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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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  • This Is Spinal Tap1

    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show2

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

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  • Freaks3

    Freaks

    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy

    Released1932

    Directed byTod Browning

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

  • Harold and Maude4

    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

  • Pink Flamingos5

    Pink Flamingos

    John Waters, Divine

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Waters

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    #240 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#821 of 925 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre6

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey

    Released2003

    Directed byMarcus Nispel

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    #788 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies#49 of 720 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

  • Repo Man7

    Repo Man

    Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez

    Released1984

    Directed byAlex Cox

  • Scarface8

    Scarface

    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff

    Released1932

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Richard Rosson

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    #53 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#199 of 480 The Greatest Movies For Guys

  • Blade Runner9

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • The Shawshank Redemption10

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • Five Deadly Venoms11

    Five Deadly Venoms

    Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng

    Released1978

    Directed byChang Cheh

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    #11 of 50 The Best Chinese Movies On Netflix#4 of 41 The Best Kung Fu Movies of the 1970s

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space12

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge

    Released1959

    Directed byEd Wood

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    #375 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies#1023 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • Brazil13

    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

  • Eraserhead14

    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    #166 of 242 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#191 of 224 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!15

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Tura Satana, Susan Bernard

    Released1965

    Directed byRuss Meyer

  • The Warriors16

    The Warriors

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend

    Released1979

    Directed byWalter Hill

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    #61 of 63 Movies Set in Brooklyn#212 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • Dazed and Confused17

    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    #196 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#31 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies

  • Hard Boiled18

    Hard Boiled

    Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • Evil Dead II19

    Evil Dead II

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • The Mack20

    The Mack

    Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Campus

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure21

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild

    Released1985

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • An Andalusian Dog22

    An Andalusian Dog

    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel

    Released1929

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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    #72 of 120 The Best Silent Movies of All Time#98 of 106 The Best French Movies That Are Absolute Masterpieces

  • Akira23

    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

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  • The Toxic Avenger24

    The Toxic Avenger

    Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen

    Released1984

    Directed byLloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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    #173 of 314 The Funniest '80s Movies#154 of 166 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory25

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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