Top 100 Cult films of all time

Shaw

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This I think would be a much more fascinating and intriguing look at the movies. These would be films that are not necessarily American, not box office hits(Star Wars is too mainstream for a list like this)
These flicks must go against the grain. Stuff like Cast Away and Forrest Gump are out. It's practically a requirement if the film is not popular amongst the general public.
Although the AFI list has greeat selections, I don't think flicks like "Tootsie" are really deserving of such honors.
Tom Hanks is not, in my opinion on par with someone like Orson Welles... hmmm?
Here is a selection of films that have cult status for one reason or another.
This list is in no particular order. I have not seen some of these films, but my brother has.
1. Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark
2. The Wicker Man
3. The Fall Of The House Of Usher
4. Evil Dead
5. Night Of the Living Dead
6. The Bounty
7. Dawn Of The Dead
8. Evil Dead 2
9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
11. Mad Max
12. Fitzcarraldo
13. Plan Nine From Outer Space
14. The terminator
15. A Nightmare On Elm Street
16. A Christmas Carol(1951 with Alistair Sim as Scrooge)
17. The Iron Giant
18. The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
This is not a complete list basically because I'm making it up as I go along.
My real problem with movies these days is the Hollywood Dream Machine. They continue to churn out pointless garbage(for the most part) year after year. A recent exception is the wonderful and unique "Iron gian". My wife just picked that up and it is an exception to the rule these days of amking animated flicks where Cats or Animals sing.
I personally see this ome as a sleeper that is going to take on greater and greater significance as time goes on. Don't let anyone tell you the CGI of the Giant isn't any good. Mixed in superbly with the traditional animation. A truly amazing film
My movie list will include unique, underrated, campy, horror, comedy, sci-fi, etc. A list of highly unique and rarely seen footage. Any contributions welcome. This is all for fun after all.
Shaw
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Perry Jonkheer

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Here are a few...
Mall Rats
Chasing Amy
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[Edited last by Perry Jonkheer on October 23, 2001 at 12:37 PM]
 

Rich Malloy

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My nominations:
Eraserhead
El Topo
Tales from the Gimli Hospital
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Pink Flamingos
 

JonZ

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These movies have gotten more popular over the years, but heres some off the top of my head:
Re-Animator
Blade Runner
Excalibur
Evil Dead Trilogy
The Rocketeer
Ed Wood
Pink Floyd The Wall
Robocop
Halloween
The Thing
Jacobs Ladder
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me
Basketcase
The Doors
Natural Born Killers
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Dick Tracy
Dragonslayer
Highlander
Led Zeppelin The Song Reamains The Same
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Alex Spindler

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I would generally define a cult film as one who, due to performing badly in a commercial sense, is an unknown to the general populace. Some time afterwards, typically on video shelves or midnight runs, the movie gains acceptance by a loyal fan base who champion it in whatever way they can. This can be recommending it whenever possible, attending social situations built around it, or various other situations like collecing memoribilia about it. Cult films usually fall outside the standard formula, and sometimes defy classification. This is often given to horror and sci-fi films, but there are plenty of romance and comedy titles that qualify (in my eyes) as cult films.
I also say they generally have to be minor blips on the box office, because otherwise the cult like behavior is no different from the fan reaction given to Titanic and The Godfather.
As with any definition, there are innumerable exceptions or variations, but I think this applies to many of the commonly stated cult films, and all of the ones that I own and classify as cult.
 

Todd Terwilliger

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How about these?
Phantom of the Paradise
C.H.U.D.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Big Trouble in Little China
They Live
Escape From New York
Rocky Horror Picture Show
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Rob Tomlin

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When I think of Cult films, the number one movie that comes to my mind is:
Blade Runner
Highlander gets a mention here as well.
 

Todd Hostettler

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Austin Powers, International Man Of Mystery
Being John Malkovich
Branded To Kill
Caddyshack
Casino Royale
Clerks
Destroy All Monsters
Enter The Dragon
Freaks
Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster
Harold And Maude
Hudson Hawk
Kelly’s Heroes
Kentucky Fried Movie
Meatballs
Meet The Feebles
Mighty Peking Man
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Life Of Brian
Murderer’s Row
Our Man Flint
Pink Flamingos
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
Re-Animator
Roger And Me
Strange Brew
Superbus
The Big Lebowski
The Blues Brothers
The Harder They Come
The Killer
The Quick And The Dead
The Story Of Ricky
The Street Fighter (with Sonny Chiba)
The Untold Story
[Edited last by Todd Hostettler on October 23, 2001 at 03:32 PM]
 

Darren Davis

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most definitely the list has to have:

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Evil Dead
Clerks
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Spinal Tap

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- EVERY film David Lynch has ever made.
- EVERY film David Cronenberg has ever made.
- Any Kevin Smith film (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy[/b], Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back).
- Any Monty Python film (Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Meaning of Life).
- Any Evil Dead film (Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness).
- Peter Jackson's first three films (Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Dead-Alive).
- Any George A. Romero film that has zombies (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead).
- Most of John Carpenter's films (Big Trouble In Little China, They Live, Escape From New York, etc).
- Killer Klowns from Outer Space
- Hairspray
- Pink Flamingos
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Shock Treatment
- Pink Floyd: The Wall
- Plan Nine From Outer Space
- Strange Brew
- Kentucky Fried Movie
- Amazon Women on the Moon
- The Beastmaster
- This Is Spinal Tap
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Even Hitler had a girlfriend
Re-Animator
Hellraiser
Quadrophenia
Clockwork Orange(~~marginal mainstream)
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
The Magic Christian
They might be Giants
Faster Pusycat, Kill Kill
Vixons
Monty Python & The Holy Grail
Eraserhead
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Some that I don't think have been mentioned:
Carnival of Souls
Two Lane Blacktop
Gone in 60 Seconds (the original)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
 

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Don't think these have been noted:
My Dinner with Andre
Crumb
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Educating Rita
Cinema Paradiso
...and...what the hell's the name of that musical with the Venus Fly Trap...Rick Moranis...Feed me, Seymore.....can't believe I'm drawing a blank on this one....
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Matthew Chmiel

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...and...what the hell's the name of that musical with the Venus Fly Trap...Rick Moranis...Feed me, Seymore.....can't believe I'm drawing a blank on this one....
Little Shop of Horrors
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You know which films I'm gonna mention!
If these aren't quite cult films, they ought to be!
The Ninth Configuration
The Reflecting Skin
Santa Sangre
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So if a Cult Movie must be a bomb, a lot of these shouldn't be on here. Like HALLOWEEN, ENTER THE DRAGON etc. etc.
 

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If I had to name the first cult film that comes to mind, I'd say Roman Polanski's THE TENANT. It's really way out there (and very scary), and Paramount is considering a DVD release for it next year for which I am extremely grateful.
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Rich Malloy

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How in the world could I have left Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! off my list? Thanks for bringin' it up, Grant!
 

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Speaking of cult films and them being unnoticed by the general populus: When I was reading, "If Chins Could Kill..." by Bruce Campbell at work one day (part of my job requires me to sit in the hallway at school and wait for kids to 'go off' so I can restrain them) and nobody knew his name or ever heard of the EVIL DEAD movies. How ignorant of me to think everyone has heard/seen these great movies.
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