So what is a B movie? One would be tempted to think it means Bad movie, but not so. I was going to muddle my way around an explanation, but Wikipedia puts it better.
A B movie is a low-budget commercial motion picture. In its original usage, during the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified a film intended for distribution as the less-publicized, bottom half of a double feature. Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie continued to be used in the broader sense it maintains today.
The term connoted a general perception that B movies were inferior to the more handsomely budgeted headliners. As the average running time of top-of-the-line films increased, so did that of B pictures. In its current usage, the term has two primary and somewhat contradictory connotations: it may signal an opinion that a certain movie is (a) a genre film with minimal artistic ambitions or (b) a lively, energetic film uninhibited by the constraints imposed on more expensive projects and unburdened by the conventions of putatively "serious" independent film. The term is also now used loosely to refer to some higher budgeted, mainstream films with exploitation-style content, usually in genres traditionally associated with the B movie.
In looking at several different lists of B movies, I realized that my list is very different from most other lists. Most other lists fall into the really really bad movies but don't we just love them category.
So I decided to make my own list. (In no particular order)
Eaon Flux (the movie) SO don't like the MTV version.
(Because Jaime reminded me...) The Scorpion King
Escape From New York
Escape from L. A.
Fifth Element (Is this a B movie????)
(Have to 'fess up to the Kill Bill movies)
Batman Returns... (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are not B movies)
Big Trouble in Little China
Lara Croft Tomb Raider
Star Trek Nemesis
The Alien movies - mostly#3 and #4
All the Predator movies - especially #2
And the Alien vs. Predator movies... though in the last one they nuke Gunnison, Colorado... disturbing since I visit Gunnison occasionally.
The first thirty minutes of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Mummy (not a B movie) and The Mummy Returns
The Chronicles of Riddick
The Lost Boys
Interview with the Vampire
Queen of the Damned
Vampires - with James Woods
Terminator 1, 2, and 3 (Some might dispute these)
The Road Warrior
The Crow - Brandon Lee
A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - Clint Eastwood
12 Monkeys - a really great movie on the time travel paradox
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Jackie Chan movies
Some I don't watch, but are very popular
Reptile movies about snakes and crocodiles
Haunted house movies... Though there's an Amityville House movie I watch for the first thirty minutes and then shut off.
Zombies - the Living Dead stuff
Any of the Saw movies
Jeepers Creepers - one of the most disturbing movies I ever watched. Jeepers Creepers 2 was just as bad.
The Candy Man movies
There are a lot more, on both lists.