The Best Bad Movies of All Time

We’re having a discussion of the best bad movies of all time. Here’s some on the list:

Time Bandits
The Black Hole
The Last Starfighter
Conan the Barbarian
The Dark Crystal




Smokey and the Bandit
+1 for Predator, too. For 3 reasons, Carl Weathers, Arnold, and Jesse Ventura. Amazing.

How about movies with ‘The Man’, Bruce Campbell…

‘The Evil Dead 1’ and ‘2’ and the ‘Army of Darkness’…

Not great cinema, but oh so fulfilling!

And right alongside Smokey and the Bandit would have to be:

Every Which Way but Loose!!!

Zardoz (1974) - Worst movie ever and it even had Sean Connery.

Night of the Comet
Big Trouble in Little China
Howard the Duck

Commando movie of Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is like immortal man fighting.

Edit efter NURBs explanation:

Bad taste
Avatar ← oh yes

I think the point of the topic is terrible movies that are good. You know the plot and acting is terrible in Tron, but it’s just such a cool movie you let it slide. I know Burt Reynold’s couldn’t act his way out of a paper sack, but that moustache, the Trans Am, Jackie Gleason… it’s all there. I watch it every time I see it on TV. (I also own the DVD)

Point Break! How could I forget! There’s a quotable line every 15 seconds!

Slap Shot

Strange Brew

Okay I have quite a bit of redneck blood running through me so I love “Smokey and the Bandit”. I think you could put all of those type of movies in here.

Cannon Ball Run
Smokey II (Both II and III where awfull)
Stroker Ace

That is just to name a few. I also have to throw a +1 on Strange Brew.

Almost forgot Zoolander…

Sorry if there is supposed to be some redeeming value then take Zardoz off your list. Root canals are more pleasant than sitting through this.

Pretty much anything with Burt Reynolds qualifies.

This movie was so bad but this scene always makes me laugh. Called Cracking Up, I’m not sure it even got a theatrical release:

Dead Alive

The Running Man

Repo Man

The 80’s seem to dominate this list. Some that go farther back: Billy Jack, any film with a biker gang or Peter Fonda.

Gone in 60 Seconds (Original 74 version, who can turn down a 40+ min car chase with a 73 mustang)
Red Sonja
Ice Pirates
Death Race (Original Stallone and Carradine pre auto erotic asphyxiation)
Silent Running
Night of the Living Dead (Classic)
Short Circuit (One of the first movies that made me want to design stuff)
Robot Jocks ( Russia vs US kinda like Rocky 4 but instead of boxing, gladiators get into ridiculously large, moderately immobile mech suits and duke it out)
Swamp Thing
Over the Top
Masters of the Universe
Maximum Overdrive (A possessed Tractor Trailer takes over a truck stop)
Killer Clowns from Outer Space
The Toxic Avenger
Total Recall
(I’m currently trying to convince my sister to let me borrow my 1.5 yr old nephew so I can make a Quatto costume)
Flash Gordon (Hilarious Queen Soundtrack)
Omega Man (Charlton Heston vs skin eating freaks)
Soylent Green
Surf Ninjas must die
Three Ninjas
The Wraith (Another movie that made me want to get into product design, his car was awesome.)
Navy Seals
Red Dawn (Wolverines!)

I really like bad movies cheesy movies.