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.

Goodfellas

Goodfellas a 1990 cult mafia film directed by Martin Scorsese, one of today’s greatest American director . The film is an adaptation of the Pileggi book Wiseguy featuring Robert Deniro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci, about the rise and fall of the Lucchese crime family associates Henry Hill and his friends over the course of thirty years from the 1950s to 1980.

La Haine

La Haine is a 1995 French black-and-white film written directed by Mathieu Kassovitz who won the Palmes d’Or at Cannes. The movie is about a day in the life of three teenage friends and their struggle to live in the banlieues of Paris.

Leon

Léon also known under The Professional is a 1994 thriller film written and directed by French director Luc Besson and starring Jean Reno, Gary and a young Natalie Portman. The film based in Manhattan is about a hitman protecting a young girl after her family is murdered by corrupt police agents.

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction is a American gangster film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who was awarded the Palmes d’Or at Cannes in 1994. The film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humour and violence, nonlinear storyline and host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references.

Scarface

Scarface is a 1983 American epic crime drama movie directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, produced by Martin Bregman and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. The story is about the rise and fall of Tony Montana in the cocaine boom of the 1980s. The film was largely criticised upon its release but since gained a massive cult following and has become an important cultural.

Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil is a 1958 American crime thriller film, written, directed and co-starring Orson Welles as well as Charlton Heston, and Marlene Dietrich. It has gain a cult status by being one of the last examples of film noir in the genre’s classic era .

A Christmas story

A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy directed by Bob Clark and based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd. It has since become a holiday classic and is known to be shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season.

Friday

Friday is a 1995 comedy-drama-buddy film directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Ice Cube , Chris Tucker and Bernie Mac about 16 hours in the lives of Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker), who must pay a drug dealer $200 on Friday night by 10:00 PM.

Eraserhead

Eraserhead is a 1977 cult surrealist movie written, directed, and produced by David Lynch where he used money from a $10,000 grant as well from various other sources such as friend and odd jobs to finish the film. It finally did paid off as the film is considered one of Lynch greatest by his fans.

Night of the living dead

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent black-and-white zombie film directed by George A. Romero and completed on a very low budget of USD$114,000. It was hugely criticized during its release because of its explicit content but eventually received critical acclaim and became a cult film.

The Shining

The Shining is a 1980 psychological horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, inspired by Stephen King novel and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd. The film is about a writer with a wife and young son who accepts the job of an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel.

Akira

Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk science fiction film written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on a manga of the same name. The film is set in a futuristic and post- Neo-Tokyo war city, and considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation and film making in general.

Videodrome

Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods and set in Toronto during the early 80s. It follows the CEO of a small cable station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture.

Cat Ballou

Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy/western film starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin, about a woman who hires a famous gunman to protect her father’s ranch and later to avenge his murder, but finds that the man she hires is not what she expected.

Dead Man

Dead Man is a 1995 American Western film shot entirely in black-and-white, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, music composed by Neil Young and starring Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Mitchum in his final film role. The author dubbed the film a Psychedelic Western with various twisted elements of the Western genre, and is often considered the ultimate postmodern Western.

The Great Silence

The Great Silence also known as The Big Silence is an Italian spaghetti western considered by many as Sergio Corbucci masterpiece set in the snow-filled landscapes of Utah during the Great Blizzard of 1899. The movie features a score by Ennio Morricone and stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence, a mute gunfighter with a grudge against bounty hunters.

The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch is a 1969 cult American western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas-Mexico border. The film was controversial because of its graphic, bloody violence and its portrayal of the crude men attempting to survive by any available means.

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon is a 1975 period film directed by great British director Stanley Kubrick based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon and is known to have been shot entirely using candle lights. Upon its release the film had a modest commercial success but slowly grew in popularity with the audience and is now consider one of Kubrick’s finest films.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American psychological thriller film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Drew Barrymore and Patrick Swayze. The whole film was shot in only 28 days, made poorly at the box office but since then received favourable reviews from critics and developed a large cult following.

C’est arrive pres de chez vous

C’est arrivé près de chez vous, literally translated to it Happened in Your Neighborhood but also known as Man Bites Dog is a 1992 Belgian black comedy crime mockumentary written, produced and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, who are also the film’s co-editor, cinematographer and lead actor respectively.

The idiots

The Idiots is Lars von Trier’s 1998 comedy-drama, second film of the Golden Heart Trilogy which includes Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000). It is well known for being the first film made in compliance with the Dogme ’95 Manifesto and to among the first films to be shot entirely with digital cameras.