The Best Guilty Pleasure Movies on Netflix You Shouldn’t Feel Embarrassed to Watch

Everybody has at least one of those movies tucked away on Netflix – the ones they feel guilty about.

No, not anything that would make you want to hide it from your viewing history. We mean the guilty pleasures – movies you know are more silly or nonsensical than they are good, but that you want to go back to again and again because they’re a good time that don’t weigh heavy on your mind. These can go with our list of the best Netflix movies no one is talking about.


This is a remake of a 1988 movie by cult favorite director John Waters – and that movie is on Netflix too and worth watching. Both movies are about a plus-size teen landing a dancing gig on an American Bandstand-like program. The 2007 movie keeps the subversive nature of the original and adds songs adapted from the hit Broadway musical. And it’s a reminder that John Travolta can still light up the screen when he wants to. We promise that “Good Morning Baltimore” will stubbornly stick in your head, whether you want it to or not.

‘Legally Blonde’

Sometimes you just want to do the bend and snap. This movie often gets a surface-level reading that it’s about a dumb blonde, but Elle Woods isn’t dumb, she’s shallow. Her improbable acceptance into Harvard is one of those moments that makes you say “yeah, right” but you don’t care because Reese Witherspoon is so winning. The sequel is on Netflix too, and it’s better than many people say, but the original is the one to watch.

‘The Mummy’ (1999)

Believe it or not, this movie is now 20 years old. The late ’90s CGI may look a little dodgy today, but it wasn’t back then. It adds to the cheesiness, which makes this such a fun romp. It actually makes a good double feature with the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, also on Netflix. The Mummy is nowhere near the stone-cold classic that Raiders is, but it has been remembered while the recent Tom Cruise version is already forgotten.

‘Music and Lyrics’

When people want to watch a Hugh Grant movie, they may want to turn to Four Weddings and a Funeral or Notting Hill first. Those are fine choices, but this team-up with Drew Barrymore, where she and Grant play songwriters, got lost in the shuffle  That’s too bad – it’s a smart pop music satire, with an irresistibly catchy song written by the same composer who wrote “That Thing You Do.” Both leads have good singing voices, as does Haley Bennett, who plays a Britney Spears-like singer. Bennett enjoyed a recent resurgence in The Magnificent Seven and The Girl on the Train.

‘National Treasure’

Here’s another Raiders-lite movie that’s better than it has any reason to be. This was one from the Jerry Bruckheimer factory before he got bogged down with all those Pirates sequels. As silly historical conspiracy movies go, this one is a lot more fun than the dreary Da Vinci Code movies. And it features Nicolas Cage before he went off the deep end. The sequel isn’t on Netflix, but that’s just as well.

‘Olympus Has Fallen’

The trailer for the third film in this series, Angel has Fallen, just dropped, which makes for a good reason to revisit the original film about Gerard Butler’s Secret Service Agent Mike Banning. It’s no Die Hard, but it’s energetically directed by Antoine Fuqua, and it’s a more fun 2013’s other White House in jeopardy movie, White House Down, from the director of Independence Day. When you blow up the White House once, you can’t go back.

‘Set It Up’

We’re so starved for truly decent romantic comedies these days that this Netflix original inspired a lot more think pieces than it really deserved, but it’s still a solid movie. Sure, it’s will-they-or-won’t-they premise is as old as the hills, and the setup characters by Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu are dumber than they ought to be, but stars Glen Powell and especially Zoey Deutch make the old formula work. Viewers apparently agreed because Deutch and Powell have teamed up for another rom-com with the same writer.

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