This weekend, "A Bullet to the Head," the new Sylvester Stallone joint, smashes into theaters. A hard-bodied, full-fisted action movie from Walter Hill (who previously directed such macho classics as "48 Hrs" and "Southern Comfort"), it looks to be just the kind of thing that will thaw us from our wintery doldrums.

It also got us thinking about guilty pleasure action movies, something that became a true phenomenon in the '80s and '90s, which was around the same time that movie studios started becoming tiny facets of giant multinational corporations. This kind of branding is reflected in the posters for these films, which often had one name at the top of the poster (just a last name, like whatever their coach in gym class would call them) and the name of the movie at the bottom. Buy Stallone, people. It sure as hell beats Schwarzenegger.

These are movies that we love and feel kind of bad about loving. What did we miss? What are your favorites? Let us know!

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