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Independence Day tops 'cheesy' list
Tom Cruise in 1999
Cheesy moment: Top Gun made a star of Cruise
Bill Pullman's call to arms as US president in the film Independence Day has been named the cheesiest movie moment of all time by Empire magazine.

Pullman's "cornball speech" in the 1996 blockbuster led a cringe-making list.

Other top five entries included Top Gun ("You can be my wingman any time") and Four Weddings and A Funeral (Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed.")

Robin Williams was singled out by the magazine who likened his work to "being dipped in a churning vat of Camembert".

EMPIRE'S CHEESY LIST
1 - Independence Day
2 - Top Gun
3 - The Karate Kid
4 - Four Weddings...
5 - Pearl Harbor
6 - Stepmom
7 - The Postman
8 - An Officer and a Gentleman
9 - Patch Adams
10 - Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Among a long line of cheesy roles, the magazine singles out a group of terminally-ill children turning up in court to save his comedy doctor character's career in Patch Adams.

But no other contender beat Pullman's "Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!", from the widely-panned fantasy movie.

Kate Beckinsale's reading of a love letter in front of an improbably beautiful sunset in Pearl Harbor came fifth on the list.

Kevin Costner earns a place for a scene in his flop film The Postman in which a blind woman tells him: "You're a godsend, a saviour."

"No, I'm just a postman", Costner solemnly replies.

Other cheesy moments to make the top 10 included Richard Gere sweeping Debra Winger off her feet at the end of An Officer And A Gentleman, and a romantic scene between Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

Cancer-stricken Susan Sarandon leading her kids in a family sing-a-long during the weepie Stepmom also made the list.

Below is a selection of your views on the cheesiest movie of all time

Doubtless I'll be lynched, but I've always thought 'We'll always have Paris' was worthy of the finest French fromagerie...
Susan Ainslie,UK

Armageddon What a pile of cheddary pap that was! As one critic said at the time, "'Armageddon' is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out. The plot covers many of the same bases as the recent 'Deep Impact,' which, compared with 'Armageddon,' belongs on the American Film Institute list."
Jason,UK

Rumour has it that the end of the Return of the King features Gandalf giving a massive thumbs up with a wide cheesy grin - surely an inappropriate way to end the trilogy!
Jack James,UK

The Hulk's line "you won't like me when I'm angry" was by far the lamest I've heard in a movie for a long time.
MK,USA

FORREST GUMP - the entire movie made me cringe. And not in a good way!
Billy Shearer,UK

I nominate the speech by "Morpheus", the techno dance and the background love making by Neo and Trinity in The Matrix: Reloaded as the cheesient movie moment in recent times.
GOP,Netherlands

The stupid sing-along to raise the children's spirits during the volcanic eruption on the acid-lake in 'Dante's Peak'
Roger Brown,Wales

I would have to say the badly scripted and worse acted scene in Notting Hill when Julia Roberts tells Hugh Grant: "I'm just a girl... standing in front of a boy...asking him to love her." It's as bad as it gets.
Andrea Pacor,Italy and Kansas

Every moment of Forrest Gump is cringe-worthy, but Robin Wright-Penn dying of AIDS because she opposed the Vietnam war takes the cake.
David Ehrenstein,USA

Tom Cruise should have his own list. The "you can't handle the truth" moment from the 1992 yawner, A Few Good Men in the scene with Jack Nicholson, is made worse by the lightweight vs. heavyweight imbalance between the two actors.
Alex Taylor,Canada

Kevin Costner, once again, in Field of Dreams when he asks with shaky voice his ghost father, "wanna play some catch?"
Douglas Smith,USA, Texas

I very nearly vomited with every poor, transparent line Rowan Atkinson delivered in the dreadful Jonny English.. He used to be funny in Blackadder.
Rich Broddell,Denmark

The final scene of Minority Report in with Tom Cruise and the pregnant (!) Samantha Norton looking forward to a new, bright future and, especially, and Saving Private Ryan's final sentence: "Have I been a good man?"
Patrick,Belgium

"You complete me" says Tom Cruise in Jerry Mcguire
Ali Naraghi,Canada

American Wedding - the entire movie is just a giant cheese-ball! When I was in the theatre, I spent more time looking at my watch ("Oh, God, when is this going to be over?!?") than at the screen.
Nikita Synytskyy,Canada

It's got to White Christmas when the General's suits can't be found and so he has to wear his uniform for the banquet. And seeing Bing Crosby, himself cringing in his Santa costume in the final showstopper, is just the cherry on the cake! In fact, the whole film is overripe Stilton and I love it!
Roger Davies,

Almost all of Armageddon, but particularly any bit where a character strikes a pose whilst standing in front of huge American flags.
Nick Brompton,Uk

Pearl Harbor, the entire movie, I don't think there was one moment in the entire film that wasn't overdone with lighting, scenery and awful acting. Sort of like watching a speech by George Bush.
Roger Kuhnen,Canada

By far the cheesiest film I've ever seen has got to be The Last Dragon. It hasn't got one single moment that can be identified; it is a veritable fondue of bad martial arts and immistakable 1980s bilge of the worst sort (the kind that makes you say "oh my God, what was I thinking?" out loud). If you haven't seen or heard of it, that's probably a good thing.
Jim A,UK

AI - "I want to build a robot who can LOVE!" Come to think of it, there may be many worse moments in that same film, but I didn't see them on account of having my head in the lavatory.
Harry,UK

One of my favourite kids movies is The Goonies from the mid-80s. I think the whole film is brilliant EXCEPT for one part, where Mikey (Sean Astin) tells his friends to return people's coins to the wishing well because they're "someone else's dreams" or something to that effect. Then the character played by Corey Feldman, who up until that scene had shown a wicked sense of humour, picks up a single coin and says "I'm keeping this one; this is my dream". Cringe! Adolescent boys do not talk like that, but Hollywood scriptwriters do.
Julie Scott,Italy (ex UK, ex SA)

The first Star Trek movie right at the end. Kirk: "Warp Factor 4 Scotty". Scotty: "Aye Cap'n. What heading? Kirk: (gazing into the mid-distance) "Out there".
Pete,Engerland

How could anyone forget the Mel Gibson Battle cry in Braveheart ? "They may take our live, but they will not take our freedoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooommm"
Darman Jono,United States

Forrest Gump - from start to finish one big long cheese string and an insult to the human race to boot!! How can anyone justify the exploitation of a mentally impaired person and pass it off as melodramatic comedy? Nauseating stuff even without the cheese.
iceking,UK

At the end of Speed when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock start kissing in the wreckage of a train crash as crowds gather round. Forget all the poor people who must have died!
Craig,UK

"And I thought Christmas only came once a year ..." Pierce Brosnan in The World is Not Enough
Ruth Mikusko,USA

Towards the end of the first Rambo movie where Richard Crenna stops Stallone's character from killing Brian Dennehey by saying "Don't do it Rambo" in the most wooden/cheesy piece of acting I have ever seen!
Ian Campbell,Canada (ex-pat UK)

The super cheesy bit in Tears of the Sun when they are on the run from the rebel army and the nun says "go with God" and Bruce Willis replies "God's already left Africa". Pleeeeassse!!!!
olive,kenya

It has to be in Tango and Cash when Sylvester Stallone whips out a gun and shoots at a petrol tanker which is filled with cocaine. One extra says "who does he think he is?" and another extra says, "he thinks he's Rambo". Surely you can't get much worse than that
James,Scotland

Any moment from Titanic !
William,UK

Bruce Willis's "heroic" death and then the rememberence service/wedding at the end of Armageddon has to be right up there, as does the rightly voted "I don't like sand, its coarse, not like your skin which is soft" in Star Wars episode II
Michelle Taylor,England

Any James Woods "speech" in Oliver Stone's Salvador. Also, Al Pacino's big finale in And Justice for All. So much cringing, so little time!
Terri Brandmueller,USA

Anything with Mel Gibson in it, but worst of all was "We Were Soldiers", when Chris Klein makes a speech about wanting to help orphans. Hilarious.
Simon Russell,Afghanistan

Who can forget the cheesy end of Ghost (or most any part of the movie prior to that) where in a reversal of roles Demi Moore says "Ditto" to Patrick Swayze's "I love you". Oh, and of course, don't forget that the pottery forged by their collective love!
Tim Miles,USA

Let's face it - anything out of Hollywood stinks of overly sentimental drivel. However, I am amazed by the omission of Mission To Mars from this list. I simply can never forget the nauseatingly touching scene of all the surviving "astronauts" holding hands with the alien at the end and having an altogether hippie moment. This stupid-man's version of 2001: A Space Odyssey is worth seeing only with a bottle of booze and some good friends to throw things at the VCR with.
Rich Shefferson,USA

Charlie's Angels. The so-called mission of the angels, if you notice the starting sequences of the movie, was for the US secret service. That's such a new idea.
Jo,Singapore

"I'll be back".... and now he is!
MJE,USA

The movie The Core. Not only were the movie physics some of the worst ever, but the plot, the dialogue, and everything about this movie was a giant pile of festering limburger.
Ethan,USA

A Walk in the Clouds - the scene where Keanu and the girl are walking through the vineyard in front of the very fake sunset flapping their "wings" is one of the corniest movie moments ever. I couldn't help but burst out laughing right in the middle of the theatre. Truly a terrible film all around.
Miranda Dettwyler,USA

Pretty much any part of It Could Happen to You where Bridget Fonda and Nicolas Cage as a waitress and a cop who win the lottery in New York and give it all away. The entire film reeks of intolerably concentrated sappiness (except for a little bit of light relief from Rosy Perez). I think it is the worst film ever made.
Sarah,U.S.A.

ID was a fun movie, but that Agincourt speech was definitely a hybrid of very best Swiss and Dutch export stuff. I remember people groaning in the cinema when I first saw it. Another cheesy moment from that film was when the British pilots in the middle east say: "It's the Americans! Thank God for that - what are they planning to do?" ... using "old fashioned" morse code of course!
Samuel Brown,Australia

The most cheesy movie moment by far was that movie where the president lands on an aircraft carrier and declares mission accomplished...oh, wait, that was reality.
Doug Tarnopol,USA

The Jeepers Creepers films were advertised as the 'scariest movies of all time'. Maybe this slogan should have read 'the worst'. The acting was comical and the costume/makeup of the Creeper was histerical! I set out for the second film not preparing for horror but for humou! - In this respect it was quite a good comedy.
Jonathan H,UK

Morpheus's speech to population of Zion from Matrix Reloaded made me want to hide behind my fingers. I never normally use the fast forward button, but it come into it's own during this "rousing" speech.
Alex Parry,England

Basically, any scene in any movie where Tom Cruise tries to "act" all serious ... but the most memorable verbal diarrhea-inducing line was Jerry Mcguire's "You had me at 'hello'".
Gerard,Singapore

Tom Cruise, (again), uses the line "Living the dream baby" in the film Vanilla Sky. Enough said.
Ben,England

I realize that most of the pure rubbish out there is American but let's not forget Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). This could be the most over-directed drivel ever to hit the screen. So much for the superiority of French film.
JD Sitter,USA

Dirty Dancing "Nobody puts baby in the corner." I think this is very cheesy
paula forbes,scotland

The Matrix when Trinity tells Neo she loves him so he cannot die. The Matrix Reloaded when Neo saves Trinity by removing a bullet from her liver. CRINGE CRINGE CRINGE!!!
Gabriel Asseily,UK

Independence Day by a mile: its riddled with All-American cheese.
Teresa Sykes,UK

Either DiCaprio and Winslet perched on the prow of the Titanic, or DiCaprio clinging to the icefloe at the end of the movie. Although it was a movie about a ship, they should have handed out airline barf bags.
Elaine Cole,United States

Anything with Meg Ryan in it.
Alessandra Dee Crespo,Malta

The beginning through final moments of All the Pretty Horses made me cringe.
Aaron Wangen,US

Armageddon What a pile of cheddary pap that was! As one critic said at the time, "'Armageddon' is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out. The plot covers many of the same bases as the recent 'Deep Impact,' which, compared with 'Armageddon,' belongs on the American Film Institute list."
Jason,UK

Rumour has it that the end of the Return of the King features Gandalf giving a massive thumbs up with a wide cheesy grin - surely an inappropriate way to end the trilogy!
Jack James,UK

The Hulk's line "you won't like me when I'm angry" was by far the lamest I've heard in a movie for a long time.
MK,USA

FORREST GUMP - the entire movie made me cringe. And not in a good way!
Billy Shearer,UK

I nominate the speech by "Morpheus", the techno dance and the background love making by Neo and Trinity in The Matrix: Reloaded as the cheesient movie moment in recent times.
GOP,Netherlands

The stupid sing-along to raise the children's spirits during the volcanic eruption on the acid-lake in 'Dante's Peak'
Roger Brown,Wales

I would have to say the badly scripted and worse acted scene in Notting Hill when Julia Roberts tells Hugh Grant: "I'm just a girl... standing in front of a boy...asking him to love her." It's as bad as it gets.
Andrea Pacor,Italy and Kansas

The last line of Pretty Woman, where Julia Roberts declares "She rescues him right back" is the most cringe-worthy line I have ever heard.
Helena,UK




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