Danny Peary's CULT MOVIES

From Danny Peary's 1982 insightful book - CULT MOVIES.
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1.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (93 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ To see Aguirre for the first time is to discover a genuine masterpiece - Danny Peary. ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
All About Eve (1950)
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An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ It is one of the most enduring of all American films - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
Bad (1977)
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Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs... (105 mins.)
Director: Jed Johnson
“ Andy Warhol's Bad is not for everyone. It is made to be a cult movie - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Badlands was the surprise hit of the New York Film Festival in 1973 and made almost every critics Top Ten list the following year and still flop at the box office - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ Cocteau's first feature is the cinema's most poetic work - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
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College prof Peter Boyd tries to salvage his professional and personal reputation by using a lab chimp to prove that environment trumps heredity in behavioral development. (83 mins.)
“ Reagan proves to be an adequate screen partner for Bonzo - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
Behind the Green Door (1972)
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A beautiful woman is abducted and initiated into a live sex act on a private stage, participating in lesbianism, interracial sex and a public orgy. (72 mins.)
 
8.
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
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Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze. (109 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ To many moviegoers who hadn't seen a Russ Meyer film, BVD was a revelation - a film that they (mostly college students) considered to be on their own farout wave length - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
Billy Jack (1971)
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Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway. (114 mins.)
Director: T.C. Frank
“ One of the weirdest success stories in modern history - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
Black Sunday (1960)
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A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ It is because of Steele, probably even more than Bava, that Black Sunday, in which her screen persona was established, remains a cult favorite - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
The Brood (1979)
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
“ The Brood is Cronenberg's best film, his one good film - Danny Peary 1981 ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
Burn! (1969)
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The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada... (132 mins.)
“ Marlon Brando returned home after filming Burn! swearing he would kill Pontecorvo (director) if he ever saw him again - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
Caged Heat (1974)
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A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow. The iron-handed superintendent takes exception... (83 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Caged Heat turns out to have a truly talented cast, headed by Barbara Steele, the classy cult favorite - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Casablanca is that rare lucky film where everything came together, clicked, and there was perfection - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ No one will dispute that Kane is still regarded as Welles' most important film - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
The Conqueror Worm (1968)
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A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter. (86 mins.)
Director: Michael Reeves
“ The audience never gets a chance to relax. By the end of the film it is if you have just run a gauntlet - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
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Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap... (90 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
“ Dance Girl dance is Arzner's cult film, the most enthusiastically received and widely written-about of her pictures - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
Deep End (1970)
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15-year-old Mike takes a job at the local swimming baths, where he becomes obsessed with an attractive young woman... (92 mins.)
“ There is much to admire in Deep End - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
Detour (1945)
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Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. (67 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
“ Charles Flynn and Todd McCarthy cite Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour as probably the greatest B film ever made - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
Duck Soup (1933)
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Duck Soup juggles logic and defies gravity, it is outrageous, it is ridiculous, it is funny, it is savage, it is silly. It is s symphony in gagtime, composed by an army and orchestrated by one man, Leo McCarey - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
El Topo (1970)
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
“ Significantly, El Topo became the first major Midnight Movie - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
Emmanuelle (1974)
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The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery. (105 mins.)
Director: Just Jaeckin
“ Emmanuell is certainly the best soft-core sex film ever made - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
“ The one and only Bruce Lee, at his remarkable best - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ This is one strange movie - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
Fantasia (1940)
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A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. (125 mins.)
“ The most ambitious of the Disney features - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ I have long been baffled as to why there is such a strong loyal cult following to Forbidden Planet - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
Force of Evil (1948)
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An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket. (78 mins.)
“ Polonsky's film is the darkest, seediest, most claustrophobic entry to film noir - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
42nd Street (1933)
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A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star. (89 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ It has elements of camp, but it has unmatched vitality, a strong sense of unity among its characters, and - most important because of the period in which it was made - a great deal of honesty - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
Freaks (1932)
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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. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ Freaks is moving, harsh, poetic, and genuinelt tender, writes critic Penelope Gilliatt ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
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Gangster hires down-and-out press agent to make his blonde bimbo girlfriend a singing star. (99 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ As a rock 'n' roll movie, it is far and away the best of the many made during the rockin' fifties - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
31.
Greetings (1968)
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An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut... (88 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ What makes Greetings so special is that it is the rare film which is made for filmmakers and film students as much as it is for the young, alienated, angry generation - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
32.
Deadly Is the Female (1950)
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A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is. (86 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
“ aka Gun Crazy has been the object of cult adulation - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
33.
Halloween (1978)
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Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Halloween ranks as the most profitable independently made feature of all time - Danny Peary (Eman: That was until Blair Witch Project) ” - mifunesamurai
 
34.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
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A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ A real treasure - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
35.
The Harder They Come (1972)
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Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers. (103 mins.)
Director: Perry Henzell
“ Jamaica's stunning first feature - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
36.
Harold and Maude (1971)
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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
“ One of the runaway cult favorites of the seventies - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
37.
The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
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An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs. (108 mins.)
Director: Leonard Kastle
“ A strangely captivating, cleverly scripted B-movie-like thriller full of odd yet interesting characters, all wonderfully acted - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
38.
House of Wax (1953)
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
“ House of Wax is by no means a great film, but even in the flat two-dimensional version shown on TV it is great fun - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
39.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
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Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him. (78 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
“ Horror and science fiction fans come to realize that the outrageous title is totally unsuited for what is basically an intelligent, atmospheric, subtly made sci-fi thriller - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
40.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. (69 mins.)
“ More than any other Lewton film, I Walked With A Zombie relies on atmosphere to transmit fright - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
41.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ The best of an SF subgenre which deals with aliens taking over the bodies of everyone in a particular community - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
42.
It's a Gift (1934)
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A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife. (68 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ Considered one of Field's lesser comedies when released, but Field's cultist now consider it the equal of The Bank Dink - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
43.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ For many television viewers the film has become as much a tradition of a joyful Christmas season - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
44.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
“ But forget the flaws. Jason is a truly glorious fantasy-adventure film - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
45.
Johnny Guitar (1954)
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After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ A serious indictment of McCarthyite mob hysteria and bigotry, controversial because Ray (director) and screenwriters dared attack the reactionary American political climate of 1954 by subverting what had always been a politically conservative genre - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
46.
The Killing (1956)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ One of the best caper films: a taut, fast-paced thriller made by a clever director - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
47.
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ An irreplaceable part of the twentieth-century American horror-fantasy film ever made - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
48.
King of Hearts (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town... (102 mins.)
“ One of the most popular cult films of the late sixties and early seventies - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
49.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ One of the dazzling works of the fifties, as swiftly paced, thrilling, precipitous, and jolting to the senses as a ride on a broken roller coaster - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
50.
La Cage aux Folles (1978)
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Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married... (103 mins.)
“ It dares tell a story in which the romantic leads are two men (1979) - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
51.
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
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A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life. (106 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ The only epic that has style, rigor, and plastic beauty! - Henri Langois ” - mifunesamurai
 
52.
Laura (1944)
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ The cult classic and revival house favorite of the seventies - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
53.
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
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A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it. (72 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ Considered one of the most efficient pieces of filmmaking ever accomplished - Danny Peary 1983 ” - mifunesamurai
 
54.
Lola Montès (1955)
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of... (116 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
“ YOU GIVE YOUR BODY BUT YOU KEEP YOUR SOUL! ” - mifunesamurai
 
55.
The Long Goodbye (1973)
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Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ I dont have favorites, but The Long Goodbye is my favorite - Elliott Gould (1977) ” - mifunesamurai
 
56.
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
“ If Australian filmmakers began churning out similar violent, futuristic car-motorcycle films full of spectacular chases and crashes, it could be the start of an international craze equal to that caused by Italian westerns and Chinese kung fu movies - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
57.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Sam Spade won't end up in hell as quickly as Brigid will, but he will get there eventually - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
58.
Man of the West (1958)
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A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band. (100 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ A beautifully filmed, bloody, unsparing western, replete with interesting, complex characters and exciting situations - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
59.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Seeing it today, one can hardly believe that it scared the living daylights out of moviegoers some dozen years ago - Danny Peary (1983) ” - mifunesamurai
 
60.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ Lewis' best film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
61.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Leone's masterpiece and certainly one of the all-time great westerns - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
62.
Out of the Past (1947)
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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. (97 mins.)
“ If you're looking for the picture that best exemplifies good film noir, the fascinating albeit cynical style genre that was a dominant form in Hollywood in the forties, start with OUT OF THE PAST - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
63.
Outrageous! (1977)
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A story about a female impersonator who rooms with a pregnant schizophrenic. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Benner
“ It's moving for once to see a film about crazies that doesn't end with the character either lobotomized, locked up or in a padded cell, transformed into a normal zombie or killed! - Frank Rich ” - mifunesamurai
 
64.
Pandora's Box (1929)
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The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her. (109 mins.)
“ Brooks is stunning. She lights up the screen just as Lulu is supposed to provide the brightest light in the dreary lives of the men she loves - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
65.
Peeping Tom (1960)
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A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ It is full of cinema in-jokes and raises some interesting questions about the nature of filmgoers and filmmakers - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
66.
Performance (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... (105 mins.)
“ Often a movie will leave a viewer with a bitter aftertaste, but PERFORMANCE makes you feel from frame one that someone is resting his dirtiest finger in the back of your throat - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
67.
Petulia (1968)
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An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor. (105 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Petulia is expatriate Richard Lester's shattering vision of America in the late sixties - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
68.
Pink Flamingos (1972)
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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
“ It's so ridiculous and crude that you laugh despite yourself - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
69.
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.)
“ How bad is it? - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
70.
Pretty Poison (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a mentally disturbed young man tells a pretty girl that he's a secret agent, she believes him, and murder and mayhem ensue. (89 mins.)
Director: Noel Black
“ One of the few still-sparkling gems of the late sixties - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
71.
The Producers (1967)
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Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ As in all Mel Brooks films there are enough funny moments to make the abundance of awful gags almost palatable - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
72.
The Rain People (1969)
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Having discovered that she is pregnant, Natalie Ravenna, a Long Island housewife panics and leaves home... (101 mins.)
“ Coppola's most personally felt film, and certainly his most honest one - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
73.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
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A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ James Dean and Jim Stark were as close to being the same person as an actor and his character can possibly be - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
74.
The Red Shoes (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
“ A pure meditation on the cinema, in its dual aspects of intimate art and mass-medium, of emotional reality and perverse illusion - Thomas Elsessor ” - mifunesamurai
 
75.
Reefer Madness (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. (66 mins.)
Director: Louis Gasnier
“ The ultimate camp film: a poorly made, sensationalized account of a subject its filmmakers obviously knew nothing about - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
76.
Rio Bravo (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ A slam-bang, exciting, truly funny western, Rio Bravo is quintessential Hawks - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
77.
Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration. (93 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
“ A prime example of a picture that became a cult favorite by design - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
78.
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
“ The undisputed king... no ...queen of the midnight movie circuit - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
79.
The Scarlet Empress (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress... (104 mins.)
“ The most bewildering and bizarre film ever to emerge from a major Hollywood studio of that period - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
80.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ "You want to quit, Ethan?"
"That'll be the day." ” - mifunesamurai
 
81.
Shock Corridor (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder. (101 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ A fine line between art and trash - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
82.
The Shooting (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme. (82 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
“ Hellman's West is an ugly, barren, godforsaken land full of rocks, infertile soil, and sagebrush - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
83.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ Truly one of the great joys of the cinema - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
84.
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
“ The definitive Hollywood horror movie - Richard Corliss ” - mifunesamurai
 
85.
Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who... (95 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Hepburn is better-looking as a boy than a woman - Time magazine ” - mifunesamurai
 
86.
The Tall T (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
“ The quintessential Scoot-Boetticher film - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
87.
Targets (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An elderly horror film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who has turned into a mass-murdering sniper. (90 mins.)
“ A remarkable debut film - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
88.
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well. (104 mins.)
Director: Cedric Gibbons
“ The finest Tarzan film ever made - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
89.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ The seventies' most controversial cult horror movie - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
90.
Top Hat (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. (101 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
“ There was a Great Depression going on, but you would never knew it by watching them (Ginger & Fred) - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
91.
Trash (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The story of Joe [Dallesandro] and his lover-protector, Holly [Woodlawn], who is something to behold... (110 mins.)
Director: Paul Morrissey
“ For all its superficial air of improvisation, this is a carefully considered totally responsible film - George Melly ” - mifunesamurai
 
92.
Two for the Road (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage. (111 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ Mark: Who are you?
Joanna: Some girl. ” - mifunesamurai
 
93.
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. (102 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
“ Manages to speak compellingly of contemporary alienation without ever tumbling into the visual cliches of sex, drug, and violence - Roland Gelatt ” - mifunesamurai
 
94.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Much of 2001's continuing popularity is due to so many having different interpretations of the film - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
95.
Up in Smoke (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail. (86 mins.)
Director: Lou Adler
“ Worst movie ever made - The Christian Science Monitor :) ” - mifunesamurai
 
96.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ More than a mystery - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
97.
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
“ In Hill's nifty, stylized world, the violence is cartoonlike, with characters brutally beaten a minute earlier getting up perfectly intact - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
98.
Where's Poppa? (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging... (82 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
“ A terrifically acted, unevenly directed, wild, absurd comedy-fantasy that is hilarious one moment, amusing the next, and foolish the moment after that - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
99.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (135 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Peckinpah's westerners are losers, misfits, drifters, even lawbreakers - Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai
 
100.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Captures children like no other- Danny Peary ” - mifunesamurai