A crowdsourced list of the top 50 cult movies

by Mathew on April 26, 2015 · 16 comments

I’ve been thinking for some time now about movies I want to introduce my teenage and twenty-something daughters to — and we’ve already been through a bunch of great ones like Terminator, Blade Runner, Breakfast Club and Groundhog Day. But then I thought about some of the great lesser-known cult movies, the weird or bizarre or campy ones that I remember from my youth.

So I asked my Twitter followers about their favorite cult films, and got some great responses (I also triggered a kind of Twitter war over whether quoting people’s tweets using the new embed feature is rude and/or noisy, but I will leave that for another day). Here’s a list of the top 50 suggestions — I didn’t include every one, but they all appear in the tweets I’ve embedded below. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Buckaroo Banzai
Napoleon Dynamite
The Hunger
The Ninth Configuration
Eraserhead
The Wicker Man
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Time Bandits
Tremors
Evil Dead 2
Zardoz
Mad Max
Phantom of the Paradise
The Dark Crystal
Fifth Element
Dreamscape
Twelve Monkeys
The Warriors
Big Trouble in Little China
Johnny Dangerously
Harvey
Withnail and I
The Lost Boys
Tank Girl
Highlander
Local Hero
Shallow Grave
Howard the Duck
Weird Science
Brazil
Donnie Darko
Paris Texas
THX 1138
Doc Hollywood
Pulp Fiction
The Big Lebowski
A Boy and His Dog
Seven Samurai
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Brother From Another Planet
Escape From New York
Logan’s Run
True Romance
Ghost World
Heathers
Harold and Maude
Hackers
Run Lola Run
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Snowpiercer


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