11 Films That Are So Bad They’re Good

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  • Some films are so truly terrible that you can’t help but add them to your movie collection. And while it’s unclear if Fifty Shades of Grey will make this list in years to come (we sincerely hope it won’t), it’s chick flicks and dodgy horror movies that have our heart all aflutter for now.

    We round up the films that are so bad, they’re actually good…

    1. Bring It On (2000)

    ‘I’m sexy, I’m cute! I’m popular to boot!’ Yes, we’ve all unashamedly sang along to the Bring It On cheer at least once. With rival high schools laying down their fiercest moves for cheerleading glory, Kristen Dunst (as Torrance) recruits the help of Eliza Dushku (Missy) to defend her school’s honour and teach us some dodgy dance steps in the process. Amazing.

    2. Coyote Ugly (2000)

    Admit it, you’ve watched aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford (played by Piper Perabo) try to crack the cruel world of showbusiness more times than you care to admit… Luckily she meets her dream man, before winding up as a wild Coyote girl in New York – alongside Tyra Banks, no less. What’s not to love?

    3. Con Air (1997)

    Poor Nicolas Cage can’t catch a break as he plays former war hero-turned-murderer Cameron Poe, who lands himself on an unfortunate flight following his prison release. With ten of the most dangerous men in America to deal with, things get pretty gruesome as Cameron does whatever it takes to get home. Gulp.

    4. Crossroads (2002)

    Remember that time Britney Spears turned actress for the ultimate chick flick in Tamra Davis’ Crossroads? Complete with a rendition of I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman, Brit’s movie debut is just too cheesy not to love.

    5. The Rookie (2002)

    A baseball theme is a surefire way to break hearts, if you ask us, and Dennis Quaid’s emotional journey from Texan coach to major league player will have you reaching for the tissues. Totes emosh.

    6. Van Helsing (2004)

    It takes a lot to put us off a Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale combo, even if Stephen Sommers’ goth thriller turned out to be the least scary thing to ever involve Frankenstein’s Monster and Dracula. Still, Hugh.

    7. The Wicker Man (2006)

    Nicolas Cage’s legendary performance in Neil LaBute’s cult horror classic has provided the ultimate ‘so bad it’s good’ moment for many film buffs. Cage’s awkward acting sealed the deal as he wailed: ‘Not the bees! Not the bees!’ on his quest for a missing child. It’s definitely a palm to face moment.

    8. Maid in Manhattan (2002)

    Jennifer Lopez demonstrates the art of bagging a rich man by accidentally earning the affections of senatorial candidate Ralph Fiennes in this 2002 chick flick. Try as she might, Jenny From The Block just can’t ignore her deep and slushy feelings for the big time politician. Nawh.

    9. A Cinderella Story (2004)

    Picture the scene, you’re the least popular girl in high school (aka Hilary Duff) and you’ve managed to bag the football hottie played by Chad Michael Murray, who’s spontaneously snogging your face off in front of the entire school. Oh, and it’s raining. Duff’s performance may have earned her a Razzie nomination in 2005, but we’ve fallen hard for these love story stereotypes.

    10. Showgirls (1995)

    Elizabeth Berkley’s post-Saved by the Bell career didn’t exactly take off after her lead role in Paul Verhoeven’s dodgy 90s flick. Nine years on however, and her performance as a Las Vegas showgirl is a must-see.

    11. Spice World (1997)

    There are many iconic scenes in film, but few fill us with as much joy as the sight of the Spice Girls’ Union Jack bus flying across London Bridge. With Victoria Beckham and co in full girl power mode, Spice World is the perfect throwback movie for fans of the 90s. Hurrah.

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