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My top 30 personal favourite cult films. (In no particular order)
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1.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ One of my all-time favourites, this film redefined the word "surreal". ” - TheFrankBooth
 
2.
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
“ David Lynch's ode to romance and surrealism is, without a doubt, his greatest film and far better than "Mulholland Drive" or "Lost Highway". Plus, Dennis Hopper is terrifying. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
3.
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
“ Probably the best road movie ever made. This film resembles the rise and fall of the American Dream. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
4.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ This film featured witty dialogues, over-the-top performances, a great soundtrack and an irrelevant plot. Hence, it featured all the makings of a cult classic. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
5.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ They're never gonna get caught, they're on a mission from God. A true cult classic and part of America's pop culture. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
6.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
“ The worst film ever made. Beyond competition. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
7.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ Takashi Miike's best and bloodiest film, this is a treat for the fans of gore. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
8.
The Warriors (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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 them down. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ One of the most entertaining films ever made, this is a movie you can watch any time with your buddies and have a great time. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
9.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ This is one of the most unique and original films ever made, due to its "backward" story-telling ” - TheFrankBooth
 
10.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ James Dean's top moment and finest performance. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
11.
The Room (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again. (99 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wiseau
“ One of the so-bad-it's-good cult hits, this flick offered memorable catchphrases and a very bad performance by Tommy Wiseau. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
12.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
“ Without a doubt, the most entertaining and memorable buddy movie of all time. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
13.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
“ The proof that Bunuel never gave a sh*t about the plot of his films. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
14.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/11 X  
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ A very funny mocumentary, that still rocks and entertains. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
15.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
“ One of the craziest films ever made. Plus, Curry's performance is memorable. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
16.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Bizarre, musical, thrilling, frightening, sardonic, witty, shocking, Kubrick, symbolic, surreal, ultraviolent, haunting. These are only a few of the adjectives that describe Kubrick's masterpiece. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
17.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ This cult classic features a tour-de-force performance by Gloria Swanson and a tragic ending. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
18.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Quite possibly, the high-point of Werner Herzog's and Klaus Kinski's carrers. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
19.
Manhunter (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ This masterfully made and perfectly acted thriller was a flop upon initial release and was rediscovered after the success of "The Silence of the Lambs". ” - TheFrankBooth
 
20.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 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.)
“ Though it might be a bit lame and 2-dimensional compared to modern-day thrillers, Robert Mitchum's performance and the hauntingly suspensful night sequences made this a cult. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
21.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Whether you love it or you hate it, this flick influenced and disturbed thousands of young teenagers and was considered to be the "Clockwork Orange" of its generation. Plus, Edward Norton is flat awesome. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
22.
Chelsea Girls (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Lacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen. (210 mins.)
“ Overlong, but truly one-of-a-kind. Truly... one-of-a-kind... ” - TheFrankBooth
 
23.
El Topo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
“ Definitely the most shocking film of the 70s (it surpasses A Clockwork Orange) this spaghetti western is an icon of the countercultural era. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
24.
Harold and Maude (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. (91 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ Became a cult hit due to its pessimistic black humor and bad taste. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
25.
Pink Flamingos (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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". (93 mins.)
Director: John Waters
“ This is the nastiest, most disgusting film ever made. The epitome of bad taste. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
26.
Mad Max (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ This is the action flick that made Mel Gibson a star. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
27.
Basket Case (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will. (91 mins.)
“ A gory and trashy b-movie that became a cult hit through midnight viewings. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
28.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Meir Zarchi
“ Another trashy and violent b-movie that earned a cult reputation as the most shocking film ever made. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
29.
Showgirls (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls. (128 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ This "so-bad-it's-good" cult is still consedered to be the ultimate guilty-pleasure. ” - TheFrankBooth
 
30.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo. (112 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ This is Sam Peckinpah's ode to violence. ” - TheFrankBooth