Top 10 Bad Movies We Only Watched for the Cast

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Top 10 Bad Movies We Only Watched for the Cast

VOICE OVER: Ryan Wild WRITTEN BY: Mark Sammut
So close, and yet, so far. For this list, we'll be looking at movies that might not be particularly good but at least have exciting casts. Our countdown includes “Gigli”, "Ghost Rider", “Bewitched”, and more!
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Top 10 Bad Movies We Watched for the Actors


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Bad Movies We Watched for the Actors.

For this list, we’ll be looking at movies that might not be particularly good but at least have exciting casts.

What bad movie has a great performance? Let us know in the comments!

#10: “Collateral Beauty” (2016)

Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, and Helen Mirren - these are just some of the names that appear in 2016's "Collateral Beauty." An Oscar-bait flick, "Collateral Beauty" aims for the heart but accidentally strikes the funny bone instead. A grieving father who desperately needs help is sort of visited by the embodiments of Love, Time, and Death, although things aren't quite as simple as that. "Collateral Beauty's" plot will likely confuse, frustrate, or bore most people; however, Will Smith gives a great performance and is the main reason to seek this one out.

#9: “Gigli” (2003)

Often cited as one of the worst films of the early 2000s, "Gigli" came out at the height of Bennifer and bombed with critics and at the box office. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez won big at the Razzies, a ceremony that also saw Al Pacino and Christopher Walken earn nominations for their cameos. "Gigli" is bad in the way that precious few films are, mostly because the actors generally give it their all, even if some are miscast. The film is also filled with ridiculous but well-acted monologues that are captivating in a trainwreck sort of way.


#8: “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (1997)

"Speed" was such a massive success that a sequel was inevitable. Conversely, "Speed 2: Cruise Control" dropped the ball so emphatically that it killed the franchise entirely. And no, "Father Ted's" hilarious "Speed 3" doesn't count. Losing Keanu Reeves and swapping a speedy bus for a cruise ship certainly didn't help the sequel, but Sandra Bullock at least provides some continuity between the two films. The real reason to watch "Speed 2" is Willem Dafoe, who turns a gloriously unhinged performance as the main villain. 'Speed 2" is an F-Level action film made somewhat watchable by Dafoe and Bullock.

#7: “Jonah Hex” (2010)

A 2010 comic book movie that felt dated the second it came out, "Jonah Hex" fails as both an adaptation of the source material and as a standalone western. An ugly movie that struggles to cohesively string together scenes, "Jonah Hex" is a mess from beginning to end, although that's no fault of the cast. Josh Brolin is a great pick for Hex, while most movies would kill for a supporting cast of Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Wes Bentley, Megan Fox, and Michael Shannon. John Malkovich also goes full Malkovich as "Jonah Hex's" villain, which is always nice.

#6: “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (1996)

Born out of an infamously troubled production, "The Island of Dr. Moreau" is considered a low point in the careers of pretty much everyone involved. A bizarre and unsettling adaptation of H. G. Wells's classic novel, the film is an uncomfortable watch that happens to feature Marlon Brando at his strangest. The film legend delivers a mesmerizing, if not necessarily good performance that elevates "The Island of Dr. Moreau" from terrible to uniquely bad. Val Kilmer's hatred of the movie is also quite palpable through his performance.


#5: “Bewitched” (2005)

In this meta revival of the '60s TV classic, a self-absorbed actor decides to remake "Bewitched" with Darrin as the star. Unfortunately for Jack, an actual witch, Isabel, is cast as Samantha. Similar to the in-movie remake, "Bewitched" gets its casting spot on, with Nicole Kidman bringing an effortless charm to the role of Isabel. Even in terrible films like "Holmes & Watson," Will Ferrell's manchild schtick can still produce a few chuckles, provided someone's a fan of that style of comedy. Kidman and Ferrell are certainly an odd couple, which adds some intrigue to this romcom.

#4: “A Good Year” (2006)

The success of "Gladiator" made the prospect of another Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe project very enticing, however, the pair threw out a curveball with their second movie. "A Good Year" is a character-driven romantic comedy, a genre that is not typically associated with either Scott or Crowe. Going against type as a career-hungry stockbroker who inherits his uncle's French vineyard and begins to reevaluate his life, Crowe is funny and charming and sells the character's development well. Crowe's casting is the only surprising thing about this otherwise formulaic movie, while Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard, and Tom Hollander give predictably good performances.


#3: “R.I.P.D.” (2013)

"Men in Black" but with ghosts and starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds just sounds too amusing of a concept to completely ignore. Despite a talented cast, "R.I.P.D." is a throwaway summer blockbuster that is derivative of much better films and falls flat in most areas, particularly the humor and pacing. Most of the movie's best bits come courtesy of Jeff Bridges's Roy Pulsipher, a cowboy from the 1800s who now hunts deados, souls that stick around Earth instead of moving on. Bridges is delightfully grouchy and brings a bit of personality to "R.I.P.D." Mary-Louise Parker and Kevin Bacon are fine but underutilized.


#2: “Righteous Kill” (2008)

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two of the biggest names in film history, but they have co-starred in only a tiny handful of films. After sharing a scene for the first time in 1995's brilliant "Heat," De Niro and Pacino reunited for 2008's "Righteous Kill," a cop drama that's only noteworthy because it stars the two actors. De Niro and Pacino cannot save the film's convoluted plotting and drab presentation, as the whole thing is a rather joyless affair. Still, the prospect of seeing these two movie giants bounce off each other in a pre-"The Irishman" world was tempting.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“The Tourist” (2010)
Because Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp Are Superstars

“Eat Pray Love” (2010)
Because Julia Roberts Isn’t America’s Sweetheart for Nothing

“Lions for Lambs” (2007)
Because the Star-Power in This Movie Is Off the Charts

“New Year's Eve” (2011)
Because Half the Poster Is Just a Roll Call of the Famous Faces in This Film

#1: “Ghost Rider” (2007)

This might come as a shock, but Nicolas Cage has starred in a terrible movie or two. In a pre-MCU era, the odds of "Ghost Rider" being another "Catwoman" or "Daredevil" was high, but those films don't have Nicolas Cage as a stunt rider who transforms into a fiery skeleton with a chain for a weapon. Cage works his magic and promotes this rather lifeless and bland film into a passable B-movie time-waster that is decent enough to kill two hours. An awful movie starring Nicolas Cage is still a Nicolas Cage movie.
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