“LAWWW!” – JUDGE DREDD (1995)
Of all the ridiculous scenes in Danny Cannon’s dystopian disaster Judge Dredd, none play out quite as badly as the long-awaited confrontation between Judge Dredd (Sylvester Stallone) and Rico (Armand Assante) at the end of the movie. What begins as a slow-burning war of words quickly escalates to the point where Stallone and Assante forget how to pronounce basic English words. Assante’s climactic line reading of the word “law” is perhaps the scene’s most memorable moment, and remains as unintentionally hilarious today as it was 20 years ago. It also holds a special place in the Internet’s heart, thanks to multiple parodies, remixes, and more.
“OH GOD, OH MAN!” – TOUGH GUYS DON’T DANCE (1987)
“DIFFERENT PLACES!” – SHOWGIRLS (1995)
“HOW’D IT GET BURNED?!” – THE WICKER MAN (2006)
Nicolas Cage’s performance in The Wicker Man is so bad, people who haven’t even seen the movie are able to quote such such infamous lines as the ones featured in the next scene on our list. In this particular moment, Cage’s character—a policeman who interrogates a group of neo-Pagans after his daughter goes missing—discovers a burned doll he believes belonged to his daughter. Approaching one of the island’s women, he asks relentlessly, “How’d it get burned??” The question quickly becomes so repetitive, so overacted, the woman shouts, “I don’t know,” as if to say, “please shut up!” Can’t say we blame her.
“IS IT STILL RAINING? I HADN’T NOTICED” – FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (1994)
“IT’S RAINING!” – COLD MOUNTAIN (2003)
“NO. WIRE. HANGERS. EVER!!” – MOMMIE DEAREST (1981)
Over-the-top disaster or pure genius? It’s still hard to figure out what the hell to make of Faye Dunaway’s insanely committed performance as Oscar-winning Joan Crawford in the 1981 critical disaster,Mommie Dearest. Whatever side you fall on, it’s hard not to marvel at the ridiculous scenes Dunaway agreed to perform. Among the many: the scene in which she flips out on her daughter, Christina, for keeping wire hangers in her bedroom closet. The scene is absurd on numerous levels (remember when Joan actually beats Christina with the wire hangers?), but Dunaway’s cracked-out line readings, which feature way, way, way more yelling, screaming and neck veins than necessary, truly take the cake. Though, to be fair, you’ve probably never looked at wire hangers the same way since.
“I DON’T LIKE SAND.” – STAR WARS: EPISODE II – ATTACK OF THE CLONES (2002)
“WHAT? NO!” – THE HAPPENING (2008)
“DAD?” – THE GODFATHER: PART III (1990)
SPOILER ALERT! Sofia Coppola’s performance in The Godfather: Part III is unquestionably a disaster; she ruined every scene she was in. We ultimately chose her death scene as her worst moment for two reasons. One, because, hooray, she died! And two, it was really, really, really bad to watch. Seeing her drop to her knees, then collapse onto stairs was the equivalent of watching a tree fall in the woods. Yes, she was being directed by her father, but c’mon, by this scene, someone should have yelled “CUT!”