Best Cult Movies of All Time

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The Best Cult Movies of All Time

Article 5min to read List 102 Films



Introduction to Cult Movies

Unrelated from definitions such as best, classic, new, black, B, absurd, banned, exploit, director’s cinema etc., cult movies list consist of films that have been promoted to cult status by the audience.
Cult Movies

What is Cult Movie

The concept of cult film has no definite description in the cinema terminology. Cult films are films that can gain an audience that is attached to them at the level of admiration, usually thanks to the effect they create. It can be defined as films that can increase their audience over time and that differ from the mainstream of the period in terms of content and/or approach.

The film is considered a cult not because of its unique qualities but because audiences adore the film. Whichever movie the audience engages in worship, that movie becomes a cult over time.

Origin of the Term Cult

The word cult is derived from the French word “culte”. “Culte” or “cult” comes from the Latin word cultus to today’s spoken languages. Cultus means worship and belief. “Cult” refers to what the act of worship (cultus) is performed. The act of worship is besides the values related to faith; can be shown for a person, idea, art work or something else. What is worshiped becomes a cult. The concept of cult has started to detach from the context of belief over time and has begun to be used more to describe art works.

Brief History of Cult Movies

The concept of cult was also used before cinema. Especially in literature, too many artworks were described as cult. Many cult films made since the early days of cinema were adapted from cult literary artwork.

Films such as Nosferatu (1922) and Häxan (1922), shot in the same year, which shocked the audience with horror elements, were among the early cult films of the cinema. The concept of cult has started to be mentioned more and more with the disturbing, abusive, banned and controversial films that left the mainstream over time. As the cult concept started to attract attention, the production of these films increased significantly.Being a cult film, has become a solution point to reach income, awareness, prestige and similar values for the films which have difficulty in being included in the mainstream.

The historical development of the cult film spread throughout the history of cinema, as the concept of cult being above the periods, regions, movements and genres. In order to briefly summarize this historical development, it is sufficient to identify the important changes affecting the cult concept.

B movies, which started to find their place in theaters as an alternative to the A movies shot in Hollywood’s Golden Age, and Z movies with much lower costs than B movies, created favorable conditions for the increase in the production numbers of cult movies. Methods that would create shock and admiration on the audience were easily tried in B and Z films because they were far from the mainstream. Among the films shot in large numbers, those that were described as cults have remained popular until today: The Giant Claw (1957), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) …

Many of the films categorized as exploitation cinema were described as cult. Especially in the early period of exploitation cinema, the concepts of exploitation and cult films were almost the same: Marihuana (1936), Reefer Madness (1936), Sex Madness (1938) …

The films called Midnight Movies, which were shown at midnight in cinemas (later on local channels on television), especially in the United States and England, opened an important area for the financing of the development of cult films: Freaks (1932), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Eraserhead (1977) …

The films shot for the new subculture film market created by the movie theaters called Grindhouse in the United States (named differently in other countries) have turned into distribution channels that provide significant box office income to cult films. These movie theaters, separated from the mainstream, played an important role in the financing of many cult films: Coffy (1973), Dawn of the Dead (1978), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) …

With the spread of VHS, independent films shot by small companies reaching local distribution networks or directors at the beginning of their careers supported the cult concept: Bad Taste (1987), Reservoir Dogs (1992) …

The effectiveness of the censorship board began to wane in the 1970s. A significant part of the erotic films and sexploitations, whose number has increased with the categorization and limited permission to be shown, have been described within the concept of cult films: Barbarella (1968), Emmanuelle (1974), Caligula (1979) …

Movies made as a result of the copyright laws not being enforced (mockbusters, ripoffs, knockoffs or remaksploitations movies) caused the cult concept to expand into this illegal field.

Among the films shot under the scopes listed above, there were many cult and cult-nominated films.

The concept of cult has become a part of marketing strategies, leaving it from being a simple characterization element over time. Under the cult concept; Many different movies began to be collected, which could be categorized as controversial, censored, banned, erotic, indie, illegal, exploitation, B and Z.

Characteristics of Cult Movies

By the 20th century, cult was used much more than before in works of art in all disciplines, especially cinema. Art lovers, who showed interest in cult works in a certain art discipline, started to show interest in cult works in different art disciplines over time. The fact that the mass of art lovers started to become homogeneous and the transition of cult works between disciplines triggered each other. Over time, works of cult literature began to be scripted and filmed, and cult music pieces began to be used in films.

The only realistic common feature of cult films is the increase in their audience over time. Apart from this, the following features can be found in different combinations in cult films.

In general, they push the audience’s boundaries, are offensive, banned or censored.
They are controversial. Their artistic value (even if some of them are cinematic or not) is open to interpretation because they are challenging and disturbing.
They contain characters, attitudes, scenes or objects that stand out and become cult as much as the movie itself.
Commercial success, number of screens, box office revenue and sales figures are not primarily effective in bringing the movie to cult status.

The cult movie audience is conservative. They show a subjective commitment to cult films regardless of time and place. However, when cult films are examined, it is seen that the films are not conservative. Cult films generally become cults by changing trends, methods and habits. Cult movies can be seen as belonging to subcultures, but most cult movies are classic movies, modern classic movies, or popular movies of their era.

A different contradiction is valid for non-globalized cults. The fact that the film reaches only a local audience and is popular among this audience, but is not known in world cinema, causes many films to be misplaced in cult status. This misconception tends to increase as movies age.

The concept of the audience differs for the cult film compared to other films. Cult movie audiences often become more than just viewers or followers over time. Viewers often abandon their objective point of view and begin to develop a passion for movies and turn the movie into a cult for themselves.
It can be seen that cult films cause intellectual destruction in suitable viewers. Films interfere with the narrative method and technique of cinema that is accepted by the audience. Intellectual destruction often brings opportunities for intellectual formations to the audience. This intellectual formation is important in bringing the film to cult status.

Cult Movie List

*Films sorted by release year, from newest to oldest.

  1. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) Larry Charles
  2. Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006 poster

    Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.


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  3. The Room (2003) Tommy Wiseau
  4. The Room 2003 poster

    Johnny is a successful bank executive who lives quietly in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, putting aside any scruple, she seduces Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.


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  5. 24 Hour Party People (2002) Michael Winterbottom
  6. 24 Hour Party People 2002 poster

    In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester’s music to the world.


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  7. 25th Hour (2002) Spike Lee
  8. 25th Hour 2002 poster

    Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.


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  9. Donnie Darko (2001) Richard Kelly
  10. Donnie Darko 2001 poster

    After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.


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  11. The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) (2001) Michael Haneke
  12. The Piano Teacher La Pianiste 2001 poster

    A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.


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  13. Ichi The Killer (Koroshiya Ichi) (2001) Takashi Miike
  14. Ichi The Killer Koroshiya Ichi 2001 poster

    As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of achieving.


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  15. Memento (2000) Christopher Nolan
  16. Memento 2000 poster

    A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife’s murderer.


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  17. American Psycho (2000) Mary Harron
  18. American Psycho 2000 poster

    A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.


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  19. Fight Club (1999) David Fincher
  20. Fight Club 1999 poster

    An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soap maker form an underground fight club that evolves into much more.


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  21. Office Space (1999) Mike Judge
  22. Office Space 1999 poster

    Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.


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  23. The Matrix (1999) Wachowski Brothers
  24. The Matrix 1999 poster

    When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth–the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.


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  25. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Jim Jarmusch
  26. Ghost Dog The Way of the Samurai 1999 poster

    An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.


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  27. The Big Lebowski (1998) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  28. The Big Lebowski 1998 poster

    Ultimate L.A. slacker Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for a rug ruined by debt collectors, enlisting his bowling buddies for help while trying to find the millionaire’s miss…


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  29. Pi (1998) Darren Aronofsky
  30. Pi 1998 poster

    A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.


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  31. Frivolous Lola (1998) Tinto Brass
  32. Frivolous Lola 1998 poster

    Set in the 1950s Italian countryside, the film tells the story of Lola and Masetto, a young couple whose views on premarital sex differ drastically.


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  33. Dark City (1998) Alex Proyas
  34. Dark City 1998 poster

    A man struggles with memories of his past, which include a wife he cannot remember and a nightmarish world no one else ever seems to wake up from.


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  35. Orgazmo (1997) Trey Parker
  36. Orgazmo 1997 poster

    Naive young Mormon Joe Young is recruited to act in porn movies.


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  37. Trainspotting (1996) Danny Boyle
  38. Trainspotting 1996 poster

    Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.


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  39. Crash (1996) David Cronenberg
  40. Crash 1996 poster

    After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life …


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  41. 12 Monkeys (Twelve Monkeys) (1995) Terry Gilliam
  42. 12 Monkeys Twelve Monkeys 1995 poster

    In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.


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  43. The Usual Suspects (1995) Bryan Singer
  44. The Usual Suspects 1995 poster

    A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.


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  45. Se7en (1995) David Fincher
  46. Se7en 1995 poster

    Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.


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  47. Memories (Memorîzu) (1995) Kôji Morimoto
  48. Memories Memorizu 1995 poster

    An animated science fiction anthology from the visionary anime director, Katsuhiro Otomo.


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  49. Crumb (1994) Terry Zwigoff
  50. Crumb 1994 poster

    An intimate portrait of controversial cartoonist Robert Crumb and his traumatized family.


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  51. Aftermath (1994) Nacho Cerdà
  52. Aftermath 1994 poster

    A short film wherein a man working in a morgue mutilates and defiles one of the corpses.


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  53. Clerks (1994) Kevin Smith
  54. Clerks 1994 poster

    A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.


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  55. Natural Born Killers (1994) Oliver Stone
  56. Natural Born Killers 1994 poster

    Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.


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  57. Pulp Fiction (1994) Quentin Tarantino
  58. Pulp Fiction 1994 poster

    The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.


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  59. Braindead (Dead Alive) (1992) Peter Jackson
  60. Braindead Dead Alive 1992 poster

    A young man’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.


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  61. Man Bites Dog (C’est arrivé près de chez vous) (1992) Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
  62. Man Bites Dog Cest arrive pres de chez vous 1992 poster

    A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.


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  63. Hard Boiled (Lat sau san taam) (1992) John Woo
  64. Hard Boiled Lat sau san taam 1992 poster

    A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.


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  65. Reservoir Dogs (1992) Quentin Tarantino
  66. Reservoir Dogs 1992 poster

    When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.


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  67. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (Lik wong) (1991) Ngai Choi Lam
  68. Riki Oh The Story of Ricky Lik wong 1991 poster

    Riki-Oh, a young man who has superhuman strength, is incarcerated at a private prison, where inmates are treated like slaves, and is forced to use his unstoppable form of martial arts to destroy the corrupt officials and their lac…


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  69. Begotten (1990) E. Elias Merhige
  70. Begotten 1990 poster

    Presented in a surreal, gory and entirely visual manner, Begotten tells of the death of religion, the abuse of nature by Man and a nihilistic outlook on what life ultimately is.


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  71. Do the Right Thing (1989) Spike Lee
  72. Do the Right Thing 1989 poster

    On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.


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  73. Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989) Shin’ya Tsukamoto
  74. Tetsuo the Iron Man 1989 poster

    A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.


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  75. They Live (1988) John Carpenter
  76. They Live 1988 poster

    They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live.


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  77. Akira (1988) Katsuhiro Ôtomo
  78. Akira 1988 poster

    A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by a teenager, his gang of biker friends and a group of psychics.


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  79. The Lost Boys (1987) Joel Schumacher
  80. The Lost Boys 1987 poster

    After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.


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  81. Bad Taste (1987) Peter Jackson
  82. Bad Taste 1987 poster

    The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.


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  83. Day of the Dead (1985) George A. Romero
  84. Day of the Dead 1985 poster

    As the world is overrun by zombies, a small group of scientists and military personnel dwelling in an underground bunker in Florida must determine whether they should educate, eliminate or escape the undead horde.


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  85. Re-Animator (1985) Stuart Gordon
  86. Re Animator 1985 poster

    After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.


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  87. Amadeus (1984) Milos Forman
  88. Amadeus 1984 poster

    The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart’s talent and claimed to have murdered him.


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  89. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Rob Reiner
  90. This Is Spinal Tap 1984 poster

    Spinal Tap, one of England’s loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.


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  91. The Toxic Avenger (1984) Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
  92. The Toxic Avenger 1984 poster

    Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.


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  93. Repo Man (1984) Alex Cox
  94. Repo Man 1984 poster

    A young punk recruited by a car repossession agency finds himself in pursuit of a Chevrolet Malibu that is wanted for a $20,000 bounty – and has something otherworldly stashed in its trunk.


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  95. Return of The Aliens: The Deadly Spawn (1983) Douglas McKeown
  96. Return of The Aliens The Deadly Spawn 1983 poster

    Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.


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  97. Videodrome (1983) David Cronenberg
  98. Videodrome 1983 poster

    A programmer at a TV station that specializes in adult entertainment searches for the producers of a dangerous and bizarre broadcast.


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  99. Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982) Çetin İnanç
  100. Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam 1982 poster

    Two space cadets crash-land on a desert planet, where an evil wizard seeks the ultimate power to take over the world. Although the movie borrows some background footage from Star Wars, the plot is mostly unrelated.


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  101. Basket Case (1982) Frank Henenlotter
  102. Basket Case 1982 poster

    A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed, formerly conjoined twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.


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  103. Blade Runner (1982) Ridley Scott
  104. Blade Runner 1982 poster

    A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.


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  105. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) Alan Parker
  106. Pink Floyd The Wall 1982 poster

    A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.


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  107. Yol (1982) Şerif Gören, Yılmaz Güney
  108. Yol 1982 poster

    When five Kurdish prisoners are granted one week’s home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government.


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  109. Possession (1981) Andrzej Zulawski
  110. Possession 1981 poster

    A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.


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  111. Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi
  112. Evil Dead 1981 poster

    Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.


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  113. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Ruggero Deodato
  114. Cannibal Holocaust 1980 poster

    During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.


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  115. Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa
  116. Kagemusha 1980 poster

    A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord’s double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.


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  117. Altered States (1980) Ken Russell
  118. Altered States 1980 poster

    A psycho-physiologist experiments with drugs and a sensory-deprivation tank and has visions he believes are genetic memories.


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  119. The Brood (1979) David Cronenberg
  120. The Brood 1979 poster

    A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist’s therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.


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  121. The Warriors (1979) Walter Hill
  122. The Warriors 1979 poster

    In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting th…


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  123. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978) John De Bello
  124. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 1978

    A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes.


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  125. Faces of Death (1978) John Alan Schwartz
  126. Faces of Death 1978 poster

    A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV material to homemade super 8 movies.


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  127. I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman) (1978) Meir Zarchi
  128. I Spit on Your Grave Day of the Woman 1978 poster

    An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.


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  129. Eraserhead (1977) David Lynch
  130. Eraserhead 1977 poster

    Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.


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  131. House (Hausu) (1977) Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
  132. House Hausu 1977 poster

    A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt’s country home, which turns out to be haunted.


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  133. Carrie (1976) Brian De Palma
  134. Carrie 1976 poster

    Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.


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  135. Network (1976) Sidney Lumet
  136. Network 1976 poster

    A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit, but finds that his message may be difficult to control.


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  137. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
  138. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 poster

    King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.


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  139. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Jim Sharman
  140. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 poster

    A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.


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  141. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Pier Paolo Pasolini
  142. Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom 1975 poster

    In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of physical, mental, and sexual torture.


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  143. Emmanuelle (1974) Just Jaeckin
  144. Emmanuelle 1974 poster

    The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.


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  145. Phantom of the Paradise (1974) Brian De Palma
  146. Phantom of the Paradise 1974 poster

    A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.


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  147. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper
  148. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 poster

    Five friends head out to rural Texas to visit the grave of a grandfather. On the way they stumble across what appears to be a deserted house, only to discover something sinister within. Something armed with a chainsaw.


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  149. Zardoz (1974) John Boorman
  150. Zardoz 1974 poster

    In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity’s achievements.


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  151. Fantastic Planet (1973) René Laloux
  152. Fantastic Planet 1973 poster

    On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.


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  153. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin
  154. The Exorcist 1973 poster

    When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.


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  155. Pink Flamingos (1972) John Waters
  156. Pink Flamingos 1972 poster

    Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as “The Filthiest Person Alive”.


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  157. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Werner Herzog
  158. Aguirre the Wrath of God 1972 poster

    In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.


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  159. Fritz the Cat (1972) Ralph Bakshi
  160. Fritz the Cat 1972 poster

    A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.


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  161. Vanishing Point (1971) Richard C. Sarafian
  162. Vanishing Point 1971 poster

    During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops.


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  163. The Devils (1971) Ken Russell
  164. The Devils 1971 poster

    In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually-repressed nun.


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  165. Straw Dogs (1971) Sam Peckinpah
  166. Straw Dogs 1971 poster

    A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.


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  167. A Clockwork Orange (1971) Stanley Kubrick
  168. A Clockwork Orange 1971 poster

    In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn’t go as planned.


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  169. Punishment Park (1971) Peter Watkins
  170. Punishment Park 1971 poster

    “Punishment Park” is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews’s news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies, draft dodgers, and anti-establishment types across the desert in a type of capture the f…


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  171. Performance (1970) Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg
  172. Performance 1970 poster

    A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.


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  173. Easy Rider (1969) Dennis Hopper
  174. Easy Rider 1969 poster

    Two bikers head from L.A. to New Orleans through the open country and desert lands, and along the way they meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap of which they had been unaware.


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  175. Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Roman Polanski
  176. Rosemarys Baby 1968 poster

    A young couple trying for a baby moves into an aging, ornate apartment building on Central Park West, where they find themselves surrounded by peculiar neighbors.


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  177. Barbarella (1968) Roger Vadim
  178. Barbarella 1968 poster

    Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.


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  179. If…. (1968) Lindsay Anderson
  180. If…. 1968 poster

    In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.


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  181. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) Russ Meyer
  182. Faster Pussycat Kill Kill 1965 poster

    Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he’s hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.


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  183. Onibaba (1964) Kaneto Shindô
  184. Onibaba 1964 poster

    Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.


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  185. Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962) Masaki Kobayashi
  186. Harakiri Seppuku 1962 poster

    When a ronin requesting seppuku at a feudal lord’s palace is told of the brutal suicide of another ronin who previously visited, he reveals how their pasts are intertwined – and in doing so challenges the clan’s integrity.


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  187. The Exterminating Angel (El Ángel Exterminador) (1962) Luis Buñuel
  188. The Exterminating Angel El Angel Exterminador 1962 poster

    The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.


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  189. La Jetée (1962) Chris Marker
  190. La Jetee 1962 poster

    The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III’s devastation, told through still images.


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  191. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) Edward D. Wood Jr.
  192. Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959 poster

    Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible “Plan 9” into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.


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  193. Godzilla (Gojira) (1954) Ishirô Honda
  194. Godzilla Gojira 1954 poster

    American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.


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  195. The Third Man (1949) Carol Reed
  196. The Third Man 1949 poster

    Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.


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  197. Freaks (1932) Tod Browning
  198. Freaks 1932 poster

    A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.


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  199. Frankenstein (1931) James Whale
  200. Frankenstein 1931 poster

    Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.


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  201. Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang
  202. Metropolis 1927 poster

    In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.


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  203. Häxan (1922) Benjamin Christensen
  204. Haxan 1922 poster

    Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in Eastern Europe.


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Best Cult Movie Directors

  • Michael Haneke
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • David Cronenberg
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • John Carpenter
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • George A. Romero
  • John Waters
  • Russ Meyer
  • Edward D. Wood Jr.

Some directors have cult status within the subcultures of cinema. When the filmographies of directors who are described as cult film directors or cult directors are examined, it is generally seen that very few films of the director have cult status -there are exceptions-.
Just like the definition of a cult film, the definition of a cult director is not related to the director, but is related to the behavior of the followers of the director.

Best Cult Movies Films

References and Further Reading