My Favourite Cult Films

by donjon | created - 07 Apr 2011 | updated - 11 Apr 2011 | Public

All too often there are some great, original and interesting films made that don't get the audience they deserve. In no partcular order, these are 50 of my favourite films that haven't quite hit the heights of others and may have fallen under viewers' radar.

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1. American Psycho (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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64 Metascore

A wealthy New York 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.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 395,902 | Gross: $15.07M

Pat Bateman is one of my personal heroes. This superbly dark black comedy / serial killer flick looks at how a normal member of society can become a complete nutjob, without any of his friends or colleagues paying any attention to his homicidal nature.

2. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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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.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 30,885 | Gross: $0.21M

The blackest of black commedies; this is a real treat. A student film crew make a documentary on a serial killer, and as they grow closer to him, slowly become more complicit in his crimes. Superb stuff.

3. Brick (2005)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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72 Metascore

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin, Meagan Good

Votes: 90,210 | Gross: $2.06M

A 30's film noir throughback in a modern high school setting. This takes a bit of getting used to, but it is totally unique and contains some great performances.

4. Mean Creek (2004)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.

Director: Jacob Estes | Stars: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan

Votes: 27,998 | Gross: $0.60M

Not massively original, but totally enthrawling. Stand by Me meets Deliverance!

5. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.5
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62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 82,975 | Gross: $26.12M

This really freaked me out when I first saw it, although it does lose some of its power on repeat viewing. Make sure to check out the deleted scenes to see the attrocity it could nearly have been.

6. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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52 Metascore

A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Paddy Considine, Gary Stretch, Toby Kebbell, Stuart Wolfenden

Votes: 43,041 | Gross: $0.01M

A gritty UK revenge thriller that succeeds mainly because it is so believable. Top notch acting and script.

7. The Devil's Backbone (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

7.5
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78 Metascore

After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve

Votes: 52,438 | Gross: $0.75M

Before Del Toro hit the big time he made this excellent ghost story which is a great companion piece to Pan's Labyrinth

8. Session 9 (2001)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

6.5
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58 Metascore

Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas

Votes: 47,128 | Gross: $0.38M

Genuinally eery, this is a great underplayed psychological thriller.

9. Martin (1978)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror

7.2
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau

Votes: 8,159 | Gross: $0.10M

Romero is famous for his zombie films, but this clever take on the vampire mythology asks a lot of interesting questions and avoids all of the usual cliches. I'm surprised this hasnt been remade yet.

10. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.9
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82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 185,267 | Gross: $2.12M

A superb mixture of coming of age teen anxst intertwined with a vampire movie. This film is beautiful and touching and never falls into cliche

11. Nochnoy dozor (2004)

R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

6.5
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58 Metascore

A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina, Valeriy Zolotukhin

Votes: 49,061 | Gross: $1.49M

Throw into the mixing pot a bit of Blade, a bit of Matrix, some Lord of the Rings, add a pinch of Star Wars and you have this unique modern Russian fantasy adventure. Make sure you watch the theatrical version with the super-cool subtitles.

12. New Nightmare (1994)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather Langenkamp play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jeff Davis, Miko Hughes

Votes: 42,185 | Gross: $18.09M

All of the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels are dreadful, except this one which is a very inteligent twist on the original and says a lot about how we are affected by the media.

13. May (2002)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

6.7
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58 Metascore

A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin.

Director: Lucky McKee | Stars: Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval

Votes: 28,770 | Gross: $0.15M

A modern emo take on the Frankenstein story that has lots to offer, including a half decent role for Anna Faris!

14. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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57 Metascore

Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce

Votes: 40,959 | Gross: $2.00M

Elvis and JFK fight a redneck mummy with a penchant for sucking OAP's souls out of their a-hole. Who could ask for more?

15. Shadow: Dead Riot (2006)

R | 81 min | Action, Horror

4.1
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33 Metascore

Evil voodoo-practicing serial killer Shadow gets executed for murdering pregnant women. Twenty years later the prison Shadow was put to death at has been turned into an experimental women's... See full summary »

Director: Derek Wan | Stars: Tony Todd, Carla Greene, Nina Hodoruk, Michael Quinlan

Votes: 834

Waaaaay over the top prison movie featuring Tony "Candyman" Todd. Utterly stupid and stupidly brilliant at the same time.

16. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 47,053

In a totally different league to the awful remake "The Uninvited", this is a haunting and emotional story that can be hard to follow, but that makes the pay off even better

17. Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)

98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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In order to settle a business dispute, a mob leader murders one of his own teenage sons. The surviving son vows to avenge his brother's death, and organizes his own gang of teenage killers to destroy his father's organization.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shôsuke Tanihara, Miho Nomoto, Tamaki Kenmochi, Marie Jinno

Votes: 3,182

This is overshadowed by some of Miike's other films, but this wacky little delight has enough unforgettable moments to make it truly unique.

18. Bijitâ Q (2001 Video)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.8
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A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Mutô

Votes: 13,012

More Miike; the most messed up family drama you have ever seen.

19. Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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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.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Votes: 15,612

A fusion of man and machine and rocket powered roller skates. Another brilliant slice of Japanese cinema that would be impossible to mimic.

20. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)

55 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A violent, guitar-playing, electrically charged boxer faces off against an electronic wizard half-merged with a metallic Buddha.

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Yoshiki Arizono, Tadanobu Asano, Masakatsu Funaki, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 1,892

A classic bit of cyberpunk; this is crazy stuff and you just have to go for the ride. You'll never see anything like this again.

21. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

7.3
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68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 62,801 | Gross: $0.49M

The worlds first kung fu soccer film with musical interludes? Ridiculous, but great.

22. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

7.1
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A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Ôshima

Votes: 10,682

aka "Story of Ricky" or "Riki-Oh". This is a superb over the top prison kung fu movie. Dropping the soap in the shower will be the least of your worries.

23. Kerd ma lui (2004)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village.

Director: Panna Rittikrai | Stars: Nappon Gomarachun, Santisuk Promsiri, Dan Chupong, Piyapong Piew-on

Votes: 2,579

Another entry from the Ong Bak school of Thai ass-kicking - this one features a (genuine) group of Olympic athletes attemping to protect a peasant village and save the world at the same time.

24. The Machine Girl (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

5.9
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Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Minase Yashiro, Asami, Nobuhiro Nishihara, Kentarô Shimazu

Votes: 9,048

Completely over the tomp comedy action romp. Heavy on the gore but always has tounge planted firmly in cheek.

25. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.1
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 111,037

One of the earlier Studio Ghibli offerings, but one of the best in my eyes. A great sci-fi fantasy story with a haunting score.

26. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 190,348 | Gross: $4.24M

This marked the beginning of a great comeback for Robert Downey Jr. Unfortunately Val Kilmer and Shane Black weren't so lucky. This is a witty well paced mystery thriller that satisfies on several levels.

27. Midnight Run (1988)

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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78 Metascore

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the F.B.I., and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton

Votes: 59,080 | Gross: $38.41M

From the team that bought you Beverly Hills Cop, this buddy road movie was a rare chance for Robert de Niro to show his comedy talents.

28. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 332,246 | Gross: $7.76M

A great take on the gangster filck with some cracking dialogue and top performances - this had me in stiches. Ralph Fiennes steals the show late on.

29. Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)

71 min | Comedy

6.4
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Rock roadie, Le Donk, has lived, loved and learned. Along the way, he's lost a classy girlfriend but gained a sidekick, Scorz-Ayz-Ee. He sets out to make Scorz a star with a little help from the Artic Monkeys.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Paddy Considine, Dean Palinczuk, Olivia Colman, Richard Graham

Votes: 1,669

A brilliant mocumentary with Paddy Considine's Le Donk taking center stage getting his amature rapper mate to a gig to support the Arctical Monkeys. Loveable characters meant I wanted this to keep going for hours after it had finished.

30. JCVD (2008)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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64 Metascore

Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valérie Bodson, Hervé Sogne, Rock Chen

Votes: 34,786 | Gross: $0.47M

Jean Claude puts in an acting masterclass (honestly), playing himself in this fictional tale about how his career might have ended up. A bizare concept, but it works really well.

31. El espíritu de la colmena (1973)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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87 Metascore

In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería

Votes: 13,464

A touching story showing the power of film. Beautifully shot and very low key and quiet - the camera does most of the work here which is sort of the point.

32. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 272,389 | Gross: $22.86M

This film is impossible to describe, but rewards you on so many levels - it is a must see. Still Kaufman's best script in my eyes.

33. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 643,824 | Gross: $0.19M

Teen angst meets sci-fi in this totally unique, 80's set mystery. Look out for a classic role from Patrick Swayze and an early appearance from a young Seth Rogen. Shame director Richard Kelly has not yet lived up to the potential he showed here.

34. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 286,764 | Gross: $5.01M

Proper sci-fi: clever, original, non-reliant on special effects and great use of models. A brilliant performance from Sam Rockwell.

35. Hardware (1990)

R | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director: Richard Stanley | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Carl McCoy

Votes: 10,668 | Gross: $5.73M

I've seen so many films that remind me of this (although this borrows heavily from Terminator), this shows that it is possible to do sci-fi on a budget.

36. Cube (1997)

R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.3
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61 Metascore

Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller

Votes: 177,284 | Gross: $0.50M

Another film that has been borrowed heavily from since. A great example of how to make an intresting film on a tiny budget - this is a great concept and has has some top set pieces.

37. Naked Lunch (1991)

R | 115 min | Drama

7.1
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67 Metascore

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 39,628 | Gross: $2.54M

A complete mindbender of a movie unlike anything you'll of ever seen before. A writer gets sucked into the bizare story his writing in a drug fuelled delirium.

38. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 164,513 | Gross: $9.93M

Still the ultimate adult fantasy and easily Gilliam's best work. Boasts a great cast and incredible set and costume design. A true masterpiece.

39. The City of Lost Children (1995)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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73 Metascore

A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 58,900 | Gross: $1.51M

Jeunet and Caro conjour up a bizarre fantasy world that is a pleasure to be a part of. The film misses a couple of beats that stops it being a classic, but it still holds a special place in my heart nonetheless.

40. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 168,399 | Gross: $14.38M

Some not quite on the mark acting stops this from fulfilling its potential, but it's dark broody atmosphere and unravelling mystery still set it apart from similar fare.

41. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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66 Metascore

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 226,057 | Gross: $38.63M

Looks like a kids film, but has a lot for adults to enjoy too. A charming traditional fantasy adventure romp, with brilliant performances from De Niro and Pfeiffer stealing the show.

42. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 384,589 | Gross: $59.89M

Loveable road movie with every cast member shining. A feel good indie stunner.

43. Son of Rambow (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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66 Metascore

During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes, Anna Wing

Votes: 28,454 | Gross: $1.78M

A brilliant reminder of the joys of childhood. The 80s setting helps make this a film that will live long in the heart of anyone who grew up watching films in that era.

44. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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78 Metascore

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews

Votes: 120,449 | Gross: $17.84M

Proof that Adam Sandler is capable of making a decent film, this is a real gem from PT Anderson

45. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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57 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 108,601 | Gross: $22.85M

An early Coen brothers classic, and probably their funniest film after Big Lebowski. Nic Cage puts in a career best performance way too early in his career!

46. Top Secret! (1984)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

7.2
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68 Metascore

Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 50,360 | Gross: $20.50M

Overshadowed by Airplane and Naked Gun, this is more of the same from the Zucker brothers and still has me in fits whenever I see it.

47. The Man with Two Brains (1983)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.4
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61 Metascore

A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict

Votes: 21,118 | Gross: $10.10M

Zany bit of goofball fun with Steve Martin at his very best.

48. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | 96 min | Comedy

6.9
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64 Metascore

A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell

Votes: 172,545 | Gross: $44.54M

Great nerdy comedy full of quotable lines.

49. Office Space (1999)

R | 89 min | Comedy

7.8
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68 Metascore

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

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

Votes: 214,390 | Gross: $10.82M

Anybody who has worked in an office will be able to relate to this. Simple, but effective comedy.

50. Best in Show (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

7.5
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78 Metascore

A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 48,755 | Gross: $18.62M

The team that bought us Spinal Tap turn their attention to the suprisingly hilarious world of dog shows. The format and characters are instantly familiar, which help make this a real cracker.