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They're not highbrow, arty, or in some cases, even that good. But the 50 films below are close to Stylist's heart and we want to know which one is your most guilty pleasure.

The work of Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst features heavily, as do macho-repelling classics like Dirty Dancing, Grease and other contenders that include gratuitous displays of singing/dancing. Some require a high hanky allocation, such as the classics My Girl and Beaches and there's a smattering of high school-focused teen angst masterpieces like Clueless, Mean Girls, and, erm, Grease 2.

Reminisce over your back catalogue of less-than-worthy movie viewing and use the voting buttons to tell us which is your favourite. To cast your vote, tick the box next to your favourite movie and fill out the comment box that appears below the gallery. The 20 most popular films as voted by you will take pride of place in a Stylist magazine feature coming soon, so make your choice carefully and enjoy as you enter our world of guilty pleasure movie magic...

Words: Anna Pollitt. Pictures: Rex Features

  • 1. 10 Things I Hate About You

    Tough girl Kat (Julia Stiles) is the "shrew" tamed by bad boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) in this thoroughly decent 1999 adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew, most memorable for Ledger's stylish rendition of I Love You Baby.

    It also features a fantastic performance from Larry Miller as Walter Stratford, the overprotective but understanding father of Kat and her prom-queen-contender younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik).

  • 2. 13 Going On 30

    Tween heroine Jenna (Jennifer Garner) turns from 13 to 30 overnight, with no memory of the preceding 17 years.

    Luckily for her she wakes up looking like Jennifer Garner, but, sadly, she's is ugly on the inside until she tracks down her childhood sweetheart Matt (Mark Ruffalo) and realises the error of her ways. Watch this and be filled with the desire to sing Pat Benatar's 1983 hit Love Is A Battlefield into a hair brush.

  • 3. Beaches

    CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and Hillary Whitney Essex (Barbara Hershey) see their holiday friendship last through childhood innocence, adult love triangles, jealousy and tragedy in this 1989 hit, which spawned one of the ultimate movie ballads, Wind Beneath My Wings.

  • 4. Bridget Jones's Diary

    “My reward, I know, will be to end up all alone, half-eaten by an Alsatian.”

    Britain in the late nineties/early noughties comes to life in the diary of a London "singleton". Despite her obvious insecurities, weight obsession and underlying preoccupation with finding a man, Bridget Jones' wit and warmth gave filmgoers a woman more "real" than the humourless eye-candy so dominant among female movie stars of the time.

  • 5. Bring It On

    It's cheerleaders at dawn when high school captains Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) and Isis (Gabrielle Union) lock pompoms over a stolen dance routine. Part sports movie, part teen romance, Dunst's expressive, warm style and Jessica Bendinger's sharp script makes this 2000 teen flick worth watching.

  • 6. Clueless

    Alicia Silverstone's career was made and arguably ruined by her flawless portrayal of Cher in this immensely watchable 1995 remake of Jane Austen's Emma. We were also introduced to some new Beverly Hills slang including Baldwins (hot men), the hymenally-challenged (virgins) and Monets (looks good from a distance, but up close, it's a big old mess).

  • 7. Cocktail

    This 1988 hit spawned a generation of wannabe cocktail makers as arrogant Brian (Tom Cruise) pioneers mixology between searching for a rich chick.

    Despite carrying a meagre 14 per cent rating on movie website Rotten Tomatoes and being described as "empty and fabricated" by one critic, the film is an undeniable cult classic.

  • 8. Coyote Ugly

    "Did you ever wake up sober after a one night stand, and the person you're next to is layin' on your arm, and they're so ugly, you'd rather chew off your arm then risk waking 'em? That's coyote ugly."

    Panned by critics as little more than a wet t-shirt competition, this 1993 comedy drama is a cheesy chick flick we just can't help but be entertained by. Truly, who hasn't wanted to dance on a bar to Blondie's One Way Or The Other?

  • 9. Death Becomes Her

    This dark comedy fantasy comprising a stellar cast of Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis centres around the tantalising theme of eternal youth.

    With gruesome special effects and Oscar-winning make-up, the film was accused by critics of lacking substance, but defied its detractors with huge commercial success.

  • 10. Dirty Dancing

    Repeat along with us: That was the summer of 1963, when everybody called me Baby and it didn't occur to me to mind. That was before President Kennedy was shot, before the Beatles came, when I couldn't wait to join the Peace Corps and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad. That was the summer we went to Kellerman's.

    We can't imagine life without this classic 1987 coming-of-age rom com. Set in a US holiday resort at the start of the sixties, Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and Baby (Jennifer Grey) kindle an unlikely romance that warmed our hearts and brought us the classic line "I carried a watermelon."

  • 11. Drop Dead Gorgeous

    This 1999 mockumentary-style black comedy brings us the perfectly cast Kirsten Dunst as Amber, the nice beauty queen who's up against uber-ambitious schemer Becky (Denise Richards), who will stop at nothing to take the coveted crown as their small town's entry into the 50th annual Miss American Teen Princess Pageant.

  • 12. Desperately Seeking Susan

    Madonna's movie CV is not as glittering as her music career but her first foray onto the silver screen as street-savvy Susan in this 1985 comedy drama was a runaway success. And one worth watching for the eighties fashion alone.

  • 13. Father Of The Bride

    "Drive carefully. And don't forget to fasten your condom ... Seat belt! I meant, I meant seat belt."

    Steve Martin makes this 1991 remake of the Vincente Minnelli classic, in which a father has to come to terms with the fact his little girl is now a woman on the verge of marriage – and a very costly wedding.

  • 14. Ghost

    Pottery has never looked so enticing as when Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) get busy behind the wheel in this 1990 classic, featuring the fabulous Whoopi Goldeberg as fake psychic Oda, who is reluctantly enlisted to help Sam’s ghost nail his murderer.

  • 15. Grease

    "A hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best"

    If you dislike Grease – please let us know why. It has everything; sex, romance, catchy tunes, smoking dance moves and an undeniably sizzling chemistry between its charismatic leads Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton John).

  • 16. Grease 2

    Alright, we know Grease’s sequel does not quite recreate the magic of the original but it’s still a guilty pleasure – if only by association. This time the roles are reversed as tough girl Stephanie (Michelle Pfieffer) gets involved with a clean-cut British exchange student Michael (Maxwell Caulfield) who’s not as mild-mannered as he initially seems.

  • 17. High School Musical

    High School Musical is a recent addition to teen feel-good flicks but it’s still 98 minutes of tween schmaltz and show tunes we would not care to miss.

  • 18. Hocus Pocus

    Everyone loves a good Halloween film and while many critics don’t believe Hocus Pocus fulfills that criteria, we can forgive a touch of overacting and slapstick gore when it’s played out by the talents of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

  • 19. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days

    "You can't name my member... Princess Sophia ... If you are gonna name my... member, you have to name it something hyper masculine. Something like Spike, or Butch, or Krull the Warrior King"

    Filmmakers have tried to recreate the magic of this 2003 film by rehashing its golden coupling of Matthew McConaughy and Kate Hudson, but no attempt has been as successful as this stand-out rom com, which sees New York high fliers Andie (Hudson) and Ben (McConaughey) try to outfox each other in a game of love.

  • 20. Little Women

    Adapting classics as well-loved as Louisa May Alcott's into film is tricky but Gillian Armstrong pulls it off with this heartwarming 1994 Oscar-nominated drama starring big names Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Bale.

  • 21. Look Who's Talking

    It's hard not love a film in which Hollywood action hero Bruce Willis is the voice of a baby - right from the sperm stage.

    Willis coveys the thoughts of Mikey from inception, through a reluctant birth and as a newborn who is cared for by the electric pairing of John Travolta (James) and Kirstie Alley (Mollie) in this savvy 1989 family comedy.

  • 22. Love Story

    "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

    This hugely successful 1970 tearjerker, written by Erich Segal and adapted from his novel of the same name, sees rich college student Oliver (Ryan O'Neal) give up his snobbish family - and sizable inheritance - to be with the love of his life, working class Jennifer (Ali MacGraw), with tragedy looming on the horizon.

  • 23. Mannequin

    The charismatic pairing of Kim Cattrall (Emmy) and Andrew McCarthy (Jonathan) saves this so-bad-it's-good 1987 comedy about young flaky artist who falls in love with a mannequin he builds.

    While the plot may sound like a more perverted version of Weird Science, the plastic object of Jonathan's affection does have a persona - an ancient Egyptian princess living in the year 2514BC who is inexplicably comes to life in an 80s department store.

  • 24. Masquerade

    Inspired by forties film noir, Bob Swaim's whodunnit murder thriller is trashy and confused but Rob Lowe's dangerous playboy Tim (no it's not a very dangerous name) manages to put us under his spell as does rich heiress Olivia (Jennifer Tilly) and the insatiable Brooke (Kim Cattrall).

  • 25. Mean Girls

    Its subject matter is not the most deep, its themes not the most lofty, but this 2004 high school comedy was written by and stars Emmy Award winning Tina Fey, one of America's favourite comedy stars, and it shows.

    Cady (Lindsay Lohan) is a home-schooled teen who emigrated from Africa to Illinois to be thrown into an unknown world of high school hierarchies and finds herself torn between her down-to-earth new friends and the cool but superficial "Plastics", headed by the Regina, who was expertly played by a 26-year-old Rachel McAdams.

  • 26. Mermaids

    "He has the most beautiful skin in captivity, I love him because he wears moccasins in the winter even though his feet must feel like blocks of ice."

    Starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci in her first film role, this 1990 rom com possesses an intriguing warmth and depth as it follows the life of a dysfunctional mother and her daughters as they begin to settle into yet another new town and more stable life with Lou (Hoskins).

  • 27. Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock's considerable comedy talents save this movie from being a straight-to-DVD fluffbomb. An understated CIA agent is given the mother of all makeovers to infiltrate a Miss USA Pageant under threat from a terrorist attack.

  • 28. Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams puts his heart and soul into this 1993 family comedy about a soon-to-be divorced dad who goes to the ultimate effort to ensure he keeps in touch with his children - by dressing up as a mature Scottish woman and getting hired as their nanny.

  • 29. My Best Friend's Wedding

    Julianne (Julia Roberts) suddenly decides to hold her childhood friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) to their pact that they would marry each other if they weren't wed by the grand old age of 28, but finds he is engaged to the adorable Kimmy (Cameron Diaz).

    Flaunting her established comedy skills after a six-year career lull, Roberts takes no prisoners on her amoral quest for Kimmy's man and provides one of many fine performances in a tale that can't help but get you hooked.

  • 30. My Girl

    A few years before he played obnoxious but adorable Kevin in Home Alone, Macaulay Culkin was just plain adorable as allergy-prone Thomas in this 1996 heartbreaker.

    Set in a small Pennsylvania town during the summer of 1972, Thomas befriends Vada, the eccentric daughter of a local mortician, until tragedy strikes.

  • 31. Mystic Pizza

    Julia Roberts' first major role came in the shape of this coming-of-age chick flick about life, love and class divides in a small American coastal town. It's still as witty and relevant today as it was on its release in 1988. We'd love to know the secret of Leona's pizza sauce, but we're resigned to the fact we never will.

  • 32. Never Been Kissed

    We'll forgive the dubious plot of a reporter being sent undercover to infiltrate the inner workings of a high school because of Drew Barrymore's endearing portrayal of the youthful-looking Josie - or Josie Grossie as she was known in her real high school years - who has to crack the cool kids' clique.

  • 33. Practical Magic

    This 1998 romantic fantasy pairs nineties leading ladies Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters who belong to a family of witches and possess magic powers - but their supernatural skills come at a price. They are both inexplicably cursed by their own aunts to have their lovers meet a tragic end, a spell they must try to break.

  • 34. Pretty Woman

    You work on commission, right? Big mistake. Huge.

    Earlier this year Richard Gere described this phenomenally popular 1990 movie as a "silly romantic comedy" and the "least favourite" of his films but to be honest, we really do not care. From the moment the irrepressible Vivian (Julia Roberts) takes control of Edward's Lotus Espirit we know we're in for a heck of a ride we'll watch over and over again.

  • 35. Romy And Michelle's High School Reunion

    "This dress exacerbates the genetic betrayal that is my legacy."

    The wicked comic pairing of Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow sees dozy friends Romy and Michelle pretend to be high-powered businesswoman off the back of a Post-It note empire in this 1997 cult favourite.

  • 36. Save The Last Dance

    Bookish Sarah (Julia Stiles) and troubled Derek's (Sean Patrick Thomas) mutual love of dance transcends all other barriers in this 2001 romantic comedy that we love primarily for the talents of its two leading stars.

  • 37. She's All That

    This 1999 box office smash sets George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion among the merciless social constructs of a modern day US high school with Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook) following Audrey Hepburn's My Fair Lady cue as an art nerd who popular Zack (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) believes he can turn into the prom queen.

  • 38. Splash

    "She was the woman of his dreams: She had large dark eyes, a beautiful smile - and a great pair of fins."

    This whimsical 1984 boy-meets-mermaid romance never fails to pique our interest and the comic talents of a young Tom Hanks and the expressive Darryl Hannah are a delight to behold.

    Time for a remake Hollywood? Please?

  • 39. Steel Magnolias

    Set in a female beauty parlour in the deep south, Herbert Ross' 1989 ensemble weepie brings us the megamix of Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah and Sally Field as an eclectic group of characters who share a gender-exclusive bond. Littered with meaningful one-liners throughout, this movie is brimming with emotion and requires a bumper back of Kleenex.

  • 40. Step Up

    It's predictable, the plot staggers and the dialogue throws up less memorable lines than an Activia advert but nevertheless there's something about this 2006 dance number that keeps us keen. Bad lad Tyler (Channing Tatum) is serving out his community service when he gets noticed by talented ballet dancer Nora (Jenna Dewan) - who needs to jazz up her classical routine with some hip-hop moves.

  • 41. The Bodyguard

    The Bodyguard pairs nineties music megastar Whitney Houston with leading man of the moment, Kevin Costner, in an original, and as the song says "bittersweet", love story. Houston - who was essentially playing herself - falls victim to death threats and reluctantly falls in love with the straitlaced minder sent to protect her, in spite of his infuriatingly strict restrictions on her freedom.

  • 42. The Craft

    When four well-to-do yet quirky and unpopular high school girls decide to become witches to seek revenge on their detractors. The consequences of calling in the occult are predictable, yet gripping, in this 1996 teen horror. We still shudder when we think of the bit with the bugs.

  • Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler in The First Wives Club

    Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler in The First Wives Club

  • 44. The Holiday

    This shmaltzy transatlantic love story comes curtesy of chick flick aficionando Nancy Meyers (The Parent Trap, Something's Gotta Give, It's Complicated, What Women Want) and throws together mainstream megastars Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black for an edge-free heartwarmer that's as cute as it is cliched.

  • 45. The Princess Bride

    Based on William Goldman's 1973 novel of the same name, this 1987 rom com adventure is enchanting, clever and witty, with a hook in every scene and starring the acting legends Peter Falk and Billy Crystal, as well as a deserving performance from Robin Wright as the bright princess.

  • 46. The Slipper And The Rose

    This 1976 musical movie of Cinderella's tale was made in England and set in the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, with a fantastic fairy godmother in the shape of Annette Crosbie and a wonderfully sarcastic Dowager Queen played by Edith Evans. Award-winning Irish actress Gemma Craven played the slipper-losing heroine and acclaimed Dr. Kildare star Richard Chamberlain stars as the dashing Prince.

    On hearing the film's music at the 1976 Royal Command Performance, the Queen Mother told the songwriters, "The waltz you wrote for the ballroom scene is the most beautiful song I've ever heard."

  • 47. Three Men And A Baby

    This adorable 1987 caper sees three eligible bachelors, Peter (Tom Selleck), Michael (Steve Guttenberg) and Jack (Ted Danson) propelled into a world of nappies and sleepless nights when they are landed with Jack's baby girl, Mary, when the newborn's mother is left unable to cope.

  • 48. Top Gun

    "I feel the need ... the need for speed!"

    Tony Scott's record-breaking 1986 drama became a cultural icon - quotable from beginning to end. The impassioned performances of leads Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, and of course the breathtaking flight scenes, make up for the more questionable elements of its formulaic plot.

  • 49. Twilight

    Who can resist a man in a Volvo?

    Stephenie Meyer's romantic vampire book series creaks to life on the big screen with British actor Robert Pattinson pouting and brooding as he tries to overcome his bloodlust for Bella (Kristen Stewart) and protect her from an evil vampire clan.

  • 50. Weekend At Bernie's

    Wacky, juvenile, goofy and yet Ted Kotcheff's 1989 comedy about two hard-working employees on the wrong end of a murder plot by their corrupt boss always makes us smile.


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