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Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

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Entertainment Weekly's list of the fifty best cult movies of all time. There's a reason why these are the best cult classic movies.
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  • 1

    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • 2

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

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  • 3

    Freaks

    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy

    Released1932

    Directed byTod Browning

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    #12 of 45 The Most Controversial Movies of All Time#6 of 25 All The Brilliant Horror And Suspense Movie Homages In 'American Horror Story'

  • 4

    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

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    #575 of 783 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#12 of 103 Great Quirky Movies for Grown-Ups

  • 5

    Pink Flamingos

    John Waters, Divine

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Waters

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    #60 of 139 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again#853 of 924 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

  • 6

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey

    Released2003

    Directed byMarcus Nispel

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    #53 of 727 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time#779 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • 7

    Repo Man

    Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez

    Released1984

    Directed byAlex Cox

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    #152 of 178 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies#95 of 181 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

  • 8

    Scarface

    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff

    Released1932

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Richard Rosson

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    #51 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#154 of 225 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

  • 9

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 10

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 11

    Five Deadly Venoms

    Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng

    Released1978

    Directed byChang Cheh

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    #12 of 50 The Best Chinese Movies On Netflix#4 of 39 The Best Kung Fu Movies Of The 1970s

  • 12

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge

    Released1959

    Directed byEd Wood

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    #1018 of 1,141 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#10 of 20 20 Bad Movies That Are Actually Really Good

  • 13

    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 14

    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    #170 of 232 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#14 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

  • 15

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Tura Satana, Susan Bernard

    Released1965

    Directed byRuss Meyer

  • 16

    The Warriors

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend

    Released1979

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    #61 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#210 of 386 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • 17

    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    #32 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies#23 of 73 The Greatest Movies To Watch Outside

  • 18

    Hard Boiled

    Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Woo

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    #198 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s#39 of 53 The Most Unrealistic Action Films

  • 19

    Evil Dead II

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    #2 of 105 The Best Horror Movie Sequels#22 of 68 The Best Demonic Possession Movies

  • 20

    The Mack

    Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Campus

  • 21

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild

    Released1985

    Directed byTim Burton

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    #158 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#64 of 117 The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

  • 22

    An Andalusian Dog

    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel

    Released1929

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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    #65 of 120 The Best Silent Movies of All Time#116 of 135 The Best French Movies That Are Absolute Masterpieces

  • 23

    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

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  • 24

    The Toxic Avenger

    Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen

    Released1984

    Directed byLloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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    #44 of 116 The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made#334 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

  • 25

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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