These are some of the film with a huge cult following, and I suggest Everyone ought to watch them, at least once in their lifetime. Here is our list of Top 15 Cult Classic Movies of all time. The list is not in any particular order.
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
This show features Dr Frank-N-Furter, an eccentric transvestite living in a bizarre world of filled with experimentation and his group of equally bizarre servants and friends. It is no surprise that this film with its catchy tunes, great acting, funny dialogues and, of course, the unique audience participation would have spawn a cult following so massive that fans show up to watch the show as drag queens and are able to recite entire scripts. Get the music ‘Time Wrap’ on the speakers and you’ll see fans singing and dancing to it without a pause. In fact, in Tuscon, the monthly midnight showing of the show, which is visited by hundreds, is still available until today.
2. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The sheer absurdity and loneliness of this comedy movie, made even better with superb acting, has spawned a following like you wouldn’t have imagined! The movie’s lasting effect can be seen by the traveling Lebowski Fest which is dedicated to the film itself. There are even Lebowski parties organized at bowling allies and movie screenings at theaters throughout the world after more than a decade from the film’s release.
3. Fight Club (1999)
The world in the movie ‘Fight Club’ is a very dreary place. The white-collar, middle-class narrator in the movie works dutifully and without question day after day. However, this all changed when he met a sleazy chain-smoking woman (Marla) and a very charismatic soap salesman (Tyler). After finding some sort of release through a bar brawl, Tyler and the narrator organized fight clubs for other people to join in and soon it erupted into an underground sensation on its own. This movie has actually caused its fans to go and start fight clubs of their own in order to beat each other senseless. If this is not a cult, then I’m not sure what is.
4. Repo Man (1984)
Repo Man is about the coming of age of a punk called Otto who is tired of his mundane life. He met Bud a repo man (who repossesses cars) and Bud took him under his wing to teach Otto the repo code. They were then pulled into the hunt for a very valuable Chevy Malibu that every possible person (federal agents, rival repo company, alien cultists) was also competing to find. In the end of an exhilarating chase, they found a radioactive alien in the trunk. A brilliantly executed movie that managed to combine punk rock, aliens and cool cars certainly deserves its cult following!
5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The story starts off with Barbara and her brother being attacked by a horde of flesh-hungry zombies at the cemetery. After a close escape, they seek refuge at a house where they met Ben. Together with several other survivors, they work to face the inevitable swarm of zombies heading their way. Despite being low budget, the film’s realistic hideousness and depressing ending manages to disturb its audience to their core until today. It is no surprise that this movie has a cult to call its own!
6. Blade Runner (1982)
In Blade Runner, the audience follows the story of a replicant (genetically-engineered human cyborgs)-hunting detective, Rick Deckard. Deckard is charged with capturing several replicants that had escaped from an off-world colony. As the story developed, it is obvious that this movie does not earn its cult following due to the plot, but by the soul-searching questions and ideas that presented. The way it examines the impact of technology on society, on existence and on the very nature of humanity will definitely make anyone pause for a moment to think. Furthermore, some may even claim that this science-fiction movie paved way for modern science-fiction movies!
7. Office Space (1999)
This true-to-life, comedic movie depicts the very average office worker, Peter Gibbons, after enduring years of torment under his supervisor was instantaneously transformed after he was woke up from under a trance. His resulting devil-may-care attitude did not, to his fellow colleagues’ amazement, get him fired, but in fact had made him a potential replacement for his current supervisor’s position. The funniest part in the movie is perhaps the poor Milton who was bullied for years by supervisor and colleagues alike finally snapped and decided to get what he thinks he deserves. For people around the world who hate their jobs, this hilarious comedy has become so close to their hearts that they created a cult wave that swept throughout the world.
8. Snatch (2000)
Being a smart and witty movie with a hint of dark humor that contains violent characters all fighting to track down a priceless stolen diamond, Snatch can definitely be stamped as ‘cult’ material. Adding on the brilliant performance of the actors, Snatch, despite being basically a movie centered on an elaborative diamond-heist, manages to be so much more. It definitely deserves its position among other cult movies.