Have you ever started watching a movie and maybe it started out how you thought it would, but then it completely went off the rails in the best way? Those are my favorite kind of movies. I've made of list of the best, most ridiculous movies of all time (well, of all the movies I've seen, and I've seen thousands at this point in my life).
Without further ado, and in no particular order, here is the list:
13 Sins (2014)
This movie is about a man named Elliot Brindle who is so nice and altruistic that he takes care of his brother, father, and his pregnant fiance. One day, Elliot loses his job and due to his financial situation, becomes extremely stressed out and wonders how he is going to fix his life. The day that Elliot loses his job, he receives a phone call from an unknown person, offering him $1,000 to kill a fly. Elliot doesn't believe the phone call is real until money is deposited into his account after killing the fly. Elliot then receives more phone calls from the mysterious person who offers Elliot more money for completing more difficult challenges, and Elliot is drawn into a game that knows no bounds.
This movie was a complete surprise to me. I started watching it because I like the actor who plays Elliot, Mark Webber. I was immediately drawn in by the story and was not prepared for how crazy the movie got. You really can't predict this movie. I was on the edge of my seat trying to guess what challenge Elliot would encounter next and wondering when he would stop the game. The ending was completely surprising to me, which is rare because I can usually guess an ending early in the movie. My favorite parts were when Elliot was in the church, the part where Elliot encounters an old bully, and when Elliot was in the coffee shop.
Better Off Dead (1985)
This movie is about a teenager named Lane Myer who is dating a girl named Beth and who goes skiing regularly. Beth decides that she doesn't want to date Lane anymore after seeing Lane compete in a skiing race against a guy named Roy. Lane is brokenhearted and he finds himself trying to commit suicide. Lane begins to turn his life around and find hope when he becomes friends with a foreign exchange student who lives with a nearby (creepy) neighbor.
This has got to be the weirdest movie I have ever seen from the 1980's. This movie is so off-the-wall weird and I've never seen anything like it. At one point, Lane's mom (who is a terrible, terrible cook) makes some concoction that looks like a light green slime with raisins in it and it starts to crawl off the plate as Lane watches. Lane is constantly tormented by a young newspaper boy who has come to collect two dollars and it is hilarious how nonchalant Lane is up until the end of the movie. My favorite parts were when Lane keeps trying to kill himself, any time Lane's mom tried to cook, Lane's mom attempting to cook dinner for the neighbors, the paperboy encounters, and when Lane's best friend would find the oddest ways to get high.
Teen Witch (1989)
This movie is about a nerdy, unpopular teenage girl named Louise Miller who becomes a full-fledged witch after turning 16 years old. After Louise comes into her powers, she uses her newfound abilities to become better dressed, more popular, and to fall in love with a guy she has a crush on.
This movie is absolutely ridiculous. I'm not sure if it was meant to be serious, but if it was, it completely failed and it failed in the best way. Everything about this movie is ridiculous; every character, line, and the plot is so ridiculous it ends up being hilarious. The original songs just scream 1980's and "Top That" has to be the most ridiculous song of them all. My favorite parts are when Louise turns her nasty brother into a dog and he basically becomes her servant afterwards, when Louise makes herself popular and the song that follows, the "Top That" confrontation, and the dance at the end.
Road House (1989)
This movie is about a bouncer named James Dalton who goes from bar to bar teaching bouncers and bar owners how to get their rowdy bars in order. James moves from New York to a bar named the Double Douce in Jasper, Missouri and makes an enemy out of a local rich, evil businessman named Brad Wesley. James discovers that Brad Wesley has bullied and terrorized many of the people in Jasper and refuses to become part of the problem, thus invoking Brad Wesley's rage.
This movie is ridiculous because it takes itself so seriously. While James Dalton is supposed to be the ultimate cool guy, it goes too far in the way he is portrayed and by his actions in the movie. The absolute best part of the movie is when the character James Dalton rips out another man's throat and tosses him in a lake. I'd never been so surprised by a scene in a movie and it was gross, but it was awesome. The whole movie is surprisingly funny and ridiculous in the best way. My favorite parts were when James Dalton arrives in town, whenever James Dalton would fight anyone, the epic throat rip, and the last confrontation with Brad Wesley.
License to Drive (1988)
This movie is about a teenager named Les Anderson who is obsessed with getting his license in order to gain more freedom. One day, Les and his sister go to take their driver's license tests together. Les ends up failing his written test, but the DMV passes him after complications with his computer. However, the DMV fixes the complication and tells him that he has failed after all. When Les gets home, he tells his parents he has passed, but they soon discover his lie. Les, feeling dejected, mopes in his bedroom until his crush, Mercedes calls him for a date. Les sneaks his grandfather's prized car out of the house for a date with Mercedes, which goes horribly, yet hilariously wrong.
This movie is supposed to be funny, of course, but I had no idea how weird and crazy it would get when I watched it for the first time. It is a little reminiscent of how awesomely weird Better Off Dead is, so if you liked that movie, you'd probably like this one too. My favorite parts were when Les and his friends get pulled over by the cops, when Les' mom was eating an insane amount of mashed potatoes, when Les' grandfather's car is stolen, and when Les drives to the hospital.
This movie is about a man named Frank Dux, who is serving in the U.S. Army. Frank, who has a history with a man named Senzo Tanaka, agrees to partake in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong in order to honor Tanaka's son, Shingo.
I think if any movie could top the ridiculous movie category, it would be this one. I have to say, I absolutely love this movie. I've seen it so many times and never get tired of watching it. The entire thing is absolutely ridiculous and I laugh pretty much the entire time. Jean Claude Van Damme's (JCVD) facial expressions are so over-the-top you can't help but laugh and the martial art skills are so much fun to watch. My favorite parts are any time JCVD fights, JCVD's facial expressions, and the epic fight at the end where JCVD's opponent throws salt in his eyes and he has to fight while blinded.
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
This movie is about a police officer named Melanie Ballard, who is on a train with other police officers which is bound for a remote mining outpost on Mars. The police officers were told that their mission was to locate a prisoner named Desolation Williams and transport him to another location. However, once the officers arrived at the mining outpost, they discovered that it was seemingly deserted. Upon inspection, they discovered that the miners had unknowingly been subjected to parasitic ghosts, which subsequently changed them into murderous, self-mutilating monsters.
From the very first five minutes of this film, I knew it was going to be ridiculous. I didn't know how ridiculous it would get, and yes, it was over-the-top ridiculous by the end of the film. Movies that are absolutely ridiculous yet take themselves seriously are my favorite kind of films. I would have to say almost every scene made me laugh and I couldn't wait to hear what they would say next. My favorite parts were the scenes where Melanie and Desolation would interact, the hot-air balloon landing scene (just thinking about it makes me laugh), and pretty much every line in the film.
I hope you liked this list of the best, most ridiculous movies of all time! What are your favorite, most ridiculous movies? Are any on this list? If not, what are they and why? Please share your comments below!