The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is a superhero film directed, produced and co-written by Christopher Nolan and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins. The film is known for its beautiful cinematography and bringing back the dark Knight into Batman as well as for the great performance from the cast including Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and especially Heath Ledger as the “Joker” who unfortunately died shortly after.

Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The story is about the young hobbit Frodo Baggins and his eight companions that form the Fellowship of the Ring and their journey to Mount Doom. It was a major box office success, being the second highest-grossing film of 2001 in the U.S.

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is one of the biggest cult movies ever. It was directed and produced by famous English director Stanley Kubrick and staring Malcolm McDowell as a charismatic but psychopathic delinquent whose passion is in Beethoven as well as ultra-violence. The film, based on Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel of the same name was an instant hit with youngsters around the world (but perhaps not with parents and the establishment).

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is an 1982 American film directed by known director Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. It depicts the dystopian futuristic city of Los Angeles where exist genetically engineered organic robots. Although the film performed poorly at the box office, it has since become a science fiction cult classic.

Clerks

Clerks was the 1994 film the put director Kevin Smith (who appeared in the film as Silent Bob) on the movie map. It is an independent comedy film shot in black and white costing the author 30K USD of its own money but which manage to gross more than US$3 million at the box office. Clerks enabled Kevin to continue his movie career by authoring films based on the same character including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II.

Die Hard

Die Hard is a 1988 American action flick directed by John McTiernan and starring Bruce Willis. It became such a fan hit that it was followed by three sequels including Die Hard 2 in 1990, Die Hard With A Vengeance in 1995, and Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.

Easy Rider

Easy Rider is a cult road movie representing America of the 60’s which also became a key piece of New Hollywood filmmaking. It was written by Peter Fonda, directed by Dennis Hopper and have one of the first appearance of Jack Nicholson. It is the story of two bikers (played by Fonda and Hopper) who are travelling across America to reach Louisiana with the plan to retire but discover the real America.

Fight Club

Fight Club is a 1999 American film directed by David Fincher and starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and adapted from the 1996 novel of the same name. Upon its release it became one of the most controversial and talked-about films of 1999, however made poorly at the box office. Fight Club only became a cult film when it was later release on DVD.

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal is a cult animation film produced by Leonard Mogel, the publisher behind the Heavy Metal magazine. The film is an anthology of various science fiction and fantasy stories adapted from the magazine, with lots of graphic violence, nudity, and sexuality.

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 cult comedy film written and directed by the famous Coen Brothers and starring Jeff Bridges as the “The Dude” as well as other great actors such as Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Goodman. The film did poorly at the box office and received mixed reviews at the time of its release but later became a cult favourite with fans around the world because of its unique characters, unconventional dialogue and eclectic soundtrack.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show has now became one of the greatest a parody of B-movie. It was released in 1975 based on the British rock musical stage play and was known to be the first film from a major Hollywood studio to be in the midnight movie market. The motion picture has a large international following and is one of the most well known and financially successful midnight movies of all time.

Blood Simple

Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir crime thriller written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film is derived from the Dashiell Hammett novel Red Harvest, in which “blood simple” is a term to describe the addled, fearful mindset of people after a prolonged immersion in violent situations.

Cape Fear

Cape Fear is a cult thriller from the 60s’ which was later remarked in the 1990’s by Martin Scorsese. The film stars Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and is the story of an attorney family who is stalked by a criminal just released from jail.

Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry is a 1971 Clint Eastwood action crime thriller classic, in which he plays a San Francisco Police Department Inspector. The film was directed by Don Siegel and became a huge critical and commercial success and set the style for a whole genre of police films including the four sequels that followed.

Memento

Memento is a 2000 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, adapted from his younger brother Jonathan’s short story, Memento Mori, about a man who losses the use of his short memory.

The night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter is a 1955 American film noir thriller based on the 1953 novel of the same directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum. The film soon became a cult among its audience, and is also known to have inspired later great directors such as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmusch, the Coen brothers, and Spike Lee.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and adapted from a Stephen King novel. The film made poorly at the box office reception but later enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, DVD and Blu-ray.

Death Race 2000

Death Race 2000 is a 1975 cult action film directed by Paul Bartel and starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone about a dystopian American society in the year 2000, where the murderous Transcontinental Road Race has become a form of national entertainment.

Escape from New York

Escape from New York is a cult 1981 American science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter about a future crime-ridden Manhattan Island transformed into a maximum security prison. Since its release it has developed its own cult following, particularly around the anti-hero Plissken.

First Blood

First Blood also mostly known as Rambo is an 1982 action thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam War veteran who goes on a killing spree. It since became a classic in its genre and chosen by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Mad Max

Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film starring Mel Gibson, about a breakdown of society, love and revenge. It became a top-grossing Australian film and has been credited for further opening up the global market to Australian New Wave films.

The host

The Host which can be translated to Creature is a 2006 South Korean action monster film, which also contains elements of comedy and drama. By the end of its run the film was seen 13 million times, making it the highest grossing South Korean film of all time.

Yoyimbo

Yojimbo, which can be translated to bodyguard is a 1961 action packed period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa about a “ronin”, a masterless samurai, who arrives in a small town where competing crime lords make their money from gambling.

Badlands

Badlands is a 1973 American crime drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick (the author behind this year Palmes d’Or winner The Tree of Life) starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, and loosely based on the real-life of murderer Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend.