My Guilty Pleasure Movies!by Cosmic_Cre | created - 04 May 2012 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
These are movies that might not have been successful critically or commercially, but I've always had a strong love for them! :D
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1. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool.
Votes: 17,558 | Gross: $3.92M
This is one of my all time favorite B-movie and the epitome of 80's camp. Three furry aliens from outer space land in the Valley not for science but to get lucky! Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum were so hot together in this movie and I loved the songs that were written and performed by the very funny Julie Brown. Awesome!
2. The Wiz (1978)
G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.
Votes: 11,877 | Gross: $21.05M
I know a lot of fans of the original "Wizard of Oz" think of this movie as pure sacrilege and that Diana Ross was too old to play Dorothy(FYI, she wasn't playing a child anyway, she was playing a young school teacher), but I beg to differ. The stage show was a classic on Broadway and I've always loved the energetic songs. :D
3. Burlesque (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.
Votes: 66,599 | Gross: $39.44M
Christina Aguilera makes her theatrical film and musical debut as Ali Rose, a "small-town girl with a big voice," who finds work at a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club, inspired by Bob Fosse's Cabaret and European Burlesque entertainment. Cher stars as Tess, a former dancer who struggles to keep the nightclub open and serves as a mentor to Ali. I know this overall movie is about as deep as a thimble full of water, the plot is thin enough to see through and Christina can't act her way out of a paper bag but I've seen worse musicals. I love the dance numbers, the music, the costumes and the atmosphere. Long story short, I was entertained, so no complaints from me. ;D
4. Ted (2012)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.
Votes: 510,009 | Gross: $218.82M
John Bennett is a lonely boy who can't make any friends. One Christmas, he receives a teddy bear from his parents and immediately grows attached to it. John names him Teddy, and wishes one night that Ted could be alive; inexplicably, a shooting star passing overhead causing his wish to come true and Ted is alive the next morning, much to the fear and eventual jubilation of his parents. Due to his sentience, Ted becomes a celebrity for a short period of time.
27 years later, Ted(voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and John(Mark Wahlberg) still have a very strong bond, which now includes mass consumption of alcohol and pot. John's live-in girlfriend, Lori(Mila Kunis), feels Ted is keeping John emotionally immature and wants Ted to move out in order for them to both finally grow up. This movie definitely falls into the gross out genre that I try to avoid, but I have to admit, it's too hilarious and it's like a live action "Family Guy" episode! XD
5. Australia (2008)
PG-13 | 165 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
Votes: 108,946 | Gross: $49.55M
This movie wasn't very well received by critics because of the rather rushed plot and too tightly wrapped up ending, but who cares? Hugh Jackman has never looked more delicious than in this movie! :D In 1939, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels from England to northern Australia to force her philandering husband to sell his faltering cattle station, Faraway Downs.
Her husband(just before he gets murdered) sends an independent cattle drover (Hugh Jackman), called "Drover", to transport her to Faraway Downs. She becomes enthralled by the land, the cattle business, a recently orphaned little aboriginal boy named Nullah, and falls in love with the handsome Drover. She fights to keep her cattle ranch operational and out of the greedy hands of evil cattle station manager Neil Fletcher (David Wenham) who's secretly working for Lesley 'King' Carney (Bryan Brown), owner of the largest cattle ranch in Australia. Epic!! :D
6. Magic Mike (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.
Votes: 117,267 | Gross: $113.72M
Who cares if this had a crappy plot? It had Channing Tatum and Matthew McCaughey stripping! That's worth sitting through the shoddy plot right there! :D
7. Supergirl (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.
Votes: 15,601 | Gross: $13.60M
Looking back on this movie, yea I'll admit it wasn't very good as far as superhero films, but it was a lot of so-bad-it's-good fun. Helen Slater stars as Kara, the cousin of Superman, here on Earth trying to find her home's power source called the Omega Hedren that was accidentally lost there. She befriends Lois Lane's teenaged sister, Lucy(Maureen Teefy), falls in love with a tree cutter named Ethan(Hart Bochner), and evokes the wrath of amateur witch named Selena(Faye Dunaway). Not the deepest plot, but who cares! ;D
8. Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again (1982)
R | 87 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy, Music
Dr Daniel Jekyll researching into drugs that would help mankind avoid surgery discovers a white powder that unleashes the animal in every man, and in his case turning him from a shy and ... See full summary »
Votes: 962 | Gross: $3.79M
OMG... this was so engrained in my childhood it's not even funny! Raunchily funny and over the top retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Mark Blankfield as Dr. Daniel Jekyll who accidentally invents a powder much like cocaine that turns him not into a monstrous psychotic killer, but a sleazy, oversexed lounge lizard! Hilarious!! XD
9. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western
Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.
Votes: 58,316 | Gross: $39.25M
Me and my siblings have always had a deep affection for this movie. We actually have a contest to see who can get through it without laughing. No one ever wins! XD Three clueless out of work actors(Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short) venture to Mexico thinking they've been invited there for an acting gig when in fact after seeing one of their movies and thinking they were real Mexican avengers, the simple Mexican villagers in actuality want them to rid their village of a dastardly bad guy named El Guapo. A great underrated comedy! ;)
10. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.
Votes: 26,015 | Gross: $15.63M
Gotta love B-Rated horror comedy films and there was a mess of them in the 80's. It was the "anything goes" attitude and not taking themselves so seriously that made them so much fun. This film is about a race of aliens (who resemble evil clowns) that arrive on Earth to capture and harvest people as food. Campy fun! :D
11. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,473 | Gross: $6.33M
What would this list be without my favorite kind of movies? Dance movies! This one starred a young, pre-Sex in the City Sarah Jessica Parker as Janey Glenn, a Army officer's daughter who's over the moon when her family moves to Chicago... the place where her favorite show, "Dance TV", is filmed and where she wants to become a featured dancer. This also stars Helen Hunt and a pre-teen Shannon Doherty.
12. Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama
While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other.
Votes: 4,502 | Gross: $36.57M
Miles O'Keeffe in a loincloth... need I say more? I think not!! ;D
13. Midnight Madness (1980)
PG | 112 min | Comedy
Leon planned "The Great Allnighter" by picking college students to participate in his night long scavenger hunt. The five teams, each designated by colors: white (nerds who hate green), ... See full summary »
This was a comedy that is near and dear to me and my siblings' hearts! Leon (Alan Solomon), a genius, summons five college students to his apartment and challenges them to participate in his latest game creation: The Great All-Nighter. He tells them about his game and instructs them to form teams. At first, the leaders refuse to play. However, rivalries between them lead all five to change their minds by the game's start time. This was one of the first PG rated movie that the Disney company made which lead them to make their sister company, Touchstone, just for the sole purpose of making films that were more for adults.
14. Wild Thing (1987)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A child witnesses drug dealers murder his parents. He escapes and grows up wild in the city's slums. Years later he emerges to help the residents of the area who are being terrorized by street gangs and drug dealers.
Ahh... the modern retelling of Tarzan set in the urban jungle. A young boy's hippie parents are the victims of a vicious killing by a drug lord named Chopper and a rogue cop. He manages to escape the same fate and is taken in by a mentally disturbed bag lady who teaches him to watch out for the Blue Coats (Cops) and White Coats (Doctors).
After her death he becomes an urban Tarzan known as Wild Thing, defending innocents in the inner city. One night, he saves a lost social worker, Jane(Kathleen Quinlan), from being raped by the thugs of the same drug lord and develops a romantic relationship with her. Robert Knepper was so sexy in this!! :D *SWOON*
15. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.
Votes: 16,183 | Gross: $19.74M
Another great and under appreciated movie from my youth! This movie stars a very handsome Nicolas Rowe as young Sherlock Holmes. The story is about how he met John Watson(Alan Cox) while solving a mystery together at a boarding school.
The film is notable for including the first fully computer-generated photorealistic animated character, a knight composed of elements from a stained glass window. This effect was the first CG character to be scanned and painted directly onto film using a laser. The effect was created by Lucasfilm's John Lasseter(now chief creative officer at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios) .
16. The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama
A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.
Votes: 7,284 | Gross: $3.10M
This was the movie that made it look fun to run away from home and break the law! LOL! A beautiful Corpus Christi teen named Billie Jean(Helen Slater), her brother Binx(Christian Slater) and their friends Putter (Yeardley Smith) and Ophelia (Martha Gehman) get in trouble with the law after an altercation with a bully who is spurned by Billie Jean and out of anger, trashes Binx's prized Honda Scooter. When she asked Hubie's father for money to repair the bike, he tries to rape her and gets accidentally shot in the shoulder by Binx.
The kids race away from the shop and become fugitives. With help from the disgruntled teenaged son of a state congressman that she befriends(who voluntarily becomes her "hostage") played by Keith Gordon, Billie Jean makes a video of her demands, featuring herself with her long, blond hair chopped into a crew cut as a sign of her rebellion. As media coverage increases Billie Jean becomes a teen icon - a symbol of youth empowerment and the evidence of the injustices adults are capable of, and young fans follow her every movement. One word.... AWESOME!!! :D
17. Mahogany (1975)
PG | 109 min | Drama, Romance
Tracy, an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. Her ambition leads her to Rome spurring ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,410 | Gross: $5.00M
Diana Ross plays Tracy Chambers, a sassy industrious young woman living in the projects of Chicago who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. She has worked her way up from salesgirl to secretary and assistant to the head buyer at a luxury department store. Her boyfriend Brian Walker, played by Billy Dee Williams, is running unsuccessfully for office in the district. When Brian insists Tracy give up her dreams for his, Tracy flees in the middle of the night for Rome, where she becomes a muse to a former client. Loved the music(especially the Mahogany Theme), the fashions and Miss Ross had never looked more glamorous than she did in this film. ;)
18. Masked and Anonymous (2003)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert.
Votes: 4,115 | Gross: $0.53M
I can see how many people wouldn't like this film. It's very wordy, virtually plotless and doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I personally think that's the beauty of it, almost like an abstract painting. You interpret it the way you want. An iconic rock legend, Jack Fate (Bob Dylan), is bailed out of prison to perform a one-man benefit concert for a decaying future North American society. The film touches on many subjects from the futility of politics, the confusion of loosely strung government conspiracies, and the chaos created by both anarchy and Nineteen Eighty-Four-styled totalitarianism. It further reflects on life, dreams, and God's place in a seemingly increasingly chaotic world.
In some ways, the film is political: it describes how Fate sees the political landscape (people fighting for no reason, a nation without hope, governments that cannot be trusted) but at the same time Fate makes it clear that he "was always a singer and maybe no more than that". He produces no solutions to any of the problems the film presents. Rather, he makes it clear that he "stopped trying to figure everything out a long time ago."
19. Forbidden Zone (1980)
R | 74 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.
Weird and over the top film from the infamous Elfman brothers! Originally shot on black-and-white film, the story of Forbidden Zone involves an alternate universe accessed through a door in the house of the Hercules family. Directed by Richard Elfman, who co-wrote the film with fellow Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo member Matthew Bright, it was the first film scored by his brother Danny Elfman, who was also Oingo Boingo's lead singer. Cult classic for fans of new wave music and midnight movies alike! ;D
20. Teen Witch (1989)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
High school misfit Louise, at a loss for romance, discovers magical abilities, but the teenage witch finds that she cannot conjure herself true love, so what?
Votes: 6,857 | Gross: $0.03M
I love movies about how the underdog gets the opportunity to change their lives and get back at those that put them down! :D After a bike accident, sweet but nerdy 15-year old Louise Miller (Robin Lively) knocks on the door of a strange looking house, hoping to use the phone. Instead she finds a strange but welcoming woman, the seer Madame Serena (Zelda Rubinstein), who is stunned to realize that Louise is a reincarnated witch and an old friend of Serena's. On Louise's 16th birthday, her magical powers return to her through a powerful amulet she lost in a former life.
Now that Louise has the power to make her dreams come true, she casts a popularity spell to win the hottest guy in school, Brad (Dan Gauthier), without earning his love. Louise then becomes the most popular girl in school while getting back at her harassing English teacher, Mr. Weaver, and the cheerleaders who never respected her. And for other fans of this movie, how many times have you sung the "Top That" rap? LOL!! XD
21. Grease 2 (1982)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
An English student at a 1960s American high school has to prove himself to the leader of a girls' gang whose members can only date greasers.
Votes: 28,490 | Gross: $15.17M
This was my and my siblings obsession when we were kids to the point we use to actually act it out. XD I know for most fans of the original "Grease" movie, this is a sequel they wish was never made. I have a real attachment to this movie because I saw this before "Grease" and thus identify with the characters and music more. This is set two years after "Grease" starring Maxwell Caulfield as Michael Carrington, the British cousin of Sandy from the first film, who is an exchange student that becomes smitten with the leader of the Pink Ladies, Stephanie Zinone, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Of course, she's not interested because he's not a biker, so he works hard to become the coolest one there is. ;)
22. The Blue Lagoon (1980)
R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
Votes: 54,730 | Gross: $58.85M
Man, this movie was my sexual fantasy before I even knew what one was!! ;D The film tells the story of two young children marooned on a tropical island paradise in the South Pacific. With neither the guidance nor the restrictions of society, emotional feelings and physical changes arise as they reach puberty and fall in love. Ahhhh... magic!! ;D
23. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror
Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.
Votes: 9,965 | Gross: $5.60M
Elvira in her movie debut! Los Angeles TV horror hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson) quits her job after an outburst involving sexual harassment with the station's new owner. She discovers she has been included in the will of her late great-aunt Morgana, which entitles her to all of Morgana's worldly possessions; a mansion in Fallwell, Massachusetts, a Bichon Frise who doesn't really seem to be what it appears, and a book of what she considers cooking recipes. The majority of the conservative town(descendants of puritans) are against her staying there because of her brazen and seductive exterior and fear she's a bad influence on the town's youths. Love how Elvira struts her stuff! :)
24. Top Secret! (1984)
PG | 90 min | Comedy
Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.
Votes: 50,601 | Gross: $20.50M
An unfortunately forgotten gem from the twisted yet brilliant minds of Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, the guys who brought us "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" movies. The film tells the story of Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer), an American pop singer (whose songs sound suspiciously like those of Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys and Little Richard), who goes to East Germany (but the film, anachronistically, also parodies Nazi Germany) to perform at a cultural festival.
While there, he becomes involved in the French resistance movement and helps the beautiful Hillary Flammond (Lucy Gutteridge) rescue her father (Michael Gough), a brilliant scientist being held by the Germans and forced to build the deadly Polaris naval mine. Love the musical numbers and especially the scene filmed entirely backwards! Genius! :D
25. The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A shy, middle-aged professor enters into a romantic but non-physical relationship with an unlucky-in-love colleague.
Votes: 12,353 | Gross: $41.25M
Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges), a Columbia Mathematics teacher who feels sex complicates matters between men and women, is looking for a relationship based on the intellectual rather than the physical. When he overhears a lecture by a shy, homely, middle-aged Columbia professor of English Literature, Rose Morgan(Barbra Streisand), about chaste love in literature, he becomes intrigued, asks her out, and is impressed by her wit and knowledge.
He proposes marriage, with the condition it will be largely platonic, with rare sex only if she needs it. The prospect of spending the rest of her life as a lonely spinster living with her mother seems far worse than a marriage on those conditions, so Rose accepts. I know that this was viewed by many critics as a vanity project for Streisand, but I've always thought this was a beautiful and heartwarming movie. Oh well, it's their loss! :P
26. All of Me (1984)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A dying millionaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. However, something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer's body - together with the lawyer.
Votes: 14,289 | Gross: $36.40M
I don't know if I have the right to call this a "guilty pleasure" considering that this movie garnered 90% rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Oh well, I'll call it a guiltless pleasure then! ;D Steve Martin plays an attorney named Roger Cobb and Lily Tomlin is a difficult, eccentric, spoiled rotten, but terminally ill millionairess named Edwina Cutwater, who has been bedridden since childhood. Cutwater hires Roger to make some unusual final arrangements to her will.
Having discovered she is dying, Edwina has enlisted the aid of a culture-shocked mystic who has mastered the secret of transferring human souls. She has made an arrangement with Terry Hoskins, (Victoria Tennant) a beautiful young mystic who wishes to complete her spiritual journey by leaving her body forever and become one with the universe.
Edwina wants her own soul placed in Terry's vacated body so that she can finally experience youth and health. Roger is to change Edwina's will so that Terry, her future self, is her sole beneficiary. Roger, unsurprisingly, believes the whole plan is "bananas". To Roger's surprise, the soul-transfer works, but during the ceremony, Roger himself ends up with Edwina's soul sharing his body. Martin and Tomlin are at their comedic best in this! :)
27. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
PG | 88 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
When an ordinary woman is exposed to a unique mix of chemicals, she begins to uncontrollably physically shrink.
Votes: 3,822 | Gross: $20.26M
I'm starting to believe Lily Tomlin and her movies are some of the cornerstones of my childhood in the 80's. ;) Lily stars as Pat Kramer, an ordinary suburban housewife and mother and her husband, Vance(Charles Grodin) works for an advertising company. After being exposed to an experimental perfume he brings home for her to try, she begins to shrink, gradually at first, then rapidly.
A few weeks pass, and Pat has shrunk to the height of her own children. Soon she is less than a foot tall, making her like a doll to her children, and forcing her to move into a dollhouse.
Pat is kidnapped by a group of mad scientists, who make it seem that she perished in the kitchen garbage disposal. They plan to shrink everyone in the world by performing experiments on her to learn her secret. Mark Blankfield(see above) also stars in this. :D
28. The Beastmaster (1982)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A sword-and-sorcery fantasy about a young man's search for revenge. Armed with supernatural powers, the handsome hero and his animal allies wage war against marauding forces.
Votes: 16,989 | Gross: $14.06M
I know what you are probably thinking... Marc Singer in a loincloth! LOL! Yep, that's true, but this time, I actually also like the story. The movie tells the story of Dar (Marc Singer), the royal son of a king named Zed (Rod Loomis) who was stolen from the womb of Zed's queen (Vanna Bonta) by a witch under the command of vicious high-priest sorcerer Maax (Rip Torn).
A poor villager saves Dar from being sacrificed and raises him as his own son, teaching Dar how to fight and witnessing the boy's ability to telepathically communicate with animals. Their happiness is destroyed when their village is attacked by the evil Jun horde, a race of fanatic beast-like warriors controlled by Maax. Dar, the only survivor of the attack, vows revenge and journeys to his father's former kingdom to destroy Maax.
29. Johnny Dangerously (1984)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime
Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.
This movie is was comedy spoof of 1930s' crime/gangster movies starring Michael Keaton as an honest, goodhearted man who is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills and to put his younger brother through law school. I loved the running gags, the slapstick and the slew of obvious anachronisms throughout the picture! Hilarious!
30. Breakin' (1984)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds.
Votes: 4,893 | Gross: $38.68M
Kelly, a struggling young jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) meets up with two break dancers, Ozone (Adolfo Quiñones)(known for crazy inversions) and Turbo (Michael Chambers), who have a bitter rivalry with another crew, Electro Rock, consisting of poppers Poppin' Pete (Timothy Solomon), Poppin' Taco (Bruno Falcon) and Lollipop (Ana 'Lollipop' Sánchez).
They also struggle to overcome scorn from Kelly's dance instructor, Franco, who disapproves of her hybrid dance style and affiliation with street dancers. The acting was beyond cheesy and overall movie was about as deep as a puddle, but it was an 80's movie about breakdancing, so what did you expect? ;)
31. Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it.
Votes: 3,039 | Gross: $15.10M
OMG, this movie gets made fun of just for the title alone! Just when you thought it couldn't get cheesier or more shallow, here came this sequel! This features three characters from Breakin' -- Kelly (Lucinda Dickey), Ozone (Adolfo Quinones), and Turbo (Michael Chambers) -- who struggle to stop the demolition of a community recreation center.
32. Electric Dreams (1984)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman.
Votes: 5,815 | Gross: $2.19M
A love story between a man, a woman... and his computer? Yes, you heard me right. Miles Harding (Lenny Von Dohlen) is an architect who envisions a brick shaped like a jigsaw puzzle piece that could enable buildings to withstand earthquakes. Seeking a way to get organized, he buys a home computer (made by the fictitious company Pinecone Computers), plus extra gadgets such as switches to control household appliances like the blender, a speech synthesizer, and a microphone... all to help him develop his ideas.
During the initial set up, the computer overheats and in a state of panic, Miles pours a nearby bottle of champagne over the machine, which then becomes sentient. Miles' neighbor, an attractive cellist named Madeline (Virginia Madsen) comes into both of their lives and they both fall in love with her. Edgar(the name the computer chooses for itself) becomes jealous and begins to make Miles' life a living hell. A sweet and under-appreciated movie with a great soundtrack by Giorgio Moroder. :D
33. The Stuff (1985)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation, but the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
This is one of the many campy B movie gems from my youth that I use to love going to video stores with my mom to find. Oh, the memories! ;D A man discovers a sticky white substance bubbling out of the ground. It is found to be sweet and addictive. Given the name "The Stuff" and being marketed as having no calories and as being sweet, creamy, and filling, it becomes a nationwide craze and drastically hurts the sales of ice cream.
A former FBI agent turned industrial saboteur, David "Mo" Rutherford (Michael Moriarty), is hired by the leaders of the suffering ice cream industry, as well as junk food mogul Charles W. "Chocolate Chip Charlie" Hobbs (Garrett Morris), to find out exactly what the Stuff is and destroy it.
His efforts reveal that The Stuff is actually a living, parasitic, and possibly sentient organism, and it gradually takes over the brain, mutating those who eat it into bizarre zombie-like creatures before consuming them from the inside and leaving them empty shells of their former selves. How cool is that?! :D
34. Hysterical (1983)
PG | 87 min | Comedy, Horror
A burned out writer retreats to a northwest town called Hellview to write the great American novel. Unfortunately for him, the lighthouse he is renting is inhabited by the spirit of a woman... See full summary »
This is a virtually unknown comedic gem from the hilarious trio known as the Hudson Brothers. Frederic Lansing (Bill Hudson, who was married to Goldie Hawn and is the father of Kate Hudson) is a writer who hopes to find inspiration while vacationing in Hellview, Oregon; however, the lighthouse in which he's staying is haunted by the ghost of Venetia (Julie Newmar), who had killed herself 100 years ago and now wants to use Lansing as a vessel for her dead husband, Captain Howdy (Richard Kiel).
When Howdy's ghost starts killing people, two bumbling scientists (Brett Hudson and Mark Hudson) are brought in to investigate the history of the lighthouse and solve the case. Loved the Dance of the Dead scene and the one where they are trying to keep the zombies from attacking by singing doo wop to them! You have to see it to appreciate it! ;D
35. The Last Dragon (1985)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,394 | Gross: $25.75M
I can't tell you how much me and my siblings, especially my brothers, love and quote this movie! The plot follows a teenage martial arts student named Leroy Green (Taimak) with dreams of becoming a great martial artist like his idol Bruce Lee. Leroy goes on a quest to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as "The Final Level". Martial artists who reach this "Final Level" are said to possess "The Glow", a mystical energy that can only be attained by a true martial arts master.
On his journey to becoming the "Last Dragon" and wielding the power of "The Glow," Leroy must confront villains such as a crooked arcade mogul Eddie Arkadian(Chris Murney) and the evil Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem(Julius J. Carry III), from whom he must also protect his younger brother Richie (Leo O'Brien) and his love interest, TV music video host Laura Charles(Vanity). AWESOMENESS!!! :D
36. UHF (1989)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.
Votes: 22,592 | Gross: $6.16M
Weird Al Yankovic stars in this underrated cult classic as George Newman, a shiftless dreamer who stumbles into managing a low-budget television station and, surprisingly, finds success with his eclectic programming choices. However, he provokes the ire of a major network station that dislikes the competitive upstart. Absolutely hilarious! XD
37. Salsa (1988)
PG | 97 min | Romance, Music
Fatherless barrio Puertorican Rico is a menial car mechanic by day, but lives for the nights, when he dances and dates hot dancing girls, cockily convinced the title of Salsa king in fancy ... See full summary »
Votes: 916 | Gross: $8.89M
In an obvious attempt to capitalize on the popularity of another dance film that came out around the same time, cough*Dirty Dancing*cough, this cinematic masterpiece was made. In a nightly escape from his day job as a mechanic, Rico (Robby Rosa) enters his true element: the wild exuberance of the East L.A. "La Luna" salsa club. Dreaming of making himself and Vicky (Angela Alvarado), his girlfriend the "King and Queen of Salsa", Rico pours all his energy into winning La Luna's Grand Salsa Competition.
When Luna (Miranda Garrison), the club's gorgeous owner sets her sights on making Rico her dance partner, Rico must decide what drives him, his ambition or his heart. This could have been just as good as "Dirty Dancing", but it's lacked heart, character development and a decent plot. But, on the up side, Robby Rosa has never moved more seductively or looked more delicious, so I'm content! ;D
38. Popeye (1980)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.
Votes: 25,341 | Gross: $49.82M
This was Robin Williams' first film and of course the movie version of the old Popeye cartoons. Popeye arrives in Sweet Haven looking for his long lost father, Poopdeck Pappy(Ray Walston). While he's there, he's falls for the rather uppity Olive Oyl(Shelley Duvall), evokes the wrath of her fiance, Bluto(Paul L. Smith) and finds and becomes a "mudder" to orphaned baby, Swee' Pea(Weslely Ivan Hurt, who is also director Robert Altman's grandson).
39. Madhouse (1990)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy
The luxurious villa of Mark and Jessie Bannister, a yuppie couple, is overrun by loads of uninvited guests who turn the house up side down.
Votes: 2,394 | Gross: $21.04M
This comedy starred Kirstie Alley and John Larroquette as Jessie and Mark Bannister, a successful married couple whose idyllic California life is ruined when their house is overrun by unwelcome houseguests. This begins when their mail is delayed due to forwarding issues and they find out a cousin, Fred, and his wife, Bernice are coming to visit on the day they are expected to arrive. Though a little unpleasant, this only lasts five days...until Bernice falls on the way to the airport and is instructed by her doctor not to leave until she delivers (six months.)
Things progressively get worse as a series of unfortunate events finds Fred gone to find himself and more and more people moving into the house, destroying it in the process. I know this movie was obviously made to capitalize on the success of Larroquette and Alley since at the time, both of them were on two of the most popular shows on TV(Cheers and Night Court), but I still think this is a great movie! :D
40. Saturday the 14th (1981)
PG | 75 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A family moves into a house inhabited by scary creatures and a number of close calls ensue.
Me and my sister use to live for this movie! An all-American family inherits a deceased uncle's house. John (Richard Benjamin) and Mary (Paula Prentiss) together with their daughter Debbie (Kari Michaelsen), and son Billy (Kevin Brando) then move into the house. Waldemar (Jeffrey Tambor), a vampire figure, and Yolanda (Nancy Andrews), his wife, want desperately to get into the run down house because it contains a book of evil.
Billy finds the mysterious book Waldemar and Yolanda are after. He opens it and reads of a curse hanging over the date of Saturday the 14th. As he turns the page a monster is unleashed, and with each turn another disappears from the page and is materialized within or outside the home. The house is soon swarming with monsters.
Soon strange things start happening: eyes appear in John's coffee, sandwiches are eaten, the television tunes into The Twilight Zone only, dirt is found in Mary's bed, dishes get done by themselves, neighbors disappear. As this is happening, neither John or Mary suspect anything, blaming things on a lack of curtains. Weird, campy, over the top and funny... all the things I love in my B movies! :D
41. Stay Tuned (1992)
PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A husband and wife are sucked into a hellish television set and have to survive a gauntlet of twisted versions of shows they find themselves in.
Votes: 8,788 | Gross: $10.74M
This movie is about Roy Knable (John Ritter), a couch potato, struggling Seattle plumbing salesman and former fencing athlete, his neglected wife Helen (Pam Dawber), a senior vitamin product manager and their strained marriage due to his obsession with television. After a fight (which involved Helen smashing the family television screen with one of Roy's fencing trophies as a wake-up call to reality), Mr. Spike (Jeffrey Jones) appears at the couples' door, offering him a new high tech satellite dish system filled with 666 channels of programs one cannot view on the usual networks.
What Roy doesn't know is that Spike (later referred to as "Mephistopheles of the Cathode Ray") is an emissary from hell who wants to boost the influx of souls by arranging for TV junkies to be killed in the most gruesome and ironic situations imaginable. The 'candidates' are sucked into a hellish television world, called Hell Vision, and put through a gauntlet where they must survive a number of satirical versions of sitcoms and movies. If they can survive for 24 hours they are free to go but if they get killed then their souls will go to Satan. Love it! :D
42. Pandemonium (1982)
PG | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp.
Tom Smothers stars in this it's-so-bad-it's-good horror comedy as the brave mountie, Sgt. Reginald Cooper who along with his trusty horse, Bob and bitter deputy, Johnson, (Paul Reubens) must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp. Just about every B movie cliche(and a few untried ones) was involved in the making of this movie and I love it all the more for it! :)
43. Chattanooga Choo Choo (1984)
PG | 102 min | Comedy
Unscrupulous football team owner Bert (George Kennedy) will get $1 million tax-free if he lives up to the terms of his recently deceased father-in-law's will. He has to restore the old ... See full summary »
This film featuring the eponymous train released as a light summer comedy in 1984, starred Barbara Eden and George Kennedy. The film follows the story of football team owner Burt (Kennedy) who will inherit one million dollars from a railroad tycoon if he can successfully drive a steam train from New York City to its namesake of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 24 hours. He invites his girlfriend (Eden) and his team on the train, who invite their own guests and pick up new ones along the trip.
44. Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison and Gil Turner are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster or find new jobs. But before the jumpy journalists can dig up their ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,350 | Gross: $7.20M
Just as I'm thinking Lily Tomlin's movies might have been some of the cornerstones of my childhood, I'm pretty sure Jeff Goldblum is another! :D This movie is about two tabloid reporters who travel to modern-day Transylvania to uncover the truth behind Frankenstein sightings. Along the way, they encounter other horror movie staples — a mummy, a werewolf, a vampire — each with a twist. The scenes that stand out for me are the asylum scene and all the scenes with Lupe and Radu. Geena Davis, Carol Kane and Jeffery Jones are also hilarious in this!
45. Vibes (1988)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Psychics hired to find lost temple...
Votes: 2,887 | Gross: $1.88M
Here's another Jeff Goldblum film from my youth. The plot revolves around Sylvia(Cyndi Lauper), a ditzy psychic, and Nick(Jeff Goldblum), her equally odd psychic friend and their trip into the Ecuadorian Andes to find the "source of psychic energy".
46. The Man with Two Brains (1983)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.
Votes: 21,221 | Gross: $10.10M
I'm starting to think I have another cornerstone of my 80's childhood films... STEVE MARTIN!!! :D Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Steve Martin), a widowed brain surgeon renowned for inventing a method of 'Cranial Screwtop' brain surgery, saves the life of Dolores Benedict (Kathleen Turner), a gold-digging femme fatale who is accidentally run over by Hfuhruhurr when fleeing the scene of her latest husband's fatal coronary. As she recovers, Hfuhruhurr falls in love with her and they marry.
However, trouble seems to begin right after he carries her over the threshold; Dolores torments Michael by pretending to be too ill to consummate the marriage, driving him into a frenzy of frustration. On a honeymoon/business trip to a medical conference in Vienna, a city living in fear of the serial "Elevator Killer", Hfuhruhurr meets mad scientist Dr. Alfred Necessiter (David Warner), who has created a radical new technique enabling him to store living brains in liquid-filled jars.
After learning that his adored new wife is really "a cheap, vulgar slut," Hfuhruhurr discovers he can communicate telepathically with one of Necessiter's brains, that of Anne Uumellmahaye (uncredited voice by Sissy Spacek). Hfuhruhurr and the disembodied brain immediately fall in love.
47. Accepted (2006)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy
A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.
Votes: 111,729 | Gross: $36.32M
In an attempt to seek approval from his strict father (Mark Derwin), Bartleby(Justin Long) creates a fake college, the South Harmon Institute of Technology *beep* He is aided by his best friend, Sherman Schrader III (Jonah Hill), and fellow rejects Rory (Maria Thayer), Hands (Columbus Short) and Glen (Adam Herschman). To make the "college" seem legitimate, Bartleby convinces Sherman to create a fully functional Web site for the school.
Concluding that an actual physical campus is required to continue the ruse, Bartleby leases an abandoned psychiatric hospital adjacent to Harmon College and renovates it to look like a college campus. The seemingly innocent ploy quickly spins out of control when the Web site, which automatically accepts any applicant, enrolls hundreds of other rejected students. Bartleby realizes that these people have nowhere else to go, so he lets them believe that the school is real. Not the deepest movie out there, but I really enjoyed it and I loved the characters. ;)
48. Sorority Boys (2002)
R | 93 min | Comedy
Three rowdy college students are kicked out of their dorm and dress up in drag to live in the DOG house, where the girls deemed unattractive live.
Votes: 12,595 | Gross: $10.20M
The story starts out with the regular lives of three friends - Dave (Barry Watson), Adam (Michael Rosenbaum), and Doofer (Harland Williams) - who are head Social Committee in a frat house called KOK (Kappa Omicron Kappa). The three are then falsely accused of stealing money from the fraternity, which goes towards the end of the year 'KOK-tail Cruise' at the end of the semester.
To get evidence of their innocence, they dress up as women to sneak back into the frat during one of their infamous parties. They get mistaken for members of an unpopular sorority, DOG (Delta Omicron Gamma), and are left on their doorstep. The girls(not knowing they're really guys) offer them free room and board if they pledge. They accept and friendships and a relationship ensues. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of gross out comedy(and this film has a lot of those moments), but all in all, I thought this movie was still hilarious. Three words... dildo sword fight!! XD
49. The House Bunny (2008)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
After Playboy bunny Shelley is kicked out of the playboy mansion, she finds a job as the house mother for a sorority full of socially awkward girls.
Votes: 69,389 | Gross: $48.24M
Anna Faris stars as Shelly, a former Playboy bunny who signs up to be the "house mother" of an unpopular university sorority after being conned by a rival into believing she's now too old by Playboy standards. This is where I became fans of Emma Stone and Kat Dennings. :)
50. The Pirate Movie (1982)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical
The crew of a large ship sail the high seas encountering other pirates from other ships. The boy from the ship ends up having to save his girlfriend who is kidnapped by a bunch of other pirates.
The film is loosely based on Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Pirates of Penzance. Kristy McNichol plays Mabel Stanley, an introverted girl yearning for popularity in a seaside community in Australia. She attends a local pirate festival featuring a swordplay demonstration led by a curly-haired instructor (Christopher Atkins), who then invites her for a ride on his boat.
She is duped by her acquaintances into missing the launch, so she rents a small sailboat to give chase. A sudden storm throws her overboard, and she washes up on a beach. She subsequently dreams an adventure that takes place a century before. Love the infusion of original 80's musical numbers like "Pumpin' and Blowin'" and "Happy Ending". Weird and cheesy just like I like it. ;)
51. Little Nicky (2000)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy
After two of the devil's three sons escape Hell to wreak havoc on Earth, the devil must send his third son, the mild-mannered Nicky, to bring them back before it's too late.
Votes: 86,477 | Gross: $39.46M
I didn't want to like this because it just looked stupid, but I really ended up enjoying this! Having been the "Prince of Darkness" for ten thousand years, Satan(Harvey Keitel) assembles his sons to decide which of them will succeed him, but instead he keeps the throne for himself. Angered by this decision, Adrian(Rhys Ifans) and Cassius(Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr) go to Earth to create a new Hell by possessing religious and political leaders in New York City.
As they leave, they freeze the entrance to Hell, preventing more souls from entering and causing Satan's body to begin decomposing. To stop Adrian and Cassius, Satan sends Nicky(Adam Sandler) to Earth with a silver flask that traps whoever drinks from it inside. Loved Mr. Beefy, the talking dog and the two satanist metalheads! :D
52. You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Comedy
An Israeli Special Forces Soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist.
Votes: 168,359 | Gross: $100.02M
This comedy revolves around Zohan Dvir(Adam Sandler), an Israeli counter-terrorist army commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York City. This falls into that gross out humor I really try to steer away from, but I actually found this hilarious! Damn it! :P
53. Sydney White (2007)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A modern retelling of Snow White set against students in their freshman year of college in the greek system.
Votes: 40,652 | Gross: $11.89M
This modern retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" follows a beautiful college freshman, Sydney White(Amanda Bynes) as she pledges her late mother's once dignified sorority. But after discovering that today's sisterhood is not what it used to be, Sydney finds her new home away from home with seven outcasts. With the help of her socially challenged new friends, Sydney will take on the reigning campus queen to attempt to transform the school's misguided social hierarchy, as well as trying to find the right guy. A very sweet and funny movie that unfortunately wasn't given much of a chance. :P
54. Zapped! (1982)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.
Votes: 5,134 | Gross: $16.90M
This teen sex comedy starred Scott Baio as Barney Springboro, a student/science lab nerd who obtains telekinetic powers after a lab accident. Along with his best friend Peyton Nichols (Willie Aames), a wealthy playboy with a dirty mind, Barney uses his new powers to take revenge upon bullies, cheat at sports, and expose attractive female flesh. I can't believe my parents let me and my siblings watch this as young as we were! XD
55. The Heavenly Kid (1985)
PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A hip guardian angel named Bobby Fontana, who died in a car race in the 60s, reluctantly agrees to watch over lonely 80s high schooler Lenny Barnes who needs guidance on how to become cool.
Votes: 3,417 | Gross: $3.85M
This 1985 comedy starred Lewis Smith as Bobby, a greaser teen who dies in a game of chicken back in the early 60s against another teen, Joe(Mark Metcalf) for flirting with his girlfriend, Emily(Jane Kaczmarek). Before he can go to Uptown(Heaven) and after many years in limbo, Bobby is given an assignment to earn his wings, so to speak.
He is to return to Earth and act as a guardian angel and friend for nerdy Lenny Barnes (Jason Gedrick), a promising high school student who is constantly picked on in school. Okay, the filmmakers' math is way off(Bobby died 25 years before and it is later revealed that Lenny is his son, who is 17), but if you are willing to look past that, it's actually a pretty funny movie.
56. The Idolmaker (1980)
PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
The film is based on the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted several rock 'n' roll stars including Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Ray Sharkey plays Vincent Vacari, a songwriter/manager, driven by his desire to discover the next big act. After watching the band play at a local club, Vinnie approaches Tomaso DeLorusso (Paul Land), a popular and talented saxophone player, and convinces him to trade his instrument for a microphone.
Following some months under Vinnie's guidance, "Tommy Dee" becomes a rock 'n' roll sensation. Following on from his success with Tommy Dee, Vinnie prepares another act in the form of Guido (Peter Gallagher), a local busboy. With even more gusto and singlemindedness, Vinnie embarks on a destructive journey to control every aspect of his new act's image.
57. Masters of the Universe (1987)
PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The heroic warrior He-Man battles against lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.
Votes: 30,931 | Gross: $17.34M
This 1987 cult film, based on the popular line of Mattel toys and the Saturday morning cartoon, is about the warrior He-Man(Dolph Lundgren), veteran soldier Man-At-Arms(Jon Cypher), and his daughter Teela(Chelsea Field ) who rescues Gwildor, a Thenorian locksmith, from the evil Skeletor's(Frank Langella) forces. He reveals to them that Skeletor has acquired his invention: a "Cosmic Key" that can open a portal to anywhere by utilizing sound keys. The device was stolen by Skeletor's second-in-command, Evil-Lyn(Meg Foster), allowing Skeletor to breach Castle Grayskull.
During a botched rescue of the heroes' friend, The Sorceress(Christina Pickles), to flee the overwhelming forces of Skeletor, Gwildor hastily opens a portal to Earth and loses the Cosmic Key in the process. The missing key ends up in the possession of two New Jersey teenagers, Julie(Courtney Cox) and her boyfriend, Kevin(Robert Duncan McNeill) who is a struggling musician that thinks the Key is a new brand new kind of synthesizer.
58. Mannequin (1987)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A young artist, searching for his vocation, makes a mannequin so perfect he falls in love with it. Finding the mannequin in a store window, he gets a job there and his creation comes to life.
Votes: 24,971 | Gross: $42.72M
A woman in ancient Egypt, Ema "Emmy" Hasure(Kim Catrall) hides in a pyramid from her mother, who wants her to marry against her will. Emmy prays for the gods to get her out of this mess, and the gods answer Emmy's prayers; she travels through time, on a hunt for true love.
She ends up in 1987 Phillidelphia as a mannequin created by recently fired struggling artist, Jonathan Switcher(Andrew McCarthy). While on a moonlight walk with his cold and conniving girlfriend Roxie Shield(Carole Davis), Jonathan sees the mannequin he created (and was fired over) in the window of Prince & Company, an upscale department store. A twist of fate has Jonathan saving the department store's owner from a horrible accident and she hires him out of gratitude. He begins as a stock boy and an assistant to the flamboyant window displayer, Hollywood(Meshach Taylor). When Jonathan is alone with the mannequin he is obsessed with, she comes to life as Emmy (a la Pinocchio).
Together, Jonathan and Emmy end up creating the most fabulous and innovative window displays that help the fledgling department store gain business. A rival store, Illustra(also where Roxie works), realize that their sales are hurting because of Jonathan's designs make it their mission to find out his secret. An 80s classic which received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its main title tune: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", by Starship. :D
59. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.
Votes: 15,343 | Gross: $21.41M
This movie stars controversial comedian Andrew Dice Clay as the title character, Ford Fairlane, a "Rock n' Roll Detective," whose beat is the music industry in Los Angeles. True to his name, Ford drives a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner in the film. After Bobby Black(Vince Neil)the lead singer of the fictional band,The Black Plague is murdered onstage, shock-jock Johnny Crunch (Gilbert Gottfried), an old friend who came west with Fairlane, hires Ford to track down a mysterious teenage groupie named Zuzu Petals(Maddie Corman) who may have a connection to Bobby Black's death.
Aiding and abetting Fairlane in this whodunnit is loyal assistant Jazz (Lauren Holly) and a hip record producer (Morris Day) at the head of a bizarre lineup of suspects, victims, beautiful women and a koala as he finds himself hip-deep in the case of his life. Love the Diceman! :D
60. Heartbeeps (1981)
PG | 78 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy
Two household robots run away and try to start a family.
Votes: 1,128 | Gross: $2.15M
Val Com 17485 (Andy Kaufman), a robot designed to be a valet with a specialty in lumber commodities, meets Aqua Com 89045 (Bernadette Peters), a hostess companion robot whose primary function is to assist at poolside parties. At a factory awaiting repairs, they fall in love and decide to escape with small robot, Phil, built out of spare parts, whom they treat as their child, and Catskill, a mechanical standup comic. Weird movie but I've always liked it! :D
61. Monkeybone (2001)
PG-13 | 93 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
In a coma, a cartoonist finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone.
Votes: 15,176 | Gross: $5.41M
Stu Miley(Brendan Fraser) is a disillusioned cartoonist whose comic strip features a rascal monkey named Monkeybone(voiced by John Tuturro). Stu is in love with a sleep institute worker named Dr. Julie McElroy(Bridget Fonda), who helped him deal with his terrible nightmares by changing his drawing hand. One night, Stu crashes his car on a ventilator's tubes after accidentally activating an inflatable Monkeybone toy and slips into a coma. His spirit ends up in Down Town, a limbo-like carnival landscape populated by human beings, mythical creatures and figments of people's imaginations where nightmares are entertainment. In Down Town, Monkeybone is real. I thought this was pretty hilarious! XD
62. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.
Votes: 52,658 | Gross: $63.77M
Alexandra Medford (Cher), Jane Spofford (Susan Sarandon), and Sukie Ridgemont (Michelle Pfeiffer) are three dissatisfied women living in the picturesque town of Eastwick, Rhode Island. Alexandra is a sculptress and single mother of one daughter; Jane is a newly divorced music teacher incapable of having children; and Sukie is an extremely fertile woman with six daughters, who also works as a journalist at the "'Eastwick Word."
Besides an everlasting friendship, these three women also share the similar misfortune of losing their husbands (Alex's is deceased, Jane's divorced her, and Sukie's abandoned her). Unaware that they are witches, the women unwittingly form a coven where they have weekly get-togethers and share their fantasies about ideal men.
The day after one such gathering, a mysterious man, Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) arrives in the town and immediately stirs up trouble by seducing each one of them which causes a huge scandal in the women's very small township. And as the scandal heats up(namely due to the very religious wife of the newspaper editor, Felicia played by Veronica Cartwright), Daryl teaches the women how to tap into their powers to exact revenge.
63. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Musical
A town's sheriff and regular patron of a historical whorehouse fights to keep it running when a TV reporter targets it as the Devil's playhouse.
Votes: 8,358 | Gross: $69.70M
I honestly couldn't tell you where my parental guidance was in the 80s. How in the hell did my parents let me watch this movie? I still loved it though. ;)
Ed Earl(Burt Reynolds), the sheriff of Gilbert, Texas, has a relationship of long standing with Miss Mona(Dolly Parton), who runs a brothel there called the "Chicken Ranch". Illegal or not, Earl does not interfere with her business, which has been a fixture in the town for as long as either can remember.
A big-city television personality, do-gooder Melvin P. Thorpe(Dom DeLuise), is about to do a segment about the town, so the sheriff travels there to introduce himself to Thorpe, who greets him warmly. He is shocked by Thorpe's live telecast, in which he reveals to a huge audience his discovery that "Texas has a whorehouse in it."
64. Clue (1985)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.
Votes: 63,807 | Gross: $14.64M
Based on the Milton Bradley board game of the same name, this movie set 1954 against a backdrop of McCarthyism, is about six strangers invited to a party in a secluded New England mansion. They are met by the house butler, Wadsworth(Tim Curry), who reminds them each that they have been given pseudonyms to protect their true identity(Professor Plum - Christopher Lloyd, Mrs. Peacock - Eileen Brennan, Mrs. White - Madeline Khan, Miss Scarlet - Lesley Ann Warren, Colonel Mustard - Martin Mull and Mr. Green - Michael McKean). During dinner the seventh attendee, Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), arrives. After dinner, Wadsworth reveals the true nature of the party: all of the guests are being blackmailed to hide their secrets by his employer, Mr. Boddy.
Instead of turning him into the police(which would guarantee their secrets being expose by the publicity), Mr. Boddy offers a more satisfying solution... he gives them each a different weapon and proposes they try to kill him to keep their secrets safe. One does, but which one was it? O.o Absolutely loved Tim Curry in this long under appreciated gem! ;)
65. Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
R | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music
To become the greatest band of all time, two slacker, wannabe-rockers set out on a quest to steal a legendary guitar pick that gives its holders incredible guitar skills, from a maximum security Rock and Roll museum.
Votes: 91,927 | Gross: $8.32M
JB(Jack Black) and KG(Kyle Gass) join forces to start what they deem to be the "world's greatest band". Unfortunately, their union can't seem to congeal and are searching for the one thing that made the greatest musicians in rock history so great. Interestingly enough, it's a single green horned pick called "The Pick of Destiny" and they long to possess it and it's power. I'm really starting to wonder if I'm really as turned off by gross out humor as I claim. O.o
66. Overboard (1987)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Romance
A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats over a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife.
Votes: 41,521 | Gross: $26.71M
Spoiled and wealthy Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn) is living a life of leisure with her husband, Grant (Edward Herrmann), when she falls off their yacht and suffers amnesia. Grant takes the opportunity to rid himself of the demanding Joanna -- but Dean (Kurt Russell), a widowed carpenter with four kids who once worked for Joanna, arrives and claims she's his wife. Joanna can't remember her past identity, but has trouble believing that she was ever meant to be a working-class mother of four. One of my favorite 80s comedies! :D
67. The Associate (1996)
PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy
A comedy about making it on Wall Street. Prejudices are hard to break and Laurel Ayres quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man or be one.
Votes: 6,595 | Gross: $12.77M
Laurel Ayers(Whoopi Goldberg), unable to face the fact that her less smart and sexist male protege, Frank (Tim Daly) has now become her boss, quits her job and tries to start up her own investment company only to find out that the male dominated world of Wall Street is not interested in taking an African American woman seriously, and thus is forced to create a fictional white man, Robert S. Cutty, in order to be judged on her own merits.
Ayres' financial wisdom is joined by the intelligent and computer-savvy secretary Sally Dugan(Dianne Wiest), who also was not properly recognized for her talents. Together they are able to become the most successful independent stock brokers in the world while helping a struggling high-tech computer company stay afloat. A great and under appreciated film! :D
68. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.
Votes: 23,457 | Gross: $43.88M
Rik Mayall stars as Drop Dead Fred, a happy, anarchic and mischievous imaginary friend of a young girl named Elizabeth (Phoebe Cates) and arch nemesis of her overbearing mother Polly (Marsha Mason). Drop Dead Fred causes chaos around the home and neighborhood, but nobody can see Fred except Elizabeth. When Elizabeth grows up and has an emotional crisis, Fred returns to "cheer her up" in his own unique way, causing more chaos than ever before. Just a lot of stupid fun! ;)
69. Space Jam (1996)
PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.
Votes: 127,791 | Gross: $90.46M
This movie was about a fictional account of Michael Jordan's first retirement from the NBA. It plays out as an alternate story of Jordan's initial return to basketball, this time with him being inspired by Bugs Bunny and friends. Loved the opening credits showcasing Michael's basketball career and the R. Kelly song. Plus, it's really funny! :D
70. The Golden Child (1986)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate.
Votes: 43,710 | Gross: $79.82M
Social worker Chandler Jarrell(Eddie Murphy) is recruited by a Tibetian woman, Kee Nang(Charlotte Lewis), to rescue a mystical child with magical abilities from an mysterious, evil villain(Charles Dance).
71. Blind Fury (1989)
R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A blind Vietnam vet, trained as a swordfighter, comes to America and helps to rescue the son of a fellow soldier.
Votes: 11,810 | Gross: $2.69M
Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer), an American soldier serving in the Vietnam War, is blinded by a mortar explosion, and soon after rescued by local villagers, who help him recover his health. Although he remains blind, as a part of his recovery, he is taught by the local master to be an expert swordsman, and to train his other senses.
Years later, having returned to the United States, he visits old army-buddy Frank Deveraux (Terry O'Quinn), only to find that Deveraux is missing. Parker then rescues Frank's son Billy (Brandon Call) from an attack in which Billy's mother (Meg Foster) is shot and killed by the henchmen of Frank's evil boss, MacCready (Noble Willingham). These men apparently want to kidnap Billy in order to use him as leverage over Frank. Awesome action film!! :D
72. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
R | 92 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
An evil ninja attempts to avenge his death from beyond the grave, by possessing an innocent woman's body.
Votes: 2,946 | Gross: $7.61M
Christie(Lucinda Dickey), a telephone linewoman who teaches aerobics classes, is possessed by an evil spirit of a fallen ninja(David Chung) when coming to his aid. The spirit seeks revenge on those who killed him and uses her body to carry out his mission. The only way the spirit will leave Christie's body is through combat with another ninja(Shô Kosugi).
73. Summer School (1987)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »
Votes: 14,254 | Gross: $35.66M
On the last day of school before summer vacation, physical education teacher Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon) is preparing to leave on a vacation to Hawaii with his girlfriend, Kim. Vice principal Phil Gills (Robin Thomas) informs several underachieving students, including easily distracted Pam (Courtney Thorne-Smith); "nocturnal" Larry, a male stripper (Ken Olandt); football jock Kevin (Patrick Labyorteaux); pregnant Rhonda (Shawnee Smith); geeky Alan (Richard Steven Horvitz); dyslexic Denise (Kelly Jo Minter); intimidating Jerome (Duane Davis), and two horror-film-obsessed underachievers, Dave (Gary Riley) and Francis, a.k.a. 'Chainsaw' (Dean Cameron), that they must attend summer school for remedial English. This also stars Kirstie Alley as Robin Bishop, a fellow summer school teacher who catches Freddy's eye and helps him with his unruly class of misfits. Great unappreciated 80s comedy! :D
74. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Dodger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies.
Votes: 6,463 | Gross: $1.58M
This universally panned movie was a live action film adaptation of the then-popular series of children's trading cards that were a parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. Each card featured a character that typically had a gross habit, abnormality, or suffered a terrible fate. The film depicted many of the Garbage Pail Kids interacting with an antique shop owner/amateur warlock Captain Manzini(Anthony Newley) and befriending a bullied boy named Dodger(Mackenzie Astin).
75. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day she gets a coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes... See full summary »
Votes: 15,922 | Gross: $25.59M
This 1986 action/comedy stars Whoopi Goldberg as Terry Doolitte, a lonely woman who gets drawn into the espionage game by a British spy calling himself "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Johnathan Pryce) stranded abroad asking for her help by hacking into her New York computer operator's bank terminal. One of my favorite movies of her early career. :D
76. One Crazy Summer (1986)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.
Votes: 11,757 | Gross: $13.43M
This is definitely an underrated 80s comedy that I've loved for years! Hoops McCann(John Cusack)recent high school graduate, fails to get a basketball scholarship, disappointing his parents. He hopes to be admitted to the Rhode Island School of Design, and must write and illustrate a love story for his application. He joins with his friends, siblings George and Squid Calamari, to spend the summer on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
En route, they pick up a young rock singer named Cassandra Eldridge(Demi Moore), who is pursued by a motorcycle gang at the time. Once on the island, Hoops and George, along with his island friends the Stork twins(Bobcat Goldthwait and Tom Villard) and Ack-Ack Raymond(Curtis Armstrong), must help Cassandra save her grandfather's house from the greedy Beckersted Family.