Guilty Pleasures

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)
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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... (124 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
 
2.
Mr. Jealousy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend... (103 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ There was a point when my understanding of this film's characters became frightening. ” - sitenoise
 
3.
Summer Lovers (1982)
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A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands. (98 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ Valérie Quennessen R.I.P. ” - sitenoise
 
4.
Nadja (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional... (93 mins.)
 
5.
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend... (95 mins.)
 
6.
The Anniversary Party (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Love is complex and relationships deteriorate. (115 mins.)
 
7.
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
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. (102 mins.)
 
8.
Anaconda (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
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. (89 mins.)
Director: Luis Llosa
 
9.
Singles (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle. (99 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
10.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
11.
Malice (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
 
12.
Random Hearts (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
After the death of their loved ones in a tragic plane crash Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas find... (133 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
13.
Two Girls and a Guy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time... (84 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
14.
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
 
15.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover. (136 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
16.
The Vanishing (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on. (109 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
 
17.
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior. (126 mins.)
Director: Luis Mandoki
 
18.
Love & Human Remains (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Set in a dreary urban landscape of an anonymous Canadian city, LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS is a dark comedy... (100 mins.)
Director: Denys Arcand
 
19.
Punchline (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school... (128 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
20.
Survivor (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (60 mins.)
 
21.
Dead Calm (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come along a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. (96 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
22.
9 Songs (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and a British glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters. (71 mins.)
 
23.
Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Detective Jack Grimaldi (Gary Oldman) takes us through his shattered life after encountering the most... (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
24.
Basic Instinct (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a seductive woman could be involved. (127 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
25.
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: John Moore
 
26.
Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A non-glamorous portrayal of the lives of people who make their living at a strip club. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
27.
The Entity (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
 
28.
Executive Decision (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation. (133 mins.)
Director: Stuart Baird
 
29.
The Firm (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (154 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
30.
Signs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. (106 mins.)
 
31.
Alive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash. (120 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
 
32.
Slaves of New York (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Eleanor lives with the artist Stash. Just like his artist friends, he is completely unknown but is waiting for the big break... (124 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
33.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
 
34.
Greenberg (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ 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. ” - sitenoise
 
35.
Good Dick (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A look at the relationship between a lonely introverted girl and a young video store clerk vying for her attention. (86 mins.)
Director: Marianna Palka
“ 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. ” - sitenoise
 
36.
Lies (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A conscious exploration of fantasy and flesh. The director talks about the novel upon which the film is based... (112 mins.)
Director: Sun-Woo Jang
 
37.
Zandalee (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Bored with her marriage to burnt out poet turned corporate executive Thierry, Zandalee falls prey to an old friend of her husband... (100 mins.)
Director: Sam Pillsbury