cult movies

by dangermous | created - 17 Jun 2011 | updated - 15 Feb 2013 | Public

NOT IN ORDER - NOT IN ORDER Cult films are usually quirky, offbeat or surreal with a whacky plot! They are often considered controversial because they step outside standard narrative or technical conventions. a lot of these have a dedicated fanbase even when the movie company expected it to have a limited following. i've also added some films which i just like a lot!

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1. 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: 643,894 | Gross: $0.19M

2. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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52 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 85,028 | Gross: $13.01M

i've got one and he can see......

3. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 146,332 | Gross: $50.69M

I like the pretty lights

4. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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60 Metascore

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 39,323 | Gross: $14.23M

5. The Hidden (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Horror

7.0
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Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder

Votes: 14,175 | Gross: $9.75M

underated, had style!

6. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

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

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,476,583 | Gross: $107.93M

zeds dead honey, zeds dead....

7. The Football Factory (2004)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

6.9
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An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Tamer Hassan, Roland Manookian

Votes: 25,476

jog on son! classic

8. Immortal (2004)

R | 103 min | Animation, Action, Crime

6.0
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In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child.

Director: Enki Bilal | Stars: Linda Hardy, Thomas Kretschmann, Charlotte Rampling, Yann Collette

Votes: 19,009

beautiful film, messed up and good to see someone elses universe!

9. The Prophecy (1995)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest and a little girl can stop him.

Director: Gregory Widen | Stars: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 25,812 | Gross: $16.12M

classic

10. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 108,959 | Gross: $3.80M

messed up!

11. Pump Up the Volume (1990)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.2
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77 Metascore

Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Anthony Lucero, Andy Romano

Votes: 22,889 | Gross: $11.54M

12. Innocent Blood (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.2
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Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia, David Proval

Votes: 7,952 | Gross: $4.97M

quirky, funny, amazing

13. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 221,975 | Gross: $32.53M

14. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 74,418 | Gross: $30.57M

if she was my nurse i'd turn into a wolf too......

15. 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: 185,281 | Gross: $2.12M

all about the atmosphere

16. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

7.8
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69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 124,998 | Gross: $5.92M

give me some sugar baby!

17. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

6.2
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Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion

Votes: 20,888

18. Barbarella (1968)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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51 Metascore

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

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 26,935

19. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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75 Metascore

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 300,205 | Gross: $20.05M

classic

20. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 325,365 | Gross: $30.86M

21. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy

7.3
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89 Metascore

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

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Chester

Votes: 315,241 | Gross: $128.51M

funniest film ever made

22. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 44,073 | Gross: $14.24M

"send more cops"

23. Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.7
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The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker.

Directors: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan

Votes: 6,597

ha ha, makes me smile

24. Trancers (1984)

PG-13 | 76 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Jack Deth is a kind of cop/bounty hunter in the bleak Los Angeles of the future. He's become obssessed with chasing Whistler - an evil criminal who uses powerful hypnotic powers to convert ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt, Michael Stefani, Art LaFleur

Votes: 4,322

dry hair is for squids

25. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 104,033 | Gross: $12.73M

the bog of eternal stench!

26. Bound (1996)

R | 108 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller

7.4
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61 Metascore

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan

Votes: 44,024 | Gross: $3.80M

this really stood out from the crowd

27. Porky's (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

6.2
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40 Metascore

In 1954, a group of Florida high schoolers seek out to help their buddy lose his virginity, which leads them to seek revenge on a sleazy nightclub owner and his redneck sheriff brother for harassing them.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson

Votes: 33,251 | Gross: $111.29M

hilarious

28. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 518,945 | Gross: $37.63M

wtf

29. Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Approved | 64 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

3.7
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Astronauts travel to the moon where they discover it is inhabited by attractive young women in black tights.

Director: Arthur Hilton | Stars: Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, William Phipps

Votes: 1,126

just cool!

30. Truly Madly Deeply (1990)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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72 Metascore

A woman dealing with inconsolable grief over the death of her partner gets another chance when he returns to earth as a ghost.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Jenny Howe, Carolyn Choa

Votes: 6,412 | Gross: $1.55M

one of my favorite films....... whateva!

31. Flash Gordon (1980)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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58 Metascore

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol

Votes: 41,574

ok this film doesnt have many redeaming feature! but it has an awsome soundtrack by queen and i cant help watching it every year or so it makes me smile!

32. John Dies at the End (2012)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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53 Metascore

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

Votes: 32,585 | Gross: $0.14M

a mixture of naked lunch and bill and teds excellent adventure lol

33. American Mary (2012)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror

6.3
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46 Metascore

The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients.

Directors: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska | Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren

Votes: 18,881

WTF!!!

34. Girls Against Boys (2012)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.8
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17 Metascore

After a series of bad experiences with men, Shae teams up with her co-worker, Lu, who has a simple, deadly way of dealing with the opposite sex.

Director: Austin Chick | Stars: Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker, Matthew Rauch, Liam Aiken

Votes: 2,968 | Gross: $0.01M