A Nightmare before Christmas

none 'favorites', like best in show or the lotr flicks... but i hate so much film the ones i'll watch tend more to 'favorites' for me than for most i suppose...

Posted by: Quintilius Varus | March 30, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

and, for the record, to show I am not a humorless prune, I agree with a lot of the other ones on people's lists. The whole Spinal Tap/Guffman/Best in show series is definitely up there. And I am inspired to rent a lot of these now to re-see them...(I'll bet Love, Actually is checked out of a lot of stores tonight)

Posted by: Lily | March 30, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Yes to Mystic Pizza! Also:
Towering Inferno
Heaven Can Wait (the Warren Beatty one)
The Jerk
Harrison Ford movies

Posted by: Kirsten | March 30, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Weekend at Bernie's I & II!!!

Posted by: personplacething | March 30, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Persuasion
Emma
Long Way 'Round
Big Fish
Absolutely Fabulous
Monty Python
SCTV

My son would want to add
Star Wars Episode 3 and
Holes, a great movie. Even if you're not a kid.

Posted by: Barb | March 30, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

40 Year Old Virgin
Singles
Saved

Posted by: 30SWF | March 30, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Ghost (LOVE IT!)
The Mummy (Brendan Fraser)
The Princess Bride
Airplane
The movie with Jane Wyman & Rock Hudson
The Imitation of Life (old old movies)
Any Star Trek movie with TNG cast
Galaxy Quest

Posted by: Kokomo | March 30, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see so many other people listing "Tremors", "So I Married an Ax Murderer", and "Real Genius" - I can watch these movies anytime!

Also:
The Fog (1980 version)
Pitch Black
The Mummy
Maximum Overdrive
Grosse Pointe Blank

I also love several other movies mentioned (eg "The Princess Bride" and "A Fish Called Wanda"), but I don't feel particularly guilty about them.

Posted by: TEL | March 30, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree witih JohnK and IndyAnna - the guilty pleasures have to be something other people look at you a little weird for.

My ultimate guilty pleasure -

The Big Hit, with Marky Mark as Mr. Smiley!

Posted by: JC Movie Fiend | March 30, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Love Actually
Pee Wees Big Adventure
The Princess Bride
Big Fish
Office Space
Forrest Gump
Ice Age
Monsters Inc.

Posted by: Carly | March 30, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you remember these movies? Very cheesy guilty pleasure! I'm going to Amazon to see if they have them on DVD:

Our Man Flint
In Like Flint

With James Coburn.

Posted by: Barb | March 30, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Office Space
Cutting Edge
Say Anything
Parent Trap (old Haley Mills version)
Rushmore
Raising Arizona
Sound of Music (sorry, I just love that nun!)
Mannequin (with Kim Catrall and Andrew McCarthy)
Breakfast Club/Pretty in Pink/Sixteen Candles
Billy Madison

They don't have to be good, they just have to be fun to quote. (or sing along with)

Posted by: Anonymous | March 30, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Harold and Maude!

Posted by: Maude | March 30, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Any Clint Eastwood
Any Alfred Hitchcock
Alfie with Michael Caine (Speaking of The Birds)
Superman II
Shane - Come Back!
Any John Ford Film
Mean Streets
Taxi Driver
Cool Hand Luke - he got rabbit in him
and .... South Park Movie (Sweet!)

Posted by: Jobo | March 30, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Pride and Prejudice (BBC vesion)
Jane Austen (Masterpiece Theater)
You've Got Mail
South Park Movie
Borat

Posted by: another Liz | March 30, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Two-Part List of Movies I Always Stop to Watch:

Part 1: I Don't Feel Obligated to Apologize For:

Godfather/GF II
This is Spinal Tap
Airplane
The Graduate ("Is it me you don't respect, Ben, or just what I stand for?" "Oh, it's you, Mr. Robinson.")
Best In Show
Eight Men Out
Good Will Hunting
Almost Famous
Bull Durham

Part 2: Apology or Explanation Required
Rounders (Hey, I love poker)
BBC Pri&Pred (I'm a heterosexual male)
Persuasion (see above)
The Incredibles (I'm over 10)
Goodfellas (just have to apologize to my wife because it's too violent for her taste, and I took to see it on our first date)
Paired: Field of Dreams/League of Our Own (I'm a baseball freak, even when played by girls and ghosts)
Caddyshack ("Cinderella story...")


Rounders

Posted by: proxl | March 30, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

say anything
monty python's the holy grail
goonies
high fidelity
star wars
the empire strikes back
spaceballs
the thorn birds (mini series)

Posted by: kristen | March 30, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and this is technically a TV show, not a movie, but I've still seen it about 3,000 times, and will watch it approximately 30 times a year:

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

That, by the way, would be the classic Dr. Seuss/Chuck Jones cartoon special. Not the abomination Jim Carrey live-action debacle.

(getting worked up)

Posted by: proxl | March 30, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Legitimatly can watch any time all the time...
Sleepless in Seattle
Finding Neverland
Amelie
Pride and Prejudice
The Nightmare Before Christmas
LOTR

Guilty Pleasures...
Runaway Jury
Drive me Crazy

Posted by: hc | March 30, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Untitled (the DVD version of Almost Famous). I can't even tell you how many times I've seen it.

High Fidelity is a close second

Reality Bites
Singles
Fast Times
Say Anything
Office Space
The Muppet Movie

I could go on forever, so I'll stop there!

Posted by: Miss Penny Lane | March 30, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The Big Leboswki
Sleeper
Office Space
Breakfast Club
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Star Wars (the original one only)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (I love the gay Scottish dude)
Bridget Jones
Up in Smoke ("You just ate the most acid I've ever seen anybody eat in my life!")
Animal House ("fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life")
Blues Brothers ("It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.")
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
The Wedding Signer
Caddy Shack ("This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia.")

Posted by: miss jaunty | March 30, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

All the President's Men
Animal Crackers (everyone needs to see the Marx Bros.)
The Graduate
My Girl Friday
Strictly Ballroom


Posted by: Katyola | March 30, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Liz, I think you need a separate list:

"Movies That You Really Looked Forward to Seeing But Thought Were Really Bad Once You Did."

My vote for the top of that list by far? "Austin Powers" -- 4 or 5 ten-second-hilarious scenes in between twenty-minute borefests of fart jokes, bad writing, camera mugging, and just painful acting.

I lost all respect for Mike Myers and haven't seen a thing he's done since.

After that, the "Bad Sequels" list (someone already mentioned the how-did-it-get-made "Meet the Fockers")

Posted by: TD | March 30, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I also really really like the bollywood film: Kabhie Kushi Kabhie Gham

Posted by: not bluto | March 30, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I forgot Willow...Val Kilmer w/long black hair...HOTT!!!!

oh and there was that one movie with Vanilla Ice, I can't think of the name but I have to stop and watch it whenever it's on TV..lol.

Posted by: Sharon | March 30, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Miss Congeniality ("we're walking here")
Charade (Cary Grant)
While You Were Sleeping (Bill Pullman)
Father Goose (I don't want to be a father figure--I want to be a total stranger figure")
Independence Day
Young Frankenstein
Groundhog Day
The Music Man
Sleepless in Seattle
An Affair to Remember
E.T. - can't get enough of the flying bicycles!
Dave - Kevin Kline (sigh)
A fish called Wanda (a different version of KK!)
Bringing up Baby (Cary Grant!)
Apollo 13
The Front Page (Rosalind Russell version) (more CG)
Philadelphia Story (more CG)
Casablanca (probably not a guilty pleasure since so good)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (Jeff Bridges!)
The Sixth Sense
Captains Courageous
Fantasia
1930s version of A Tale of Two Cities
The Searchers
Miracle on 34th Street (original one)
Home Alone 1

Posted by: Lindytx | March 30, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I read every post up til now so I won't repeat any but add a few more in the mix:

School of Rock...it was on Showtime I think I watched it 20 times in one month

Innerspace - Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Martin Short

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Mel Brooks' Silent Movie - one word spoken in the entire film...by Marcel Marceau

Humanoids from the Deep - more boobs and gore than you can imagine

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - either version

Little Voice - crazy Michael Caine and the incomparable Jane Horrocks

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Steve Martin and Michael Caine

Carrie - ALWAYS check the rafters

Christine - nice car, good car

The Car - late 70s cheese at its best

Posted by: Ron in Reston | March 30, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Usual Suspects
Godfather 1&2
Goodfellas
Naked Gun
All spaghetti westerns
Jaws
Something about Mary
Terminator
Princess Bride

Posted by: richie | March 30, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Office Space
Eurotrip
Clueless
The Princess Bride
The Breakfast Club
Top Gun
Empire Records
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Is it sad that Top Gun and The Breakfast Club are the most serious movies that I like?

Posted by: Mason Patriot | March 30, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

King of Hearts
Lord of the Rings---any one of the trilogy but The Two Towers was my fave
To Have and Have Not
Life of Brian
My Fair Lady
Bread and Chocolate
any 007 movie with any Bond
Amarcord
and for cuteness, the movie about those two college guys going to White Castle :--D

Posted by: CVM | March 30, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Definitely some generational differences here. Didn't see one single "Rocky Horror Picture Show" .... A classic!!! And How about "Lust in the Dust" with Divine!!!!
Blazing Saddles - definitely - lots of yiddish in there that almost no one understands. Always good to have a second language for Mel Brooks movies!
Something about Mary????? The scene where the dog flies out of the window accidentally... and Mary with the sperm on her hair that she thinks is hair gel???
My favorite movie to restore my faith in humanity: "A Town Called Alice" - it's an Aussie film based on Neville Chute's book "The Legacy". Keep it around for when I feel dark.

Posted by: Pinky | March 30, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

White Chicks
Undercover Brother
along with several previously mentioned

Posted by: K.C. | March 30, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

What's Up, Doc?

Ryan O'Neil and Barbra Streisand -- it is a classic period piece and has humor all over the place! You have to watch it 10 times or more to catch all the jokes.

Posted by: ut native | March 30, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

some bad movies are surprisingly very good when you are in a slightly altered state, like:

Beetlejuice
any Mad Max
Total Recall
Romeo + Juliet (the Leo one)
Clerks
and number one in this category:
Flesh Gordon

Posted by: comstock load | March 30, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The Sting "ya falla?"
Tombstone "I'll be your Huckleberry"
The Blues Brothers "We're on a misson from God"
Cool Hand Luke "What we got heah is a failyuh ta communicate"
Shawshank Redemption "when a man's been in for a long enough time, he becomes what you might call Institutionalized"
Caddyshack "nuh nuh nun uh, nuh nuh nun uh"
Animal House "a pledge pin on your uniform"
Airplane "do you like gladiator movies?"

Posted by: mi-ti-bear | March 30, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Mighty Ducks (all three of them. I can't believe no one has mentioned them!)

Painting with Bob Ross (I realize it's a tv show. "And how about a nice happy tree over here...)

Mean Girls (you can't deny that Lindsey was wonderful in this.)

Dumbo (it was my fav when I was little, and I never really grew out of it.)

Posted by: KT | March 30, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Dodgeball
This Is Spinal Tap
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Fargo
Princess Bride
Empire Records
Young Frankenstein
Notorious (anything with Cary Grant, for that matter!)
A Mighty Wind
Best in Show

Posted by: Californ, IA | March 30, 2007 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Robin Hood - Men in Tights
13 Going on 30
Grease
Dirty Dancing

Posted by: sotired | March 30, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone remember "Logan's Run" with Michael York? I haven't seen that in so long, but whenever that came on tv in the past, I had to watch it. Definite guilty pleasure.

Posted by: sotired | March 30, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Paris, Texas. I bawl and cry and bawl some more. And I'm a big macho guy.

Posted by: Matt | March 30, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

BEST FIVE EACH CATEGORY

COMEDIES
Animal House
Airplane
Vacation
Caddy Shack
Blues Brothers

ADVENTURE/SciFI
Terminator
Raiders of the Lost Ark (firt one only)
Back to the Future (first one only)
Star Wars (first one)
Die Hard

THRILLERS/MYSTERIES
Birds
Pyscho
Charade
It takes a Thief
Wait until Dark

DRAMA/OTHER
Casablanca
The Sting
It's a wonderful life
Philadelphia Story
Godfather


Posted by: kathy | March 30, 2007 9:21 PM | Report abuse

12 angry men "those two marks on the side of her nose"
Jaws "fairwell and adieu you ladies of spain"
Casablanca "round up the usual suspects"
Dr. Strangelove "I guess this is it, boys, nukiler war, toe to toe with the rooskies"
It's a Wonderful Life "Zuzu's Petals"
Mr. Smith goes to Washington "lost causes are the ones most worth fighting for"
Singing in the Rain "No, No, No, Yes, Yes, Yes"
Wizard of OZ "she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead"
Monty Python Holy Grail "bring me a shrubery!"
Back to the Future Trilogy "I'm callin' you out, Eastwood!"

Posted by: mi-ti-bear | March 30, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Some of these are a little more "guilty" than others:

Casablanca
The Philadelphia Story
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Notorious
An Affair to Remember
Sunset Boulevard
My Man Godfrey
All of the Thin Man movies (William Powell and Myrna Loy)
All Astaire & Rogers movies
An American in Paris
La Belle et la Bete (1946, Jean Cocteau)
A Farewell to Arms (1957 Rock Hudson version)
Written on the Wind
Where the Boys Are (1960 version)
The V.I.P.s
Absolutely anything with Alain Delon
Hamlet (1996 Kenneth Branagh version)
White Christmas
Say Anything
The Godfather (1 & 2 only!)
The Fifth Element
Blade Runner
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Dr. Strangelove

To Kokomo(?): "The movie with Jane Wyman & Rock Hudson." Do you mean the one where she goes blind? Magnificent Obsession. Or the one where he's the gardener and she's an older woman? All That Heaven Allows. And I'd probably add both of them to my list, too.

Posted by: PDX-Lynn | March 30, 2007 10:49 PM | Report abuse

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Rodan (1956), Battleship Potemkin (1925), The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Citizen Kane (1941), The Wild Bunch (1969), Blow-Up (1966), A Night At The Opera (1935), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969), The Seven Samurai (1954), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003), Star Wars (1977), American Graffiti (1973), The General (1927), Duck Soup (1933), Modern Times (1936), The Illusionist (2006), A Thousand Clowns (1965), The Loved One (1965), Body Heat (1981), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Medium Cool (1969), A Hard Day's Night (1964), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Thunder Road (1958), Paths of Glory (1957), Casablanca (1942), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Gone With The Wind (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Dracula (1931), King Kong (1933), Frankenstein (1931), Young Frankenstein (1974), M (1931), Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004), Blazing Saddles (1974), La Strada (1954), Beauty and The Beast (1946), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Last Picture Show (1971), Ride the High Country (1962), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Animal House (1978), Caddyshack (1980), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Harvey (1950), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Teenagers from Outer Space (1959), The Haunting (1963), Easy Rider (1969), Bonny and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970), The Graduate (1967)

Posted by: munkle | March 30, 2007 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Fargo
Forrest Gump
Princess Bride
Office Space
Waiting for Guffman
UHF
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Princess Bride
This Is Spinal Tap
Pulp Fiction
Kill Bill 1 & 2
Mr. Mom
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Shawshank Redemption
Monty Python's Holy Grail
Monty Python's Meaning of Life
Kids in the Hall Brain Candy
Best in Show
A Fish Called Wanda
Groundhog Day

Nothing earthshattering. I think Fargo is the only original thing I submitted. Guess we all have similar guilty pleasure favorites.

I do have a sentimental spot for "Joe v. the Volcano." Seeing it was my husband's and my first date. Of course, we're divorced now, but he's a good guy. It,however, was a really crappy movie. "Brain cloud"--you think he would have looked it up before altering his life because of the diagnosis. They may not have had Google back in 1990, but they had encyclopedias and textbooks.

Posted by: Lori | March 30, 2007 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It looks like I was the only one with Kids in the Hall Brain Candy, too. It's funny in that droll, KITH kind of way. Try it sometime.

Posted by: Lori | March 30, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

1. sunset boulevard
2. the quiet man
3. wizard of oz
4. glory
5. ride the high country
6. magnificent seven
7. stripes
8. the shop around the corner
9. how green is my valley
10. national velvet
11. lassie come home
12. the philadelphia story
13. the man who shot liberty valance
14. black beauty
15. terms of endearment

Posted by: frieda406 | March 31, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh! And I forgot to include:

L.A. Confidential
Lion in Winter (1968 Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn version)
Jane Eyre (BBC Timothy Dalton version)
Far From the Madding Crowd
Modesty Blaise
Soldier of Orange (1979? Rutger Hauer)
Seven Samurai
Throne of Blood

Posted by: PDX-Lynn | March 31, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Wings of Desire
North by Northwest
The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover
Marathon Man
The Wild Bunch
Jaws
The three colors movies
The four seasons movies
Berlin Alexanderplatz
The Barbarian Invasions
Love and Death
A Fish Called Wanda
The Producers
High Noon
Alien
The Shining

Posted by: Robert MacMillan | March 31, 2007 12:53 AM | Report abuse

and of course Little Big Man and The Player.

Posted by: Robert MacMillan again | March 31, 2007 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Dogma
That Thing You Do
Best in Show
War Games
Boomerang
Drumline

Posted by: stealth1 | March 31, 2007 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Best in Show
16 Candles
Breakfast Club
Pretty in Pink
Pulp Fiction
Overboard
Napoleon Dynamite
Christmas Story
Elf
Sound of Music
Dirty Dancing

Posted by: smdbeachgirl | March 31, 2007 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Singing in the Rain
Boomerang
When Harry Met Sally
Fight Club
Shakespeare in Love
The Breakfast Club
My Best Friend's Wedding
Runaway Bride (& I'm not 'in love' with J. Roberts in general- I get a kick out of these two movies though!)
Airplane
Back to the Future
Commando
Pulp Fiction
Center Stage
Breakfast at Tiffany's
(any audrey hepburn, really)

Posted by: sat morn | March 31, 2007 8:17 AM | Report abuse

In no particular order but always have no problem rewatching:

Casablanca
King Kong (w/Fay Wray of course)
Wizard of Oz
Lion in Winter
Godfather I, II and maybe III
Stagecoach
Moonstruck
Duck Soup & Night at the Opera
Astaire/Rogers Films
Laurel & Hardy
Little Rascals shorts
Young Frankenstein

Posted by: John | March 31, 2007 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Spirited Away
Star Wars
To Kill A Mockingbird
Yojimbo
This Is Spinal Tap
Day For Night
Alien
The Godfather
Black Orpheus
Terminator

Posted by: D-Waves | March 31, 2007 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Many great ones listed, but some glaring omissions: To Kill a Mockingbird (one of the rare movies as great as the book); Glory; my adored James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy; Yul Brynner in The King and I; John Waters' Hairspray; Time After Time with Malcolm McDowell and the wonderful David Warner.

Posted by: Judi Hershel | March 31, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Hot Shots Part Deux
Ten Commandments (C Heston's hair IS a burning bush)
The Brave Little Toaster
Tremors (graboids!)
Wag the Dog
Caddyshack
Back to School (Sam Kinnison kills)
Undercover Brother
Bubble Boy

Posted by: Gerri | March 31, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Airplane, of course
Auntie Mame, of course
Jason and the Argonauts
Witness

Posted by: Fairfax | March 31, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The Lion in Winter
A League of Their Own
Bull Durham
The Natural
Out of Africa
On Golden Pond
The War of the Roses
Platoon

If my husband has seen all the Rocky movies once, he's seen them 200 times each. And Happy Gilmore.

Posted by: MaineWoman | March 31, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

High Fidelity
The Graduate
Terminator 2
Animal House
Dr Zhivago
Thelma and Louise
Any episode of The Office

Posted by: aadmsgs | March 31, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

My guilty pleasure list is pretty long:

Dumb and Dumber
Zoolander
Better off Dead
Anchorman
The Goonies
Spaceballs
Robin Hood Men in Tights
The Fifth Element
The Jerk
Blazing Saddles
Shaun of the Dead
Shawshank Redemption
Memphis Belle
Elf
Any Austin Powers movie
UHF
Any Pixar movie
Both Shrek movies

Also, Talledega Nights and Borat seem to be working their way on that list, although I've only seen them once or twice each

Posted by: A_Bubba_in_Reston | March 31, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The Thomas Crown Affair
The Bourne Identity
Strictly Ballroom
Moll Flanders (BBC version)
Jurassic Park (the first one)
Friday
Terminator
Clueless
When Harry Met Sally
Ever After
Alien
Grease
The Truth About Cats and Dogs
The Fugitive

Posted by: Chausti | March 31, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Always worth reseeing:

Mommie Dearest (best & shortest review: Faye Dunaway goes beserk!)
Dr Strangelove
Just about any Hitchcock movie
To Kill A Mockingbird
West Side Story
Any movie with Mae West & W.C Fields together
Soylent Green
Lawrence of Arabia
Bridge Over The River Kwai
Sunset Boulevard
Finally...just about any movie WITHOUT Tom Cruise

Posted by: Jake | March 31, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Some guilty and some not:

Trading Places
Ruthless People
Clueless
The Shawshank Redemption
Fargo
Die Hard
Witness
Working Girl
The Client
Hollywood Shuffle
Seven
Fight Club
Rattle & Hum (U2 freak)
Gladiator
anything with Morgan Freeman or Monty Clift

Posted by: barbiefish | March 31, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Singing in the Rain: BEST musical. Donald O'Connor is amazing.
The Day After Tomorrow: The Russian freighter coming down 5th Ave, is the BEST!
Walt Disney's Cinderella: The little mice make me cry.
Any Judy Garland movie.
Same with any Cary Grant...

Great lists above... So I won't repeat.

Posted by: cammy | March 31, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Oops!! How could I froget "The Wizard of Oz"?

Posted by: cammy | March 31, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The Color Purple
An Officer and A Gentleman

Posted by: WICXTA | March 31, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Strictly Ballroom

Posted by: blelindsay | March 31, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

All the President's Men
Dr. Strangelove
Blazing Saddles
Jaws
The Sting

Posted by: Jay | March 31, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, I would have commented yesterday when it was more timely, but I couldn't find Celebritology on the newly-designed piece of crap that the Washington Post now calls their home page.

But, ahem, enough about that. Some people listed movies above that I would never consider "guilty pleasures." I'm only listing ones I'd be embarrassed to admit to:

Avanti
Clue
Murder by Death
Rumour Has It
Seems Like Old Times
The Wedding Date

Posted by: Snarky Squirrel | March 31, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Hair
Animal House
For a Few Dollars More
A Soldier's Story
Blade Runner
Waterworld

Posted by: bfulton | March 31, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, for a guilty pleasure, you gotta watch:

Earth Girls Are Easy
Lady Hawk
Buckaro Banzai
True Grit
Independence Day
That Pierce Brosnan Volcano movie
Splash
Any Annette F. beach blanket movie
The Glass Bottom boat
Cheesy Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies
Frequency
The Big Easy

Posted by: Gburgal | March 31, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

American President
Ocean's 11
Home Alone 1 and 2
Speed

Posted by: Emily | April 1, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (I can't believe there's only one other person with this on their list! Susan Sarandon can play all the nuns she wants and win all the Oscars she wants, but she'll still ALWAYS be Janet to me!)

Love Actually (I cry every time and it always makes me want to live in England again!)

Also,
She's Having a Baby
Grease
The Princess Bride
Bring it On
Happy Gilmore
10 Things I Hate About You
and almost anything with John Cusack!

Posted by: Sheri Z. | April 1, 2007 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Twister!
Dances with wolves
Any fee gopod sports movie, esp. bull durham and rocky-s,
legends of the fall
jerry maguire (even though tom cruise is insane)


Posted by: pbear | April 1, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Love Actually
Witness (before Harrison Ford got all weird)
Far From the Maddening Crowd (Bates and Christie version)
Casablanca
Now, Voyager
Animal House
The Searchers
Pink Flamingos
Ladies in Lavender

Posted by: Anonymous | April 1, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Only one for me: CLASH OF THE TITANS!
Unbelivable cast and claymation-RELEASE THE CRACKEN!

Posted by: Laura | April 1, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Barb: I watch Our Man Flint and In Like Flint every time. James Corburn Rocked!

P.S. Back in the day, Paul Newman rocked too(Just saw The Long Hot Summer and Hud)

Posted by: Lisa1 | April 1, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Lots of good ones already mentioned, but my all time favorite movie (and book}...To Kill a Mockingbird.
Another good one I recently re-watched...Lion in Winter.

Posted by: egretqueen | April 1, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

opps, I forgot the point of this...guilty pleasure movies...I just wrote my favorite all time movies.
Guily pleasures would include almost any chick flick or tear jerker.

Posted by: egretqueen | April 1, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Lost in America
The Pope of Greenwich Village
Big Easy
Blade Runner
1, 2, 3 (Godfather)
LOTR

Posted by: Rob R | April 1, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Movies I watch over and over again:

The American President

Dave

School of Rock

All About Eve (one of the best movies of all time!)

Lord of the Rings

Serenity (well, my husband watches it over and over. I'm surprised the disc hasn't worn through)

Harold and Maude

Miracle on 34th Street (the original, in black and white)

Bowfinger (great satire about Hollywood)

Moonstruck

The Butcher's Wife (has anyone but me seen this? Not the slasher one, the one with Demi Moore and Jeff Daniels)

White Christmas

The Red Violin

Fantasia

The Wizard of Oz

and of course....Airplane! I saw it before it was released, the producers did a sneak preview at my college with a comment period afterwards (they were still editing it). I thought it was hilarious. That was a million years ago and I haven't changed my mind.

Posted by: myotherpersona | April 1, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Arrgh! I forgot:
A Fish Called Wanda
Big
Victor/Victoria (I've seen it a million times)
Monsieur Ibrahim (wonderful!)
Cinema Paradiso
The Birdcage
Sense and Sensibility (know the whole script)
Heaven Can Wait (with Warren Beatty)
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Singing in the Rain
Wings of Desire
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Red Balloon

Posted by: myotherpersona | April 1, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The Great Escape
Shawshank Redemption
The Fifth Element
Some Kind of Wonderful (that kiss!!)

Posted by: Karen C. | April 1, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Young Frankenstein
Princess Bride (I can't believe how many times this is on the list)
A Christmas Story
Fargo
Raising Arizona
Some Like it Hot
M*A*S*H

Posted by: Neelie | April 1, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Local Hero (why is this not a classic????)
We're No Angels (the original Humphrey Bogart, etc)
Uncle Buck-John Candy, what is there to say?
Barefoot in the Park (this is supposed to be "guilty pleasures", and it has perfect casting, with no "stuffed shirts"!
Under the Tuscan Sun: Diane Lane and Italy, what more is there to say?
How to Steal a Million: Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn at their peak
Two for the Road: Again, Audrey Hepburn and this time, Albert Finney, sublime,
Defending my Life: Albert Brooks fights for some dignity, while Meryl Streep can do no wrong, literally.
Get Shorty: I know it was a hit, but it sure can pick me up, and I keep it in the group, handy at all times.

The purpose, as you said, of guilty pleasures is to make you feel good, no matter what anyone else thinks. If I've had a bad day at work, with the family, etc, I might be able to steal a late two hours with my laptop/dvd and headphones and escape/recharge.

So many of my favorite movies are listed by others, including a fellow poster from Texas (by the name id) who must be my twin. This was a great idea, and I am making a new list for safekeeping.

Posted by: rksjTX | April 1, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Requiem for a Dream
Donnie Darko

I can't believe I couldn't find either one of them up there...or maybe I just missed them.

Posted by: Jessica | April 1, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Dreamgirls (ok, I "found" a bootleg--only until the real DVD comes out next month)
Shawshank Redemption
Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2
Blazing Saddles
The Matrix (the first one)
Airplane (love it, too!)
Die Hard

Posted by: Peachy Girl | April 1, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I try not to feel guilty about my pleasures, and I don't think anyone needs to feel the least bit embarrassed about most of the films listed so far. I'll admit to loving "The V.I.Ps," Doris Day comedies like "The Thrill of it All," "Move Over Darling," "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," and "Lover Come Back," Douglas Sirk suffering-women-in-couture-clothes movies like "All That Heaven Allows" and "Magnificent Obsession," chick flicks like "Boys on the Side," heist films like the original "Thomas Crown Affair" and "How to Steal a Million," and unpretentious teen movies like "High School Musical" and "Stick It."

Posted by: Nell Minow | April 1, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

...ok, let us get guilty with THESE pleasures, which must be watched when and IF they are ever shown: Army of Darkness (1992), Teenagers From Outer Space (1959), Montey Python and The Holy Grail (1975), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), Glen or Glenda (1953), Freaks (1932), Barbarella (1968), This Is Spinal Tap (1984) , X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tingler (1959), Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), This Is Not a Test (1962), Roman Scandals (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), Pink Flamingos (1972), Get Crazy (1983), The Trip (1967), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Duck and Cover (1951), The Atomic Cafe (1982), Made in USA (1987).

Posted by: munkle | April 1, 2007 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Buckaroo Banzai (and I don't know why!)
Young Frankenstein, of course
Blood Simple (yes, EARLY Cohen Bros.)
Run Lola Run (the hair color clinches it)

Posted by: Major Minor | April 1, 2007 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Gone With the Wind
Love Actually
The Pelican Brief (Love Denzel and Julia Roberts in this movie!)
Shawshank Redemption
An Affair to Remember

Posted by: Hoya fan | April 1, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Gotta go with:

Anything Monty Python
Anything Muppets

and, they're TV series -

The A-Team
Last of the Summer Wine

Posted by: Hmmm | April 2, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Gees...can't believe I forgot my most favorite movie of all time:

The Wizard of Oz

And in addition to our list above:
Shawshank Redemption

Posted by: ma canolli | April 2, 2007 1:55 AM | Report abuse

1. The Life of Brian, best comedy ever, hands down!
2. Ruthless People, Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker at their absolutely best
3. Bringing Up Baby, gotta love Katie Hepburn and Cary Grant sparring with each other verbally
4. The Silence of the Lambs, scary!
5. Unforgiven, Best Western!

Posted by: HÃ¥gar | April 2, 2007 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Love Actually
Dave

They make me feel good when things are bad

Posted by: Mark | April 2, 2007 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Man, I must have watched Galaxy Quest about 200 times. I'll watch that, A Knight's Tale, and America's Sweethearts over and over.

Posted by: loonatic | April 2, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

OK, you ran this blog a couple of days too early.

The USA network ran "The Mummy", "The Mummy Returns", and "The Scorpian King" back-to-back-to-back yesterday (Sunday, 4/1)

Posted by: SoMD | April 2, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Evil Dead 1 and 2
The Quick and the Dead
The Big Lebowski
Pitch Black

Posted by: EF8 | April 2, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

A Fish Called Wanda
Animal House
Raising Arizona
Monty Python's Holy Grail
Young Frankenstein
Blast from the Past
Blade Runner
Silverado

. . . and the sappy fantasy trifecta:
Legend (must have the original Tangerine Dream soundtrack!)
Labyrinth
Willow

Posted by: Rachel | April 2, 2007 9:32 AM | Report abuse

1. 2001 Space Odyssey
2. 2010 Odyssey 2
3. Godfather
4. Those Magnifiscent Men In Their Flying Machines
5. McKenna's Gold
6. The Great Race
7. Roman Holiday
8. Hatari!
9. Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner
10. Apollo 13

Posted by: Pradeep Hardikar | April 2, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

No one has mentioned this one yet (probably b/c no one but me ever watched it obsessively)...Eddie and the Cruisers.

Posted by: librarylady | April 2, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Ones previously mentioned that are my guilty pleasures too:
-Anne of Green Gables (and other sequels - Anne of Avonlea, were there others?)
-Secret Garden
-Mighty Ducks (first and second ones)
-Karate Kid (the one where he's in Japan)
-Clue
-White Chicks (I can't believe how much I laugh every time I see this stupid movie. The dance-off is my fav part)
-Anything Muppets (although I still think it's quality entertainment...)

Others I don't think have been mentioned
-Liar, Liar
-Homeward Bound
-A Christmas Story
-Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Posted by: basso | April 2, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

As a child of the '80s and a John Cusack fan, I cannot stop watching "Better Off Dead" and "Sixteen Candles." I also love "The Wedding Singer," also for its '80s references. I know they are not cinematic masterpieces, but I love them.

Posted by: LP | April 2, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

No one has listed Six Days, Seven Nights! ("Pirates?!? As in 'Arg?'") I watch every time I stay home with the flu.

Also on the list:
Sliding Doors (why do you all hate Gwyneth?)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The Mummy
Shawshank Redemption

Posted by: kc | April 2, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

So tough to narrow down! In no particular order:

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
"Grease"
"St. Elmo's Fire"
"The Devil's Advocate"
"Romeo and Juliet" (both the Zefferelli and Luhrman versions)
"Tootsie"
"Finding Nemo"
"Claudine"
"Ghostbusters"
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

Posted by: cvci | April 2, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

And lest we not forget:

"Fatal Attraction"
"Toy Story" (both)
"Titanic" ("Look at ME, you filth!")
"Broadcast News"
"Victor/Victoria"
"Deceived"
"All About Eve"

Posted by: cvci | April 3, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

my guilty pleasures are 80's kids' movies!

The Labyrinth (David Bowie version, of course!)
The Goonies
The Neverending Story

Posted by: nicole | April 3, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think some of my quasi-guilty faves (Office Space, the Princess Bride, Top Gun) are well-enough loved that they aren't too guilty a pleasure.

True guilty pleasures? (a good test - could I watch this at the gym, or on a DVD player on the plane)
Real Genius
Labyrinth (I Love that so many other people list this!!)
Better Off Dead
Dirty Dancing
She's All That
Grease
Strictly Ballroom

Posted by: adub | April 3, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

My list:

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The Matrix movies (cause Keanu Reeves is hot, even though he can't act)
The Sure Thing (one of John Cusack's earliest films)
Some Kind of Wonderful
Real Genius
The Cutting Edge
Save the Last Dance
Madagascar (Yeah, it's an animated film, and I'm 47 years old, but I love the humor in it - most of it goes right over my 5-year old's head, but I laugh out loud every time)

Posted by: stephfl | April 3, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The Shawshank Redemption
Uncle Buck
The Jerk
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Withnail and I
Goodfellas
The Exorcist
Fight Club
and the best of all: All six hours of Lonesome Dove!

Posted by: ek in Boston, MA | April 3, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Captain Ron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: joe | April 3, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Um, I feel like most of the movies listed here are so not guilty pleasures...I agree with whoever said that if it won any Oscars or got critical acclaim, it's not one.

Even though I don't consider Amelie or any Cary Grant film a "guilty pleasure," I'm glad other people love them as much as I do! Charade is what I consider my favorite movie... Also, as an avid Cher fan, am glad to see Moonstruck on so many people's lists - but don't feel guilty about it people! Its a great movie, so well-written, great performances all around and she won an Oscar!

These are the movies I'll watch whenever they've on TV but wouldn't list them in my "favorites" of all time...The list is short cause I'm drawing a blank at the moment...
Dirty Dancing
House Sitter
Grease
Mannequin


PS - To the person who listed Emmit Otter's Jugband Christmas....do you have a copy? Where did you find it if you do? I haven't seen that in years!

Posted by: megm | April 3, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Guilty - classic Marilyns: Some Like It Hot, How to Marry A Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Misfits

Not so guilty - Chinatown. Why did everyone miss this brilliant movie that can be watched hundreds of times?

Posted by: Lesliekjo | April 3, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I have no shame!

Pee Wees Big Adventure
Big Trouble In Little China
My Bodyguard
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Victor Victoria
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Posted by: AaroninSB | April 4, 2007 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Ok, seriously, how am I the only person to list Brain Donors? NO ONE admits to liking this movie, but I defy you not to laugh when you watch it.

The Cutting Edge, Dirty Dancing, and Highlander bear repeating. "If loving you is wrong... I don't wanna be right..."

Posted by: Jen | April 4, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I need to reevaluate, but a lot of my favorite movies (i.e. ones I would proudly proclaim as such) are on a lot of lists. For example: Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, Office Space, Clue, Spaceballs, Vacation, Caddyshack, Fargo, Raising Arizona and So I Married an Axe Murderer are, to me, works of near genius and I feel absolutely no guilt in owning copies of them.

When I think of "guilty pleasures" I am reminded of someone I know (name withheld to protect the innocent) who keeps an Ace of Base tape secreted away in her glove compartment. So, with that, here are my guilty pleasures (in no particular order):

Police Academy 1 & 2
Mommy Dearest
Dirty Dancing (I was a preteen in the late 80's...)
Top Gun
The Money Pit
The Goonies
For Keeps (I see your "Pretty in Pink"/"Sixteen Candles" and raise you one knocked up Molly Ringwald)
Mr. Mom
Don't Tell Mom, The Babysitter's Dead
V (the TV series about alien lizards that invade earth...it's fantastic)

I think I have a serious '80s addiction. I do own more recent movies, I swear. I also watch a decent amount of action and drama flicks, although this list would seem to suggest that I only watch low-brow comedy. Hmmm...

Posted by: Courtney | April 4, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I can not believe no one has mentioned what, to me, is the ultimate - I start sobbing at the opening scene (and I'm a guy!)

Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer)

Posted by: Ian | April 6, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Cory | April 11, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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