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The Best Movies About Cults  

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List Rules Movies about cults, controversial religions, and religious leaders.

Cult classics? No. These aren't cult films, they're the best films about cults. Scientology, the Illuminati and the Masons, some people might add Mormons – there's nothing like a good cult story. Plenty of films have stories about a cult: Fight Club, Eyes Wide Shut, Rosemary’s Baby, The Master, and Race with the Devil.
 
Many of the movies featured on this list are based on true events and take an honest look at what makes a cult, how mind control is a factor within cults, the historical events that have surrounded various cult tragedies, and controversial religious organizations and their secrets. Some films are purely fictional, while others are very realistic.
 
This list is made up of the best cult movies so vote up your favorites, vote down the ones you hate, or add one you love that isn't on the list. L. Ron Hubbard say you must do so, or face excommunication!

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Jonestown: The Life and Death ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Rebecca Moore, Janet Shular, Tim Carter
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, is a 2006 documentary film made by Firelight Media, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. The documentary reveals new footage of the incidents ...more
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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more
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Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong
Children of the Corn is a 1984 supernatural horror film based upon the 1977 short story of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Fritz Kiersch, the film stars Peter Horton and Linda ...more
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The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward
The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and ...more
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The Invitation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman
The Invitation is a 2015 American horror-thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) thinks his ex-wife (Tammy ...more
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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of J... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Jlee Hill added James Earl Jones, Randy Quaid, LeVar Burton
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, also called The Mad Messiah, is a 1980 television miniseries about the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones, and their 1978 mass suicide at Jonestown. Based on ...more
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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick
Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American thriller film loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was his ...more
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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more
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The Village is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix
The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more
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Red State is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Rghramm added John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Anna Gunn
Red State is a 2011 American independent action-adventure-thriller-horror film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, starring John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Michael Parks. For months, Smith ...more
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The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen
The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.
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The Virgin Suicides is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Jlee Hill added Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
The film is a 1999 American drama written and directed by Sofia Coppola, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, and A. ...more
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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more
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The Endless is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez
The Endless is a 2017 American horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more ...more
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Martha Marcy May Marlene is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy
Martha Marcy May Marlene is a 2011 American drama thriller film written and directed by Sean Durkin, and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy. The plot focuses on ...more
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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter
Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled ...more
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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier
Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more
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The Master is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of ...more
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Jesus Camp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer
Jesus Camp is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about a charismatic Christian summer camp, where children spend their summers being taught that they have ...more
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Hot Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg
Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British action comedy parody film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The film follows two police officers attempting ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film ...more
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Satanic Panic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Rebecca Romijn, Hayley Griffith, Jerry O'Connell
Satanic Panic is a 2019 comedy horror film directed by Chelsea Stardust. A pizza delivery girl discovers that she has delivered food to a group of high society Satanists, intent on turning her ...more
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Them That Follow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert
Them That Follow is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage. Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s ...more
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The Art of Self-Defense is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
The Art of Self-Defense is a 2019 American dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley Stearns. A young man, Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg), who after a rough encounter on the street, ...more
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Guyana: Crime of the Century is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Cults
Jlee Hill added Yvonne De Carlo, Gene Barry, Joseph Cotten
Guyana: Crime of the Century is a 1979 exploitation horror film written and directed by René Cardona Jr.. The film, which was shot in Mexico is based on the Jonestown Massacre. It stars a ...more