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Some of the Greatest Cheesy Movies of All Time. A List of Awesome Films Everyone Should See.

Updated on October 15, 2017

Big Trouble In Little China

You best believe John Carpenter's going to be on this list (expect more). Ever since my oldest brother introduced me to this movie, I fell in love. It's got that classic cheesy-awesomeness to it. A story about the truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) and his ridiculous trip to visit a friend in Little China. He soon finds himself pulled into a magical Chinese underground full of thugs, Gods , sorcerers and dark magic! This movie is greatness, you gotta check it out.

Tomatometer: 83%

IMDB: 7.2

Big Trouble In Little China Trailer

Conan The Barbarian

Another movie my eldest brother introduced me to (most of these are). It's a film about the rise of a barbarian during the Hyborean Age. A young Conan(Arnold Schwarzenegger) is stolen from his village and forced into slavery. While captive Conan is thrown into a vicious gladiator-like fighting tournament where he learns to hone his skills as a dangerous warrior. He is eventually freed by his master and begins his quest for revenge. This movie is a classic. Surprisingly funny parts and bloody-awesome fight scenes make it a manly man's film. Check it out!

Tomatometer: 77%

IMDB: 6.8

Conan The Barbarian Trailer

Escape From New York

Yup, more John Carpenter. In 1997 New York has turned into a giant maximum security prison. Every scum bag on the planet seems to be stuck inside her heavily guarded walls. One day Air Force 1 crash lands inside the prison and the president becomes a hostage of the prisoners. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is forced into a rescue mission with the help of a woman and a frantic taxi driver. This movies got some really awesome fight scenes and Kurt Russel does a great job once again.

Tomatometer: 83%

IMDB: 7.2


What can I say about this film that you (most likely) don't already know. A classic of epic proportions, Ghostbusters is the epitome of classic movie awesomeness!!I can't even count the number of times I have seen this movie. I truly loved it as a child and truly love it as an adult. Bill Murray is great. Basically, New York city is under attack from an influx of spirits and the only people who can stop them are the Ghostbusters. "Who you gonna call!?!"

Tomatometer: 94%

IMDB: 6.4

Ghostbusters Trailer

Starship Troopers

Adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel. Follows a group of young adults in a fascist and militarized future. After graduation the youngsters opt to join The Federation. The main character, Johnny Rico, joins mobile infantry to impress his girlfriend. He starts off in boot camp as (basically) a mess-up but eventually redeems himself and shows bravery in the battlefield. The sci-fi/action/adventure had a budget of $100 million and was even nominated for an Oscar. This is another movie my brother introduced me to in which he can recite almost every word, lol. It's got great action scenes and some really funny parts as well. "Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?!"

Tomatometer: 63%

IMDB: 7.1


Sent in on a rescue misson with other team members Dutch(Arnold Schwarzenegger) is an honorable man. He's got a code that he sticks to and this code has kept him alive. After finding out the team they've come to rescue has seemingly dissapeared they come under attack by an unknown enemy. One by one Dutch's team is picked off. Eventually Dutch finds himself alone against this terrible foe. Can his code of honor and combat training keep him alive? This is yet another great Arnold film (yes, I like the governator). A classic action/sci-fi flick that brings everything you'd want. This is defenitely a film for dudes. I suggest forcing your girlfriend to watch this after she made you suffer through The Notebook. Muahahahaha! Revenge, sweet revenge! "GET TO THE CHOPPA!"

Tomatometer: 78%

IMDB: 7.8

The Thing

With stunning special effects and a chilling story, The Thing (another one directed by John Carpenter) was a huge hit when it debuted in 1982. Based in Antartica in a lonesome scientific camp. The scientists there come under attack from an alien monster, a shape shifting beast that can take the form of things it devours. Leaving the survivors questioning who's human and who's not. I saw this movie waaaaaaay (after it came out and the special effects amazed (and scared the crap out of) me then as much as they do now. I'm not talking CGI here people. I'm talking good-ole' special effects. Watch it and tell me The Thing stuck middle shape-shift isn't disturbing. "We're not getting out of here alive...but neither is that thing..."

Tomatometer: 79%

IMDB: 8.2

The Thing Trailer

The Goonies

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite movies. As a child and as an adult I have enjoyed this movie. It's got comedy,action,adventure,romance and " stuff!" I remember the first time I laid my young eyes upon this masterpiece. It made me want to go outside and start my own treasure hunting adventure. The film is about a group of kids who call themselves "The Goonies". They're basically the outcasts of their town and not considered the cool kids (even though I think they are). They're neighborhood is in danger of being demolished by greedy land developers who want to turn the place into a country club. On a rainy day the kids decide to search the attic for treasure and stumble upon an old pirate treasure map. That's where the adventure begins, they head out on their adventure not knowing what's in store for them: a murdering family, deadly traps and much more! "Hey you guys!"

Tomatometer: 63%

IMDB: 7.7

The Goonies Trailer

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This is one those movies that I watched when I was a kid and said "I wish I was that guy". There is an endless amount of things I can say about this movie. The most important is the fact it helped me fake sick and stay home from school. I don't know how many times I used the lick the palms trick. LOL, sorry Mom. Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a pretty cool kid. He likes to take it easy and doesn't have time to waste on stupid things like school. A professional skipper, he ends up luring his girlfriend and his best buddy to take the day off and go to the city. They have a pretty hilarious adventure that brings them through-out the city of Chicago. But did he take it too far this time? "You touch me, I yell RAT!"

Tomatometer: 84%

IMDB: 7.8


If you like this list, check back every once in a while. I'll try to update this as much as possible. Unless it gets ridiculously big, at which time I will make a part 2. Thanks for reading!


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      Zachariah Kaer 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you very much, Kenneth.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Zach,

      Great read. Loved this hub and the graphics just added to that extra dimension to make this a memorable hub.

      Voted up and all the way.

      Keep up the great work.

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      Zachariah Kaer 4 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for your comment. I was was debating whether or not to include The Thing for a while. So I had a couple friends watch it and they said, yes, it's cheesy. I agree with you. It's more awesome than cheesy but I couldn't help myself. Personally, the movie still scares me.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Zack - I love Big Trouble in Little China and it is a little cheesy, but Kurt Russel is in so what's not to like? :) Didn't much care for Conan or Starship Troopers, but I really liked Escape from New York. Ghostbusters, Predator, and Goonies are all worth watching 2 or 3 times. Somehow I never cared much for Ferris Buehler's Day Off, but everyone else in my family thought it was great.

      Now we come to The Thing., which I have probably seen six or seven times in the past 30 years (yes, I am old). I had a VHS for years, then I got it on DVD -- I may watch it again this summer. It is a ferociously well-made movie and I don't think its cheesy at all (although I know the genre it belongs too, strange creatures/monsters is often cheesy).

      So, this was a great hub and I really enjoyed it. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Zachariah Kaer 4 years ago from Ohio

      Tell me about it. It's great stuff. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      If Starship Troopers is on, it's hard not to stop and watch the whole thing!