CULT MOVIES 3

From Danny Peary's 1988 classic film buff book. (Couldn't find Cafe Flesh - maybe too pornographic!)
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1.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (97 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Certainly Landis does rightly touch on - subtly at times, I admit - the sexual aspects of lycanthropy - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
Annie Hall (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Annie Hall is loved by every Allen fan - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
The Black Cat (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident. (65 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
“ The Black Cat is only a couple of whiskers away from the movie loony bin - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ The first thinking person's science fiction film since 2001: A Space Odyssey - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
Blue Velvet (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ It is both so uncompromisingly weird and so well made - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
Body Heat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ Kasdan remains faithful to film noir - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dr. Caligari's somnambulist, Cesare, and his deadly predictions. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
“ Qualified as the first cult movie for playing in one Paris theatre for seven consecutive years - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
8.
Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling... (92 mins.)
“ Lovingly made, exceptionally written and charmingly played by a talented cast - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
Choose Me (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Several lost-soul night-owls, including a nightclub owner, a talkback radio relationships counseller... (106 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
“ It gives heart to moviegoers and filmmakers who are tired of the standard Hollywood product - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
Diva (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
“ The American public was dazzled by Diva - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick's nightmare comedy - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
Easy Rider (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ Easy Rider has become a legendary film, a celluloid symbol of freedom - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (83 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ Russ Meyer is the Eisenstein of sex films - John Waters ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people. (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ One of the best SF films produced in England - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei's fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Monroe's performance was special - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
Glen or Glenda (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne). (65 mins.)
“ It's a shame Wood died before he became famous - David Ward ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries. (109 mins.)
Director: Jamie Uys
“ Sweet, spirited, unabashedly silly bit of slapstick - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
Imitation of Life (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
“ Not any of us, not Godard or Fuller or me or anybody else, can touch Sirk - Rainer Werner Fassbinder ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
In a Lonely Place (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts... (94 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ This dark, brooding melodrama is the sleeper among Humphrey Bogart's best films - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. (205 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ A disappointing wrongly conceived film, although its many cultists would disagree - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
Liquid Sky (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New... (112 mins.)
Director: Slava Tsukerman
“ Everyone who has sex in it is destroyed - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
Martin (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. (95 mins.)
“ Most critics regard martin as Romero's best film - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (96 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ Is there anyone who can't use a Miracle On 34th Street fix every December 24th? - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards. (124 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Chaplin's most controversial comedy of murders - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
The Naked Kiss (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists... (90 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ As the French realised before the Americans, Fuller made some of the most original, powerful, and visually striking B pictures every filmed - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
Napoleon (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career. (240 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
“ Napoleon may be the crowning achievement of the silent era, but it isn't the last word in silent films - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
New York, New York (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb. (155 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese took a chance with New York, New York - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
“ It is a fascinating, truly unique work, part gothic horror film, part religious parable, part child's nightmare, part fairy tale - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
Now, Voyager (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A Boston spinster blossoms under therapy and finds an impossible romance. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
“ Best enjoyed on television, where you can still take interest in its feminist themes -Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
The Young and the Damned (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City... (85 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ I loathe the films that make the poor romantic and sweet - Bunuel ” - mifunesamurai
 
31.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. (142 mins.)
Director: Peter Hunt
“ I think that it still might be the best Bond film, as many Bond cultists claim - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
32.
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California. (141 mins.)
Director: Marlon Brando
“ Kubrick was to direct this film, but the relationship with Brando deteriorated before filming began. ” - mifunesamurai
 
33.
Over the Edge (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
“ Over The Edge is so powerful because Kaplan and his two writers completely avoided sentimentality -Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
34.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Every director who makes suspense-horror films should study Hitchcock's work on Psycho - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
35.
The Quiet Man (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ John Ford didn't like to talk about his work, but on occasion he admitted that of his 200-plus films, his favourites were The Quiet Man and The Sun Shines Bright - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
36.
Ride the High Country (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him. (94 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Only Ride The High Country unites all factions , halts arguments, and brings outsiders into the Peckinpah fold - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
37.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ Sadomasochistic comic book comes to life - Vincent Canby ” - mifunesamurai
 
38.
Seconds (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price. (106 mins.)
“ It's the only film I know that has gone from failure to classic without ever being a success - Frankenheimer ” - mifunesamurai
 
39.
Sons of the Desert (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Stan and Ollie trick their wives into thinking that they are taking a medicinal cruise while they're actually going to a convention, the wives find out the truth the hard way. (68 mins.)
“ Laurel and Hardy's most famous film - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
40.
A Star Is Born (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. (154 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ A star is reborn (Judy Garland) - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
41.
The Stunt Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady. (131 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
“ A virtuoso piece of moviemaking - Pauline Kael ” - mifunesamurai
 
42.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Arnold is now known as the Serminator ” - mifunesamurai
 
43.
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars. (128 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
“ Truly one of the greatest, most elegant, most mature romance movies - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
44.
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. (106 mins.)
“ The last Hurrah for the Korda Brothers - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
45.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
“ May be about a thawed killer carrot on the rampage, but it has class - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
46.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Orson Welles the screenwriter turned out the sleaziest story imaginable - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
47.
Walkabout (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. (100 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ I never tire of seeing Walkabout - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
48.
The Wanderers (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture, this coming of age teenage movie is set around the Italian gang the Wanderers... (112 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ Most people who love The Wanderers not only forgive its flaws but actually like the film better because it's so erratic and unpolished - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
49.
Where the Boys Are (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
“ Intelligent beach movie! ” - mifunesamurai