Sharknado is one of the few made-for-tv films on this list. Essentially, a freak natural disaster enables a large concentration of sharks to terrorize Los Angeles. The killings are over-the-top, and the special effects are clearly not great. However, the sheer lunacy of the plot makes it truly great. Former ’80s star Ian Ziering is unintentionally hilarious when trying to be serious amid the mass hysteria of flying sharks. Five more films were added to the franchise based upon the popularity of the first one.
29. Super Troopers
Super Troopers capitalized on the boom of early 2000s comedy scene. Slapstick and silly, the film focuses on a ragtag group of state troopers in a small Vermont town. The quintet plays pranks on unassuming people. There’s a lack of respect for the positions they have — though that changes when the group is forced to solve a crime. Super Troopers is high up the list in the ‘cult movie’ category.
28. Battlefield Earth
Much like Nic Cage, John Travolta’s acting has a way of being considerably campy. Battlefield Earth was billed as a big-budget thriller taking place in space. If one were to go to IMDb, you’d see Battlefield Earth registering a 2.4 out of 10 rating. As much as we enjoy Travolta wearing long dreads, this movie is absolutely dreadful. It’s akin to a car crash — where it’s so bad…yet you can’t seem to look away.
27. Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt is a lovable simpleton with a heart of gold. Portrayed by David Spade, the character goes on a journey of self-exploration in search of his family. The movie itself is far from stellar, though it’s sentimental. There are countless cameos in this film — including Christopher Walken, Kid Rock, Fred Ward, and Brittany Daniel.
26. Teen Witch
The plot of Teen Witch isn’t all that different from other movies from the era. The unpopular protagonist (Robyn Lively) seeks out the help of a mysterious magical woman (Zelda Rubinstein) who proceeds to help her attract the attention of the out-of-her-league love interest. All the same, the audience is introduced to random musical numbers throughout the movie. It doesn’t know whether it wants to be a teen Rom-Com or a musical. Regardless, there are some funny moments (such as when Lively’s character turns her mean little brother into a dog).
25. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) spend an entire evening attempting to eat White Castle hamburgers. One would assume this to be a relatively easy endeavor. However, the two get involved in a number of sticky situations along the way. This is easily one of the best ‘stoner’ movies every made. The ‘battleship scene’ in the bathroom with the two British girls was hilarious — as were the moments with Freakshow (played by Christopher Meloni).
24. Dante’s Peak
Much like Twister, Dante’s Peak features Pierce Brosnan single-handedly trying to save a small mountainous town from an impending volcanic eruption. But before that happens, Brosnan’s character must fall in love with a local girl and also fill the role as the father figure for her two children. All the while, the town finds his assertions of a potential eruption to be utterly foolish. This movie should be watched for Brosnan’s facial expressions themselves. Whether in danger or giving a fist pump after evading a fiery log, he’s quite campy and farcical.
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Every young person dreams of one day traversing around Europe. Rash decisions will be made, encounters will be endured, and large amounts of tomfoolery will invariably ensue. Eurotrip is a whole lot like that. A young guy decides to pursue a relationship with a (very attractive) online pen pal by flying to meet her in Germany. Of course, the hijinks can’t be complete without a dopey best friend, and a polar opposite set of twins. The move itself isn’t great, but it’s entertaining to the point where you’ll power through it whenever it comes on TBS on a Sunday afternoon, or during a random night on HBO.
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Bushwhacked represents the type of movie no longer made. It’s a ridiculous ’90s comedy featuring a group of kids alongside a bumbling idiot (played by Daniel Stern). Unfairly framed for a crime he didn’t commit, Stern’s character pretends to be a Scout Leader for a group of kids on their first camp out. In classic Stern fashion, he’s over-the-top with both his physical and verbal comedy. Envision Marv from Home Alone taking a group of children on a massive camping trip (whilst also being ‘hunted’ by the bad guys trying to frame him in the first place). While absolutely ridiculous, it’s also quite humorous.
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Congo was a big-budget film trying to capitalize on the ’90s run of adventure films. It was meant to be a serious movie — though the unintended comedic elements in this film were too much to handle. This movie includes an African warlord with a penchant for sesame cake, a talking gorilla with a penchant for martinis, feral killer apes jumping voluntarily into a stream of flowing magma, and Tim Curry attempting (miserably) to sound Romanian. There are big names in this film (Curry, Ernie Hudson, Laura Linney). It’s ridiculous in nature — though wildly entertaining.
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20. Ready to Rumble
This is one of those films that’ll bring an instant smile to your face — particularly if you grew up watching professional wrestling. Any movie starring David Arquette will offer high amounts of energy. However, Arquette’s quest to help an ashamed wrestler (Oliver Platt) rise once again to the top of the profession is both wacky and inspiring. There’s so much ridiculousness in this film — whether it be dream-like scenes about purple slushie drinks, or an 80-year-old Martin Landau physically beating up professional wrestlers-turned-goons. Regardless, it’s quite fun to watch on a random afternoon.
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19. Batman & Robin
The Batman franchise had its fair share of hits…and also misses. Batman Forever wasn’t a great film. Yet, it also wasn’t the worst. Batman & Robin is atrocious to the point that George Clooney and Uma Thurman couldn’t even salvage it. The plot is insane — as is the bad acting across the board. It comes off as both hokey and really cheap. Mr. Freeze — played by Arnold Schwarzenegger — steals the show. His patented Austrian accent perfectly encapsulates the insane amount of puns offered by Mr. Freeze. Our favorite may be this one: “I’m afraid that my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy!” Naturally in the film, Mr. Freeze then proceeded to ‘freeze’ a police officer with a flow of blasted icy snow.
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This superhero parody featuring Daman Wayans did not receive critical acclaim. There wasn’t a huge budget for the film, nor did it make a ton of money at the box office. While Wayans’ voice was annoying (to say the least), the film itself was surprisingly wholesome. It also featured some rather humorous moments, especially alongside Wayans’ on-screen brother (played by David Alan Grier). Whenever on television, I’ll always stop and tune in.
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17. The Wicker Man
This 2006 remake of the 1973 classic was absolutely hilarious. Whenever Nic Cage is involved, you know the action on the screen will be nothing sort of fascinating. Cage’s performance could best be described as over-the-top. He screamed, ranted, and freaked out to the point that the audience found it hilarious (even when in serious scenes). It’s more a commentary on Cage’s acting ability — though the subject matter of the film adds in the unintended hilarity of it.
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16. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is quintessential late ’80s filmmaking. Focusing more on comical character development, the two bumbling high school morons (played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) travel back in time to garner inspiration for a very important history project. The plot seems utterly laughable (which it is). However, it all seems to work quite well. Leading the charge along with the aforementioned protagonists is the late great George Carlin.
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15. Cradle 2 the Grave
Action films have a strong penchant for being able to cover up plot holes and over-exaggerated acting. This is largely due to the action scenes. Cradle 2 the Grave is perfect in this capacity. Jet Li isn’t what anyone would call a great actor. The same can be said for rapper DMX. With that said, the two pair together quite well for an entertaining movie.
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14. Street Fighter
Another film based off a video game, Street Fighter features Jean-Claude Van Damme — one of the most prolific action stars of the last 30 years. That alone should grab your attention — as should the inclusion of famed veteran actor Raul Julia. The film itself is poor, and the acting does have a tendency to be a bit too much. With that said, the star power at the top of the film works well to carry it across the proverbial finish line.
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13. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The title Killer Klowns from Outer Space doesn’t necessarily lend itself to being an Oscar-winning film. A group of aliens (looking like clowns) naturally come down to Earth in order to terrorize humans. There’s really not much else to the story. If you can get past the actual content matter, the movie does offer much in the way of excitement, intrigue, and suspense.
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12. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Will Ferrell has his share of loony films. Many of them border on absurdity — though still teeter back towards the line of clever rather than ludicrous. Talladega Nights is one of those films. There’s everything one would want in a ‘stupid’ movie — including romance, action, non-stop laughs, and immense improvisational ability. The dynamic between Ferrell’s character and rival Jean Girard (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) is brilliant.
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11. Revenge of the Sith
As Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) was screaming to Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) “You were the chosen one!”, the audience in the theater was wondering if they could choose to see another movie. Revenge of the Sith is a vital component within the entire Star Wars universe. It’s a total popcorn movie. You’ll watch it, and be entertained at parts. However, one must suffer through drab dialogue, annoying plot holes, and horrifying acting by Christensen.
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10. A Night at the Roxbury
Berthed from a Saturday Night Live skit, A Night at the Roxbury is a hilariously funny movie from the ’90s. Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan have tremendous chemistry with one another. Of course, the content of the movie is slapstick in nature — and certainly isn’t thought provoking nor deep. However, the dance segments are great. Two of the show-stealing roles in this film include Mr. Butabi (Dan Hedaya) and Mr. Zadir (Chazz Palminteri). Molly Shannon and Richard Grieco are also hilarious in complementary roles.
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9. Billy Madison
Adam Sandler had a knack early in his career for playing immature, responsibility-free cretins. Billy Madison showcases his capacity for such a character quite well. In order to inherit his father’s company, Sandler must repeat his education — going from kindergarten to 12th grade. For a trust fund kid in a 30-year-old’s body, this seems rather plausible, doesn’t it? All the same, this film holds tons of nostalgia for anyone growing up in the ’90s. Cameos by Steve Buscemi and the late Chris Farley give the film even more comedic value.
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In the mid-’90s, Hollywood decided to make a bunch of blockbuster films surrounding natural disasters. Twister was one of those films. Starring leading woman Helen Hunt, the story centered around a team of tornado experts essentially risking life and limb in search of learning about the inner-workings of a tornado. Yeah, this doesn’t sound like a good idea to us, either. Philip Seymour-Hoffman makes an appearance in this film, and Cary Elwes plays the villainous tornado competitor.
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7. Mortal Kombat
There was a ton of hype surrounding Mortal Kombat as it entered the theaters. The uber-popular video game had captivated millions around the world with its awesome game play. The movie simply did not live up to the expectation — as both the script and the acting was terrible. The fight scenes were still super fun to watch. This aspect alone makes the move salvageable. For those who loved the video game, nostalgia still hits home with this film.
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6. The Room
The Room is highly famous for being an utterly horrible movie. Tommy Wiseau wore all sorts of hats in this film — as he wrote it, directed it, and starred in it. A memoir was written based upon the filming of the movie. The memoir was then adapted into a film this past year by James Franco. One has to watch it to get the full scope of the film’s understated nuance. It’s difficult to solely discern its impact through a paragraph.
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A small, sleepy desert town instantly gets turned upside down by the presence of prehistoric alien-like worms. These gigantic larvae love feasting on foolish individuals living in this remote area. Fortunately, Kevin Bacon is here to save everyone. And by Kevin Bacon, we mean Bacon with super long hair and the most manufactured fake southern accent you’ve ever heard. Reba McEntire even makes an appearance as a resident looking to evade these monsters. Tremors is a B-horror film in the best sense of the term.
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This movie is a who’s who of notable stars. The cast is led by the likes of Jon Voight, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson, and Jennifer Lopez. While eclectic, it’s certainly attention-drawing. This is where the intrigue stops…as the movie is utterly bizarre. Somehow, Voight has adopted an accent sounding both Russian and Hispanic (whilst also sporting a dope pony tail). Of course, many of our beloved characters get consumed by a gigantic plastic-looking animatronic snake. Voight — playing the villain — is eventually regurgitated after being devoured by the snake. Impressive enough, he’s still able to wink at the camera before completely dying. Oops…sorry for the spoiler.
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3. The Waterboy
The Waterboy is a cult classic. The movie has countless laughs, and does hold up rather well despite being over 20 years old. With all of that said, it’s an awful movie from a thematic standpoint. Aside from the rather offensive stereotypical Louisiana country accent, the plot is utterly insane. It’s part of what makes the movie so enjoyable, but also preventing it from being Academy Award-winning in any capacity. There were a number of noteworthy characters — including Coach Klein (Henry Winkler), Vicki Vallencourt (Fairuza Balk), Mama (Kathy Bates), Farmer Fran (Blake Clark), and the Waterboy himself, Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler).
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2. Dumb and Dumber
The title of the film should say it all. Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey are both wonderful actors. Each has played deep, dramatic roles exceptionally well. This movie doesn’t test that aspect of their acting ability. Rather, it delves deep into lunacy, ridiculousness, and utter contempt for any semblance of a rational thought. There’s so much to unpack from this film, and it’d be a relative disservice to try and encapsulate it in one paragraph. Dumb and Dumber is a cult classic for a reason.
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1. Step Brothers
Step Brothers is the pièce de résistance of bad movies that are actually brilliant. One has to get by the plot in order to see the comedic gold emanating from this film. Ferrell and John C. Reilly have world class improvisational skills — which are on full display here. Aside from the film’s two main stars, the rest of the cast fit perfectly in their roles. Richard Jenkins — an esteemed actor rooted in drama — was fantastic as the volatile father. The same can be said for mother Mary Steenburgen. Lastly, brother Derek (Adam Scott) couldn’t have been better cast. We’ll never listen to “Por ti Volare” the same ever again.
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