Paste Magazine's The 100 Best “B Movies” of All Time

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From Paste: Not every film can be the Citizen Kane of its day. For every high-budget “A movie” that commands significant promotion and funding from its studio, there are piles of B movies that scratch and claw their way into existence without the benefit of things like “a budget” or “a script” in some cases. To compare them with A movies in terms of resources and immersiveness isn’t a fair proposition. Instead, discerning film fans are able to simply appreciate them for what they are.

But what does “best” mean when we’re talking about films often famous for their shoddy construction? It certainly doesn’t mean “best-made.” It also doesn’t mean “worst-made,” or else films like Manos: The Hands of Fate and The Beast of Yucca Flats would make prominent appearances. They’re not on this list because the meaning of “best” here is “most entertaining,” and I defy you to be entertained by Manos without its MST3k commentary or a pound of medical-grade marijuana. If these films are painful, they’re also equally fun.

Whenever possible, I tried to keep the list to more obscure titles. Although John Carpenter’s Halloween is a great example of a superbly made “B movie” in terms of budget, any film fan has most likely seen it already. Gathered here is a collection of some of the most entertainingly cheap and endearingly bad movies ever made.

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    Hard Ticket to Hawaii

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Room

    2003, in 1 top list Check
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    Birdemic: Shock and Terror

    2010, in 1 top list Check
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    Samurai Cop

    1991, in 0 top lists Check
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    Troll 2

    1990, in 1 top list Check
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    Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

    2006, in 1 top list Check
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    Can que

    1978 — a.k.a. Crippled Avengers, in 2 top lists Check
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    Miami Connection

    1987 — a.k.a. American Streetfighters, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ren zhe wu di

    1982 — a.k.a. Five Element Ninjas, in 2 top lists Check
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    She Woke Up Pregnant

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    1959, in 4 top lists Check
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    House on Haunted Hill

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    The Return of the Living Dead

    1985, in 3 top lists Check
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    ThanksKilling

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

    1965 — a.k.a. Dr. G and the Bikini Machine, in 0 top lists Check
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    To Die Is Hard

    2010, in 0 top lists Check
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    Enter the Ninja

    1981 — a.k.a. Ninja I, in 0 top lists Check
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    Braindead

    1992 — a.k.a. Dead Alive, in 5 top lists Check
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    Moron Movies

    1985, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chopping Mall

    1986, in 0 top lists Check
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    I Am Here... Now

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Night of the Demons

    1988 — a.k.a. Halloween Party, in 1 top list Check
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    Black Samurai

    1977 — a.k.a. Black Terminator, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Toxic Avenger

    1984, in 3 top lists Check
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    Laser Mission

    1989 — a.k.a. Soldier of Fortune, in 1 top list Check
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    Foxy Brown

    1974, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Roller Blade Seven

    1991, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cui hua kuang mo

    1993 — a.k.a. Undefeatable, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Haunted Palace

    1963, in 1 top list Check
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    Time Chasers

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

    2001, in 1 top list Check
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    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ben & Arthur

    2002, in 0 top lists Check
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    Class of Nuke 'Em High

    1986, in 0 top lists Check
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    FDR: American Badass!

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Space Mutiny

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Hell Comes to Frogtown

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Death Race 2000

    1975, in 4 top lists Check
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    Shark Attack 3: Megalodon

    2002, in 1 top list Check
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    Werewolf

    1995, in 0 top lists Check
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    Masters of the Universe

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    Cyborg

    1989, in 1 top list Check
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    Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

    1965 — a.k.a. The Blood Suckers, in 1 top list Check
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    It Came from Beneath the Sea

    1955 — a.k.a. Monster from Beneath the Sea, in 1 top list Check
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    Ninja III: The Domination

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    1988, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Barbarians

    1987 — a.k.a. The Barbarian Brothers, in 0 top lists Check
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    Silent Night, Deadly Night 2

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    1965 — a.k.a. The Leather Girls, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Magic Sword

    1962 — a.k.a. The Seven Curses of Lodac, in 0 top lists Check
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