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 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 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 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 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 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.
Freaks is a cult horror film from the 30s directed and produced by Tod Browning who had the brilliant idea to cast real “freaks” carnival performers.
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 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 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 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 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.
Deliverance is an 1972 American thriller film based on a novel of the same name produced and directed by John Boorman, starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds and.
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.
M is a cult 1931 German drama-thriller directed by celebrated moviemaker Fritz Lang and consider by the audience to be its finest work.
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.
Mildred Pierce is a 1945 cult American film noir thriller about a long-suffering mother and her ungrateful daughter directed by famous Casablanca director Michael Curtiz.
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.
Straw Dogs is a 1971 cult psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.
Vertigo is a 1958 cult psychological thriller by famous suspense director Alfred Hitchcock about a retired police detective suffering from acrophobia who is hired as a private investigator to follow the wife of an acquaintance to uncover the mystery of her peculiar behaviour.
All About Eve is a 1950 American cult drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mickiewicz and starring Bette Davis.
Amores Perros is a 2000 neorealist Mexican drama directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, the first of its triptych about death. The film shows three distinct stories which are connected by a car accident in Mexico City, and is often referred to as the “Mexican Pulp Fiction.
Harold and Maude is a 1971 American comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby incorporating elements of dark humour and existentialist drama. The film became a huge hit and had many theatrical adaptations as well as TV version.
Black Narcissus is a 1947 is a cult psychological drama authored by the British director-writer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger about the emotional tensions within a convent of nuns in an isolated Himalayan valley.
Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on a novel of the same, directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Dustin Hoffman and then-newcomer Jon Voight in the title role. It is known to be the only X rated film ever to win Best Picture.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 American drama film directed by famous Czech director Miloš Forman starring Jack Nicholson.
The Outsiders is a 1983 American cult drama film directed by known director Francis Ford Coppola, and known for being the spark to start the Brat Pack genre of the 1980s.
The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American cult drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman.
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.
The Swimmer is a 1968 American drama directed by Frank Perry and starring Burt Lancaster, based on a surreal and allegorical short story by John Cheever.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is an American science fiction action film released in 1984 and directed by W. D. Richter about a physicist, neurosurgeon and rock musician that needs to save the world.
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 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 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 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.
Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker.
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.
The Warriors is a 1979 American cult action thriller film directed by Walter Hill and based on Sol Yurick’s 1965 novel of the same name. Like the novel, the film borrows elements from the Anabasis by Xenophon.
Cult Films: Cult action films
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 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.
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 drama film directed by Sidney Lumet starring Al Pacino and John Cazale, about a bank robbery going terribly wrong inspired by the “The Boys in the Bank” article based on real facts.
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 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.
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.
Mean Streets is a 1973 drama film by world class director Martin Scorsese starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro about Italian American in New York City a theme which will continue to have a fundamental place in his career.
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 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.
The Usual Suspects is a brilliant 1995 American neo-noir film directed by Bryan Singer starring Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollak and Kevin Spacey about a criminal interrogation.
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 .
24 Hour Party People is a 2002 British film written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom about Manchester’s popular music community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records.
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.
Bubba Ho-tep is a 2002 drama starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley residing in a nursing home as well as Ossie Davis as Jack, a black man who claims to be John F. Kennedy.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 black comedy film which satirized the nuclear scare, directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott.
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.
Heathers is a 1989 black comedy film starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty about four girls in a trend-setting clique ruling their school through intimidation, contempt, and sex appeal.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott about the journey of three drag queens who travel across the Australian Outback.
This Is Spinal Tap is an 1984 American rock musical “mockumentary” directed by Rob Reiner satirizing heavy metal band musical pretensions as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time.
Withnail and I is a 1986 British black comedy written and directed by Bruce Robinson about the life of two unemployed young actors in London and their trip to the Lake District in the late 1960s.
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 British-American horror comedy film, written and directed by John Landis and staring David Naughton, Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter.
Army Of Darkness also known as Evil Dead III is an 1993 American comedy horror fantasy film written and directed by Sam Raimi. It shows the story of Ash Williams trapped in the Middle Ages and his quest to return to the present.
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.
Labyrinth is a 1986 British/American fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas and starring David Bowie.
Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur adaptation from the M. R. James story “Casting the Runes” about an American psychologist investigating a satanic cult suspected of more than one murder.
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.
Repo Man is a 2010 American-Canadian science fiction action-thriller film directed by Miguel Sapochnik, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker and based on the novel Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia.
The Evil Dead is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi about five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a wooded area who find an audiotape that releases evil spirits.
The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film by American director by Robert Wise about the conflict between a team of paranormal investigators and the house in which they spend several nights.
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.
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science-fiction film, produced and written by Arthur C. Clarke and directed by famous British director Stanley Kubrick. It has become a classic in its genre and an inspiration for many movie fans across the world.
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.
A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 rotoscoped film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name showing identity and deception in a near-future dystopia constantly under intrusive high-technology police surveillance in the midst of a drug addiction epidemic.
Brazil is a 1985 British science fiction fantasy black comedy film directed by Terry Gilliam features Robert De Niro about a dystopian world.
Pan’s Labyrinth is a 2006 Mexican Spanish-language fantasy film written and directed by Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro.
Pi is a 1998 American psychological thriller film written and made by first time director Darren Aronofsky which earned him the many various awards.
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, based on the 1963 novel La planète des singes by Pierre Boulle and starring Charlton Heston.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, originally released as Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first of six films released in the Star Wars saga: two subsequent films complete the original trilogy, while a prequel trilogy completes the six-film saga.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American science fiction film directed by Robert Wise about a humanoid alien visiting Earth.
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 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 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.
High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American western film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood about a mysterious gunfighter hired by the residents of a corrupt frontier mining town to defend them against a group of criminals.
Johnny Guitar is a 1954 Western film directed by Nicholas Ray.
One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando, who also played its lead character, Rio.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood. It is the third and final film in the Dollars Trilogy following A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965).
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 Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist western film set after the end of the American Civil War directed by and starring Clint Eastwood .
The Searchers is a 1956 cult American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece.
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.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God is a 1972 adventure film written and directed by famous German director Werner Herzog, about the travels of Lope de Aguirre, a Spanish soldier, who goes to South America in search of El Dorado, the legendary city of gold.
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 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 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.
Fantasia is a 1940 cult American animated film produced by Walt Disney and consisting of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski.
Performance is a British film made in 1968 directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, and starring James Fox and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones in his film acting debut.
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.
The Decline of Western Civilization is an American documentary film of the 80s about the Los Angeles punk rock scene. Shortly after its release the LAPD Chief of Police demanded that the film not be shown again in L.A which contributed to the film a cult status.
The Trip is a 1967 cult film directed by Roger Corman and written by Jack Nicholson, shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including on top of Kirkwood in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Hills, and near Big Sur, California in 1966.
The Two-Lane Blacktop is a 1971 road movie directed by Monte Hellman and considered by some to be the hit of the year even though it wasn’t a commercial success. The film has since become a cult experimental movie.