So-Bad-It’s-Good

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Movies that transcend badness and become something beautiful, with the right sense of humor.

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1. Showgirls (1995)

NC-17 | 128 min | Drama

16 Metascore

Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer

Votes: 59,878 | Gross: $20.30M

Aside from the obvious aesthetic reasons I enjoy the film, I find it fascinating that it’s made by the same director as Robocop. Gina Gershon gives a genuinely charming performance. Everything else is horribly awkward, sleazy, comedy gold.

2. Knock Knock (I) (2015)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

53 Metascore

A devoted father helps two stranded young women who knock on his door, but his kind gesture turns into a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Aaron Burns

Votes: 75,107 | Gross: $0.04M

Sultry, trashy, sexy, and hilarious.

3. The Happening (2008)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

34 Metascore

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

Votes: 191,861 | Gross: $64.51M

4. The Wicker Man (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

36 Metascore

A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, Kate Beahan

Votes: 62,785 | Gross: $23.64M

5. Wish Upon (2017)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

32 Metascore

A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert

Votes: 17,089 | Gross: $14.30M

“Ultimate smegma.”

6. The Room (2003)

R | 99 min | Drama

9 Metascore

Johnny is a successful bank executive who lives quietly in a San Francisco townhouse with his future wife, Lisa. One day, putting aside any scruple, she seduces Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Director: Tommy Wiseau | Stars: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman

Votes: 78,594 | Gross: $0.56M

7. Brüno (2009)

R | 81 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu

Votes: 137,896 | Gross: $60.05M

Exclusive interview with Harrison Ford!

8. Look Away (2018)

TV-MA | 103 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Maria, an alienated high-school student, has her life turned upside down when she switches places with her sinister mirror image.

Director: Assaf Bernstein | Stars: India Eisley, Jason Isaacs, Mira Sorvino, Penelope Mitchell

Votes: 12,930

Surprisingly well-made and well-acted, schlocky evil twin story.

9. The Bye Bye Man (2017)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

37 Metascore

Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco

Votes: 20,368 | Gross: $22.38M

Don’t think it. Don’t say it. But definitely see it, preferably intoxicated with friends.

10. The Snowman (2017)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

23 Metascore

Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson

Votes: 55,351 | Gross: $6.67M

There’s a good movie buried so deep under all the snow, and it’s almost worth the plunge into utter bewilderment and insanity to try piecing it together for yourself. Also, Lolipop.

11. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The co-eds of a Boston college campus are targeted by a mysterious killer who is creating a human jigsaw puzzle from their body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 8,062 | Gross: $2.03M

12. Dirty Grandpa (2016)

R | 102 min | Comedy

21 Metascore

Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a lecherous former Army Lieutenant Colonel, to Florida for Spring Break.

Director: Dan Mazer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza

Votes: 108,969 | Gross: $35.59M

De Niro yelling “you want some of that purple drank?” to a sensitive black man is enough reason to recommend this.

13. Drive Angry (2011)

R | 104 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

44 Metascore

A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke

Votes: 92,748 | Gross: $10.71M

14. Nurse 3D (2013)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

29 Metascore

By day, Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, but by night, she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are.

Director: Douglas Aarniokoski | Stars: Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Judd Nelson, Corbin Bleu

Votes: 9,274

15. The Unborn (2009)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

30 Metascore

A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.

Director: David S. Goyer | Stars: Odette Annable, Gary Oldman, Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good

Votes: 48,574 | Gross: $42.67M

Gary Oldman and Idris Elba slum it hard in this Exorcist ripoff. Odette Annable is an absolute doll. I could watch her walk around empty hallways in her underwear for hours. You know, to make sure she’s safe...

16. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

34 Metascore

Johnny Blaze, tortured by the Ghost Rider's curse, gets a chance of redemption through protecting the Devil's son, whose father is pursuing him.

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Idris Elba, Violante Placido

Votes: 108,118 | Gross: $51.77M

17. Machete Kills (2013)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

41 Metascore

The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa PenaVega, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 72,763 | Gross: $8.01M

18. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

25 Metascore

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far-reaching plans.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 65,043 | Gross: $49.04M

19. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

33 Metascore

Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor

Votes: 193,420 | Gross: $131.14M

20. Bullet to the Head (2012)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

48 Metascore

After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Sung Kang

Votes: 46,453 | Gross: $9.48M

21. Replicas (2018)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

19 Metascore

A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.

Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz

Votes: 27,621 | Gross: $4.05M

The special effects are a marvel that must be seen to believed.

22. Ghost Rider (2007)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

35 Metascore

When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott, Matt Long

Votes: 218,007 | Gross: $115.80M

23. Species (1995)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina

Votes: 72,079 | Gross: $60.07M

“Let’s make a movie like Alien, except the alien is like a super hot naked babe!” “Yeeeeeah dude!”

24. End of Days (1999)

R | 122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

33 Metascore

At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 103,533 | Gross: $66.89M

25. Timecop (1994)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

Max Walker, an officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who's intent on changing the past to control the future.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill

Votes: 54,004 | Gross: $44.85M

26. Elektra (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

34 Metascore

Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, Kirsten Zien

Votes: 85,405 | Gross: $24.41M

27. Underworld (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

42 Metascore

Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen

Votes: 247,349 | Gross: $51.97M

I’d watch Kate Beckinsale in anything.

28. Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

56 Metascore

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens

Votes: 199,777 | Gross: $160.94M

29. Piranha 3D (2010)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

53 Metascore

After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames

Votes: 84,246 | Gross: $25.00M

30. My Bloody Valentine (2009)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

51 Metascore

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Betsy Rue

Votes: 52,575 | Gross: $51.55M

31. Collide (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

33 Metascore

An American backpacker gets involved with a ring of drug smugglers as their driver, though he winds up on the run from his employers across Cologne high-speed Autobahn.

Director: Eran Creevy | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 14,418 | Gross: $2.28M

32. Manhattan Night (2016)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

44 Metascore

A reporter becomes involved with a mysterious woman while investigating her late husband's death.

Director: Brian DeCubellis | Stars: Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals

Votes: 11,167

33. Polar (I) (2019)

TV-MA | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

19 Metascore

A retiring assassin suddenly finds himself on the receiving end of a hit, contracted by none other than his own employer seeking to cash in on the pensions of aging employees.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Fei Ren

Votes: 68,482

34. Moonraker (1979)

PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Votes: 87,371 | Gross: $70.31M

35. Troll 2 (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A family vacationing in a small town discovers the entire town is inhabited by goblins in disguise as humans, who plan to eat them.

Director: Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Michael Paul Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young

Votes: 30,031

36. Criminal (2016)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

36 Metascore

In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative's mission.

Director: Ariel Vromen | Stars: Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman

Votes: 56,588 | Gross: $14.27M

37. Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.

Director: John Luessenhop | Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Trey Songz

Votes: 44,045 | Gross: $34.34M

“Do your thing, cuz!”

38. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the evening.

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso

Votes: 10,185

39. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

R | 87 min | Horror

43 Metascore

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler

Votes: 58,696 | Gross: $30.00M

40. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

26 Metascore

Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission.

Director: Adrian Grunberg | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adriana Barraza

Votes: 68,510 | Gross: $18.87M

41. The Core (2003)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Bruce Greenwood

Votes: 90,421 | Gross: $31.19M

42. The Intruder (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

39 Metascore

A young married couple buys a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

Director: Deon Taylor | Stars: Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Sikora

Votes: 11,210 | Gross: $35.42M

43. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

30 Metascore

Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.

Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson

Votes: 440,049 | Gross: $57.94M

44. Movie 43 (2013)

R | 94 min | Comedy

18 Metascore

A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

Directors: Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken, Bob Odenkirk | Stars: Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 97,149 | Gross: $8.83M

45. Anaconda (1997)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

37 Metascore

A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who forces them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube

Votes: 92,360 | Gross: $65.89M



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