The Public's Worst Movies (1980)

by egmeinder | created - 03 Nov 2012 | updated - 03 Nov 2012 | Public

The public's choices for the 200 worst movies as listed at the back of The Golden Turkey Awards.

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1. The Adventurers (1970)

PG | 171 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The wealthy playboy son of an assassinated South American diplomat discovers that his father was really murdered on orders of the corrupt president of the country--a man who was his ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Alan Badel, Candice Bergen, Thommy Berggren

Votes: 604

2. Airport 1975 (1974)

PG | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 8,845 | Gross: $47.29M

3. Airport '77 (1977)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland

Votes: 8,805 | Gross: $30.00M

4. The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

PG | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

This last film in the 'Airport 'series ends fast - with an SST (supersonic transport); Concorde. Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) Murray deal with nuclear missiles being fired at the'speed-bird... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, George Kennedy

Votes: 5,139 | Gross: $13.00M

5. Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

R | 95 min | Horror

Baron Frankenstein creates two "zombies" - one male, one female - planning to mate them in order to create a master race.

Directors: Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Monique van Vooren

Votes: 5,063 | Gross: $10.25M

6. The Astro-Zombies (1968)

92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The Plan - to build a super human; How? - by murdering innocent convenient victims and using various bits of them; The Result - Creatures on the rampage.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick

Votes: 1,959

7. At Long Last Love (1975)

G | 118 min | Comedy, Musical

This film was Peter Bogdanovich's homage to musical comedies of the 1930s. A millionaire named Michael Oliver Pritchard III and a singer named Kitty O'Kelly meet and fall in love. Meanwhile... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn, Duilio Del Prete

Votes: 994 | Gross: $3.27M

8. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley

Votes: 2,559

9. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon

Votes: 4,375 | Gross: $0.48M

10. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard, Michael Emmet

Votes: 3,590

11. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

PG | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

9 Metascore

A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes.

Director: John De Bello | Stars: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor, J. Stephen Peace

Votes: 11,674

12. Matango (1963)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 2,340

13. Barbarella (1968)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 29,749

14. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

Ten years after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden

Votes: 27,308 | Gross: $8.84M

15. Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck

Votes: 2,249

16. Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Not Rated | 74 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Two goofy entertainers meet a mad scientist on a jungle island.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo, Charlita

Votes: 2,076

17. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 39,484 | Gross: $19.00M

18. The Betsy (1978)

R | 125 min | Drama

The aging, retired founder of an auto giant comes out of retirement to try to develop a safe, fuel-efficient car.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross, Tommy Lee Jones

Votes: 1,321 | Gross: $17.69M

19. Beware! The Blob (1972)

GP | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob back from the North Pole. When his wife accidentally defrosts the thing, it terrorizes the populace, including the local hippies, kittens, and bowlers.

Director: Larry Hagman | Stars: Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb

Votes: 1,575

20. Beyond the Door (1974)

R | 99 min | Horror

Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want?

Directors: Ovidio G. Assonitis, Robert Barrett | Stars: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Gabriele Lavia, Nino Segurini

Votes: 1,402

21. Beyond the Forest (1949)

Approved | 97 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Resentful of her small-town life, a married woman schemes to run off with a rich businessman.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman

Votes: 2,006

22. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

NC-17 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar

Votes: 9,249 | Gross: $9.00M

23. The Big Noise (1944)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

During World War II Stan and Ollie find themselves as improbable bodyguards to an eccentric inventor and his strategically important new bomb.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Doris Merrick, Arthur Space

Votes: 982

24. Billy Jack (1971)

GP | 114 min | Action, Drama, Western

50 Metascore

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.

Director: Tom Laughlin | Stars: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay

Votes: 5,246 | Gross: $98.00M

25. Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Dracula travels to the American West, intent on making a beautiful ranch owner his next victim. Her fiance, outlaw Billy the Kid, finds out about it and rushes to save her.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: John Carradine, Chuck Courtney, Melinda Casey, Virginia Christine

Votes: 1,427

26. Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror

An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton

Votes: 5,340 | Gross: $4.00M

27. Bloody Mama (1970)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

A psychologically-disturbed matriarch presides over her damaged family of bank-robbing misfits.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle, Diane Varsi

Votes: 2,752

28. Bluebeard (1972)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A World War I pilot whom everybody envies as a "ladykiller" actually is one - after he beds the women he's after, he murders them.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Virna Lisi, Nathalie Delon

Votes: 1,061

29. The Blue Bird (1976)

G | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A pair of peasant children, Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, are led on a magical quest for the fabulous Blue Bird of Happiness by the Fairy Berylune. On their journey, they are accompanied by... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson, Ava Gardner

Votes: 911 | Gross: $0.89M

30. Boom! (1968)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward, Joanna Shimkus

Votes: 1,245

31. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)

Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director: Joseph Green | Stars: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna, Adele Lamont

Votes: 5,731

32. Bride of the Monster (1955)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King

Votes: 6,169

33. Bug (1975)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James ... See full summary »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, Richard Gilliland, Jamie Smith-Jackson

Votes: 1,768 | Gross: $3.60M

34. Burnt Offerings (1976)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

A family moves into a large old mansion that seems to have a mysterious and maybe even sinister power over their actions.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 8,833

35. Camelot (1967)

G | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Musical

70 Metascore

The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings

Votes: 5,579 | Gross: $31.10M

36. Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)

X | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

Heironymus Merkin screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth and moral decay.

Director: Anthony Newley | Stars: Anthony Newley, Joan Collins, Alexander Newley, Tara Newley Arkle

Votes: 331

37. The Car (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

A small desert town is terrorized by a powerful, seemingly possessed car, and the local sheriff may be the only one who can stop it.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 8,149

38. The Carpetbaggers (1964)

Approved | 150 min | Drama, Romance

Jonas Cord's a disagreeable young tycoon who's building planes, directing films and catting around on the corporate make, in the 1930's Hollywood.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Carroll Baker, Robert Cummings

Votes: 1,798 | Gross: $28.41M

39. Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Astronauts travel to the moon where they discover it is inhabited by attractive young women in black tights.

Director: Arthur Hilton | Stars: Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, Susan Morrow

Votes: 1,330

40. Change of Habit (1969)

G | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Music

An incognito nun tries to help a doctor clean up an inner city ghetto, with the pair growing closer as time goes on.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot

Votes: 1,913

41. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby

Votes: 3,768

42. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 38,114

43. The Choirboys (1977)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A group of Los Angeles cops decide to take off some of the pressures of their jobs by engaging in various forms of after hours debauchery.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Clyde Kusatsu

Votes: 1,385

44. Cinderfella (1960)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother and her two no-good sons, Maximilian and ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson, Henry Silva

Votes: 2,772 | Gross: $4.70M

45. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 27,010 | Gross: $57.78M

46. A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

Passed | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

In Hong Kong, the ambassador returning to America meets the Russian countess, a refugee without a passport, who decides to hide in his cabin.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, Tippi Hedren

Votes: 4,915

47. The Creeping Terror (1964 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A newlywed sheriff tries to stop a shambling monster that has emerged from a spaceship to eat the citizens of an American town.

Director: Vic Savage | Stars: Vic Savage, Shannon O'Neil, William Thourlby, John Caresio

Votes: 3,920