Most of us would agree they enjoy a movie that has great writing, character development, and/or CGI filled action for entertainment. The majority of us could mention a specific movie they can watch over and over again. Over the years of movie making, there has been some remarkable moments in film. Who doesn’t remember the reveal of Darth Vader telling Luke Skywalker: “No, I am your father.” Or going back some more years, Strother Martin playing the famous Captain in “Cool Hand Luke” uttering the line: “What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach.”? Point being, some movies have memorable scenes that are regarded as cinema legends.
On the other hand, you have the complete opposite. Movies that, well, shouldn’t have ever been conceived or contain moments that leave you more confused than Lindsey Lohan out of rehab. Although there are many moments to name, this list contains the top ten cheesiest movie moments of all time. Despite many to choose from, it was possible to condense the catalog of scenes down to ten. One thing considered in this list is any movie made before 1980 was not considered. Due to different views in generation’s entertainment, some things thought to be lame today may not have been so much back during the 60’s or 70’s. Still, the 1980’s does have a host of moments to choose from. Don’t forget that some recent films are guilty of some dreadfully cheesy scenes too.
So we’ve gathered some experts to examine which deserve their rightful spot on this list. As much suffering as it took to compile the list, these are arguably the most cheesy moments you’ll ever see in movie history. Yes, view these clips at your own risk. Some will leave you breathless, baffled, irritated, sore and queasy. You have been warned. Let’s start the list off at number 10:
10. "Nuke The Fridge"
Indiana Jones: Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
After the successful Indiana Jones trilogy came and went, the prospect of another movie seemed inevitable. As much as “The Last Crusade” gave Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. his fitting ride off into the sunset (literally), George Lucas and Steven Spielberg couldn’t resist the possibility of cashing in on another sequel. The entire movie is full of cheesy moments (several that involve monkeys, gophers and killer ants) , but this tops them all. How could someone of his age survive being tossed around like a rag doll in a lead refrigerator flying miles across the desert (it tries to justify its believable by a close-up of "Lead" in the fridge door)? Honestly, who could’ve thought to put such a horrible, painful, and just plain dumb sequence into this movie? The only way I can get over this terrible excuse for a film in general is to pretend it didn’t happen. Let’s just hope they don’t plan on going through with a 5th installment that has been rumored for some time.
9. “Garbage Day!”
Silent Night Deadly Night 2
Honestly I have never seen this movie, nor do I feel the need to. But for whatever reason the director decided to put this scene in the movie. Maybe he thought it’d be funny in a dark, perverse way. Or maybe he didn’t mean for it to be funny at all. Either way, I like to keep the mystery alive so that I can save my brain cells from experiencing an agonizing death watching the whole movie. At least one positive is it has given me an idea how to scare ones who take their trash to the curb.
8. “Oh God, oh man!"
Tough Guys Don’t Dance
You can’t hold Ryan O’Neal completely responsible for all of this. The only knock I’d have against him is why would he take on such a horrid role? Name any actor that you think could do this scene and not make it cheesy. It’s impossible. Even taking out the exasperating soundtrack would still result in it being one of the cheesiest scenes ever.
7. “Electra vs. Matt Murdock In The Playground”
Have you ever wondered what could’ve been the lowest moment for Marvel in movies? Look no further than the idiot who decided it’d be a great idea to have a blind man fight a woman at a playground in 2002’s Daredevil. Seriously, who thought this would be normal? Everything about this scene is cheesy including: the sequenced fighting, children shouting:“Fight! Fight!”, and Ben Affleck as a blind man. This fight is so bad, you can tell they're trying not to laugh through the whole scene. If I was at a park one sunny day, and happen to see a random blind man fighting a woman, I’d first think I was being pranked. After not seeing cameras, my first reaction would be to break up the inane fight, question why such a tasteless brawl was going on in a public setting (this was caused because he asked her name), and then double check to make sure it was still not some kind of candid camera hoax. Did the writers think the normal reaction for a person is to kick the living crap out of a blind man if he asks your name? It makes me want to vomit when I think of what would’ve happened if he asked for her number right off the bat.
6. “How’d it get burned?!”
The Wicker Man
The legend we know as Nicolas Cage, how we have come to know you through many, many films. An actor that could easily have his own list of cheesy moments, places in the top ten quite easily with this unforgettable moment of the now cult classic “The Wicker Man”. Although the movie is chocked full of tacky scenes, this is impossible to watch without laughing. I know Mr. Cage has had some financial problems, causing him to take on roles that he would normally turn down. I’d like to think this was one of them because no human should have to suffer watching, much less be a part of such a maddening, torturous and boring movie. The scene does depict a similar reaction I have to my microwave when I try to heat up a hot pocket though.
5. “Bat Credit Card"
Batman And Robin
You could probably put any scene from this movie in the top ten. Undeniably a list could be made of “The Top Ten Cheesiest Moments Of Batman And Robin”. The movie is filled with Arnold’s Mr. Freeze puns (revenge is a dish best served cold), retched acting, goofy action and close up body shots of the heroes when they suit up. Still, this scene in particular is bad. Really, really bad. Keep in mind this was directed by the same guy that did Phantom of the Opera. He didn’t have a second grade knowledge of Batman to direct this pile of crap or Batman Forever. Hence, unless this is an Adam West Batman movie, Bruce Wayne would never ever do this whatever the situation. Even if Poison Ivy was able to make people hop around like apes with her entrancing powder it’s just excessively cheesy. Ugh, now I have to go watch the Dark Knight to get this excruciatingly bad movie erased from my head.
Yor: The Hunter From The Future
If you ever get a free evening in your life that you’d like to waste, go online and view one of the most amazingly bad movies ever created. If someone threatened me with a gun to write a script for a movie with an hour deadline, it would be Citizen Kane compared to “Yor: Hunter From The Future”. I couldn’t understand anything about it at all. The acting is atrocious, the special effects even for its time is laughable, and the soundtrack will make your ears bleed. Scenes such as this make me wonder if the human race could survive another hundred years. I could just put the movie as a whole on this list, but this scene is everything bad about it in a nutshell.
3. "Oh My God!"
This is such an appalling scene that it has become a viral hit. I’m sure a lot of it is due to attracting actors who have low self-esteem issues. If ever you feel you could never make it as an actor, simply watch the clip (save yourself from watching such a horrible movie, the clip is enough) and see how easy it is to be in a movie. It is too bad the fly on his forehead was not nominated for best supporting actor. That’s major props to stick around and witness such a cheesy scene in person.
2. “The Chase”
*Note:There is quite a bit of swearing in this clip, probably due to the actors realizing how bad the film is*
The main character of this movie also starred in Yor: Hunter From the Future. Do I need to say more?
1. "Horse Slide"
Bollywood movie or not, to this day I can’t think of a scene that defines the word “cheesy” more. I don’t understand how anyone who worked on this movie considered it to be believable. If horses could do what this poor old stallion is put through, I don’t think I’d need to take my car to work anymore. I can only imagine the look on people’s faces seeing me flying through intersections like it’s a slip and slide. Obviously the only conclusion that I can come up with is it’s a superhero steed that has been holding back its powers to protect the innocent. No, strike that, this scene just sucks.
So what are your thoughts? Is there a cheesy scene that was not on this list? Comment below and let the debate begin.
BeyondGS (author) from Ohio on August 18, 2014:
Thank you! Yes that has to be one of the worst, but funny at the same time moments in film. Glad you enjoyed the list, thanks again for the read and feedback!
belleart from Ireland on August 17, 2014:
Really funny list! I just cannot stop laughing at the Oh God, Oh Man line, terrible script writing there...