The degree of reference that the term ‘B movie’ has as well as the movies that can be labelled as such have been up for debate ever since the days of drive-in double features. What we do know for sure are the historical beginnings of these supposedly “second class” films. During the early days of commercial theatrical productions (around the late ’30s and onward) studios used to sell to cinemas their films in “blocks”, which allowed them to increase their earnings in the process. A block production meant that a moviegoer had to pay for one major film (the “A” picture) as well as either one or a couple of other movies that weren’t of the same quality (the “B” picture). These were often fillers, made for a couple bucks, with a small crew and hence poor aesthetic merits.
The modern definition of a B movie is a lot more complicated, what with the onset of independent features and such. What you shall notice in this article is that many of the films referred to aren’t necessarily bad – on the other hand they’re mostly impressive (sometimes even more than movies of the ‘A’ segregation). There’s something of a difference between these pictures and the mainstream ones you see at local theaters though. Most of the films mentioned have a campy atmosphere, and reek of bad set designs and unprofessional acting as well as directing.
Taking all these negatives into mind, it is important to note that B rated movies are a comparatively more accurate portrayal of their times, and are very imaginative since they aren’t restricted by the commercial do-goods and money shots. I’ve loved B movies all my life, and though I’m not a particularly big fan of the anti-elitist sub-heading (of sorts), there’s really no other way to describe them. Here’s the list of top b movies ever. Hopefully, there’ll be something in there that grabs your interest. You can watch some of these b movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. The list includes several sci-fi b movies, many 70s b movies and also a few 80s b movies.
15. Fore Play (1975)
One of the major distributors of modern B movies is Troma Entertainment, an independent production company that exists to this very day. ‘Fore Play’ was part of their early “sexy comedies”, and was co-directed by the recently deceased Academy Award winner John G. Avildsen, known prominently for his work on ‘Rocky’ (1976). This film is divided into three segments, each of which involves a male protagonist and a sex related problem that they wish to solve. The first, and my favorite of the three, is the story of a man who purchases a beautiful sex doll that undergoes certain malfunctions as he leaves the “showroom”, leading to some pretty funny sight-humor. The next is about a man who solves his writer’s block by having his fantasies of being with several women pretty much served to him. The final part is, though creative, my least favorite, and it has to do with the President of the United States and a threat against him due to which he is forced to have sex with his wife on national TV. I enjoy the self aware humor of this film and find it quite entertaining, as it comes with many of the good Troma tropes.
14. The Gore Gore Girls (1972)