Guilty Pleasures

by sitenoise | created - 15 Dec 2011 | updated - 19 Jun 2016 | Public

This list started out as (mostly) films that got rerun endlessly on pay TV movie channels and, for lack of anything else worth watching at the time, I would watch them over and over and never grow tired of them.

Then I created a Favorite American Movies List and decided that if the IMDb rating for a title was 7 or above I would move it to that list. And vice versa, if it was on my Favorite American Movies List and its IMDb rating was below 7, I moved it here.

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1. Jennifer 8 (1992)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A big-city cop from L.A. moves to a small-town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen, Graham Beckel

Votes: 13,223 | Gross: $11.39M

2. Mr. Jealousy (1997)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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61 Metascore

Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of Lester's slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant best-selling author ... See full summary »

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott

Votes: 1,635 | Gross: $0.29M

There was a point when my understanding of this film's characters became frightening.

3. Summer Lovers (1982)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.

Director: Randal Kleiser | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, Valérie Quennessen, Barbara Rush

Votes: 3,263 | Gross: $4.97M

Valérie Quennessen R.I.P.

4. Nadja (1994)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

6.0
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64 Metascore

This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional family of vampires are trying to come to terms with each other, in the wake of ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Elina Löwensohn, Peter Fonda, Nic Ratner, Karl Geary

Votes: 2,623 | Gross: $0.45M

5. Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)

R | 95 min | Drama

5.6
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Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Steinberg | Stars: Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 2,023 | Gross: $0.76M

6. The Anniversary Party (2001)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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56 Metascore

Love is complex and relationships deteriorate.

Directors: Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh | Stars: Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Kevin Kline

Votes: 7,641 | Gross: $4.01M

7. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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45 Metascore

When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack

Votes: 30,152 | Gross: $39.40M

8. Anaconda (1997)

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

4.7
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37 Metascore

A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who takes 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: 80,937 | Gross: $65.89M

9. Singles (1992)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Sheila Kelley

Votes: 24,433 | Gross: $18.47M

10. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 467,107 | Gross: $306.17M

11. Malice (1993)

R | 107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman, Bebe Neuwirth

Votes: 19,676 | Gross: $46.04M

12. Random Hearts (1999)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.1
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38 Metascore

A police sergeant and a congresswoman both lose their spouses in a plane crash, and they soon discover that their spouses were having an affair with each other.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles S. Dutton, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 17,946 | Gross: $31.05M

13. Two Girls and a Guy (1997)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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66 Metascore

Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time, they find out that they're waiting for the same guy - young actor Blake, who said ... See full summary »

Director: James Toback | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Angel David

Votes: 6,282 | Gross: $1.95M

14. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

5.4
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Casey Ryback hops on a Colorado to LA train to start a vacation with his niece. Early into the trip, terrorists board the train and use it as a mobile HQ to hijack a top secret destructive US satellite.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Steven Seagal, Eric Bogosian, Everett McGill, Katherine Heigl

Votes: 38,685 | Gross: $50.02M

15. Vanilla Sky (2001)

R | 136 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

6.9
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45 Metascore

A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell

Votes: 221,223 | Gross: $100.61M

16. The Vanishing (1993)

R | 109 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 20,166 | Gross: $14.54M

17. When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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The seemingly perfect relationship between a man and his wife is tested as a result of her alcoholism.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, Tina Majorino

Votes: 17,979 | Gross: $50.02M

18. Love & Human Remains (1993)

R | 100 min | Drama, Comedy

6.7
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Set in a dreary urban landscape of Edmonton, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy about a group of twentysomethings looking for love and meaning in the '90s. The film focuses on ... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Thomas Gibson, Ruth Marshall, Cameron Bancroft, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 2,264 | Gross: $0.95M

19. Punchline (1988)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.8
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Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school. He and several others work regularly at the Gas Station, a New York comedy club. The ... See full summary »

Director: David Seltzer | Stars: Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Mark Rydell

Votes: 6,997 | Gross: $21.03M

20. Survivor (2000– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Game-Show, Reality-TV

7.0
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A reality show where a group of contestants are stranded in a remote location with little more than the clothes on their back. The lone survivor of this contest takes home a million dollars.

Stars: Jeff Probst, Lillian Morris, Jon Dalton, Rob Mariano

Votes: 18,983

21. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

6.8
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70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 31,877 | Gross: $7.83M

22. 9 Songs (2004)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Music, Romance

4.8
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43 Metascore

In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and an English glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Don Blum

Votes: 19,260 | Gross: $0.05M

23. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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A womanizing, crooked cop on the payroll of the mafia is confronted with the reality of his double life after he is asked to kill a beautiful and ruthless Russian gangster.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Wallace Wood, Juliette Lewis

Votes: 11,551 | Gross: $3.28M

24. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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41 Metascore

A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 146,098 | Gross: $117.73M

25. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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49 Metascore

A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson, Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield

Votes: 91,534 | Gross: $59.07M

26. Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

5.8
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41 Metascore

A non-glamorous portrayal of the lives of people who make their living at a strip club.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Charlotte Ayanna, Daryl Hannah, Kristin Bauer van Straten, W. Earl Brown

Votes: 3,344 | Gross: $0.03M

27. The Entity (1982)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.6
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Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, George Coe

Votes: 12,234 | Gross: $13.28M

28. Executive Decision (1996)

R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.4
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When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo

Votes: 43,997 | Gross: $56.57M

29. The Firm (1993)

R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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58 Metascore

A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook

Votes: 97,111 | Gross: $158.35M

30. Signs (2002)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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59 Metascore

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 295,875 | Gross: $227.97M

31. Alive (1993)

R | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.1
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A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton, Bruce Ramsay

Votes: 42,864 | Gross: $36.73M

32. Slaves of New York (1989)

R | 124 min | Drama

5.5
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Eleanor lives with the artist Stash. Just like his artist friends, he is completely unknown but is waiting for the big break. Stash is mean to her and finally she leaves him. Ironically, ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt

Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.46M

33. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.6
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29 Metascore

During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner

Votes: 159,791 | Gross: $80.28M

34. Greenberg (2010)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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76 Metascore

A man from Los Angeles, who moved to New York years ago, returns to L.A. to figure out his life while he house-sits for his brother. He soon sparks with his brother's assistant.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 32,237 | Gross: $4.22M

I've been a fan of Noah Baumbach since KICKING AND SCREAMING, and his latest film reinforces my admiration of his work. Greenberg is a nearly perfect bit of intelligent and thoughtful film making.

35. Good Dick (2008)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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54 Metascore

A look at the relationship between a lonely introverted girl and a young video store clerk vying for her attention.

Director: Marianna Palka | Stars: Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter, Eric Edelstein, Mark Webber

Votes: 7,108 | Gross: $0.02M

Best American indie flick I've seen in a long time--not "shot on a cell phone" indie, it's got good production values and one of the best "guitar riffing with effects" soundtracks ever. When the boy and girl sit down to watch an Annie Sprinkle video together. Priceless. Good Dick is edgy, smart, and very funny. Written and directed by and starring Marianna Palka, it's one of those first babies by an obvious talent.

36. Lies (1999)

112 min | Drama

5.6
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47 Metascore

A conscious exploration of fantasy and flesh. The director talks about the novel upon which the film is based, we see the crew at work, the actors talk about what's going on. Y, a ... See full summary »

Director: Sun-Woo Jang | Stars: Sang Hyun Lee, Tae Yeon Kim, Hyun Joo Choi, Kwon Taek Han

Votes: 1,241 | Gross: $0.06M

37. Zandalee (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

4.4
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Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband, the manipulative and egotistical Johhny and becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Erika Anderson, Judge Reinhold, Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 2,967