Entertainment Weekly's "The Top 50 Cult Movies"

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Most died at the box office, some of them horribly. Mangled and despised, they were re-animated on video. And now they compose our cultural Esperanto, a subliminal vocabulary of vaguely subversive images, ideas, and phrases that we continue to obsess over and dissect at parties, around watercoolers, in bars, over the blaring banalities of the mainstream media din. They are Cult Movies…So if you take your dead evil and your buckaroos banzai-ed, pour yourself a tall glass of Kool-Aid and peruse this list complete with signature lines and a near Talmudic trove of trivia.

  1. 1.
    This Is Spinal Tap (The Criterion Collection)
    by Rob Reiner

  2. 2.

  3. 3.
    by Tod Browning

  4. 4.
    Harold and Maude
    by Hal Ashby

  5. 5.
    Pink Flamingos
    by John Waters

  6. 6.
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (2-Disc Ultimate Edition)
    by Tobe Hooper

  7. 7.
    Repo Man
    by Alex Cox

  8. 8.
    Scarface (Collector's Edition)
    by Brian De Palma

  9. 9.
    Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
    by Ridley Scott

  10. 10.
    The Shawshank Redemption
    by Frank Darabont

  11. 11.
    Five Deadly Venoms
    by Cheh Chang

  12. 12.
    Plan 9 From Outer Space
    by Edward D. Wood Jr.

  13. 13.
    Brazil (The Criterion Collection 3-Disc Boxed Set)
    by Terry Gilliam

  14. 14.
    by David Lynch

  15. 15.
    Faster Pussycat Kill Kill [VHS]
    by Russ Meyer

  16. 16.
    The Warriors
    by Walter Hill

  17. 17.
    Dazed and Confused
    by Richard Linklater

  18. 18.
    Hard Boiled
    by John Woo

  19. 19.
    Evil Dead II
    by Sam Raimi

  20. 20.
    The Mack
    by Michael Campus

  21. 21.
    Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Widescreen)
    by Tim Burton

  22. 22.
    Un Chien Andalou
    by Luis Buñuel

  23. 23.
    by Katsuhiro Ohtomo

  24. 24.
    The Toxic Avenger (21st Anniversary Edition)
    by Lloyd Kaufman

  25. 25.
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    by Mel Stuart

  26. 26.
    Stranger Than Paradise (The Criterion Collection)
    by Jim Jarmusch

  27. 27.
    The Wiz
    by Sidney Lumet

  28. 28.
    Clerks (Collector's Series)
    by Kevin Smith

  29. 29.
    The Harder They Come (The Criterion Collection)
    by Perry Henzell

  30. 30.
    Slap Shot (25th Anniversary Special Edition)
    by George Roy Hill

  31. 31.
    Re-Animator (The Millennium Edition)
    by Stuart Gordon

  32. 32.
    Grey Gardens (The Criterion Collection)
    by Albert Maysles

  33. 33.
    The Big Lebowski
    by Joel Coen

  34. 34.
    Withnail and I (The Criterion Collection)
    by Bruce Robinson

  35. 35.
    by Paul Verhoeven

  36. 36.
    A Bucket of Blood
    by Roger Corman

  37. 37.
    They Live
    by John Carpenter

  38. 38.
    The Best of Everything
    by Jean Negulesco

  39. 39.
    Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy
    by Roger Vadim

  40. 40.
    Heathers (THX Version)
    by Michael Lehmann

  41. 41.
    Rushmore (The Criterion Collection)
    by Wes Anderson

  42. 42.

  43. 43.
    Love Streams
    by John Cassavetes

  44. 44.
    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
    by Todd Haynes

  45. 45.
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God
    by Werner Herzog

  46. 46.
    Walking and Talking
    by Nicole Holofcener

  47. 47.

  48. 48.
    Friday (New Line Platinum Series)
    by F. Gary Gray

  49. 49.

  50. 50.
    The Original Faces of Death: 30th Anniversary Edition
    by Conan Lecilaire

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Untitled — 1 year ago


waking life

hedwig and the angry inch

masters of the universe

bad boy bubby

there’s just so many more that should have been replaced..

Shawshank, a cult film? — 2 years ago

Sorry, but the way I see it, no movie which holds the #1 place of the IMDB top 250, of all things, should also occupy a place on a list of cult films. Everybody’s seen Shawshank!

What does "cult" mean anyway? — 3 years ago

Sternberg’s ANATAHAN

Kramer’s (Robert) ICE


to name only three. Dozens come to mind.

? — 3 years ago

I’m not so sure Shawshank could be called a cult film. But it is a great movie, nonetheless!

Untitled — 4 years ago

Sorry, but Donnie Darko sucks on all levels. Bravo for Entertainment Weekly for not including it!

Definition of "cult" — 4 years ago

In addition to the usual issues of personal taste with “best of” lists, there’s the sticky one of how you define a movie as “cult.” I think this list is good as any. Sure, there’s stuff missing, but no list is going to satisfy everyone. Showgirls is on here not because it’s good but because it’s so bad.

DVD Update — 5 years ago

Replaced the old Faces of Death w/o a pic to the new DVD release.

Untitled — 5 years ago

Huh, I have scene 23 of the films on this list. Also I have to agree that it does need a little work done to it.

Boondock Saints — 5 years ago

this definitely needs it

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