Guilty Pleasuresby 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
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 »
Votes: 13,223 | Gross: $11.39M
2. Mr. Jealousy (1997)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Romance
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 »
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
A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.
Votes: 3,263 | Gross: $4.97M
Valérie Quennessen R.I.P.
4. Nadja (1994)
R | 93 min | Drama, Horror
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 »
Votes: 2,623 | Gross: $0.45M
5. Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
R | 95 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 2,023 | Gross: $0.76M
7. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 30,152 | Gross: $39.40M
8. Anaconda (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
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.
Votes: 80,937 | Gross: $65.89M
9. Singles (1992)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.
Votes: 24,433 | Gross: $18.47M
10. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 467,107 | Gross: $306.17M
11. Malice (1993)
R | 107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 19,676 | Gross: $46.04M
12. Random Hearts (1999)
R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
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.
Votes: 17,946 | Gross: $31.05M
13. Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
Votes: 6,282 | Gross: $1.95M
14. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
R | 100 min | Action, Thriller
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.
Votes: 38,685 | Gross: $50.02M
15. Vanilla Sky (2001)
R | 136 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.
Votes: 221,223 | Gross: $100.61M
18. Love & Human Remains (1993)
R | 100 min | Drama, Comedy
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 »
Votes: 2,264 | Gross: $0.95M
19. Punchline (1988)
R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 »
Votes: 6,997 | Gross: $21.03M
20. Survivor (2000– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Game-Show, Reality-TV
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.
21. Dead Calm (1989)
R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 31,877 | Gross: $7.83M
22. 9 Songs (2004)
Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Music, Romance
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.
Votes: 19,260 | Gross: $0.05M
23. Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 11,551 | Gross: $3.28M
24. Basic Instinct (1992)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.
Votes: 146,098 | Gross: $117.73M
25. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 91,534 | Gross: $59.07M
28. Executive Decision (1996)
R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.
Votes: 43,997 | Gross: $56.57M
30. Signs (2002)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Votes: 295,875 | Gross: $227.97M
31. Alive (1993)
R | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.
Votes: 42,864 | Gross: $36.73M
32. Slaves of New York (1989)
R | 124 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.46M
33. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 159,791 | Gross: $80.28M
34. Greenberg (2010)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
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
A look at the relationship between a lonely introverted girl and a young video store clerk vying for her attention.
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
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 »
Votes: 1,241 | Gross: $0.06M
37. Zandalee (1991)
R | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
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 »